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2019 McLaren Speedtail, central driver’s seat

November 5, 2018

The Speedtail can achieve the highest maximum speed of any McLaren to date, reaching 403 km/h, while delivering a blend of contemporary craftsmanship, materials innovation and bespoke personalisation.

Just 106 units will be created and all of them are already reserved for customers, starting at an eye-popping price of £1.75 million.

“McLaren has never built a vehicle like the Speedtail before,” said Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer at McLaren Automotive.

“As our first ‘Hyper-GT’, the Speedtail is the ultimate McLaren road car; a fusion of art and science that combines an astonishing maximum speed with an iconic central-driving position and a truly pioneering approach to bespoke personalisation.

“A ground-breaking hybrid powertrain sits within a lightweight carbon fibre body reminiscent of sleek ‘streamliners’ that once set world speed records, while the luxurious three-seat cockpit offers a sublime combination of an incredible driving experience, unmatched individualism and innovative materials never seen before in a road-going vehicle.”

As the most powerful and most aerodynamically drag efficient McLaren, the Speedtail can exceed the 243mph record peak speed of the McLaren F1, a feat made possible by intense collaboration between McLaren’s design and engineering teams to deliver a peerless blend of aerodynamic, powertrain and dynamic excellence.

The teardrop-shaped cockpit and aerodynamically optimised body are the foundation for the exceptional aerodynamic drag efficiency, with innovative features such as carbon fibre front-wheel static aero covers, retractable digital rear-view cameras (in lieu of mirrors) and patented active rear ailerons furthering contributing to the ultra-low drag achieved.

The Speedtail model is built around a bespoke McLaren Monocage carbon fibre structure and benefits from lightweight engineering throughout, including an all-carbon fibre body, aluminium active suspension and carbon ceramic brakes. The powertrain is a pioneering petrol-electric hybrid developing a combined 1,050PS to support the car’s performance.

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The new Ferrari 488 Pista Spider

September 29, 2018

The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider, has been unveiled during the world-famous Concours d’Elegance® at Pebble Beach in California.

The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider is the 50th drop-top model from the Prancing Horse and a premiere in the US was a natural choice given that, ever since the 1950s, North American clients have always been keen connoisseurs of high-performance convertibles.

The new car sets a new benchmark for Ferrari for spider performance with an unprecedented weight-power ratio of 1.92 kg/cv. A result made possible by the adoption of the most powerful Ferrari V8 engine ever, which was recently named Best Engine in the world for the third consecutive year at the 2018 International Engine of the Year Awards. The 3902cc twin-turbo V8 unleashes 720 cv and combines that power with increasing torque at all engine speeds for continuous and unending acceleration all the way to the red line. The unique engine sound is now even more riveting thanks to the open-top configuration.

The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider represents the natural development of the defining design of the coupé version. The Ferrari designers’ primary objective was to maintain unaltered the perfect marriage of aerodynamic efficiency, purity of form and racing spirit.

This concept is underlined by the characteristic central livery which runs the whole length of the car, expanding towards the rear where it finishes at the end of the rear wing next to the spoiler. This continual expansion of the stripe recalls the movement of the airflow and exalts the lines of the car.

The philosophy that imposed an uncompromising choice of materials for the bodywork is also revisited in the interior solutions, with weight being saved by the use of lightweight, pared-back components. As well as the generous use of carbon-fibre and Alcantara® throughout, the carpets have been replaced by patterned aluminium foot plates and the driver’s-side door handle is now a simple strap.

In terms of engineering, the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider is directly derived from the 488 Pista which encapsulates all the racing experience gathered on world’s circuits with the 488 Challenge and the 488 GTE. As a result, the new Spider offers the highest level yet of technological transfer from the track to a road-legal drop-top car.

The vehicle dynamics honed for this Special Series 8-cylinder convertible deliver a seamless combination of razor-sharp acceleration, braking efficiency, lightning-fast gear shifting, precision steering, grip, stability and superb handling. The result? A completely captivating and unprecedented driving experience. This was achieved thanks partly to the new lateral dynamics control system, the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE), which makes on-the-limit driving more intuitive, controllable and predictable.

The car features new diamond-finish 20” alloy wheels with a novel 10-spoke star-effect interpretation of Ferrari’s traditional mid-rear engine berlinetta-style rims. Also available are the optional one-piece carbon-fibre wheels which offer a 20% weight reduction over the standard forged alloys.

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Hybrid Yacht 45 Fly to launch next year

September 12, 2018

Greenline 45 Fly will have its launch at the 2019 Düsseldorf Boat Show.
With naval architecture and exterior styling by J&J Design and an interior penned by Italian Marco Casali the 45 promises to be an attractive package.

There are some familiar Greenline style cues in place, like the buttresses that cover the side decks at the aft end and a window that runs around the coach roof to draw light into the VIP cabin. Note how there are cut-outs in the bulwarks to improve the view out, too.

The master cabin amidships is full beam and sits low in the deck to create as much headroom as possible. Lower deck layout options include a three-cabin arrangement with bunk beds to starboard, a version with day head access to the VIP ensuite or a pair of sizeable walk-in wardrobes for each cabin in place of the bunks.

There are plenty of engine options too, including a hybrid system. Here, a pair of Volvo Penta D6 370s on shafts are mated to a 40kw electric motor for a top speed of 6 knots on electric power alone, though the range is yet to be revealed. On diesel power the top speed is 25 knots.

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100% solar powered Silent Yachts catamaran

August 12, 2018

The 24 metre catamaran, which is completely powered by solar energy captured by extensive flybridge panelling, is scheduled for delivery in March 2020 and is being built by Consorzio Navale in Marotta, Italy.

Silent Yachts also revealed that construction has begun on four additional models, including a 21 metre 70 “E-Power” catamaran.

The Silent 79 Cruiser concept was designed by Michael Köhler and features naval architecture by Enrique Castilla of Insenaval, and exterior and interior design by Marco Casali of design studio Too Design.

The catamaran, which has a beam measuring 10.95 metres, is powered by two electric 80kW engines with a battery capacity of 200kWh.

The yacht will be entirely solar powered, enabling an unlimited cruising range and noise and fume free navigation.

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The yacht will be entirely solar powered, enabling an unlimited cruising range and noise and fume free navigation
The solar panels, which adorn the yacht’s flybridge and provide its power, come with a 25-year warranty while the battery banks come with a 10-year warranty.

The 79 model is available in a number of layout versions and can accommodate a maximum of 10 guests across five cabins. These can either feature a double bed or two singles. The owner’s front cabin features an en suite and walk-in office with a desk, locker storage and large mirror.

Silent Yachts’ 16.7 metre 55 model will be on display at the Cannes Yachting Festival.

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Andy Waugh reveals 175m concept Acionna

June 10, 2018

British designer Andy Waugh has unveiled a new 175 metre yacht concept, called Acionna.

Designed to create a vast amount of interior space, Waugh predicts that Acionna could accommodate almost any desired feature, from a full-size squash court – undoubtedly a nod to the much admired padel tennis court on Aviva – to a helicopter hangar or 20 metre indoor pool.

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Included in her eight decks is a double-height main saloon with panoramic curved glass windows
Included in her eight decks is a double-height main saloon with panoramic curved glass windows overlooking a U-shaped main aft deck pool with two cascading waterfalls. This bathing area leads down to the swim platform and offers a highly original arrangement which sees an ‘island’ of social spaces, including lounge and dining areas as well as two bars, surrounded by the pool and accessed via a tunnel aft and a bridge forward.

“Acionna is the ultimate world cruising megayacht and challenges many of the preconceptions about larger yachts”, says Waugh. “Her avant-garde styling is a feast-for-the-eyes from every angle, exaggerated by her elegant proportions and sheer scale.”

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Her avant-garde styling is a feast-for-the-eyes from every angle
Designed for long distance cruising, Acionna’s power will come from a hydrogen propulsion system, rather than traditional battery powered electric systems which would require regular recharging. It also allows the yacht to be considered ‘zero-impact’ if a renewable source of energy is used to manufacture the hydrogen. However, this kind of technology is still being developed with only a few marine hydrogen facilities in the planning stage.

“The concept is for those who see themselves as trendsetters and game changers, those who appreciate the zenith of luxury but also want to have a positive impact”, added Waugh.

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A model of Acionna is set to be unveiled at Monaco Yacht Show in September 2018.
Andy Waugh has become known for his boundary-pushing yacht concepts which, in recent years, have included 45 metre Revolution and 90 metre Nouveau.

A model of Acionna is set to be unveiled at Monaco Yacht Show in September 2018.

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St. Kitts and Nevis supports yachting development

January 9, 2018

the Saint Kitts and Nevis government has launched a Yachting Sector Implementation Plan for the period 2017-2022 which looks to put into the practice the key areas outlined for development in the previous document. The aim is to utilise the yachting industry to diversify and strengthen the national economy, building on the nation states already established land-based and cruise tourism. The implementation plan aims to develop the effectiveness of the island’s entry procedures, provide work and income to the local community and bolster the competitiveness of its products, services and infrastructure in a manner that is both sustainable economically and environmentally.

“It is important to consider the history of St. Kitts and Nevis. Until recently, the islands had no experience of yachting, it was only the development of Christophe Harbour that clearly established the need for a recognised economic plan relating to yachting,” starts Aeneas Hollins, director of yachting at Christophe Harbour. “Fortunately, the island’s government and industry is very familiar economic diversification and the need to generate economic sub-sectors as a means of ensuring sustainable growth. From five years ago until now, the yachting sector in St. Kitts and Nevis is unrecognisable.”

Until recently, holistic government backed plans to develop the yachting market in St. Kitts and Nevis have been mostly theoretical, starting in earnest with the development of the National Yachting Policy in 2014, the first document that garnered government support for the development of a domestic yachting market. There was of course during this period the development of private investments, most notably Christophe Harbour, the renowned superyacht marina. However, little beyond voiced and printed support had materialised.

“Upon completion of the Strategic Plan we quickly realised that what we were in need of was budget and accountability, otherwise the project would remain a labour of love on the part of certain ministry officials and various stakeholders like myself and Christophe Harbour,” continues Hollins. “The next step was to develop an action plan that outlined deliverables and year-on-year focusses, all of which have been outlined in the implementation plan.”

With the launch of the implementation plan the St. Kitts and Nevis government, in partnership with major stakeholders in the region, has created 10 working groups, focussing on areas such as safety, security, data, finance and budget, that have developed actionable plans to effectively move forward the progress of the yachting market in the area and, for the first time, budget has been allocated to the project on the part of the government. While the budget allocated remains a fraction of the necessary capital required to kick start rapid development, it constitutes a massive milestone for the region and remains a clear signal of the government’s commitment to the project.

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Princess reveals S78 sports bridge yacht

October 17, 2017

British yard Princess Yachts has revealed the first details of the latest addition to its range of sportsbridge yachts, the Princess S78. The first yacht in the series is due for a public debut in January 2018 at the Boot Dusseldorf boat show.

This 24.66 metre motor yacht follows on from the successful S60, S65 and S72 models, which have been gradually introduced over the past three years. This in-house design combines the benefits of a flybridge with the sporty profile and large sunroof of a sportscruiser.

All of the accommodation is situated below decks with an amidships owner’s suite that stretches across the entire 5.76 metre beam. Two further double cabins and a portside twin cabin take the total guest accommodation to eight people, while the aft crew quarters allows for a staff of two people.

Key features include a highly flexible cockpit, which features sliding seating, creating several options for entertaining. Two large sunpads aft are ideal for those looking to soak up some rays and the transom conceals a 4.45 metre tender garage.

Further al fresco relaxation is offered on the split foredeck seating area — an ideal spot for watching the sun go down with a cocktail in hand — and the flybridge, which features an L-shaped seating area and a barbecue, situated just behind the upper helm position.

Power comes from a pair of 1,900hp MAN V12 engines that promise an exhilarating top speed of 39 knots.

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The First Ferretti 780 Yacht On The Water

July 2, 2017

Ferretti Group the Italian yard has revealed that the first hull of its new Ferretti 780 range of 24 metre flybridge yachts hit the water in Cattolica on June 22.

Designed in collaboration with Studio Zuccon International Project, the new all-GRP yacht features an aggressive aerodynamic profile, rectangular portholes and sleek lines.

Ferretti Group has placed a particular emphasis on outdoor living with the 780, which features a beach club area in the transom and a vast foredeck seating area, complete with two sofas and a large central sunpad.

Triple glass patio doors lead into the main deck saloon, which is fitted with armchairs and a C-shaped sofa. Cutaway bulwarks mean that plenty of natural light can permeate through to this key relaxation area. Further forward, a separate dining area provides seating for all eight guests.

All accommodation on board the Ferretti 780 is en suite and below deck, including a full-beam master cabin, complete with walk-in closet and a separate on-board office area.

Two doubles and a twin cabin complete the guest accommodation, while the separate crew quarters aft is large enough for a staff of up to three people.

Power comes from a pair of 1,400hp MAN diesel engines for a top speed of 28 knots and comfortable cruising at 24 knots. Optional extras include a stabilisation system and a 300hp engine upgrade, which makes speeds of more than 30 knots possible.

Other projects currently under development at the Italian yard include the 26 metre Ferretti 850 series, three of which have already been sold, and the first hull in the Ferretti 920 series, which is due to launch next month ahead of a public debut at the 2017 Cannes Yachting Festival alongside the new 780 yacht.

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Numarine expands yacht range with 78HTS Sportfly

May 10, 2017

Turkish yard Numarine has announced the newest addition to its range, the Numarine 78HTS Sportfly. An evolution of the popular Numarine 78HT, this 24 metre yacht boasts a redesigned superyacht sundeck, complete with a central helm station and four reclining sunpads.

The aggressive exterior styling features cutaway bulwarks to allow more light into the main deck saloon, which is geared around socialising.

Accommodation is for eight guests split between four lower deck en-suite cabins, including a full-beam owner’s cabin with its own walk-in shower. Key features include a split foredeck seating area, which is ideal for relaxing in the sun and enjoying the view when cruising at speed.

Cutting edge technology on board the Numarine 78HTS Sportfly includes a smart energy management system that allows the yacht to operate silently at anchor all day with only a brief use of the generators to recharge at midday.
The redesigned sundeck sets the 78 HTS Sportfly apart from the rest of the range

Noise insulation has also been thoroughly thought through and the result is a reading of just 66DB in the lower deck area when cruising. Power comes from a pair of 1,550hp MAN V8 engines for a top speed of 38 knots and a maximum cruising range of up to 400 nautical miles at 28 knots.

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Ferretti Group leads tributes to Carlo Riva (1922-2017)

April 11, 2017

One of the yachting industry’s most renowned entrepreneurs, Carlo Riva died peacefully on (April 10) in his hometown of Sarnico.

Alberto Galassi, chief executive officer at parent company Ferretti Group, led the tributes, saying: “The world has lost a brilliant creator of boats, a master of style, [and] a giant in Italy’s industrial and business history.”

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Carlo Riva was the man behind such legendary speedboats as the Aquarama and the Tritone
Born on February 24, 1922, Carlo Riva followed in the footsteps of his father Serafino, his grandfather Ernesto and his great-grandfather Pietro when he joined the family business at a young age. The newest member of the Riva dynasty went on to lead the company into an unprecedented golden era.

One of the earliest examples of a Carlo Riva-era speedboat was the Riva Ariston. He described it as “strong and pure, like a thoroughbred horse”.

Legendary models such as the Riva Florida, the Riva Tritone and the Riva Sebino were also launched under his tenure, culminating with the 1962 debut of the Riva Aquarama, which has come be to considered as one of the true icons of yachting.

Now part of the Ferretti Group, the Riva brand has grown to encompass everything from sporty 12 metre tenders to 50 metre steel and aluminium superyachts.

His values and ideas still influence the company today, as Galassi added: “Carlo Riva’s boats will always be a source of inspiration to all of us who feel a strong sense of responsibility for taking this leading brand forward into the future. Farewell Mr Riva, and enjoy the sea in your last voyage towards the horizon.”

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