Published on June 27th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart0
Jaguar Breaks Speed Record, But Not On Land — With Electric Boat!
June 27th, 2018 by Nicolas Zart
Jaguar says electric boats are here to stay, and proves it.
Like most people here, I associate Jaguar racing with four-wheel cars. So, when I saw Jaguar broke a speed record, I didn’t think much of it. But then I noticed the word “boat” and the word “electric” next to it. Jaguar + boat + electricity — now that got our attention!
Jaguar Breaks Speed Record With An Electric Boat!
You read it correctly. Jaguar’s not just a leader in electric car racing. And to think we were complaining about not enough electric boat stories last week!
Jaguar Vector pulled through with its electric V20E. Electric V20E? Yes, Peter Dredge, co-founder of Jaguar Vector Racing, blew past the previous record of 76.8 MPH he set 10 years ago with 88.62 MPH over 8 miles in a “V20E.” The Jaguar Vector V20E was designed and constructed in a joint partnership between Jaguar Vector and Jaguar Racing’s partner Williams Advanced Engineering.
That must have been exhilarating.
According to Malcolm Crease, CEO of Jaguar Vector Racing: “After 12 months of hard work, this is a fantastic result for the team and our partners and a great first step in bringing the power and versatility of electrification to the marine industry. It is a great honour for the Vector team to follow in the footsteps of Donald Campbell CBE and to set a world record on the historic Coniston Water.”
Craig Wilson, Managing Director of Williams Advanced Engineering, added: “Williams Advanced Engineering is proud to have supported this new world record by Jaguar Vector Racing by using our award-winning knowledge of electrification to provide the boat’s electric power, motor and control systems. Our experience from powering the entire Formula E grid for the past four seasons of racing and our ongoing partnership with Jaguar in the ABB FIA Formula E championship provided the technical and operational platform required to achieve this fantastic result. Congratulations to all involved in this wonderful achievement.”
Are We There Yet?
Electric land vehicles — check. Electric three-wheelers — check and check (and same with two-wheelers and even down to unicycles of various sorts). Electric aircraft — check. Electric boats — check. Electric submarines — old news.
The moment EVs are raced and make inroads with traditional racing, then everything changes. The Jaguar Vector electric boat speed record might be just the news we need to start a new electric boat championship.