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Roborace DevBot 2.0 Breaks Cover

Roborace has unveiled images of new DevBot 2.0 with which it aims to compete in 2019…

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Roborace has unveiled its new racing model which the company says will debut in its first season of competition next year.

The DevBot 2.0 has been undertaking test miles at the Monteblanco circuit this week in readiness for what Roborace is calling its breakout ‘Season Alpha’ campaign in 2019.

The races will include both a human driver and an ‘AI driver’ with lap times from the unique duo compared with that of other human/machine partnerships to determine a winner of the events.

Roborace has tested several iterations of the initial LMP3-based development car and also the definitive non-cockpit and entirely autonomous Robocar.

This was to evaluate what the best solution for what a Roborace event would be and how it could best engage an audience.

The latest Roborace car is a further development of the original prototype which demonstrated at Formula E events throughout the second and third seasons.

The official launch of the updated rear-wheel drive DevBot 2.0 will take place in early 2019.

Roborace CEO Lucas di Grassi said in a column he wrote for Autosport in September that the human versus Artifical Intelligence factor of co-competition was an important factor the new-look plans.

“The focus for the first year will be for every team to have a base of identical hardware – our own design of an LMP-based carbonfibre car with rear-wheel drive, controlled by two independent motors,” he wrote.

“It will weigh around 1000kg and produce 400bhp in total.

“But we do want the teams to have some form of differentiation and so the investment they make will be on software.

“The essence of the racing will be of humans and intelligent machines working together for the best racing outcome.”

Season Alpha will see teams compete starting in Spring 2019 with the company stating that the DevBot 2.0 will “develop their automated driving systems, with professional drivers teaching the AI how to improve, as well as learning from the AI how to better their own performance.”

E-racing365 understands that the first planned event next season is being targeted for the Rome E-Prix weekend in April.

Sometime GP3 racer and current FIA Women in Motorsport Commission member Carmen Jorda tested the DevBot 2.0 car in Spain this week.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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    Chris Llana

    November 10, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Going to RWD seems a step backwards.

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    Chris

    November 11, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    It’s going to be interesting to see it finally happen. And having a human / AI team system will probably make it a lot more compelling to a wider audience who probably aren’t nerdy enough to enjoy a series of purely AI drivers.

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      Kris

      November 14, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      Do agree and instead of the combination of human+AI be used just in the first season, they should consider to extend it for 5 years before switch to AI only.

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