13 April 2016
LAND ROVER BAR TEST BOAT 3 TAKES TO THE WATER
The latest Land Rover BAR test boat, T3, has taken to the water in the Solent. Prodrive is a technical supplier to the team and has helped develop the control systems for the hydrofoils, which make the boat fly, and for the 'wing' (sail). Prodrive has also made the electrical wiring harnesses for the boat too.
The rules only allow the team to build one full-size 50 foot America's Cup Class (ACC) boat. However, the team can build shorter (45 foot) versions as test boats – T3 is one of these, and while it looks very like the final race boat, it's a few feet shorter. The rules also define much of the hull shape and structure, making wing and hydrofoil control systems one of the key technology battlegrounds.
Ben Ainslie, team principal and skipper, four times Olympic gold medallist and America's Cup winner, said: "T3 is another fantastic piece of technology from our designers, engineers, shore team and key suppliers. It's terrific to see the step changes we have made each time we launch a new boat. This is a new team, but it's growing up fast. Really fast."
You can watch the boat being launched and in action here.
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