Automotive concepts coupled with offshore racing, combining the need for aerodynamics and aesthetics inspired this project in which form and function harmonize. Further inspired by hydrodynamics and the ergonomic design of the world's most iconic supercars, the project further includes a luxurious dynamic.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The unique properties of this project entail; aero-foils to create an aggressive, purposeful quality whilst aiding stability at high speed. A unique electric regenerative system to momentarily increase power and overall efficiency further compliments the innovative design. This technology both ensures the weight is not compromised and provides the necessary power to reach high speeds, transporting guests quickly, and luxuriously. The yacht features an aircraft style canopy for ease of access whilst maintaining its innovative ethos.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The boat runs on a high-end petrol racing engine that incorporates cylinder activation technology to further aid efficiency by only using necessary cylinders. Alongside this a regenerative electric recovery system stores energy to then be used as a fully electric when in harbour or mooring. In addition to this, the electric motor can be used to give a temporary boost of power to increase speed. Combined with other technologies speeds in excess of 110 knots will be achievable .
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Started in June 2009 as a personal project to gain better insight into the P1 offshore racing yachts manufacturing techniques, I increasingly researched design techniques to maximise performance. Years since, I have continued to refine the technology and styling, working towards the design of a yacht to break the World record for the fastest production boat speed.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Using the latest turbocharged mercury racing engines, proven in real work applications and racing, the yacht is uncompromising in power. The perfect companion to the “hypercar of the sea”. Using F1 manufacturing techniques for the body and cockpit and carbon titanium, the power to weight ratio is maintained, ensuring the centre of gravity remains low. Dry carbon for the hull furthers this effect. To ensure ultimate speed and performance, the yacht directly links to P1 offshore racing to the hull.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
taking technology straight from offshore racing meant that the hull should be kept at the maximum length of 42ft to maintains its characteristics, a 7-8ft beam and theoretical top speed in excess of 110 knots
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Research aimed to investigate P1 offshore racing regulations, alongside the latest design technology for racing engines from manufacturers for the required power outputs. I further used contacts to research aerodynamics with engineers who work directly in racing series.
A key challenge to the project was combining the ethos of keeping weight low and using a package that would give the efficiency that today’s speedboats require and the uncompromising performance that would challenge the record for the fastest production boat.A further challenge was gathering specific information on the hybrid engine, which is still in its infancy for such a particular use and is being pioneered by companies such as Porsche, McLaren and Ferrari with their latest generation of super cars.
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Image #No 1 : Designer Mark Norton Menéndez, P1-R Prototype, 2013
Optional Image#No 1 : Designer Mark Norton Menéndez, P1-R Prototype, 2013
Optional Image#No 2 : Designer Mark Norton Menéndez, P1-R Prototype, 2013
Optional Image#No 3 : Designer Mark Norton Menéndez, P1-R Prototype, 2013
Optional Image#No 4 : Designer Mark Norton Menéndez, P1-R Prototype, 2013