TII and

Indy Autonomous
Challenge (IAC)

TII made its IAC racing debut in October 2021 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, when it sponsored HiPert Lab’s EURORACING Team and helped it reach the finals with a world record of 223 kph for the fastest average lap speed. In its rebranded avatar as TII UNIMORE Team - with TII's ARRC on board as a participant, in collaboration with the EURORACING team, it clocked a top speed of 272 kph at the first overtaking race for autonomous vehicles in Las Vegas at the IAC @CES 2022 in January 2022.

TII UNIMORE returned to IAC for a third outing at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas in November 2022. The team completed its fastest lap at 34.0695 seconds, and its top speed was 257.4 kph. The team is now back in Vegas to test a more advanced software and scenario over last year. Here, the overtaking attacker and defender can maneuver greater levels of complexity with greater freedom.


The TII UNIMORE team collectively brings to the track extensive experience in designing, maintaining, and developing software, often called the brain in autonomous racing, as well as hardware to operate autonomous racing vehicles of all specifications.

The team's participation in such autonomous vehicles (AV) racing challenges helps progress the technology that drives the commercialization of fully autonomous vehicles as well as the deployment of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Such enhancements will lead to increased safety and higher performance levels across the transportation sector.

Meet the Team

Danilo Caporale
Team Principal
Ayoub Raji
Team Leader
Francesco Gatti
Perception Leader
Micaela Verucchi
Perception Engineer
Alessandro Toschi
Control Engineer
Nicola Musiu
Vehicle Engineer
Fabio Bagni
Perception Engineer
Luca Bartoli
Perception Engineer
Francesco Amerotti
Robotics Engineer
Massimiliano Bosi
Perception Engineer
Davide Malatesta
Senior Engineer Software Platform
Andrea Finazzi
Software Engineer
Andre Jesus
Alessandro Tonoli
Lead of Operations
Francesco Prignoli
Motion Planning and Control
Daniele Lombardo
Motion Planning
Arun Muraleedharan
Control Engineer
Andera Ferrarelli
Senior Autonomous Racing Engineer
Ivo Simoes
Robotics Engineer

Equipped Racecar

The TII UNIMORE racecar is a Dallara AV-21 standard, considered the most technologically advanced as well as the fastest autonomous racecar on the circuit, which all Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) teams must use. The IAC Dallara AV-21 is outfitted with hardware and controls for autonomous driving and includes modified-for-autonomy Indy lights, a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, onboard radar and lidar, optical cameras, and ruggedized edge computing.

The TII UNIMORE Team's car uses advanced prototype software that is continuously modified and upgraded in the run-up to race day.


Looking to the

When autonomous racing first burst onto the motorsport circuit with Roborace’s Devbot, the world’s first self-driving car in 2016, no one imagined it would soon become a serious contender for the Grand Prix crown. Fast track to the present, and the sport is now so popular that autonomous racing challenges abound worldwide.

We are gaining considerable insights through championing and participating in prestigious autonomous racing events such as the Autonomous Challenge @CES2022 and previously at the first IAC cycle at Indianapolis, where we joined as sponsors. We hope that these challenges will help create awareness of the importance of safety in autonomous vehicles while highlighting the critical need for a more green and sustainable transportation sector.

  • AV racing is the future and allows race car manufacturers and teams to test their cars in various configurations across diverse environments to identify problems without the need for human drivers.
  • AV racing is also sustainable and environmentally friendly. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), automated cars could reduce energy consumption rates by 90% to 200%.