McLaren have given fans their opinion on what the future looks like, because they presented a futuristic racing car that will hit the road in 2050.
McLaren Applied Technologies, the sister company of the Formula 1 team, worked extensively on gathering opinions from sport fans and now presents the 2050: the MCLExtreme with a built-in co-pilot for artificial intelligence, an electric battery that can be folded away and self-healing tires.
MAT’s work includes more than just the racing car for the drivers in three decades. They have also given their views extensively on developments in driver performance, racetracks of the future and the fan experience that we can expect in 2050.
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McLaren have revealed fans of their exciting view of the future of Formula 1 in the form of the 2050: the MCLExtreme
The exciting and daring futuristic design has a co-pilot for artificial intelligence on board for drivers and self-healing tires
Excluding flying cars – even in 30 years – McLaren instead focused on delivering the most advanced racing car ever
Artificial intelligence will form an important part of technological progress in sport that will continue in the coming years
McLaren’s research also looked at the traces of the future and how the overall fan experience would differ from now
In an extensive breakdown of the various elements that the MCLExtreme contains, the fans are enthusiastic because it is a 500 km / h rear-wheel driven electric car powered by a ‘folding battery shaped to the aerodynamic package’.
This is not a new venture for McLaren who teased fans with futuristic designs in 2015 when they released graphics and designs for the MP4-X.
Technology continues to develop rapidly, but the idea of flying racing cars was soon suppressed by both fans and engineers.
Efficiency and the need to streamline the design of the car formed the basis for the research team when they started their discussions
What they have produced is a stunning car with many nods to future developments in aerodynamics and AI instructions
2050: the MCLExtreme
500 km / h (310 mph) inductively charged, electric car
Advanced AI co-pilot on board
Shape-changing active aerodynamics
In the revelation, McLaren wrote: “If we remain true to the sport’s mission to be relevant to the road, we do not expect race cars to fly by 2050. Flying racing cars are equivalent to more air congestion, more noise pollution and probably more accidents.
“If you think drone sightings at airports cause large-scale disruption, well … you know the rest. With the emergence of fast underground transport portals, such as Virgin Hyperloop One, it is more likely to build underground networks that move large amounts of traffic in less time.
“This is in line with the wishes of the fans with whom we have spoken, who believe that flying racing cars are the antithesis of Grand Prix races.”
Efficiency is absolutely essential for successful racing teams and chasing faster times rarely compromises efficiency.
But with cars getting faster, a fascinating feature of the latest design sees contractable side pods that change depending on natural conditions.
Designers have looked at every element of the car and an important decision was to add sidepods “that contract like shark gills”
“Inspired by nature, the MCLE has side pods that expand and contract like the gills of a great white shark,” McLaren added.
“They turn it into a 500 km / h bullet on the straights, but expand as the car enters braking zones and turns to provide stability and control.”
Artificial intelligence is likely to be one of the greatest advances in sport with on-board assistance that may make radio communication with engineers unnecessary.
The explanation goes on: ‘Drivers can be connected to AI via a symbiotic link in the helmet and sensors in the racing suit. The AI learns and predicts the preferences and state of mind of the driver.
“It offers real-time racing strategy and important information through a holographic head-up display – but more than that – it understands the mood and emotional state of the driver and makes advice based on the physiological and psychological feedback it receives.”
How drivers receive instructions from AI is a fascinating discussion in which they can be linked via the crash helmet
“In the future we can get to the point where human resourcefulness is replaced by an AI algorithm,” explains Karl Surmacz, head of Modeling and Decision Science at McLaren Applied Technologies.
‘Machine learning would record human preferences and decisions, as well as our domain expertise and instinct.
“Take enough examples of our creative processes and results, and this can be codified in an algorithm that allows AI to make creative decisions that are consistent with those of a human counterpart.”
With plans in the UK to have all new cars with ‘effective zero emissions’ in the UK by 2040, this is also an important part of the latest designs.
Tracks are another topic of constant discussion with new countries that pitch all the time to bring F1 to their country.
Transparent roofs and customizable racetracks depending on the circumstances are just two of the suggestions that emerged from McLaren’s findings.
Tracks of the future must be adapted to changing weather conditions and will also have transparent roofs for fans