AppleOne by Emre Yazici, Turkey

2017: Le Mans 2030: Design for the Win.


Emre M. Yazici
Ankara, Turkey

Emre YAZICI was born in 1962 in Izmir, Turkey. He is a graduate of Bornova Anadolu Lisesi, one of the most prestigious high schools in Turkey at the time, providing education in English.

In 1986, Emre has received his B.Sc. degree from Middle East Technical University, located in Ankara, in Aeronautical Engineering. After completing his military service in 5th Aviation Maintenance Command, he joined Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TAI), then a Joint Venture with General Dynamics, as a Quality Assurance Engineer. Emre worked for TAI, intermittently for over 20 years between 1988 and 2014.

Between 2005 and 2008 he worked at STM, a defence consultancy firm in Ankara, for three years as the Director of Defence Programs. Before getting back to TAI in late 2009, he worked for Oil & Gas industry in Qatar. Until his retirement in 2014, Emre was the Executive VP for Helicopter Programs in TAI, responsible for two major programs with a total volume of 7 billion USD.

Throughout his professional carrier Emre, together with his colleagues, had the opportunity to establish the Government Quality Assurance infrastructure and Military Airworthiness Certification infrastructure for Turkey. Currently Emre YAZICI is with the MSI – Turkish Defence Review Magazine, as the Editor for Strategy and Development. Emre is married with one son.

Apple’s expected debut in the automotive market finally came in the year 2020, albeit with some moderate success. In order to promote the sales of its car brand, Apple soon started to participate in Grand Prix races, which also helped to publicize its new technologies.

Year 2030 is the first time Apple took part in the Le Mans 24 hr race. The Apple car, named Appleone (read: Apple 1), is a Garage 56 design housing several innovative approaches, the most interesting being the staggered positioning of front wheels. Apple claims that the Staggered Front Wheels (SFW) substantially increases the curve stability as well as the chassis’ rigidity.

As Le Mans never became a robo-race, and autonomous cars were never allowed, Appleone is designed as a remotely driven vehicle”, where the driver is not located in the car. It serves to promote maturing tele-presence technologies where Apple is heavily investing. Apple’s motto for tele-presence “Being There” is broadly printed on the car. Although the Team requires all drivers be present at the track, it is practically possible to have all three drivers be at three different continents during the race.

The driver sits outside wearing an integrated tele-presence helmet. The helmet totally obscures the driver’s vision but synthetically stimulates the driver’s brain using; visual, auditory, olfactory, tactile and inertial data, collected and transferred wirelessly by the car in real-time, to simulate a sense of actually driving the car.

Duracell provides the fuelcell for the car which is continuously charged by two micro turbine engines by KaleAero. Six independent electric motors drive all six wheels separately.