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Jaguar Vector sets new maritime electric speed record

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Jaguar Vector Racing, the all-electric racing arm of Jaguar, has broken the outright world and national electric speed records in a battery-powered boat.

On 15th June, the Jaguar Vector Racing V20E piloted by Peter Dredge, Jaguar Vector’s Technical Director, made an average speed of 88.61 mph (142.6 km/h) over two legs of the 1-km (0.62 mile) course on Coniston Water in northern England.
The Jaguar Vector V20E is powered by two Yasa electric motors that provide up to 295 bhp.
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The record was broken by some margin, surpassing the previous record of 76.8 mph (123.6km/h).

The V20E was designed and constructed by Jaguar Vector in partnership with Jaguar Racing’s technical partner Williams Advanced Engineering, and utilises advanced Formula-E technology. The boat is powered by two Yasa electric motors which are powered by batteries that power the boat up to 295 bhp. 

Commenting on the record achievement, Martin Crease, CEO of Jaguar Vector Racing, said:

“After 12 months of hard work, this is a fantastic result for the team and our partners and a great first step in bringing the power and versatility of electrification to the marine industry. It is a great honour for the Vector team to follow in the footsteps of Donald Campbell CBE and to set a world record on the historic Coniston Water.”
The world and national records were broken with the technical assistance of Williams Advanced Engineering.
(Image via Jaguar Vector).

Craig Wilson, Managing Director of Williams Advanced Engineering, added:

“Williams Advanced Engineering is proud to have supported this new world record by Jaguar Vector Racing by using our award-winning knowledge of electrification to provide the boat’s electric power, motor and control systems. Our experience from powering the entire Formula E grid for the past four seasons of racing and our ongoing partnership with Jaguar in the ABB FIA Formula E championship provided the technical and operational platform required to achieve this fantastic result. Congratulations to all involved in this wonderful achievement.”

It’s certainly a remarkable achievement for British engineering, however Jaguar won’t be resting on their laurels…. Over the next 18 months the team will be attempting further national and world records as part of a major initiative to push the boundaries of performance and to showcase British engineering.

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