The Lancia Powerboat which was unveiled at the 2009 Venice Film
Festival is the result of a collaboration between four Italian
companies. Sacs - who produce luxury RIBs, FPT (Fiat Powertrain
Technologies ) who are Fiat's subsidiary company specializing
in powertrain development, Martini - a regular sponsor of Lancia
race vehicles, and of course Lancia.
The Lancia Powerboat has been designed to offer the comfort
and style of a sports coupe in a boat. The construction was
carried out by Sacs, following the design of Christian Grande,
one of today's most talented boat designers.
Each Lancia Powerboat is unique, manufactured industrially,
but finished with all the care and attention of a master boat-builder.
The fibreglass hull is made using moulds finished by robot milling
machines. Every component is then assembled and installed by
hand to permit each boat to be personalized to customer specifications.
The 13.1 metre (43 feet) length and 3.8 metre (12.4 feet) width
of the Lancia Powerboat offer a combination of performance and
comfort. The shallow draft of just 0.80 metres (2.6 feet) allows
the craft to traverse shallow waters. The Lancia Powerboat can
carry up to 11 persons, and has a cabin to sleep two.
The Lancia Powerboat has a folding, electric-powered hood which
can be raised to protect the occupants from the elements, this
has been designed to fit flush with the boat's lines and provide
a low profile that accentuates the vessels sporting character.
The bow deck incorporates two sunbathing mattresses located
either side of the central walkway that leads to the bow for
passengers to embark and disembark. In the same way, the engine
covers at the stern are upholstered to create a second sunbathing
area, with another walkway leading to the bathing platform.
A foldaway LCD television and a galley kitchen complete the
In the cabin, furnishing is characterized by modern shapes and
materials, and the lounge converts quickly to a double bunk.
Air conditioning lets you escape from the heat of the sun and
cool down. Bathroom facilities are minimalist but impeccably
The RIB tubes of the Lancia Powerboat are largely incorporated
into the hull, emerging only where their presence serves to
facilitate maneuvering in tight spaces without the need for
fenders. The tubes also ensure unsinkability by providing a
number of separate air compartments. Rows of LEDs under the
transom and front windscreen simulate the appearance of modern
Lancia car lights.
The Lancia Powerboat is powered by a pair of FPT N67-560 engines.
These produce a combined output of 1120 horsepower which gives
the boat a top speed of 55 knots and a cruising speed of 15
- 45 knots. Two buttons on the throttle levers modify the propulsion
angle to move the screws higher or lower in the water. This
changes the angle of the hull with respect to the surface of
the water, increasing speed or stability in rough water. The
hull is derived from a Sacs racing prototype, and does not need
flaps, making it especially easy to drive. The engines are controlled
by electronic levers that operate the throttles and smoothly
engage forward and reverse propulsion.
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