We’ve only just gotten used to cars that drive themselves, but now there’s a new trend coming around the bend. Formula One, known for cars breaking the sound barrier and peeling around the corners at breakneck speeds, has found a new competitor. With hopes of giving birth to a new breed of racing, the geniuses behind Formula One are hard at work with their latest sport.
Roborace, a futuristic take on racing, will be held by entirely unmanned vehicles. Designed to draw in crowds of younger viewers with its sci-fi bend, Roborace will combine the speed of the F1 racing with the precision of computer-driven vehicles. An offshoot of Formula E, the latest addition to the Formula One lineage, Roborace is part of a movement toward greener, healthier ways to race.
Touting their latest project as a fusion of future tech and modern modality, the brilliant minds behind Roborace are hopeful that showing how seamlessly the two cooperate will fill seats with eager viewers. Additionally, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has put up a large cash sum for any able developer able to race across the Mojave Desert in an unmanned vehicle. To this day, only one group has been able to cross the finish line, but the competition, designed to drive the production of smarter unmanned vehicles, has drawn plenty of attention.
Designed to tax the automation systems of driverless cars, this project is equal parts new sport and product test. While automated vehicles have become a reality, the programs that operate them have yet to be put to any real speed test. Roborace may not only be the most futuristic race to date but the birthplace of advanced driving A.I. For more information on this science fiction subject, follow the link here.
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The automobile market is changing in some unexpected ways. Ever since the concept of the automated car hit the streets, companies the world over have been thinking up ways to join in the race. While old hats like Volkswagen fall victim to their own poor planning and product placement, newcomers to the auto industry like Apple and Google are offering a piece of the future we’ve all wanted since the days of Golden Age science fiction.
While many are reluctant to let go of their gas-guzzlers, the wave of the future is inevitably going to be electric vehicles and battery power. Whether protecting the environment with their lack of emissions or severing our reliance on fossil fuels, the benefits of electric cars outweigh any potential detriments.
Along with the advent of clean-running cars, inventors have begun developing hands-free vehicles. The concept, similarly helpful as removing fossil fuels, has many more benefits than its classic counterpart. While some cars will have an option to make them able to be manually operated, a simple button press will perform all the necessary functions of a car. Reducing incidents of traffic fatalities, and subsequently dropping the cost of repairing damaged roads and the man-hours needed to attend to the grim aftermath will allow us as a race to more appropriately allocate our time and energy.
The design of modern electric cars not only remove the need for expensive and environmentally impactful fuels but will offer more direct and consistent power. Where a fuel-based engine’s output is directly related to the force exerted on the pedal, the controlled and evenly distributed power of an electric engine can deliver real power over sustained use. While the fantasy of flying cars remains elusive to this day, we may soon live in an era where we can all face each other while we zip down the road. A time where snow, rain, and inclement weather are little more than hindrances for your onboard computer to map and avoid.
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Google has always been on the cutting edge of technology; their contributions to the modern world, substantial. From Chrome to Glass, there isn’t much Google doesn’t have a hand in. This pioneering spirit left no room for surprise when Google announced their latest foray into the automobile industry. Though fraught with antipathy, Google’s self-driving car is off the testing floor and on the road.
When Google’s autonomous car was first unveiled, auto-industry enthusiasts laughed it off as a “self-driving toaster.” Absent from Google’s vehicle are the frills and body curves that define luxury automobiles, and its function over form design left analysts scratching their heads as to the practicality of such a practical vehicle in a market where style so often trumps substance. However, recent movement in Google’s auto department has these former executives shaking at their steering wheels.
Joining the Google team to assist in their automotive initiative, John Krafcik, former CEO of Hyundai Motor America and president of TruCar, is one of the industry’s heaviest hitters. Those industry professionals so eager to mock Google’s entry into the market found their words hard to swallow when faced with a clear and definitive answer with plans for future involvement in the auto industry.
As they have in the past when Google has decided to change the world, they form a crack team of industry experts. John Krafcik is the first of many powerful industry names to join the cause. Google’s roster of famous names includes former Boeing CEO Alan Mulally and GM’s former boss of R&D Lawrence Burns. This tremendous joining of skill and industry know-how makes Google’s roster something to be feared.
As traffic deaths continue to rise as the amount of in-car distractions increase, Google is projecting a reduction of nearly 30,000 traffic-related incidents. The simple to use interface has all of three buttons for going, slowing, and quickly stopping. This newfound freedom from the responsibilities of the road allows Google to completely redesign the interior of their vehicle when the model is ready to hit the street. The “cars of tomorrow” we were promised so long ago, may finally be making their first appearance.
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Have you ever watched the James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me”? Do you Remember the White Lotus Espirit? One of the Coolest cars created to date! It was a submarine and a car all in one. But no, seriously the veichle was sumbersible and equipped with and endless amount of weapons. More over there were also two Lotus Espirit Turbos in “For Your Eyes Only”, which didnt reveal much of the cars capabilites other than the car self ditsruting and driving on snow. In 2009 one of the two Espirit turbos went out for auction at the Coys Auction at Blenheim Palace in England.
James Bond films were knows for the action pact story lines and innovative veuchles that came along with the action packed thrillers. In “For Your Eyes Only” (smilar to the one below), Bond uses the first Esprit (a white one) to drive to the estate of a Cuban hitman in Madrid. The car blows up when one of the hitman’s henchmen tries to steal it, and Q replaces it with another one, which Bond takes to the snowy hills of Cortina, Italy. Neither car was used in any chase scenes. That honor went to a yellow Citroen 2CV…
Robert Taurosas 88 Espirt Turbo
- Lotus Esprit, manufactured or sold in 1988, version for Europe
- 2-door coupe body type
- RWD (rear-wheel drive), manual 5-speed gearbox
- petrol (gasoline) engine with displacement: 2174 cm3 / 132.5 cui, advertised power: 128 kW / 172 hp / 174 PS ( DIN ), Torque net: 221 Nm / 163 lb-ft
- characteristic dimensions: outside length: 4330 mm / 170.5 in, wheelbase: 2438 mm / 96 in
- reference weights: base curb weight: 1177 kg / 2595 lbs, gross weight GVWR: 1450 kg / 3197 lbs
- how fast is this car ? top speed: 222 km/h (138 mph) (declared by factory);
- accelerations: 0- 60 mph 6.5 s, 0- 100 km/h 6.8 s (declared by factory), 1/4 mile drag time (402 m) 15.3 s (a-c simulation)
- fuel consumption and mileage: 10.1 l/100km / 28.1 mpg (imp.) / 23.4 mpg (U.S.) / 9.9 km/l average estimated by a-c: 12.4 l/100km / 22.9 mpg (imp.) / 19 mpg (U.S.) / 8.1 km/l
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Wheelbase: 87.0 in (1965–1968); 89.3 in (1968–1989)
Overall length: 168.9 in
Power: 130 hp (1965); 214 hp (1989)
Price: $6490 (1965); $51,770 (1988)
Weight, as tested: 2720 lb (1965); 2760 lb (1984)
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