Boating Business | Futuristic vessel could be from Star Wars

FUTURISTIC VESSEL COULD BE FROM STAR WARS

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07 Jun 2021

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The RaceBird prototype is due to be shown in September

The inaugural UIM World Electric Powerboat Series – E1 – has officially launched its RaceBird powerboat.

The futuristic vessel has been co-created by SeaBird Technologies and Victory Marine following a validation process.

The powerboat is inspired by nature and birds flying low over the water and features an outboard motor, enclosed safety canopy and hydrofoil technology, allowing for minimum drag, reduced wake and maximum energy efficiency.

The RaceBird is designed for foil-to-foil racing and should be capable of reaching speeds up to 50 knots (93 km/h or 58 mph).

The E1 Series aims to help drive forward electric boating, incorporating the advances in electric power in motorsport to the marine environment.

“We hope to accelerate change in the marine industry and provide sustainable solutions for future leisure craft,” said Alejandro Agag, E1 co-founder and chairman.

New era

“I’ve compared electric racing cars to podracers from Star Wars in the past, but the RaceBird looks even more futuristic. We’re looking forward to ushering in a new era of electric powerboat racing.”

Sophi Horne, SeaBird Technologies, added: “What has been interesting is trying to find a balance between how you envisage the design and combining that with optimising both performance and efficiency. The solution we settled on fortunately doesn’t compromise on either the looks or performance capabilities.”

With the design now validated, the RaceBird will enter into the production phase at Victory Marine with engineering and manufacturing in preparation for prototype testing.

The first full-scale model is due to be shown at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.

The E1 Series and PIF (the Public Investment Fund) have entered into a partnership that will see PIF support in delivering the world’s first electric powerboat racing championship.

The inaugural racing season is scheduled to take place early 2023.

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