The British America’s Cup Challenger Land Rover BAR has celebrate the launch of its latest testing boat. Dubbed T2, Land Rover BAR describe the yacht as a “fighter jet on the water.”
Indeed, the new video, below, shows the America's Cup T2 yacht flying across the water. The yacht has been launched from the Land Rover BAR home base in Portsmouth, UK and will succeed the team’s current yacht T1, which was launched last October.
The new T2 yacht is highly advanced, utilising the latest technology derived from both aerospace and automotive industries, “creating the marine equivalent of a fighter jet,” according to the team.
A top F1 designer is helping with BAR's America's Cup bid, and the team has also gained a powerful design partner in renowned naval architects BMT Nigel Gee.
The new T2 yacht is designed to fly on foils approximately the size of a wakeboard, which lift the full weight of the yacht - comparable to that of a fully occupied London cab.
The video of Land Rover BAR’s new boat shows the yacht emerging from the yard, being lowered into the water, and the team getting ready to set sail. Then she is put to the test, and literally flies across the water. You can hear the wind flying by and practically feel the salt spray as you are in the driver’s seat next to the team members, who then triumphantly return to the dock on board their newly tested vessel.
Land Rover BAR still have another yacht coming, though. All of the technologically advanced experience it has been cultivating will go into the design and creation of this final race boat that it will use to challenge in the final events of the America’s Cup 2017.