UAE’s ASPIRE Unveils ‘Autonomous’ Dallara Super Formula Car

by BTM

Tue, 31 October 2023

UAE’s ASPIRE Unveils ‘Autonomous’ Dallara Super Formula Car

ASPIRE has announced details of its highly anticipated Abu Dhabi Autonomous Racing League, A2RL, at GITEX Global 2023 – the world’s premier technology event. 

A2RL unveiled a model of the first ever autonomised Dallara Super Formula, SF23, released earlier this year. This cutting-edge marvel, capable of sensing its environment and operating without human involvement, is set to transform racing with a monumental inaugural race scheduled for 28 April 2024, at the iconic Abu Dhabi Yas Marina Circuit.

A first-of-its-kind for the region, A2RL integrates artificial intelligence (AI), autonomy, and extreme sports to push the boundaries of future mobility. The event is being spotlighted as the largest autonomous racing league in the world, showcasing autonomous car races, drone races, and dune buggy races. 

Ten elite teams from universities and research institutions internationally have confirmed their participation in the autonomous car race and will vie for a prize purse of USD2.25 million. Participating teams will each have exclusive access to a brand new Dallara Super Formula SF23 car, which has been autonomised specifically for A2RL. The car is manufactured from sustainable bio-composite materials, weighs 690 kgs, and is currently the fastest open-wheel race car in the world after Formula One, reaching maximum speeds of 300 km/h. 

ASPIRE is the driving force behind grand challenges and global competitions for Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC).