Motor racing has come a LONG way since it’s inception last century. There is more technical wizardry in modern racing cars than you’ll find in your average home computer. Designing these cars cost MILLIONS in research and development. Every single gram of weight is looked at, they will spend ridiculous amounts of time refining and tweaking to make the cars more aerodynamic, faster, responsive.
Even normal cars are getting crammed with technology – parking sensors were once considered the height of technology, they look stone-age when you see self-parking cars. Cars can even alert emergency services if the worst happens. I saw a documentary where a 999 operator took a call FROM A CAR. The car shared it’s exact location and that it had been involved in an accident. The emergency services were instantly dispatched and found the vehicle off-road with an unconscious driver. They were able to help in minutes, not hours. It’s truly remarkable just how quickly the humble car is changing.
The cool kids at LeaseCar UK have been musing over the future of cars too. They’ve created Racing Cars Reimagined, which takes six racing cars that have been reimagined as driverless vehicles. With them being driverless, they don’t need to have windows, headlights, or seats – meaning they can be smaller, lighter, and more importantly FASTER!
They all look pretty cool, but I really like the Bugatti inspired autonomous car – despite looking VERY different a standard Bugatti, you can see that IS one. Autonomous racing cars would change the world of competitive driving forever. There would be no risk of human error, and the focus would be on the cars rather than the drivers – I imagine that Autonomous Racing would be INSANELY fast and incredible to watch. Dammit – all this talk about Autonomous Racing makes me wish it was real!
I don’t imagine we’ll see Autonomous Racing in the next few years – but give it 10 years and I reckon we’ll be cheering on these nippy supercars!
Image Credit – LeaseCar UK
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