Pininfarina’s new futuristic F70 foil boat can fly on water – Robb Report
As high speed foil boats take off in the maritime industry, literally and figuratively, Pininfarina has decided to step into the ring with a futuristic new ‘flying’ yacht.
Designed in collaboration with Persico Marine and Carkeek Design Partners, the new Persico F70 combines the latest technology with sumptuous living quarters to fulfill a dual function as regatta racer and dayaier. Crafted from carbon composite, the lightweight 70 footer has been rightly described as a hyperboat and has a sleek, aerodynamic silhouette that is conducive to frantic cruising. Think of it as the Pininfarina hypercar of the sea.
The complete foiler features a set of innovative retractable wings as well as risers on the rudder which together allow it to fly over water with minimal drag. According to the design team, this setup is similar to the AC75 foiled monohulls that recently competed in the 2021 America’s Cup. The formidable AC75s are considered the fastest and most complicated racing boats in history. of the race.
Shawn Carkeek, who is the chief designer of his eponymous company, says the boat can achieve full flight mode with just 10 knots of wind. The team did not give a top speed estimate, but said the ship was “super-fast”. It will also be equipped with special software (CFD and VPP) to help with performance and handling. Since the foils are fully retractable, the F70 is also a snap to dock.
On board, the interior of the ship is also state-of-the-art and seems straight out of science fiction. The open space is punctuated by a series of ‘structural rings’ which, according to Pininfarina’s chief yacht designer Daniele Mazzon, underline the length and breadth of the boat. (They’re basically just a collection of fancy neon lights.) The furniture is space-age-appropriate as well. Renderings show the interior with room for at least one double bed.
“On the F70, we have combined the hydrodynamic expertise of Carkeek with the aerodynamic know-how that we have developed over the past 50 years in our own wind tunnel,” added Mazzon.
Pininfarina, the Italian brand best known for its high-performance sports cars, previously designed a superyacht and a gigayacht with Rossinav and Oceanco, but neither of these had fenders.
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