Motorsport is the ultimate test of man and machine on the ragged edge but not for much longer. RoboRace a series of autonomous vehicles racing that will occur on the same street circuits as formula e. This does present a threat RoboRace attempts to remove the driver from the equation to show us a machine verse machine race series. This will be a race series with no excuses and limited mistakes pushing the limits and breaking records.
But Is This What The Fans Want?
RoboRace attempts to reach the younger generation in an attempt to 'save motorsport' as motorsport has seen a steady decline in interest. There is a problem how ever. By removing the driver, RoboRace attempts to re-write history. As in the past this man verse machine concept has created some truly close battles and some great rivalries with massive crashes and massive heart breaks, motorsport has always made an effort to reach the fans. How can RoboRace match this? There will no longer be any driver errors as these cars are ran by high tech computers that make thousands of calculation a second, these computers know the perfect racing line and how to take it every lap, they know if the track has dropped a degree and how to avoid any loss of grip and they also know the best way to overtake. How can RoboRace promise the same entertainment as motorsport has provided in the past? To me the beauty of motorsport is mistakes as that's what we remember, The excitement we get standing at the side of the track not knowing what is going to happen is what has made motorsport and yes RoboRace will still have mechanical failures but how can that measure up to the sly excuses of a driver in a press conference?
How Can We Save Motorsport And Reach The Younger Generation?
As RoboRace is not the answer Then what is? Motorsport has always tried to use new technology to create a more interesting and entertaining sport and that in itself will make for more entertaining racing but the issue we face is how we can reach out to a younger generation of petrol heads. Standing by the streets at the Gold Coast 600 I found the answer. Street circuits for new sports like formula e street circuits have helped a lot. There is a reason why, street circuits are the ultimate challenge for man and machine with tight roads and weird track characteristics, Street circuits bring the action closer to the fans. Cities come alive when a race is being held with people out on their balconies of their skyscrapers with all their friends trying to get a peek of the action. School excursions walking around and showing the kids the beauty of motorsport this truly is the answer and f1 are already working on it. The f1 governing body have expressed interest in street circuits and this could help f1 a lot and for events like WRC being based in the middle of big towns has already helped create a great fan base.
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