Azimut Grande Partners with Rolls-Royce on New Carbon Pod Drive

September 17 2012

Azimut Grande announced a wave-piercing hull configuration and carbon-fiber pod drive for its new 140 superyacht at the Festival de la Plaisance in Cannes. Azimut Benetti partnered with Rolls-Royce to develop the pod drive system.

Benetti President Vincenzo Poerio, said the new 140 D2P (displacement to planing) hull took several years to develop, and is a reflection of changing values among yachtsmen. “In the past, speed was very important and people like to show off how fast they could go,” said Poerio. “We did much research on hulls and propellers and found a way to design a boat that can still get a good speed but is much more efficient.”

Azimut-Benetti naval architects developed a form of wave-piercing hull that extended the length of the boat, while creating the proper hydrodynamics for both displacement and planing mode. “The hull is 30 per cent more efficient in all range of speeds, and you can play with those efficiencies in different ways,” says Poerio, adding that the hull provides a more comfortable ride at sea. The yacht should run at 21 knots in semi-planing mode, while having a range of 1,250 nm at 12 knots.

Rolls-Royce drew on its aerospace technology to develop an extremely lightweight pod drive system that weighs two tones. Azimut estimated that the current pod drives that would’ve been needed to power the 140 weigh 13-tonnes.

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