There are few things that embody passion, fun and excitement more than motorsport. Whilst I began conducting research into the future of mobility, I discovered that it is a common thought that an increasingly environmentally conscious, electric and autonomous future will eventually spell the end of motorsport and the driving enthusiast as we know it. I decided to conduct research to make a case to the contrary and show why I believe that those seeking the thrills of motorsport, for recreation or competition, will still have a platform in this new future that’s as exhilarating and visceral as ever.
This exposition details how motorsport can remain conceivable in the future if sustainable design considerations are at the forefront, continuing to evolve and adapt to the use of greener technologies and materials. Since its very inception, motorsport has been instrumental in the innovation and development of the automobile. Technologies created and tested on the track, have often found their way into common passenger vehicles.
In this exposition, I discuss why I believe motorsport will continue to be used as a tool to develop electric and autonomous technologies into the future as it has in the past. I will demonstrate a thorough understanding of sustainable mobility; the role motorsport will have in the future of it; and conceptualise what the future of club racing may look like. This will be followed by a detailed description into the development process of a concept car; and the steps I took to create a 1:5 scale prototype of my concept race car.