DUNLOP FUTURE RACECAR
For Dunlop’s Future Racecar, the question isn’t
if the technologies it uses will be available, it’s
when. And it may be sooner than you think...
Because it’s fitted
with one outboard
electric motor per
wheel, the Future
with a conventional
Instead, the car turns
by controlling the
torque to each wheel.
SUPER-EFFICIENT ENERGY RECOVERY
No energy-wasteful brakes will be needed.
All the braking energy will be recovered and
stored in flywheels and/or super-capacitors,
to be discharged when required.
WORDS Mark Glendenning
MAIN IMAGE Dunlop
rivia question: Name a racecar that is
fully electric, is powered via induction
pads embedded in the race track, is so
efficient at harvesting its own energy that
it doesn’t need traditional brakes, and has
a body and tires that change shape in
response to the conditions.
The answer, of course, is that you can’t –
well, not yet. And the “yet” bit is the most
important point for former Formula 1
designer Sergio Rinland, who was tasked
with injecting viability into the ideas
borne out of tire manufacturer Dunlop’s
“Future Racecar Challenge.”
The project began as a “blue-sky
thinking” report commissioned by Dunlop to
explore what motorsport might look like in
125 years. Futurologist Dr. Ian Pearson came
up with a vision that may seem slightly
Jetsonion, The Jetsons cartoon being the
ultimate benchmark for an idealized future.
His car is powered by linear induction plasma
thrusters and powerful electric engines,
and built from composites that change
aero profile on demand. It accelerates and
brakes so rapidly that human drivers
would need to be replaced by androids.
This concept formed the basis for Dunlop