What is the RaceBird?
The RaceBird is specially designed for foil-to-foil racing and is capable of reaching speeds up to 50 knots (93 km/h or 58 mph), with pilots showcasing their skills using tight and technical circuits located close to shore in the heart of urban areas.
The new design was co-created by SeaBird Technologies Founder Sophi Horne, alongside Brunello Acampora, Founder & CEO of Victory Marine, which is the Official RaceBird Engineering and Manufacturing Supplier of the E1 Series.
The RaceBird is inspired by nature and birds hovering above the water and features an outboard motor, enclosed safety canopy, and hydrofoil technology.
Using innovative hydrofoil technology, the electric RaceBird powerboats will rise above the water’s surface, allowing for minimum drag and maximum energy efficiency. Being lifted above the surface will not only improve performance, but also promote close and competitive racing with a reduced wake when following an opponent.
With the design now validated, the RaceBird has entered into the production phase with the expert engineers at Victory Marine concentrating their efforts and resources over the coming months on manufacturing a full fleet of race-ready electric powerboats.
Target speed: 50 knots
Beam: 2m (with foils 3m)
Foil height: 0.5m
About SeaBird Technologies:
SeaBird Technologies is an exciting new start-up with a mission to make waves in the marine industry, through global electric powerboat racing and the creation of the first sustainable boat sharing service on the water.
The six-berth SeaBird electric foiling boat is the brainchild of designer Sophi Horne and will offer a truly unique and hassle-free boating experience.
With a range of 50 nautical miles between each charge and accessible to anyone using a shared booking platform, the SeaBird will change the way people travel and transform marine mobility.
Available to ride worldwide, the futuristic SeaBird vessel can be rented by the hour, for a full day or more. The SeaBird can be hired to drive, or as a passenger, operated by expert local captains. As well as being a public boat sharing service, the SeaBird model will also be made available to purchase and own.
About Victory Marine:
Victory Marine is the UK sister company of Victory Design, the renowned Italian yacht design and build company.
VICTORY was founded over 30 years ago by Brunello Acampora, who still leads the company to date. VICTORY has since proved to be a reliable stakeholder and partner in some of the most challenging concepts in record-breaking powerboat racers of all kinds, but also pleasure yachts, military crafts, marine defence and commercial workboats.
Today, VICTORY is also building the world’s fastest yacht, a full carbon fibre 80-footer to be launched in 2022, as well as designing the full Solaris Power range of open commuters and supporting several more confidential marine projects.
The experience gained in a wide spectrum of activities such as styling, concept, design, engineering and naval architecture, has allowed VICTORY to specialise in the development of new products, governing the design spiral from the analysis of requirements to the first sketches, from detailed engineering through to production.
About Kreisel Electric:
Kreisel Electric GMBH & Co KG is an international battery solution-provider based in Rainbach, Mühlkreis district, Upper Austria. The company was founded in 2014 by three brothers, Johann, Markus and Philipp Kreisel. Kreisel Electric produces the most innovative battery technology for e-mobility and for stationary storage systems. Its core competence includes battery development and production, integration and testing, prototyping and serial production, and software development.
The UIM is probably the oldest world governing body in motorsport; its roots can be reliably traced back to 1902, when the British formed their Marine Motoring Association. It was in 1922 and due largely to the lobbying efforts of an Englishman, Dr. Morton Smart, and an ex-patriot Irishman living in Belgium, John Ward, that an international authority was established in Brussels. The Union Internationale du Yachting Automobile would prove to be the precursor of today’s modern administration.
The UIM governs all powerboating disciplines including Aquabike, Circuit, Offshore, Pleasure Navigation, Radio-controlled boats, Solar & Electric, MotoSurf and is responsible for creating a safe, accessible, unified and thriving world-renowned sport.
As the IOC recognised exclusive authority for world powerboating in all its disciplines, the UIM’s mission is the protection and construction of the future of the powerboat sport on behalf of its national federations and competitors, and is responsible for developing a safe, accessible and thriving sport on a global scale.