The UIM E1 World Electric Powerboat Series has moved one step closer to racing with the announcement that Victory Marine will develop, manufacture and assemble the electric RaceBird powerboat.
Victory Marine (not connected with the Dubai based Victory Team) is the UK sister company of Victory Design, an Italian yacht designer and builder.
Rodi Basso, Co-Founder and CEO of E1 commented on the partnership:
Starting the production and build phase of the RaceBird is special and a defining moment when getting a new racing series off the ground, and our Chairman Alejandro Agag and I are happy to be going on this journey together with Victory Marine.
Working with trusted partners such as the team at Victory Marine allow us to accelerate preparations and offer race-ready boats to our teams, before giving them the freedom to develop their own components.
I’m looking forward to following the design and build process and seeing the first prototype in action.
Brunello Acampora, CEO of Victory Marine, said:
Victory Marine is thrilled to partner with E1 and SeaBird Technologies to engineer and manufacture the new electric powerboat for the E1 Series, and deliver on the innovative conceptual design of the RaceBird.
Our team is privileged to be involved in co-pioneering this new competition focused on revolutionising electric marine mobility.
We see the E1 Series as truly innovative – an engineering challenge and the ultimate proving ground for cutting-edge electric powerboats.
The first RaceBirds will be unveiled on June 8, to coincide with World Oceans Day, with testing scheduled to take place in October later this year and Sophi Horne (above), Founder of SeaBird Technologies and RaceBird designer commented in a press release today:
I’m happy to be working with Victory Marine to make the RaceBird a reality.
As a designer, it’s always a special moment to see your own concept come to life.
With a vast amount of experience in building and assembling race boats, the expert engineers at Victory Marine will be able to take my design drawings and produce something you can physically race on the ocean, lakes and rivers around the world.
As the name suggests, the inspiration for the boat came from birds and with Victory Marine we’ll soon be watching the RaceBird in action and taking flight on the water.
The UIM E1 World Electric Powerboat Series launched in September last year at the Monaco Yacht Club, where the organising team revealed plans for a global short course racing series, set to take place against city backdrops and in remote locations – all aimed at accelerating the electric revolution on the water.
Dr. Raffaele Chiulli, President of the UIM said:
The UIM is proud to join the extremely exciting journey towards this new competition of electric powerboat racing.
Together with E1, we’re co-developing a new championship that will set a whole new standard for our sport.
As well as creating an exciting high-performance sport, the technology and development of the vessel engineered by Victory Marine will progress electric boat mobility and help revolutionise our industry for decades to come.