The Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) will partner with the Milan Monza Motor Show (MIMO) to advance its autonomous racecars to road course competition in 2023, the autonomous racing program announced.
Its first competition held on a road course, the IAC will run on the Monza F1 Circuit, the oldest racing circuit in Europe, event officials said.
“MIMO is the perfect partner to make the transition from ovals to road courses happen,” said Paul Mitchell, president, IAC. “This two-year partnership between IAC and MIMO will allow us to showcase our racecars in exhibition runs in June 2023 as our teams and their AI drivers learn to run on road courses, and then in June 2024 we will return and host our first proper road course racing competition at Monza the Temple of Speed.”
“Indy Autonomous Challenge within MIMO perfectly embodies the spirit of an edition that will be totally dynamic,” said Andrea Levy, president, MIMO Motor Show. “MIMO 2023 promotes the knowledge and diffusion of new technologies in all areas of research. The Formula 1 circuit and the old banked ones that we will use for test drives will be the stage for a special Formula Indy race, with self-driving single-seaters, engaged for the first time in a technical circuit with curves and chicanes. Monza will be the venue for an incredible challenge between the best universities and research centers from all over the world.”
In addition to advancing to road competition, the IAC also announced plans to transform its current Dallara AV-21 racecar into an improved AV-23. Its roster of Member Sponsors: AWS, Bridgestone, Cisco, Continental and Luminar, together with other IAC Technology Sponsors including dSPACE and VectorNav will help transform the current racecar into an improved Dallara AV-23 with advanced automation hardware and software, improved system integration and packaging that is more durable and easier to maintain, IAC officials said.