Jaguar sets new maritime speed record with electric boat

Adam Westlake - Jun 17, 2018, 11:00 am CDT
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Jaguar sets new maritime speed record with electric boat

Jaguar is far from the only car manufacturer making the switch to producing electric vehicles, but it might one of the first to jump into the electric boat game. The company didn’t just dip its toe in water, it went all out and set a new world record for maritime speed. Jaguar teamed up with racing partners at Vector and Williams Advanced Engineering to build a small, single-person speedboat with an all-electric drivetrain.

Dubbed the Jaguar Vector Racing V20E, the boat reached speeds of 88.61mph while being piloted across eight miles of the Coniston Water lake in England. This easily broke the previous world record of 76.8mph, which has stood since 2008.

The trio of companies have decided to keep quiet on the vessel’s details, including the motor and battery, revealing only that it shares technology and hardware with Jaguar’s vehicles for the all-electric Formula E racing series.

There’s no word on when or if we’ll see more of the V20E in action, or what the companies’ plan is for future watercraft development. But if Formula E continues to grow in popularity, it’s anyone’s guess when electric racing might make the jump to the water.

SOURCE Williams


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