Italian design firm ED looked into the near future and came back with a self-driving race car called Torq, an electric pod that serves as a laboratory for autonomous vehicle development.
GENEVA -- Design firm ED presented what it called a self-driving race car here at the 2015 Geneva auto show.
Torq, the ED race car, shows no driver cockpit in its smooth shell.
An electric car, Torq uses four motors and a 1,212-pound lithium-ion battery pack. Total weight is only 2,205 pounds (1,000 kg).
Racing aerodynamics contribute downforce, and with no driver, Torq would likely be able to corner faster.
Its four wheel motors give Torq 1,327 pound-feet of torque.
Top speed is rated at only 155 mph, a little slow for a race car.
ED expects Torq to handle a 4-minute lap at Le Mans.
A rear wing contributes to downforce.
Despite its self-driving design, ED includes space for a human under the shell.
This rendering suggests a human "driver" would see outside of the car through a screen and camera system.
ED envisions the Torq as a development environment for autonomous cars.
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