2010 Lancia Powerboat
(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.
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
Lancia’s involvement 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.
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 ‘custom’ production.
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.
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.