ED Design Torq concept - 2015 Geneva Live

07/03/2015 - 21:11 | ,   | Sagar Parikh

A self-driving race car concept.

It probably wouldn't make sense to race without driving yourself, but Italy-based ED Group has challenged this view with the Torq concept, a self-driving race car.

ED Design Torq concept front three quarter left

The concept car is powered by an electric motor that produces 429 hp and 1,800 Nm of torque. The 88 kWh lithium-ion battery alone weighs 550 kg, bringing the kerb weight to 1,000 kg. Unfortunately, the car tops out at just 155 mph (249 km/h).

ED Design Torq concept side profile

The windowless cockpit can be accessed with outlandish rear-hinged scissor doors. Inside, there are seats for two and there's a 306-degree OLED screen that gives the outside view on the cabin's panel.

ED Design Torq concept rear three quarters

The autonomous race car can be switched to self-driven mode if wished so. In this case, the car becomes left-hand driven. The steering wheel is like that of a Formula 1 car, but again, looks out-of-the-box and futuristic. Speed and other driving information is displayed on the front OLED screen. There's a smartphone mount on the central armrest.

ED Design Torq concept rear

The concept is of course, far from production.

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