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Jaguar Vector Racing breaks maritime electric world record

The Jaguar Vector V20E

Jaguar Vector Racing broke the battery-powered boat record by almost 12 mph.

Jaguar Vector Racing has broken the outright world and national electric speed records in a battery-powered boat.

The Jaguar Vector V20E recorded an average speed of 88.61 mph (142.6 kmph) across the two legs of the famous one kilometre course on Coniston Water, England.

The previous record was set in 2008, and stood at 76.8 mph (123.6 kmph). It’s still a long way off the outright water speed record of 318 mph (511 kmph).

The electric boat was designed and constructed by Jaguar Vector in partnership with Jaguar Racing’s technical partner Williams Advanced Engineering. Jaguar Vector co-founder and technical director Peter Dredge piloted the V20E.

Following Jaguar’s announcement in October 2017 to become the exclusive title partner of Vector, the team will attempt further world and national records over the next 18 months as part of a major initiative to push the boundaries of performance and to showcase British engineering.

Jaguar Vector Racing CEO Malcolm Crease said: “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.”

Jaguar Land Rover director of experiential marketing Mark Cameron said: “Congratulations to Jaguar Vector Racing for setting a new benchmark for an electric boat with this world record. Jaguar is at the forefront of electrification technology and our mission is to ‘Race To Innovate’ on track and on the water. Thank you to the whole team and our technical partner Williams Advanced Engineering for successfully transferring the technology we are using in Formula E with Panasonic Jaguar Racing from race car to power boat.”

Williams Advanced Engineering managing director Craig Wilson: “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.”

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