Jaguar Vector Racing has broken the world electric speed record in a battery-powered boat. The Jaguar Vector V20E recorded an average speed of 88.61mph (142.6km/h) across two legs of the 1km course on Coniston Water, England, to beat the previous record of 76.8mph (123.6km/h). The all-electric boat, which is powered by 320kg of batteries and a pair of Yasa electric motors, generating 295bhp, was designed and constructed by Jaguar Vector in partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering, and piloted by Jaguar Vector co-founder and technical director Peter Dredge. Of the achievement, Craig Wilson, managing director, Williams Advanced Engineering, said: Williams Advanced Engineering is proud to have supported this new world record by Jaguar Vector Racing by using our knowledge of electrification to provide the boats 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.
Dean has been with UKi Media & Events for over a decade, having previously cut his journalistic teeth writing and editing for various automotive and engineering titles. He combines extensive knowledge of all things automotive with a passion for driving, and experience testing countless new vehicles, engines and technologies around the world. As well as his role as editor-in-chief across a range of UKi's media titles, he is also co-chair of the judging panel of the International Engine of the Year Awards.