New Electric Boat Speed Record

Jaguar Vector tunnel boat tops 88 mph

New Electric Boat Speed Record
With a run of 88.61 mph, the Jaguar Vector racing team set a new world speed record for electric powered boats.Courtesy Jaguar Vector

The Jaguar Vector racing team has set a new world speed record for electric powered boats of 88.61 mph. The mark breaks the previous record of 76.8 mph that was set in 2008. British powerboat racer and Jaguar Vector co-founder and technical director Peter Dredge piloted the tunnel hull on Lake Coniston in Cumbria, England.

The boat was a Jaguar Vector V20E that was designed with technical partner Williams Advanced Engineering. Williams Advanced Engineering is the technology and engineering services business of the Williams Group, an organization that includes the Williams Formula 1 auto racing effort, winner of 16 FIA Formula One World Championship titles. The company provides world class technical innovation, engineering, testing and manufacturing services. The capabilities of Williams Advanced Engineering's people in new materials, electrification and battery technology, aerodynamics and thermodynamics, business performance and specialist low volume manufacturing apply across all sectors, including from automotive and motorsport to aerospace and defense or energy and sports science to healthcare.

“After 12 months of hard work, this is a fantastic result for the team and our partners and a great first step in bringing the power and versatility of electrification to the marine industry,” said Malcolm Crease, CEO of Jaguar Vector Racing. “It is a great honor for the Vector team to follow in the footsteps of Donald Campbell CBE and to set a world record on the historic Coniston Water.”

Added Craig Wilson, managing director at Williams Advanced Engineering, “Williams Advanced Engineering is proud to have supported this new world record by Jaguar Vector Racing by using our award-winning knowledge of electrification to provide the boat’s electric power, motor and control systems. Our experience from powering the entire Formula E grid for the past four seasons of racing and our ongoing partnership with Jaguar in the ABB FIA Formula E championship provided the technical and operational platform required to achieve this fantastic result.”

Watch a video of the record run below.