GRAND PRIX RACING MEETS THE AGE OF TECHNOLOGY WITH MCLAREN 2050 GRAND PRIX CONCEPT
Applied Technologies, the sister company of Mclaren FI has unveiled the ultimate vision of how Grand Prix racing could look in 2050.
As part of this vision Mclaren has released images of a striking car concept dubbed the MCLExtreme, which Mclaren claims would reach speeds of up to 500km/h (310mph) and feature active aerodynamics, and have on-board AI co-pilot for drivers.
McLaren say tracks will also change to suit the cars and feature “huge sidewinding banks, E-pitlanes for charging the cars, transparent roof facilities for fans to get as close to the action, tracks adaptable to extreme weather and blackout zones with no communication or AI assistance for the driver”.
Explaining the concept, MAT motorsport director Rodi Basso said: "We are always looking to innovate to find the solution for tomorrow today. In recent years, we have seen concepts and ideas about how a Formula 1 car could look and operate in the future. However, this is the first time anyone has given detailed thought and insight into a viable vision of motorsport in the future. Our hope is for this to stimulate debate about how motorsport responds to changes in technology and sports entertainment trends to ensure we can meet the needs of fans in 2050."