These Roborace driverless cars are more futuristic than TRON’s lightcycles


No, this isn’t the first screenshot from a new Wipeout or F-Zero game – these are very real driverless electric cars that could be racing as early as this year.

Roborace is set to be the first ever autonomous racing series, meaning the cars don’t actually have drivers behind the wheel.

roborace_renderThese computer-controlled electric racers should be able to hit a rather terrifying 300km/h top speed, and based on the first renders released this week, they’ll look flippin’ gorgeous while they’re at it.

The crazy cool looks shouldn’t really come as a surprise; they’re the brainchild of Daniel Simon, the designer that crafted the Light Cycles for Tron: Legacy. They were pretty much the only thing that was actually good about Disney’s sci-fi sequel, apart from Daft Punk’s moody soundtrack.

Aerodynamics are everything, especially as Simon didn’t have to take a driver’s seat into account. We don’t have actual tech specs yet, but expect each car to produce ‘substantial’ downforce.

There are also plans to add active aerodynamic body parts (think DRS and and adjustable rear spoilers) which should encourage overtaking.

Not that computer-controlled cars should need any encouragement – hopefully the racing should be nothing if not hectic.

The racing is apparently still on track for the 2016/2017 Formula E season, with hour-long ‘shows’ acting as support races for the main event.

That could mean a change from the original 10-team, 20-car races suggested back in November, but whatever the format, the cars will look damn good once they’re out on the track.


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