2030 Infiniti Le Mans Concept Adds Autonomous Driving To Endurance Racing

The winner for Michelin’s ‘Le Mans 2030’ global design competition, which looks at how a potential endurance racer from Infiniti could look in 14 years, has just been announced.

Created by Chinese designer Tao Ni, the futuristic Infiniti race car has been envisioned to not only be faster than current prototypes , but safer, too.

Ni’s creation has the ability to race by itself at night, leaving the day to the driver. In a 24-hour endurance race like Le Mans, this would help to dramatically reduce driver fatigue and, if the autonomous system were advanced enough, make it safer.

Design wise, the concept is unlike any current race car and has aerodynamic bodywork that entirely covers all four wheels. It also includes advanced air tunnels beneath the skin to produce huge amounts of downforce and numerous wings, fins and air intakes.

While it is extremely unlikely Infiniti will enter a factory team into LMP1 racing in the future, it will be interesting to see if autonomous racing gains traction in the coming years, particularly following the introduction of the Roborace series.


  • Six_Tymes


  • mb4design

    Autonomous racing? Stop already.

  • Self driving cars aren’t cars but “people pods” and completely useless to car enthusiasts.

  • James

    autonomous endurance race??

    that would get such a big following and would be really close and exciting…

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    “Autonomous Driving To Endurance Racing” has to be the dumbest combination of words in the history of words.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    The whole point is for the manufacturer to build a car that can handle a long time frame of punishment as well as driver too ability.

    “In a 24-hour endurance race like Le Mans, this would help to dramatically reduce driver fatigue and, if the autonomous system were advanced enough, make it safer.”

    Another thing that would greatly improve safety is to never leave the pits but that wouldn’t make for much of an event either…the whole autonomous driving thing is out of hand

New 718 Cayman GT4 Sports Cup Edition Celebrates Porsche’s German Racing Series

Porsche’s offering the 718 Cayman GT4 Sports Cup Edition for a limited period in its home market, starting October 14.

Diminutive Uniti One EV Priced From £15,100, Arriving In Mid-2020

The tiny electric vehicle has three seats and will be available with either a 12 kWh or a 24 kWh battery pack.

New Porsche Taycan 4S Debuts With Up To 563 HP, 287 Miles Of Range And $103,800 Price Tag

The new entry level version of Porsche’s first EV still has two electric motors and does 0-62 mph in 4.0 seconds, but comes with a much more affordable starting price.

VW Group Denies Report It Intends To Sell Off Lamborghini Or Take It Public

According to the report, the German group wants to free up resources for EVs and focus on its VW, Audi and Porsche brands.

McLaren 620R Is A GT4-Inspired Supercar That Can Legally Roam The Streets

The 620R seems to be the most track-focused model in McLaren’s Sports Series range, upstaging even the mighty 600LT.

Isuzu Previews Futuristic FL IR Truck With Autonomous “Platooning” Function

The tech allows one truck to act as the leader in a convoy and others to follow, react and adapt to its movements.

Remember That 3D-Printed Aventador Replica? Well, It Actually Runs!

The Lambo replica is powered by a twin-turbocharged, 5.7-liter Corvette V8 and its bodywork was created by just three cheap 3D printers.

Five Years After Its Recall, A Defective Key Is Still Present In Camaro’s Parts Catalog

The key in question was first recalled by General Motors in June 2014, yet an employee discovered it was still available as a replacement.

2020 BMW X6 M Cabrio Answers A Question No One Asked In The First Place

Good thing BMW has no plans whatsoever of building such a thing, because…. well, it just doesn’t make sense.

1,200 HP Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Makes The Trackhawk Seem Puny

It may be seven years old, but this wildly modified Grand Cherokee is one of the craziest Jeeps out there.