POWERING WORLD RECORD
At the beginning of March, Lake Como was the scenery of a new world record. The three-point hull driven by Fabio Buzzi reached the incredible speed of 277,5 km/h and beat a record that remained unbroken since 1992, when Buzzi once again achieved the Diesel Powerboat World Speed Record with a speed of 252 km/h .
The record was certified by the Guinness World Records using sophisticated measuring systems which guarantee accuracy to the thousandth of a second. The triumph was everything but taken for granted: considering the speed and shape of the boat, in fact, even the smallest shift of wind could have brought setbacks, also compromising safety. Thus made the weather a great obstacle, that Buzzi overcame with the great support of FPT Industrial engine.
The engine mounted on the three-point hull is unique: it is a Cursor 16, specially developed for this occasion. The Cursor 16 is, in fact, normally used in Agriculture applications, such as combine harvesters and forage harvesters, and it was now turned into a marine engine capable of developing more than 1,700 hp. In order to do this, FPT Industrial and FB Design collaborated together, developing new marine concepts like the aluminum extruded exhaust manifold on the last generation electronic Common Rail base engine, characterized by steel pistons. New technologies can be found even in the turbocharging system which was tested to introduce multiple electronic variable geometry turbo solutions. Furthermore, the racing engine’s cooling system features a single-direct circuit, with a water intake step-change solution inside the boat’s rudder.
This engine required a great effort from both companies, with FPT Industrial involving its Testing Center in Turin and its Research and Development Center in Arbon, where the expertise gained during other racing projects was used to optimize the engine.
The record signs another milestone for FPT Industrial and FB Design’s partnership, which is now more than 35 years long. During this time, 32 titles have been won, including 15 world championships in different classes and 17 international trophies. As for speed competitions, Buzzi’s hulls, powered by FPT Industrial, won races throughout the 1980’s and the New York-Bermuda race in 2012 while the Red FPT, equipped with four N67 600 engines, won the Marathon World Cup in 2010, the most prestigious endurance race in the world.
In the video above, you can feel all the emotions of the new Diesel Powerboat Guinness World Speed Record.
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A Guinness World Record is a challenge, a challenge against ourselves. The first episode of FPT new docuseries is about how the idea to break the speed record was born, together with FB Design
Every detail matters when you want to break a Guinness World Record, especially weather conditions. “A new challenge”, episode 2 of our docuseries, is out now!
“A hydroplane with a brave heart”: what’s behind our Guinness World Speed Record Powerboat? Find out more about the project with Fabio Buzzi, the man who designed and drove it!
From agricolture to the marine applications. On episode 4, you'll discover more about the history behind our Cursor 16, the most powerful FPT engine.
Mixing the technical innovation of the FPT Industrial Arbon Centre with the expertise of FB Design: this is the winning formula allowing us to break the record.
“When designing powertrains, the unexpected can always happen”. Working on the Powerboat Guinness World Speed Record wasn’t so easy: discover more on episode #6 of our docuseries!
From the early stages to the final Guinness World Speed Record. What’s behind the scenes of a great success? Take a look at episode #7 of our docuseries!