E1 and SeaBird Technologies have announced they are joining forces with Victory Marine of Brunello Acampora to develop, manufacture and assemble the electric RaceBird powerboat that will feature in the UIM E1 Electric Powerboat Series.
Cars go electric, and boats go electric. Motorsport goes electric, and powerboating goes electric. And so, after some years of Formula E car racing, here comes E1 Series. A full-electric championship whose full name is UIM E1 World Electric Powerboat Series.
Many are involved in the E1 electric powerboat project
The supplier of the series will be RaceBird Engineering together with Victory Marine, design studio founded by the Italian Brunello Acampora: they will work on the conceptual design created by SeaBird Technologies founder Sophi Horne and lead a consortium of marine engineering specialists to bring the RaceBird to life.
The pool of companies will design build the boat from its hull, propulsion architecture, foil controls and its hydro and aerodynamic features. E1 said that working with Victory Marine allows them to accelerate preparations and offer race-ready boats to the teams, before giving them the freedom to develop their own components.
__Competing in the global E1 Electric Powerboat Series, each RaceBird powerboat will be driven by a single pilot and will be targeting speeds of up to 60 knots (69 mph or 111 km/h).
The first RaceBirds will be unveiled on June 8, to coincide with World Oceans Day, with prototype testing scheduled to take place in October later this year.
Alongside building and developing the full fleet of race-ready RaceBird powerboats specially for the E1 Series, Victory Marine has also been tasked with engineering and manufacturing the sister SeaBird model, a six-person electric foiling powerboat that will be made accessible to anyone through a shared booking platform.
__The UIM E1 World Electric Powerboat Series launched in September last year at the Monaco Yacht Club, where the organizing team revealed plans for a global short course racing series, set to take place against stunning city backdrops and in spectacular remote locations – all aimed at accelerating the electric revolution on the water.
Since the launch, the E1 Series team has been working together with SeaBird Technologies to define the development of the series, including finalizing details with series investors and continuing discussions with prospective cities, teams and partners in preparation to deliver the world’s most disruptive on-the-water sport and entertainment product.