NEW SCORPION 1080 RIB TO JOIN LAND ROVER BAR CHASE BOAT FLEET
Sir Ben Ainslie (Land Rover BAR) and Patrick Byrne ( Scorpion RIBs)
British manufacturer, Scorpion RIBS, this has just delivered its brand new Scorpion 1080 model to Land Rover BAR, Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup team, ready for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth which begins this week.
Scorpion RIBs are an Official Supplier to Land Rover BAR and have already supplied two Scorpion chase boats to support the British team.
The Scorpion 1080′s resin infused, vacuum sealed hull, is designed to make the boat quicker, lighter and stronger. Those factors also contribute to the comfort, reliability and fuel efficiency of the new craft.
Sir Ben Ainslie commented; “The new Scorpion 1080 will be a welcome addition to our existing Scorpion chase boat fleet.
“The unique nature of the foiling America’s Cup boats means that we need a support boat that can operate at high speed for long durations, comfortable enough to keep the shore team safe, alert and able to positively input into training programmes.”
Patrick Byrne, director of Scorpion RIBS, said: “We’ve had a partnership with Ben and his team since the 2012 Olympics, and are extremely proud to be supporting them as they represent the UK in the America’s Cup.
“The materials used in the new boat mean it’s lighter and more environmentally friendly than our previous models, and has enabled us to reduce the size of the engines and the weight of the boat which has increased the top speed of the craft.”
The new Scorpion 1080 alongside one of the Land Rover BAR Scorpion 98 chase boats
The new Scorpion 1080 model can also be used for leisure. The wider hull design gives a greater flexibility of deck and seating configurations making it ideal as a day boat for trips and sunbathing. Scorpion are renowned for high quality build and for their ability to configure and customise boats to suit the exact requirements of the owner. This new model is no exception and the range of custom configurations from seating and upholstery, to clever pop up tables, full height heads and canopies is endless. The new model will take centre stage at the Cannes and Monaco Boat Show later this summer, where customers will be able to order a customised craft to suit their individual tastes.
Founded nearly 20 years ago, Scorpion RIBS is now a leader in its field, with its boats holding more endurance records than any other manufacturer. It also exports to markets across the world, with clients in Australia, Europe, the Philippines and the Caribbean.
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