Jaguar’s battery-powered V20E boat broke all the maritime speed records by creating a new record of controlling the boat at the speed of 88.62 miles per hour across eight miles in Cumbria.
The co-founder of Jaguar Vector, Peter Dredge controlled the boat at speeds of 88.62 miles per hour across eight miles of the Coniston Water lake in Cumbria, England. While driving he broke the previous record of 76.8 mph set ten years ago. The boat is small and extremely fast, which was developed with racing experts over at Vector, as well as Williams Advanced Engineering, from which it borrowed the electric drivetrain’s components. The specifics of the battery, motor, and controller are not very clear, but the team used similar hardware and technology that Jaguar uses in Formula E, the all-electric street racing series.
Malcolm Crease, CEO of Jaguar Vector Racing said, “After 12 months of hard work, this is a fantastic result for the team and our partners and a great first step in bringing the power and versatility of electrification to the marine industry. It is a great honour for the Vector team to follow in the footsteps of Donald Campbell CBE and to set a world record on the historic Coniston Water.”
Apart from this record-breaking news, a British multinational car manufacturing company is in the midst of launching its first all-electric car, the Jaguar I-Pace and this fall, a full field of I-Paces will compete against each other in a racing series that will commence before Formula E events. Maybe Jaguar is also planning for an electric boat racing series in future.
Source: The Verge