The E1 Series and SeaBird Technologies, originator of the RaceBird electric powerboat concept, are joining forces with marine engineers Victory Marine to develop, manufacture and assemble the first racing vessels.
Victory Marine will work on the conceptual design created by SeaBird Technologies founder Sophi Horne and lead a consortium of marine engineering specialists to bring the RaceBird to fruition.
Alongside building and developing the full fleet of race-ready powerboats specially for the electric powerboat E1 Series, Victory Marine has also been tasked with engineering and manufacturing the sister SeaBird model, a six-person electric foiling powerboat that will be made accessible to anyone through a shared booking platform.
Rodi Basso, co-founder and CEO of E1, explained, “Starting the production and build phase of the RaceBird is special and a defining moment when getting a new racing series off the ground, and our chairman Alejandro Agag and I are happy to be going on this journey together with Victory Marine.
“Working with trusted partners such as the team at Victory Marine allows us to accelerate preparations and offer race-ready boats to our teams, before giving them the freedom to develop their own components. I’m looking forward to following the design and build process and seeing the first prototype in action.”
The UIM E1 World Electric Powerboat Series launched in September last year at the Monaco Yacht Club, where the organizing team revealed plans for a global short course racing series, aimed at accelerating the electric revolution on water.
Since the launch, the E1 Series team notes it has been working with SeaBird Technologies to define the development of the series, including finalizing details with series investors and continuing discussions with prospective cities, teams and partners. It has also been working closely with the UIM – the international governing body of powerboating – to address the sporting regulations, event format, venues and track layouts.