Autonomous Car Racing Competition in Abu Dhabi,UAE | A2RL

About Autonomous
car racing

Autonomous car racing is a rapidly advancing field that combines cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), fast mobility stacks, innovative sensor technologies and edge computing to create high-performance vehicles that can perceive their surroundings, make decisions, and race competitively without human intervention.
Abu Dhabi Autonomous Racing League
Autonomous Vehicles
Autonomous racing is not only a new sport, but it is a platform for research and development in the field of autonomous vehicle technology.
By competing in these events, researchers and engineers can test and refine their algorithms and systems in situations otherwise impossible to reproduce, helping to advance the state of the art in autonomy.

keeps us reviving

We’re convening talent, teams and technologies to transform the future of mobility through extreme sports. We’re building the economy of tomorrow through advanced technology R&D.

THE MISSION we are driven by

Pioneering the
Future of Transport

We push the boundaries at A2RL, stress-testing autonomous vehicles on the racetrack for safety on our roads.

Inspiring NextGen
STEM Talent

Our programming is driven by talented teams - the workforce of the future. Join us in embracing curiosity, reimagining possibilities, reinventing ideas, and re-engineering a brighter tomorrow.

Accelerating Abu Dhabi’s Knowledge Economy

A2RL propels Abu Dhabi into the future, serving as a dynamic R&D hub. We offer an immersive experience into the world of AI, leapfrogging progress and driving the knowledge economy forward.

Creating Impact
Beyond the Tracks

Autonomy is just the beginning of advanced tech exploration. Through research and development, we venture into uncharted territories, with applications spanning across diverse sectors. Join us on this journey to shape the future.

Timeline of
the Autonomous
Car Race

September 2023 Team Forum Launch Autonomous Car Physical Testing Kick Off 16th March 2023 Announcement of League and First Event October 2023 Simulation Phase 1 April 2023 Registration Portal Opens for Teams Expression of Interest November 2023 Car Physical Testing on Circuit – UAE January 2024 Team Car Testing December 2023 Simulation Competition Phase 2 March 2024 Handover and Track Training Commences in UAE April 2024 Team Training and Inaugural A2RL Race – April 28th Qualifying


Taking place at the iconic Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, this event marks the beginning of a series of autonomous vehicle races. The A2RL car race, featuring a substantial prize pool of up to USD $ 2.25 million, will showcase the impressive Dallara-built Super Formula cars. Japan Racing Promotion (JRP) has enabled the use of SF23 models for our autonomous race, currently the fastest in the world after Formula 1 cars.

Teams from universities worldwide are invited to participate, and both public and private research institutes are encouraged to join this pioneering journey.
Prize Money – up to USD 2.25 million
  • 1st
    up to USD 1.5 million
  • 2nd
    up to USD 500,000
  • 3rd
    up to USD 250,000
Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi


With exclusive access to Dallara Super Formula car, Abu Dhabi Autonomous Racing League will be using one of the world's most advanced racing cars that will enable us to push the limits and high speeds of autonomous driving.
Max speed
300 km/h
Including Computer
650 kg
  • Super Formula Dallara SF23
  • Custom-built AUTONOMOUS STACK
  • DRIVE-BY-WIRE throttle control
  • Advanced Braking Capabilities
  • Pushrod with torsion bar
  • Manufactured from bio-composite materials


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Autonoumous Car racing Competition

Meet Our Experts

With decades of combined experience, our judges bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to every race. From vehicle engineering and design to driving technique and safety, our panel evaluates every aspect of a race to ensure the fairest, most accurate results possible.
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Judge 1

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Judge 2

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Judge 3

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Judge 3

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Ready to put your skills to the test? Register for our next race and see how you measure up against the best in the business. With our expert judge panel and world-class facilities, there's never been a better time to join the action.

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Autonomous Vehicles Virtual Reality (VR)


Race viewers will be invited to dive into a new world of entertainment, experiencing the thrill of head-to-head autonomous car racing, with live updates using virtual reality (VR) technologies and real-time displays shown on screen.


The car race is open to all teams from previous autonomous racing challenges, teams from universities around the world, public and private research institutes, will also be welcome to participate.

A core goal of the League is to push the boundaries of autonomous mobility by conducting challenging experiments to advance R&D in autonomous racing and artificial intelligence (AI). Additionally, the applied research executed in preparation of the League will develop cutting-edge and low risk solutions to significantly reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions through the increased efficiency, while at the same time increasing safety and performance standards of motorsports and commercial transportation.

Register Your
Interest Now

ASPIRE will be conducting detailed briefings with potential teams. To receive an invitation please register your interest.
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