Motor racing is known to be a proving ground for experimental automotive technology. New ideas are put through hard scrutiny and are refined over years before being implemented into street vehicles. Race events like Le Mans have tough guidelines for safety, power and efficiency for participating vehicles. In spite of this, they allow participants to test newer technologies which help improve the aforementioned factors. Engineers and designers are constantly working on the ways to improve the performance of these race cars.
In the last few decades, race event organisers and automotive manufacturers have grown more and more concerned about emissions and environmental pollution. This is why, many times, race cars using alternative power sources were introduced to these races. Some of these being gas turbine powered race cars, petrol hybrids, diesel hybrids, fully electrical race cars, etc. The constant advancement of technology is slowly opening new options of power sources for cars. In the coming decades, we’ll see new kinds of renewable energy sources being used in race cars, as we overcome the obstacles with the use of clean energy, one by one.
The objective of the project will be to study and explore alternative power source options and implement one of those experimental technologies in a hypothetical future race car and apply the design philosophy of ‘form follows function’ to help the design be efficient, aesthetic and practical.