Italian shipyard Persico Marine has teamed up with Zagato Atelier to present the first details of their joint project, the Persico Zagato 100.2.
Previewed today at Zagato's Milan headquarters, the innovative 8-metre electrically-powered boat will be brought to market in a runabout series of only nine semi-customisable units. The series will be built at the Persico Marine shipyard in Nembro, Bergamo using advanced composite materials, and will feature a beam of 2.45 metres with a total displacement of only 2,500 kg.
"The project started from a shared concept: the idea that the boat should be a collector's piece," Andrea Zagato, CEO of Zagato Milano, explained. "The newest most innovative technologies presently available will make the boat sustainable and destined to leave its distinctive mark...designed for uncommon customers, the ones always looking for excellence and innovation in any field."
The model is expected to be among the top performers in its category for full-electric powerboats, with a 205 kW motor powered by a set of lithium batteries. Top speeds of over 80 km/h are expected, with a cruising speed of just under 50 km/h.
David Leone, head of waterline development for the Leading Edge project team, said that "the waterline has been optimized so that the centre of gravity of the volume is in a position to ensure perfect efficiency for not only maximum range mode, but also full glide mode to reach maximum speed. This is the key trade-off of an electric boat: to maximize efficiency for both range and speed...And this was the crucial challenge at the basis of the naval architecture of this project."
The first PZ 100.2 is expected to be delivered at the end of 2023, with CEO of Persico Marine, Marcello Persico, noting that the introduction of the project is meant to showcase the future of the brand's trajectory. He added, "At Persico Marine, we have proved that we know how to build limited-series sailboats, and, now, this is our debut in the motorized 'one-off' category with our own brand."