Not content with owning a brand-new Lamborghini Aventador LP720-4 Roadster 50th Anniversary Limited Edition model, Gino Gargiulo has just presented his matching, custom-built powerboat at the 2014 Miami Boat Show.
The 48-foot catamaran is built by Marine Technology Inc (MTI) and based on their G6 Series race boat. It’s finished in the same bright yellow Giallo Maggio paintwork of the car, and throughout it has design elements borrowed from the supercar. Including similar lights both front and rear, large lateral air intakes, seats, center console and steering wheel.
Powering the Lamborghini Aventador catamaran – called the Aventaboat – will be a pair of 1,650 horsepower Mercury Racing engines. Each 9-litre engine features quad camshafts, fuel injection, and a turbocharger. They run on 112 Octane fuel, and, get this, cost $250,000 each!
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Cigarette Racing and Mercedes-Benz’s high-performance division AMG have teamed up for the fourth consecutive year to present complimentary futuristic visions, the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept car and the Cigarette Racing 50′ Vision GT Concept powerboat.
As you may recall, the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo supercar concept was created initially for the Playstation 3 racing game Gran Turismo 6, although Mercedes then went on to build a full-size version of the digital car.
However what wasn’t mentioned until now, is that at virtually the same time AMG were developing their concept car, Cigarette Racing were building a special, one-of-a-kind 50-foot powerboat inspired by the car. The Cigarette Racing 50′ Vision GT Concept is the most powerful production twin-engine performance boat ever developed and built by Cigarette Racing.
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Well the title says it all really. The Joyboat, built by Polish company SkyYacht, is an electric-powered boat controlled by a simple joystick.
Weighing in at 860 lbs (390 kgs), the Joyboat measures 14 ft (4.28 metres) long and 7 ft (2.17 metres) wide. It’s powered by two electric motors and can run for up to 8-hours on a full charge. After that it’s time to break out the oars, or swim.
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While the thought of a flying submarine might seem completely ridiculous to most people, it has been done. Way back in 1962 nonetheless. Donald Reid, a US defense contractor and also an early R/C submarine enthusiast built the RFS-1 using parts from salvaged aircraft and other assorted components.
It wasn’t a high-tech machine, despite its abilities. In the air it was powered by a 65 horsepower four-cylinder Lycoming engine. While underwater a 1-horsepower electric motor provided propulsion. Conversion from aircraft to submarine was a clumsy affair. The pilot first had to remove the propeller, and then cover the engine pylon with a rubber diving bell to keep the engine dry. The pilot used an aqualung to breathe. Maximum depth was roughly 10 to 12 ft (3.5 metres).
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Researchers have accidentally found the wreckage of a World War 2 era Japanese ‘super-submarine’ off the coast of Hawaii. The “Sen-Toku” I-400 class submarine is resting at a depth of 2,300 ft (700 metres).
The sub was sank in 1946 by the US Navy as target practice, and also to prevent the vessel being captured by the Soviet Union. When it was built it was the largest subarine the world had ever seen (more than double the size of US subs at the time), and it wasn’t until the 1960s and the arrival of nuclear-powered submarines that a larger sub was built.
It was 400 feet (122 metres) long, and amazingly it could also carry three specially-designed aircraft in a hangar located along the top of the vessel. It could launch the aircraft using a compressed air catapult, and retrieve the float planes from the water using a small crane. In addition the I-400s had 8 torpedo tubes, one large 14cm naval gun, and four 25mm machine guns.
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At the 2013 Monaco Boat Show, Italian designer Pierpaolo Lazzarini showed up with a curious watercraft called the Jet Capsule. It’s basically a highly compact and versatile vessel which its creator says is a “mini yacht”. The vessel is built in the Italian port city of Naples by the company Jet Capsule S.r.l.
The Jet Capsule features a composite carbon fiber hull and a hydro-jet propulsion system. It can be fitted with either one or two (petrol or diesel) engines, with power output ranging from 315 to 800 hp. An electric-powered version is also being worked on. On board, the Jet Capsule features a covered deck and seating area which accommodates up to eight passengers. There are also automatic closing doors, a rooftop sunbed, a rear diving platform, a convertible bedroom, toilet and it can even be customized to include a kitchen. The company have also developed a number of alternative uses for the Jet Capsule, ranging from an armored military version, to a DJ booth-equipped party version.
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Ferruccio Lamborghini’s custom made Riva Aquarama powerboat has just been restored to its original condition, complete with the twin 4.0 litre Lamborghini V12 engines, each producing 350 horsepower. Dutch specialists Riva-World undertook the restoration of the 45-year old boat after tracking down the almost-forgotten vessel and rescuing it from under an old tarpaulin. The restoration has taken three years, and involved numerous cross-continent trips to document and record elements of the boat using photographs from the Ferruccio Lamborghini Museum.
The wooden hull was repaired, sanded and no fewer than 25 coatings were applied. The wooden interior was repaired and the seats were reupholstered in the famous Riva design, all the buttons and switches were disassembled, repaired and reinstalled, and all the chrome parts shine like new.
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Milan is over 100 miles from the nearest sea. Strange then that a submarine appears to have surfaced in the middle of the city. There can be only two explanations for this event. One. Milan has a massive sewer system which is capable of being navigated by subs. Or two. Somebody’s been getting creative at the ad agency.
Of course it’s two. Milan-based agency M&C SAATCHI have placed a fiberglass submarine codenamed #L1F3 onto the streets of the city and surrounded it by what looks like broken concrete and an unlucky SMART car. To add to the realism, there are firemen (actors) who look to be trying to extract the sub, and even a hapless crew sitting bemused in the conning tower!
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At this year’s Monaco Yacht Show, Feadship Royal Dutch Shipyards unveiled their concept superyacht designed specifically for the Dutch royal family. Feadship have some extensive history when it comes to making yachts for the worlds most priveliged throne-sitters. In the past Feadship have created vessels for the Shah of Persia, the Saudi Royal fmaily, and in 1937 they manufactured a yacht which was a wedding present given to the Dutch Princess Juliana and her new husband Prince Bernhard.
This new luxury mega yacht, called the Feadship Royale has been created for King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, who came to the throne earlier this year. Feadship say the Royale concept was created to serve two distinct purposes: act as a home-away-from-home for the royal family, and provide a way of showcasing Dutch industry via hosting trade missions around the globe.
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The London Moto Group’s Super Car Workshop has just completed their first ever marine project. The vessel, a 38-ft Wellcraft Scarab called Noire, is on display at the PSP Southampton Boat Show. Refurbished inside and out at the Super Car Workshop in London, Noire is a 1997 Scarab, purchased by London Motor Group CEO, Elo, in Miami in 2008. It was the fastest offshore powerboat of its time and is still arguably the quickest craft of its kind in the UK, powered by two 502-cubic-inch Mercury V8 engines, each developing 450 horsepower.
Noire’s customisation has been sympathetic to its decadent 1980s heritage – the same model starred in Miami Vice – whilst updating the powerboat for modern tastes. Outside, the bow has been completely decked in non-slip Flexiteek and the hull wrapped in a matt-grey-over-black finish, with a striking red stripe and canopy colour-matched to a Ferrari 458.
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