Roborace, organization behind the world’s first autonomous racing championship released the very first specifications for a vehicle that will start racing alongside Formula E championship, either during 2016/2017 or 2017/2018 season. The vehicle will use modified Formula E drive train from Season 1, and weighing in approximately 20% more than a Formula E car (898 kg with the driver):
— Roborace (@roboracing) April 8, 2016
Roborace car is 20cm shorter (8″) than an Formula E car, 20cm (8″) narrower, yet should deliver the same power (details are still unannounced) as Spark SRT_01E. To keep the footprint as low as possible, Roborace plans to recycle elements used from first season cars with appropriate corrections:
- Nvidia DRIVE PX 2 self-driving car System
- McLaren Electric Motor, up to 200 kW (268 hp)
- Hewland Five-gear sequential gearbox
- Williams Advanced Engineering, up to 28 kWh capacity
The vehicle will be significantly lower than the Formula E cars, which have to fit mandatory driver protection as specified by the FIA. Creators of the race had more freedom, and from the looks of it we’re looking into a low-drag configuration capable of achieving top speeds in excess of 200 kph (120 mph).