Many people know about driverless cars and there may be many people that are hoping the technology moves quickly so that they can easily start to move from place to place without actually having to drive. The daily commute could be a lot less tiring if you did not have to drive and it could be more fun as you could do your hobbies in the car or even start work during your journey. A step onwards from this thought would be a driverless racing car.

A racing car is built in a very different way to a road vehicle of course, but a driverless one would be even more different. Firstly, it would eliminate the risks that are taken by the racing drivers so any crashes would only damage the cars and not the driver. They would also not need all of the safety features that are built into racing cars at the moment. It would create a very different types of race, where the driver’s skill was no longer a factor and it was purely the potential of the car that was being measured. This is an idea that has been considering. They like the idea of driverless racing cars so much, that they actually decided to design some. They envisioned what they thought a driverless car would look like and designed six of them based on current car designs.

The first was an Aston Martin but unfortunately the design shares none of the beautiful design of an Aston Martin. Of course, those lovely curved wheels have to be flattened when made into a racing car design that has minimum air resistance and so it could not possibly keep that old-fashioned elegance but it still looks to be the most stylish of the bunch. The BMW inspired car looks rather sharper and pointier at the rear with a gap at the centre underneath which could cause problems with drag. It certainly looks more modern though. The Bugatti design is flat and sleek and the rounded nose like shape at the front makes it look like it would be a very efficient shape for speed. The Chevrolet has some pointy parts coming up from the front wheels and the middle of the car which not only make it look aggressive but could create air resistance as would the raised back of the vehicle. The Ferrari style certainly looks typical of a Ferrari design and being low to the ground would help its speed but the flaps towards the middle could cause a lot of drag. Lastly the Nissan looks more like a rocket than a car but has the highest back wheels so it would seem that a lot of drag could be caused by that large gap.

It would certainly be exciting to see these cars race, but without testing a driver it would be hard to know whether the race would be as exciting as racing is now.

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