Roborace, the world’s first driverless electric motorsport platform, today announced at Frankfurt Motor Show that Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi has joined them as CEO, after one year as advisor.

Di Gassi is considered as a pioneer when it comes to the application of new technologies in racing. He was among the first to join Formula E and will now help Roborace to build its case.

“We want to take Roborace where motorsport cannot go, focusing the platform on future road-relevant autonomous technology,” said di Grassi.  “The future of mobility is autonomous, that’s an industry consensus now. In the same way, I believe that motorsport is about the driver, who is the best human being behind the wheel. I want to develop the Roborace series to be complimentary to traditional motorsport, and not to replace it.

“We invite the OEMs, suppliers, technology companies and universities to use our platform to showcase their technology and intellectual capacity in driverless systems. With the technology evolving so fast we must remain flexible on the events, races and challenges we are promoting.”

The 33-year-old Brazilian believes electric and autonomous driving are the future of road relevant technology and has been consulting with Roborace founder Denis Sverdlov since the competition’s inception.

In the coming season, the competition aims to use the ‘Robocar’, as designed by Hollywood automotive futurist Daniel Simon, for its demonstrations and challenges around the world.  

Roborace will be using Formula E’s season 4 to develop a flexible format for the competition that can adapt to the rapid developments in both the electric and autonomous industries and help partners to showcase road relevant commercial technologies.

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Tim is co-founder of ElectricAutosport.com and works in international motorsport. He found his passion for sustainable racing by joining world's first competition for hydrogen electric vehicles in 2008. He does not doubt on the possibility of a break through of electric racing. And that deserves a platform to keep up to date and to interact. Tim operates on behalf of Formula Blue Media.

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