Formula Pi – the latest from PiBorg

Formula Pi is the latest Kickstarter project to come from PiBorg, the team responsible for the ZeroBorg motor controller, the wonderful DiddyBorg robot, plus a bunch of other wonderful Pi creations. We’re big fans.

Formula Pi

Allowing backers from across the globe to participate, the Formula Pi project consists of two race events. Competing in either the Summer or Winter Series (or in both if they want), participants modify code to run the autonomous Pi Zero-powered cars around 23 laps of the course.

Formula Pi - Self-Driving Robot

The team at PiBorg have done the majority of hard work, building the cars and writing the basic code. Entrants then have the chance to add to the code before it’s inserted into their car via SD card, to give their robots an edge – and the race begins.

Claire, Tim and the PiBorg team aim to continue the Formula Pi experience, expanding on the races to allow for different classes, speeds, and coding challenges. They also plan to include a battle series in which a MeArm is attached to their YetiBorg, creating the ultimate fighting ArmyBorg.

Simpsons fighting robot

Both Summer and Winter Series races will be broadcast live for everybody to watch. (We’ll be covering them here.) If you want to take a active part, entry will cost £35, which includes a customisable ‘lid’ for your car, giving you the chance to make your racer stand out from the competition.

Formula Pi Self-Driving Robots

Code will be made available to all racers once the Kickstarter campaign ends on August 22nd, allowing time for modifications before race day. Rewards for backing the Formula Pi campaign include having your logo placed upon the track, owning your own YetiBorg racing robot, and the chance to name the first corner of the track.

Formula Pi

For more information on the PiBorg Formula Pi campaign, plus a few chuckles at the outtakes of making a car ‘driverless’, check their Kickstarter page out now.

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Tom West avatar

“The laps are approximately 1/2 km in length”
I’m pearing at the diagram, and it says the outside wall is 28.6m (unless it says 286m), which is a lot less than 1/2km = 500m…

AndrewS avatar

“Races will consist of up to 23 laps (approximately 1/2km)”
i.e. 23 laps of 22.9m (centre lane) = 526.7 m which is approximately 1/2 km.

Sean M Cox avatar

Sounds like Tom identified a misstatement then. Laps are definitely not 1/2 km in length as the photo caption states.

Liz Upton avatar

Looks like you’re right – I’ve removed the offending caption.

Tim avatar

Looks like a typo. The race is approximately 1/2km, the laps are about 23m at the center. With 22 laps this translates to approxmimately 500m :)

AndrewS avatar

Ah, I’ve just spotted the bit you quoted. I guess Alex meant to say “The races are approximately 1/2 km in length”.

bluecar1 avatar

now that would be a great challenge at pi wars :)

3 or 5 laps timed or race

or a great show and tell / demo

Mr CoolDude avatar

when will the live stream be.

Robby avatar

I just want to make the car.

Claire avatar

You can! The £130 reward is for just the car chassis, motors, controllers, wheels, wires… :)

Ryhor Prakapovich avatar

In Ukraine, came up with a similar competition for autonomous mobile robots – RoboRaсe .
Now our team is also doing experiments on the development of mobile robots based on Raspberry Pi control system and MATLAB & Simulink . Soon we will demonstrate autonomous robots for RoboRace based on Raspberry Pi Camera Board.

Mirek avatar

I wonder if the basic code will be available for those not participating in the competition. Any suggestion?

Raj Kotak avatar

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