Combining electricity and water is usually a bad decision. But if you happen to be Mercedes-AMG engineers and Cigarette Racing, then there’s nothing to worry about.
At the 2013 Miami International Boat Show (14-18 February) the two companies showed off their latest collaboration in the form of the Cigarette AMG Electric Drive Concept. The high-performance electric drive system fitted in the off-shore powerboat makes it the world’s most powerful and fastest electrically driven motor boat. With an output of 1,656 Kilowatts and a maximum torque of 3,000 Nm, the Cigarette AMG Electric Drive Powerboat Concept can reach over 99 mph.
The technology, performance and design of the Cigarette powerboat is closely based on the drive system used in the SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive made in Affalterbach, Germany.
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This video, shot on the shores of lake Lyndon in New Zealand, starts with a small motor boat being ravaged by fire and clouds of thick black smoke. About 18 seconds into the footage, the hero of the hour arrives in the form of a rather brave and skillful boater with a nippy little powerboat at his disposal. Watch the video to see his ingenious solution!
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Luxury powerboats are the ultimate expression of wealth. They’re hugely expensive, and unlike even a supercar they’re completely impractical for absolutley anything. Except perhaps looking good in open water. It takes a fairly special looking kind of vessel to stand out from the luxury yacht crowd these days, but that’s exactly what Italian designer Pietro Russomanno has created with his Dartline 60 concept.
Sadly that word ‘concept’ does make its way into the name – meaning it doesn’t actually exist yet. However the design is far from complicated, in fact it’s almost characterised by its symetrical simplicity. So any shipyards with some free time on their hands? You know who to call.
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Keyframestudio (KFS) are a Florence-based yacht design company who have featured a number of times on diseno-art.com in the past. Usually their work revolves around designing large luxury yachts, but some of their most recent work is on a slightly smaller scale. AQUAMAR, a Sicily-based shipbuilder, hired the KFS team of designers to restyle three of their models, the Aqua5, Aqua6 and Aqua7.
The Aqua6, a six metre long vessel, is too small to allow a great deal of creativity, especially as the hull shape was to remain the same as the previous generation. So KFS were forced to concentrate on giving the top of the vessel a complete makeover, one which would give it a more unified and streamlined appearance. The layout of the Aqua6 MORPH is completely unique to the vessel. The driving console is obviously located in a central position, but the hardware that is usually placed underneath it is instead placed on the flanks, inside the side walls. Thanks to this solution the console opens to reveal a huge storage compartment, while the fridge and the kitchenette are placed in the side volumes. Further towards the bow is a separate, more private dinette.
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KFS (KeyFrameStudio) is an Italian yacht design firm who specialise in luxury vessels which have something a little bit special about them. In the past they’ve produced watercraft like the K60 Anaconda and the gorgeous MAS 36. And now they’ve just announced their latest project, the Gran Marlin 46. The KFS Gran Marlin 46 is a 46 metre (151 foot) vessel with a hull designed for comfort and ocean-crossing capabilities. Powered by a 1,800 horsepower Caterpillar C32 Acert engine, the Gran Marlin 46 offers a cruising speed of 15 knots.
Laid out across four decks, the Gran Marlin 46 features an interior designed for comfort and privacy. A large proportion of the yacht is dedicated to the owners cabin, which is connected to the rest of the vessel through a private studio. The huge full-beam cabin is acoustically isolated from the rest of the yacht thanks to the service areas which surround it.
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SCOD (Sauter Carbon Offset Design) have just unveiled plans for their latest vessel. It’s a 45 foot (13.7 metre) superyacht tender powered by a choice of two different setups. One uses powerful, but fairly ordinary, twin V6 configuration. While the other employs a more unusual, and also more powerful, hybrid system. According to SCOD, each 450hp Diesel Electric Power Plant weighs no more than its gasoline equivalents while consuming 40% less fuel. When running in pure-electric mode, the Emax Super Marine 45 relies on a 32KWh Lithium-ion battery which powers an electric motor housed within the the transmissions. The Allison Hybrid Transmission is used in thousands of hybrid buses around the world, as well as GMs hybrid pickup trucks, the hybrid Cadillac Escalade, and also the Hybrid Bluetec Mercedes-Benz S Class.
The Emax Super Marine 45 can seat up to 10 people, plus 4 sunbathers on the sun bed. Inside the cabin beneath the Solar Center Cockpit the vessel provides a shower room with stand up head and a double bed. For longer trips there’s a kitchenette with fridge/freezer, stove, microwave and a foredeck table for setting out food for up to six sit-down guests.
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The Wally//One is a new powerboat from the Monaco-based yacht manufacturers Wally. The Wally//One is the replacement vessel for the company’s successful Wally//Tender model. It features better performance, more gadgets, superior comfort and extra space over its predecessor – which has been in production for a decade.
Anytime the words ‘boat’ and ‘Monaco’ are used in the same breath, you can be sure there is an unreasonably large price tag lurking somewhere nearby. The Wally//One is no exception, and prices start at whopping €580,000 EUR ($834,000 / £510,000). That’s an awful lot of cash for a something that is described as a ‘day boat’.
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Yacht Island Designs, a UK company who specialise in designing outrageous and extremely opulent super yachts, have just put the finishing digital brush strokes to their latest design. The yacht’s name ‘Tropical Island Paradise’ is a fairly obvious clue as to this vessel’s theme – if the cabana beach huts, faux-volcano and palm trees weren’t enough.
The Tropical Island Paradise yacht has room for four VIP guest suites and a luxurious owner’s suite situated across two decks and built into the the volcano. Indoor entertainment is catered for by way of a cinema, library, games room and gym, with relaxation options in the form of a multitude of lounges each offering their own unique ambiance, and a fully equipped spa.
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The Queen Mary 2 is an ocean liner (not to be confused with a cruise ship) that is primarily designed to travel back and forth across the Atlantic. Ocean liners like the QM2 are more sturdy than the average cruise ship as they have to contend with the unpredictability of the open ocean – whereas cruise ships are usually limited to more confined locations; such as the Caribbean islands, or the Mediterranean sea, where they can find safe harbour relatively quickly.
When the Queen Mary 2 was launched in 2003, it was the first major ocean liner built since the Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1969. She currently runs a scheduled service between Southhampton and New York – although the ship is often used for cruise voyages, including an annual world tour. Continue reading ‘Queen Mary 2: The Numbers’ »