Daniel Simon designs Roborace autonomous race cars

Daniel Simon designs Roborace autonomous race cars

The renown concept and vehicle designer has been named chief designer by Roborace, the driverless electric racing car championship that will take place during the 2016/2017 Formula E season.


The first images revealed showcase a futuristic concept that incorporates Daniel Simon‘s trademark design DNA: clean, precise surfacing and iconic geometries combined with sleek proportions and a meticulous attention to details, which brings his 3D renders to life.

Roborace Concept by Daniel Simon

The raceing vehicles have a wheelbase of 2,8000mm and feature an aerodynamic body consisting of a central rocket-shaped volume sitting on a main floor element and connected with the fenders in the front and rear wheels area.

Roborace Concept by Daniel Simon - front view

Extreme aerodynamic performance is achieved through the use of active aerodynamic elements

As Daniel explained on his Facebook page, “the goal is to create a highly entertaining venue for the unstoppable rise of autonomous technology. Our design attempts to blend optimized aero, cooling, packaging and best performance with clean, iconic looks. We all don’t know how the future of racing will look like, so I am excited to be part of that exciting and inevitable exploration.”

Roborace Concept by Daniel Simon

Below we report the official video presentation along with Daniel Simon and the company CEO’s first official comments. For more updates on his work make sure to check his official Facebook page.

Official Statements

Daniel Simon commented: “We’re living in a time where the once separated worlds of the automobile and artificial intelligence collide with unstoppable force. It’s fantastic to be part of this journey; it triggers all my big passions – motor racing, design and advanced technologies.”

“My goal was to create a vehicle that takes full advantage of the unusual opportunities of having no driver without ever compromising on beauty. Racing engineers and aerodynamicists have worked with me from the beginning to strike that balance.

“The Roborace is as much about competition as it is entertainment. Therefore – and quite unusual in today’s racing world – beauty was very high on our agenda and we work hard to merge the best performance with stunning styling.

“It was important to us that we generate substantial downforce without unnecessary parts cluttering the car to maintain a clean and iconic look. This is largely made possible by using the floor as the main aerodynamic device and we are currently developing active body parts that are more organic and seamless than solutions today. I am excited to be part of the daring team of people who are making this happen.”

Denis Sverdlov, CEO of Roborace, said: “We are honoured to have Daniel working with us on this project as chief design officer. His passion and experience are undeniable and I believe it’s already set to be one of the most iconic vehicles in automotive history. We nicknamed the competition the ‘global championship of intelligence’ as an open challenge to the world’s smartest minds, so its only fitting that the car should be one of the smartest ever to be made, thanks to Daniel it may also be the most beautiful car ever to touch a road surface. It’s gaming, motorsport, technology and entertainment all rolled into one. I passionately believe that the future of cars is about software; driverless, electric and connected and Roborace will help to make that a reality.”

For more information on Roborace visit roborace.com.

(Source: Roborace, Daniel Simon)

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