Could Roborace be a future flagship racing series?

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 9:02 PM

Anyone familiar with racing knows that every sanctioning body treats safety as a top priority, and even the lowest classes at minimum require drivers to wear an approved helmet before entering the track.

Autonomous and electric racing series shows car design

The limiting factor in any motorsport is ultimately the fragile mass of flesh, bones and muscle trying to point a screaming race car in the right direction. Anyone familiar with racing knows that every sanctioning body treats safety as a top priority, and even the lowest classes at minimum require drivers to wear an approved helmet before entering the track.

But what if the necessity for a driver could be eliminated? Formula east CEO Alejandro Agag announced latest Nov that the FIA’s only all-electric open-wheel race series will partner with Kinetik to produce an autonomous racing series. Naturally, these driverless cars will sport exclusively electric drivetrains and will become a battle of software tuning.

Without a driver to protect, the teams will then only have to worry about damaging an extremely expensive race car. Before you whoop objections, consider that the cars could become not just recklessly fast, but equally aggressive in the corners. Of course, the car’s capabilities will rely on how distant EV tech advances in the coming years.

Without drivers to add the human element, it’s tough to declare if any racing series of this sort could become a fan favorite. The FIA hasn’t mentioned when the new series will obtain the green flag, and we’ve yet to look more than just the Daniel Simon rendering, but if it takes off, it could become the future of motorsports. We doubt that it'll exclusively replace human-piloted, internal combustion engine-powered racing, but it's the potential to become a flagship series.