Introducing one of the most dramatic developments in the world of international powerboat racing – ever – and it’s in a direct response to the creation, evolution and success of electric F1 circuit racing.
E1’s innovative electric foiling raceboat has hit the water for the first time on the River Po, near San Nazzaro in northern Italy. The RaceBird prototype conducted a series of technical tests and systems checks with ex-powerboat world champion Luca Ferrari behind the wheel.
An excellent suite of videos has been produced to introduce the E1 Concept, the organisational structure, the Team involved – and the exceptional depth of European industrial capacity and capability involved – and these videos can all be seen in the May-June issue (#297)of Australian Boating. https://ausboating.com.au/product/australian-boating-issue-297/
The testing schedule, which will continue for several weeks, will consist of straight-line tests, qualifying runs, and race simulations, with the focus on set-up and performance analysis and gathering data on the foiling and handling characteristics in different racing conditions.
The single pilot RaceBird vessel is the brainchild of Norwegian designer Sophi Horne and was co-created together with Brunello Acampora and the expert engineers at Victory Marine and SeaBird Technologies.
The RaceBird is powered by a 150 kW Kreisel battery and an outboard motor produced by Mercury Racing, with the boat quickly lifting onto its foils with the benefit of instant torque and acceleration.
E1 organisers also used the opportunity during the test to evaluate different elements of the racing format, including trialling autonomous buoys and cornering profiles, as well as testing the positioning of onboard cameras to be used in the world feed broadcast.
The E1 world championship was founded by Alejandro Agag and Rodi Basso with a mission to build a new and exciting racing platform on the water, based on future electric technologies to protect and restore our urban waters and coastal areas.
The debut season of the E1 World Championship is scheduled to get underway in the Euro Spring of 2023.