The first designs for Formula E's unique vision of driverless racing cars has been revealed ahead of its plans to launch the autonomous Roborace series next season.

Last year, Formula E - the first all-electric world championship - announced plans to create a revolutionary series using cars that do not feature a driver, with a plan to give them a competitive debut at some stage in the 2016/2017 season.

Now the striking first designs of the concept, by Daniel Simon - who has worked on blockbuster films at Tron: Legacy and Oblivion - have been unveiled.

"My goal was to create a vehicle that takes full advantage of the unusual opportunities of having no driver without ever compromising on beauty," he said. "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."

Though the 'Roborace' series is described as a 'show' in the official press release, Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag maintains it is a revolutionary moment for motorsport.

"Today is an historic day for motorsport, and the car industry in general. This first image of the Robocar, designed by Daniel Simon, represents a vision of what cars will be, a vision of our future. In Formula E we are proud to promote, together with pioneers like Denis Sverdlov and Daniel Simon, a revolution in the world of motorsport, a project that will change the future of mobility."



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