(from Lancia Press
Release) The Lancia Powerboat
Like a car, a boat
distinguishes its owner.
Lancia shares common
values with performance boating, typified by the pleasure derived
from a unique form of travel.
with the sea dates back many years and involves sailing as well as
powered boating. From the Flaminia class speed boats of the 1960s to
the Monaco Classic Week 2009.
Now, Lancia’s first powerboat is making its debut in Venice, a city
where roads and cars are replaced by canals and boats - or launches
(lance) as the Venetians prefer to call them.
The stage chosen for the
event is the Venice International Film Festival, of which Lancia is
main sponsor. While Lancia cars accompany celebrities to and from
Palazzo del Cinema, the Lancia Powerboat will be carrying others to
and from the moorings of the Hotel Excelsior.
The new boat has been
developed jointly by four Italian companies, each leader in its own
sector: Sacs, who produce luxury RIBs; FPT, a company in the Fiat
Group and manufacturer of the “best in class” engines and Martini,
regular partner of Lancia in the field of racing.
Boats and glamour
with boats dates back to the company’s origins. Back in the 1920s,
the company’s founder, Vincenzo Lancia himself, drew inspiration
from the ribbing of boat hulls to design the monocoque body shell of
the Lancia Lambda, an innovation that changed car design for ever.
Over the next decades the link between Lancia’s prestigious cars and
the yachting world grew even stronger, resulting in the creation of
a special class of speed boats in the 1960s. Flaminia Class boats
were three point racers powered by the same V6 engine as the Lancia
Flaminia car. In 1980 Lancia sponsored the J24 sailing class, and in
1987 the finals of the One Ton Cup in Naples. Later, Lancia was
behind the Azzurra boat in Italy’s challenge for the America’s Cup,
as well as the Destriero, the boat that won the Blue Ribbon Atlantic
crossing race with Cesare Fiorio, winner of six world rally
championships and racing director of Team Lancia. For demonstration
purposes a Class 2 offshore powerboat was even equipped with the
8.32 Ferrari engine used to power a special version of the Lancia
Thema. In more recent times, Lancia has become a partner of the
Monaco Yacht Club and sponsored the 2008
Viareggio-Montecarlo-Viareggio power yacht race. Lancia sponsored
the Monaco Classic Week in 2007 and is doing again this year, the
centenary year of the Yacht Club's flagship, the Tuiga.
It should also be
remembered that Lancia’s latest model, the Delta, is now the
inspiration for a competition announced in Yacht Design magazine,
with five of Italy’s most prestigious marine design studios invited
to re-interpret the car in a marine key. The proposed designs will
be presented at the Monaco Yacht Club on the 24th September, during
the Monaco Boat Show.
Cinema, fashion, design and marine sport are the stages that Lancia
has chosen to consolidate its presence and highlight the class and
style of Italian products.
The Venice International
Film Festival brings all these elements together and is therefore an
ideal opportunity for Lancia to take to the water, in the company of
stars of the cinema.
Lancia is continuing its
historic partnership with Martini, acting as technical sponsor for
the Lancia Café in Venice’s Hotel Excelsior.
Sports fans are sure to
spot the distinctive red, dark blue and light blue stripes of the
Martini Racing Team, enhancing the elegant livery of the Lancia
Powerboat and evoking the domination of Lancia and Martini, first in
the world rally championships of the 1980s and later in offshore
class 1 powerboat racing. The continuing partnership between Lancia
and Martini confirms the affinity of these two icons of Italian
style for sport and elegance.
Martini, Lancia and Sacs
provide the lifestyle and “joie de vivre”, while the Fiat Powertrain
Technologies provide the exhilarating engines.
The Lancia Powerboat
To get you moving on the
water, Lancia has embodied all the aristocratic elegance of a great
sports coupe into a boat built by Sacs. Sacs has twenty years of
experience in producing all types of RIB, and is world leader in
high-tech luxury RIBs. The Lancia Powerboat is the ultimate
expression of this type of vessel.
The boat was designed,
modelled and built using the advanced tools and equipment that have
established Sacs as the sector’s technical leader.
The Lancia Powerboat is
the creation of Christian Grande, one of today’s most talented boat
designers, and the genius behind concepts that extend beyond the
confines of boat design into the realm of dynamic art.
Each individual boat is
unique, manufactured industrially, but finished with all the care
and attention of a master boat-builder. The fibreglass hull is made
using moulds finished by robot milling machines. Every component is
then assembled and installed by hand to permit each boat to be
personalised to customer specifications. In this way Sacs combines
industrial levels of productivity with all the exclusivity of
The Lancia Powerboat
will be presented to the public at the Genoa Boat Show.
The hull is 13.10 metres
in length, with a broad beam of 3.83 metres. These figures give a
moderate coefficient of fineness, in search of balance between
performance and comfort on board. A limited draft of only 0.80
metres permits navigation even in shallow waters. A weight to power
ratio of about 7.5 kg/HP establishes the boat as one of the most
powerful available. The two N67-560 engines by Fiat Powertrain
Technologies are “best in class”. The choice of JMD propulsion, as
used in competitive powerboats, typifies the quest for high dynamic
efficiency, not only for speed purposes, but to reduce consumption
and emissions by ensuring maximum screw efficiency too. The fuel
tank has a capacity of 1000 litres, giving sufficient autonomy even
for long crossings. Cruising speeds range from 15 to 45 knots, while
top speed under ideal loading conditions tops 55 knots. The Lancia
Powerboat can carry up to 11 persons, and has a cabin to sleep two.
The modelling and finish of the exterior surfaces faithfully
reflects Lancia style. Designed by Christian Grande, the Lancia
Powerboat is characterised by an aggressive yet balanced profile,
with perfectly proportioned bow, cockpit and stern. The hood blends
perfectly with the lines of the boat, thanks to a low profile that
accentuates the vessel’s sporting character. You can nevertheless
stand up in the cockpit even with the hood in place, if you want to
drive in maximum comfort and total privacy. The bow deck
incorporates two sunbathing mattresses to either side of the central
walkway that leads to the bow like a catwalk for passengers to
embark and disembark. In the same way, the engine covers at the
stern are upholstered to create a second sunbathing area, with
another walkway leading to the bathing platform. The windows are
design elements of special importance, each with a specific function
and style. The side windows accentuate the boat’s aggressive
character; the windscreen opens to the bow gangway, and the rear
window evokes the fascinating style of a classic car. The RIB tubes
are largely incorporated into the hull, emerging only where their
presence serves to facilitate manoeuvring in tight spaces without
the need for fenders. The tubes also ensure unsinkability by
providing a number of separate air compartments. Rows of LEDs under
the transom and front windscreen simulate the appearance of modern
Lancia car lights and emphasise the advanced technology and racing
temperament of the FPT engines. The deck expresses the boat’s
dynamism, with every aspect designed, shaped and finished to convey
a sense of movement even when the boat is stationary. No perimeter
handrails protrude to compromise the purity of the boat’s sensuous
lines. Passengers are nevertheless well protected by tall inboard
backrests and experience a sensation of greater stability than
normal thanks to the low cockpit floor. The sky is yours at the
touch of a button too! The hood retracts into a dedicated
compartment leaving the full beauty of the cockpit open to the sun.
Martini Racing graphics add a final sporting touch. A fold-away LCD
television and a galley complete the cockpit equipment.
In the cabin, furnishing
is characterised by modern shapes and materials, and the lounge
converts quickly to a double bunk. Air conditioning lets you escape
from the heat of the sun and cool down. Bathroom facilities are
minimalist but impeccably finished. There are even coloured LEDs to
provide romantic lighting in the shower.
The driving experience
The Lancia Powerboat is
the ideal choice for owners of character, lovers of speed who would
never think of giving up the wheel because that would mean losing
control over so much power. 1120 horsepower, delivered at 3000 rpm,
propel you at up to 55 knots. The Fiat Powertrain Technologies
N67-560 engines develop ideal torque and power curves for marine
use, with bags of thrust at low engine speeds to get the hull
planning effectively. Driving the Lancia Powerboat is a ‘not to be
missed’ experience, and offers you the choice of moderating power as
you would in an elegant saloon or using it to the full as you would
in a thoroughbred racing boat. The choice is entirely up to the
driver. The hull’s profile in the water has been carefully designed
so that anybody can drive the boat just like a Lancia car, but with
the added excitement of travel without limits. If you want a more
stimulating experience, all you have to do is adjust the trim of the
propulsion. Two buttons on the throttle levers modify the propulsion
angle to move the screws higher or lower in the water. This changes
the angle of the hull with respect to the surface of the water,
increasing speed or stability in rough water. The hull is derived
from a Sacs racing prototype, and does not need flaps, making it
especially easy to drive. The engines are controlled by electronic
levers that operate the throttles and smoothly engage forward and
reverse propulsion. The engines respond instantly, giving you
complete control over available power, and allowing you to turn and
negotiate waves with speed and precision.
FPT - Fiat Powertrain
Technologies is the Fiat Group company specialising in the R&D,
production and sale of engines and transmissions for automotive,
industrial, marine, power generation and railway applications.
The FPT engine range
spans 20 to 1020 HP, and displacements from 1,000 to 20,100 cc.
FPT is one of the world’s leading power train manufacturers, and
boasts over a hundred years of experience through different brands.
In 2008, output reached 2.9 million engines and 2.4 million
gearboxes and axles. FPT employs a workforce of around 20,000
(including 3,000 highly qualified engineers), in 16 production
plants and 11 research centres (two of which are dedicated to
advanced research) located in nine different countries.
FPT’s N67-560 diesel engines are best in class, as their main
specifications clearly show: weight to power ratio is 1.16 kg/HP;
power to displacement ratio is 83.58 HP/litre; and volume to power
ratio is 1.2 dm3/HP. The N67-560 engine is derived from the N67-450.
Various changes have been made, however, making the new engines far
more suitable for racing use without losing any of the reliability
for which FPT’s touring engines are famed. Technical developments
include the use of a higher class of turbocharger for better boost
and air flow. Injector operating pressure and atomiser flow have
also been increased to inject more fuel in less time. Combustion
chamber design has been modified to improve efficiency while also
reducing combustion pressure in order to extend engine life. A new
air/water heat exchanger has been installed to reduce intake
pressure drop and lower the temperature of the combustion cycle. The
flow rate of the oil pump has also been increased to improve
lubrication. Finally, ‘ladder frame’ reinforcement ribbing has been
added to the bottom of the cylinder block to absorb the stress of
high speed operation on water. Prior to selection as power unit for
the Lancia Power boat, the N67-560 engine was tested in endurance
racing at even greater power outputs. Because of the durations and
speeds involved, endurance racing provides the toughest dynamic
testing to which any marine engine can be subjected. The victory of
four N67 engines in the prestigious Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race in 2008
is tangible proof of the excellent performance of the turbo diesels
in FPT’s N series, which includes 370, 400, 450 and 480 HP engines.