The World’s Fastest Electric Boat Skims Over the Sea at 86 Knots

Posted: February 20, 2013  |  By: Andrew Tarantola [Gizmodo]

What happens when you transfuse the 2,200 HP electric drive train from the world's fastest and most powerful production electric car, the Mercedes SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive, into a 38-foot racing hull? You get the world's fastest and most powerful production electric speed boat. Duh.

Dubbed the Cigarette AMG Electric Drive, this luxury racer was developed by Mercedes-AMG in collaboration with Cigarette Racing (together forming the AMGCR group) and recently debuted at the Miami International Boat Show. It's based on Cigarette Racing's marquee Top Gun cigarette boat model and measures 38 feet long with an 8-foot beam, a 27-inch static draft, and dual 600 HP Mercury Racing 600 SCi inboard engines. Cigarette boats are small, fast ships with a long narrow platform, low center of gravity, and a planing hull. They were originally known as "rum runners" in reference to their favored use during Prohibition.

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