E1’s innovative electrical foiling raceboat took flight for the very first time on the River Po, close to San Nazzaro. The E1 Racebird prototype, which was unveiled last yr, has efficiently completed its preliminary collection of assessments and overall performance runs with ex-powerboat winner Luca Ferrari guiding the wheel.

The UIM E1 World Electric Powerboat Collection electric RaceBird powerboat ‘RB 01’ (Photograph by Lloyd Visuals)

The Racebird engineers carried out a variety of complex tests and devices checks to evaluate the in general functionality and dependability of the boat and the different electrical components.

The Racebirds will contend in upcoming year’s E1 Series powerboat championship, the world’s to start with electrical boat race series. As described in MIN before this year, the boats are presently below development and will use Kreisel electric batteries.

Image courtesy of Lloyd Pictures

The tests routine, which will continue for quite a few months, will consist of straight line checks, qualifying operates, and race simulations, with the target on set-up and performance examination and accumulating info on the foiling and handling qualities in various racing conditions.

E1 organisers also utilised the opportunity to assess unique elements of the racing structure, which include trialling autonomous buoys and cornering profiles, as effectively as screening the positioning of onboard cameras to be made use of in the environment feed broadcast.

The initial at any time E1 Sequence season will take spot in 2023.

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