During the 2018 Miami International Boat Show, Mercedes-AMG debuted what it considers to be “the most impressive and innovative performance boat ever constructed” by Cigarette Racing. Dubbed the “515 Project ONE,” the 51’ 5” boat was inspired by the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE supercar. The Cigarette Racing Team worked in close cooperation with Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer for Daimler AG, to design the characteristics of the boat.
According to Mercedes-AMG, the new boat can reach a top speed of 140 mph thanks in no small part to its composite structure consisting of carbon fiber, Kevlar® and E-glass. The boat’s deck is constructed completely of carbon fiber to reduce the total weight and lower the center mass of the boat. Carbon fiber is also used for the inner structural laminate of the hull, forward bulkheads, cabin liner, engine hatch, consoles and storage hatches to significantly reduce the overall weight. For example, the air intakes, which are over 7 ft long and 14 inches wide, weigh only 4.4 lbs.
Overall, the weight optimized Cigarette Racing 515 Project ONE is over ten feet longer than the Cigarette Racing 41’ SD GT3, but it weighs over 5,000-lbs less. Kevlar® has also been used for tabbing bulkheads and around the edges of framing for its extreme toughness properties.
“For 11 years, Cigarette Racing has been our trusted partner that has allowed us to extend our likeminded core performance principles from the land to the water,” said Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “By directly translating Formula 1 technology from the track to the street, the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE is our most ambitious and awe-inspiring vehicle yet. It is incredible to see our vision reimagined for the water in such an impressive and highly compelling form.”
The price of the boat from the Cigarette Racing Team is available upon request. For additional information, visit www.cigaretteracing.com.