Engineers have successfully started on-water testing of the RaceBird, an all-electric single-rider aluminum boat that will soon compete in the E1World Electric Powerboat series. The RaceBird has been in development for the last two years as the official race boat for E1.
The E1 World Electric Powerboat Series is a championship racing series created specifically for electric powerboats, masterminded by Alejandro Agag, the founder of the Formula E and Extreme E championship series, and Rodi Basso, a former Director of Motorsport at McLaren with experience in Formula. 1. We had the opportunity to interview Basso last January and discuss a multitude of topics, including E1.
The co-founders launched the league in 2020 to bring an exciting new racing platform to the water while also developing and promoting more sustainable marine technologies. In February 2021, E1 announced that it had partnered with SeaBird Technologies and Victory Marine to develop, manufacture and assemble RaceBird, the electric boat that will ultimately compete in the E1 world championship series.
Last September, the public got their first look at the full-size RaceBird, which can handle tight, technical courses on the water, reaching speeds approaching 50 knots (93 km/h or 58 mph). So far, that was the last press update from E1 on the progress of the RaceBird electric boat and the racing series.
However, the E1 Series has now taken the RaceBird into the water, starting an extensive testing program as the league looks to launch its first electric boat racing series next year.
E1 completes first water trials of RaceBird electric racing boat
E1 shared details of their first technical test on the water via a press release accompanied by a thirty second video of the RaceBird in action. The 100% electric racing boat is powered by a 150 kW Kreisel battery and an outboard motor developed by Mercury Racing.
As you’ll see in the video below, the RaceBird has enough instantaneous torque and acceleration to get up quickly on its foils and glide across the water at higher speeds.
According to E1, this first flight in northern Italy kicks off several weeks of straight-line testing, qualifying runs, and race simulations focused on performance analysis and data collection, more specifically, handling and frustration characteristics. in different race conditions. Alejandro Agag, co-founder and president of E1, shared his thoughts:
Putting the RaceBird on the water for the first time is a pivotal moment for the E1 world championship. We are now one step closer to making electric racing on water a reality. I remember very well the same scenarios that we encountered during the early stages in both Formula E and Extreme E, and just like those times, this is a big step forward in the E1 journey. Seeing the RaceBird fly shows me that we can use this exciting new sports platform to drive technological innovation in the marine industry and create something spectacular for fans in the cities we visit.
Additionally, the E1 team used the water trials as an opportunity to evaluate different elements of their future electric boat racing format. This included testing technologies such as autonomous buoys and curve profiles, as well as on-board camera positioning that may be used in future E1 World Electric Powerboat Series broadcasts.
The debut season of the E1 series is scheduled to start in the spring of 2023, but the team says that the public will be able to see the RaceBird on display on the water soon. In the meantime, check out the E1 video of the RaceBird electric racing boat in action on the Po River:
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