McLaren reveal their vision for Grands Prix in 2050

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As we patiently count down the days until the new 2019 F1 cars are launched, McLaren have given fans a look into the future, as they have unveiled their vision on what Formula One will look like in 2050.

Undoubtably, fans will have to be prepared to go all electric.

McLaren Applied Technologies, sister company of the Formula One team, have conducted extensive research that included speaking to fans, assessing 'international policy on vehicle electrification and emission targets", and evaluating how human and car technology is likely to change.

As part of their vision, they have released a concept of the new car nicknamed the MCLExtreme, and for any Formula One fan, we are sure this will get you a bit too excited for the future. 

After the ever growing field of autonomous driving tech, McLaren believes that in the year of 2050, Formula One cars will still be human driven and that they will to some extent be shaped relatively similar to today's cars - four open wheels, driver in the middle, side pods and wings on both ends.

Central to McLaren's 2050 visions, here is an extensive breakdown of what the MCLExtreme includes.

Speeds that can hit up to 500 km/h on straights, cornering speeds that will be significantly higher, active aerodynamics to improve efficiency on the straights while retaining grip in the corners, more emphasis put on underfloor aerodynamics but the skin of the car would be able to shape-shift to suit the the drag/downforce trade off required. 

Pretty cool, right?

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Well, in addition, McLaren believes the way drivers send and receive information during a race will evolve as well.

It predicts that there will be an "AI co-pilot" processing and feeding information to the driver and pit-wall, and helmets will feed information in head-up display.

"In the future, we could get to the point where human ingenuity is replaced with an AI algorithm," says Karl Surmacz, head of modelling and decision science at McLaren Applied Technologies.

"Machine learning would see human preferences and decisions, as well as our domain expertise and instinct, captured," he added.

"Take enough examples of our creative processes and outcomes, and this could be codified into an algorithm which would enable AI to make creative decisions consistent with those of a human counterpart."

The latest MCLExtreme concept car is the second McLaren have released in recent years, following on from the MP4-X in 2016.

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