ASPIRE’s A2RL Debuts Autonomous Racing Car in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi Autonomous Racing League to hold its first event in April 2024
A2RL introduces an enhanced version of the 300 km/h Japanese Super Formula SF23 racing car
Autonomous technology testing commences ahead of inaugural race in April 2024
In April 2024, ten teams spanning North America, Europe, the UAE, and Asia will battle it out to claim a stake in the US$2.25 million purse.
The series aims to accelerate autonomous driving development and innovation, pushing the technology forward for the eventual benefit of road car safety.
The new series makes the best use of the forward-thinking and blisteringly quick Super Formula SF23 racing car, developed by motorsport powerhouse Dalarra. All cars will come equipped with an array of sensors and control units as well as a basic level of autonomous performance.
The autonomous car unveiled today was fresh off the track, having completed a successful week of testing. Attendees were shown how A2RL’s extensive testing programme has begun to refine the base SF23 platform. This includes validating an array of sensors, control modules, and autonomous control software. Once finalized, this base platform will be made available to the ten teams participating in the inaugural A2RL race at Yas Marina Circuit on April 28, 2024.
His Excellency Faisal Al Bannai, Secretary General of the Advanced Technology Research Council, ASPIRE's parent entity, said, “This is an exciting opportunity to use extreme sports as the basis for delivering technical advances. A2RL represents an investment that will contribute to building an autonomous mobility ecosystem in Abu Dhabi, showcasing safe deployment and encouraging OEM investments for widespread adoption, ultimately enhancing road safety.”
Stephane Timpano, CEO at ASPIRE, commented: “We are thrilled to debut the A2RL autonomous racing car to global media. It was an exciting opportunity to discuss our latest developments and testing while also highlighting the motivation and competitors behind the competition. A2RL will be the largest autonomous racing league in the world, shifting focus from drivers to the engineers, scientists, and programmers behind brilliant autonomous racing systems.”
The inaugural A2RL race will take place at Yas Marina Circuit in April 2024.
For more information, visit a2rl.io.
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