Lancia Powerboat

9 Sep 2009
Lancia Powerboat

Lancia’s first powerboat has been developed in partnership with three Italian companies – Sacs, FPT, and Martini – and has made its debut in Venice, during the Venice International Film Festival. It features a 13.10 metres hull and cruising speeds of up to 45 knots.

Lancia PowerboatLancia’s first Powerboat has been developed jointly by four Italian companies: Sacs, who produce luxury RIBs; FPT, an engine manufacturer in the Fiat Group, and Martini, regular partner of Lancia in the field of racing.

The model features a 13.10 metres hull, with a broad beam of 3.83 metres and two N67-560 engines by Fiat Powertrain. 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.

The boat has made its debut at the Venice International Film Festival, of which Lancia is main sponsor. It will be presented to the public at the Genoa Boat Show.

From the official Press Release:

The concept

Lancia Powerboat At SeaLancia’s association 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 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.

The Lancia Powerboat was designed by 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.

Lancia Powerboat InteriorEach 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 livery of the Lancia Powerboat features distinctive red, dark blue and light blue stripes of the Martini Racing Team which evoke the racing victories of Lancia and Martini, first in the world rally championships of the 1980s and later in offshore class 1 powerboat racing.

Lancia Powerboat EngineThe boat was built by Sacs, a company with twenty years of experience in producing all types of RIB, and is world leader in high-tech luxury RIBs.

The boat was designed, modelled and built using the advanced tools and equipment.

The FPT – Fiat Powertrain Technologies – N67-560 diesel engines feature a weight to power ratio of 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.

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.

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Lancia PowerboatThe 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.

Lancia PowerboatThe 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.

Lancia Powerboat InteriorThe 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 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.

(Source: Lancia)

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