McLaren Has a Very Interesting View of what 2050 Holds for F1
I used to freak out thinking about F1’s future; but if this is how it will be, I’m ready to time-travel to 2050by Sidd Dhimaan, on
At this time of the year, F1 teams are generally working on making the perfect car for upcoming races. But McLaren F1’s sister, McLaren Applied Technologies, has imagined what F1 in 2050 would look like and has already developed a concept. Talk about being visionaries! Moniker’d the MCLExtreme, this concept looks very interesting, and we are already hyped up about it. For starters, the cars will be all-electric and ripping the tracks with speeds up to 310 miles per hour!
How Cool Is That?
Despite the whole ongoing EV and autonomous revolution, McLaren still believes that F1 cars will be human-driven. Although kind of obvious, it makes sense to have human drivers race in machines rather than watching cars race themselves.
However, the company thinks that F1 cars with combustion engines will be completely eradicated.
The cars will more or less stick to the same shape as well – with driver in the middle, four open wheels, side pods, and wings on either end.
A Little Too Techie-Techie?
We do have the Formula E currently, but that is a silent affair (pun intended). Considering that McLaren has supplied electric motors and batteries to Formula E, it has a fairly clear idea of how things could be in the future. The MCLExtreme will have a high-density battery and inductive charging through either wireless connections or coils in the tires to ensure the MCLExtreme does not run out of juice during a race.
The way drivers communicate with the crew will also change by then. ‘AI co-pilots’ will be there to aid drivers with information for them to make intuitive decisions.
Closed cockpits will ensure the drivers stay protected and helmets will feed information in the heads-up display. Ironman feels, anyone? Because of cars’ increased capabilities, McLaren also predicts that the venues will change wherein the bankings will be greater, and turns will be tighter.
Karl Surmacz, head of modeling and decision science at McLaren Applied Technologies, said, "In the future, we could get to the point where human ingenuity is replaced with an AI algorithm.
Machine learning would see human preferences and decisions, as well as our domain expertise and instinct, captured.
" He also added, "Take enough examples of our creative processes and outcomes, and this could be codified into an algorithm which would enable AI to make creative decisions consistent with those of a human counterpart."
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