The 2018 Miami International Boat Show is taking place as we speak and the racing boat world was just blown away by an announcement from Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing. The Cigarette Racing 515 Project ONE boat is inspired by ‘the highly anticipated Mercedes-AMG Project ONE supersports car’.
This is the latest in an 11-year partnership between Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing and it’s one of the most awesome racing boats the world has ever seen. The Cigarette Racing 515 Project ONE is the ninth racing boat as part of this partnership and it’s also the fastest and most technologically advanced.
The Cigarette Racing 515 Project ONE measures 51.5-feet in length and it can reach speeds up to 140 MPH. The increase in speed over previous models can be tied to the use of carbon-fiber, Kevlar®, and E-glass in the construction. The beam measures 9′ 6″, the boat carries up to 6 passengers, and it has 30% more surface area than the previous model.
The Cigarette Racing Team 515 Project ONE is powered by a pair of Mercury Racing 1,350/1,550 QC4v (Quad Cam 4 Valve) engines and M8 stern drives, delivering up to 3,100 hp. These sophisticated powerplants are dual calibration engines, which enable the operator to switch engine power levels through an electronic key fob. The Race Key fob unlocks up to 1,550 hp, requiring race fuel. The Pleasure key fob is used for operating at 1,350 hp with 91 octane fuel. A staggered engine configuration lowers the center of gravity by allowing the motors to be placed closer to one another, deeper in the vee of the boat, which improves dynamics and stability.
The Cigarette Racing 515 Project ONE draws inspiration from the Mercedes- AMG Project ONE, a two-seater supersports showcar that will bring the very latest and highly efficient Formula 1 hybrid technology from the race track to the road. This mid-engined (ahead of the rear axle) high-performance hybrid showcar will have over 1,000 hp, offers a top speed beyond 217 mph (350 km/h) and reach 11,000 rpm, which is currently unique for any roadgoing vehicle. (via)
Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing debuted this boat at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show and made it official in this press release which you can read in full. And if you happen to be in Miami for the 2018 Miami International Boat Show this week(end) be sure to tag your Instagram photos with #brobible to be featured on our Instagram account!