Agag launches new electrical powerboat championship
Components E and Excessive E founder Alejandro Agag is taking the electrical racing idea to the water with the launch of the the world’s first electrical powerboat championship.
Along with Rodi Basso, former Director of Motorsport at McLaren, and Dr Raffaele Chiulli, President of the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM), Agag unveiled the UIM E1 World Electrical Powerboat Sequence in Monaco on Friday.
“I’m delighted that we’re at present in a position to announce this distinctive step ahead in marine-based sport,” he stated. “We imagine this collection will interact not solely the sporting public, and boating and tech lovers around the globe, but additionally ocean conservationists who care about the way forward for our planet.
“The earth’s oceans, lakes and rivers are below big environmental stress and the E1 World Electrical Powerboat Sequence will paved the way in electrifying water mobility for future generations.
“Proper now using electrical energy on the water remains to be at an embryonic stage. My ambition is for the E1 Sequence to speed up the adoption of electrical boats, to exhibit how thrilling they are often and to advertise electrical options and clear water mobility to marine journey worldwide.”
Whereas Agag will probably be non-executive chairman of the brand new enterprise, Basso, an Italian former aerospace engineer who has labored with NASA, Ferrari and Crimson Bull in Components 1, and Magneti Marelli and McLaren Utilized Applied sciences within the excessive tech trade, will take the Chief Govt position.
Basso says the collection, which will probably be related intently with Excessive E, will develop on a good timescale with an intense testing and construct schedule for the brand new boats.
The UIM E1 World Electrical Powerboat Sequence options high-performance racing boats powered completely by electrical propulsion programs racing on brief programs at city-based and distant areas around the globe.
The futuristic RaceBird boats being developed for the Sequence incorporate hydrofoil expertise, will probably be pushed by single pilots and will probably be able to attaining speeds of as much as 60 knots, or 69 mph.
The boats are being developed by SeaBird Applied sciences, a start-up based mostly within the UK that may companion with different corporations concerned in excessive efficiency water vessels to provide a super-fast and superlight, largely one-design race boat.
The plan is to draw as much as 12 groups which is able to every buy two boats, one based mostly in Europe and one which will probably be saved on the St Helena, a refurbished former Royal Mail Ship that the Sequence will use as a “floating paddock” for races outdoors Europe.
The pilots for the inaugural E1 Sequence are anticipated to return from a variety of backgrounds with some from current powerboating championships and others making a transition from street car electrical expertise to the water.
Every E1 race weekend will comprise testing and qualifying after which a collection of knock-out races resulting in a last which is able to produce one winner. An annual total world champion will probably be determined by cumulative scores all through the season.
Success on the racecourse will rely not simply on velocity in various situations however on a pilot’s capability to protect power, with limitless charging allowed for testing and qualifying every weekend, however a finite provide for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and last.