The E1 Series unveiled the first full-size model of the electric RaceBird powerboat for the world’s first electric powerboat championship.
The presentation ceremony has been hosted at the Yacht Club de Monaco, where E1 Series co-founders Alejandro Agag and Rodi Basso were joined by the boat’s designer Sophi Horne (Founder of SeaBird Technologies), Brunello Acampora (Founder & CEO of Victory Marine), and UIM President Raffaele Chiulli to remove the covers from the revolutionary new vessel.
Only one year on from the series launch, the unveiling of the full-scale model marks a major milestone for the championship as the E1 Series moves closer to putting the RaceBird on the water and the start of prototype testing early next year.
Earlier this year, the Public Investment Fund (PIF) entered as an investor in the E1 Series. The partnership with the PIF represents a significant step forward in the long-term development of the series, and provides a strong foundation to accelerate the development of the RaceBird technology.
Alongside the presentation of the RaceBird boat in Monaco, the E1 Series also announced exciting partnerships with Mercury Racing as Official Propulsion & Propeller Partner, Simrad as Official Marine Electronics Partner and C-MAP as Official Cartography Partner of the UIM E1 World Electric Powerboat Series.
Mercury Racing will work closely together with SeaBird Technologies and Victory Marine to support with the development of the outboard motor for the RaceBird. Navico is coming on board as a partner to provide specialist navigation and marine electronics for the RaceBirds and support craft at race events, integrating Simrad’s latest technology into the cockpits and C-MAP’s digital cartography and mapping technology for teams and race management.
In the coming months the RaceBird engineers will focus on the integration of the battery and controls systems and how they work together with the powertrain. After which the engineers will incorporate the propulsion architecture to the platform ready to hit the water.
As well as providing an update on the technical roadmap for the RaceBird powerboat, it was also confirmed during the event that Monaco will host a race in the inaugural season of the E1 Series, which is scheduled to start in early 2023.
E1 Series organisers are in discussions with the relevant authorities in Monaco to finalise the course layout, with the pilots set to race using a circuit combining sections inside Port Hercule and outside the harbour walls along the Mediterranean shoreline.
The E1 Series is also in conversation with a number of candidate host cities around the world, with feasibility studies set to commence soon in major European cities, including in Rotterdam and several sites in Hungary.
Working together with the Port of Rotterdam, the championship is looking to incorporate the race event as part of the annual World Port Days festival. While in Hungary, the E1 Series is evaluating potential course locations, which includes a race on the Danube River in front of the Hungarian Parliament Building.
To round-up the evening’s activities, the world governing body for powerboating announced that Prince Albert II of Monaco is to become Honorary President of the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM).
What is E1 Series:
- – Up to 12 teams
- – 10 global race locations
- – Knockout-style race format
- – Short races close to shore
RaceBird tech specs:
- – 50 knots top speed (93 km/h)
- – 150 kW peak power output
- – 35kWh battery from Kreisel
- – Hydrofoil technology
Source: E1 Series