Does the idea of moving from 0 to 220km/h in a record 4 seconds shake you up? What if the same machine does not feature a braking system? Or the fact that it comes with a V6 engine, capable of cranking up a whopping 400 horsepower?
If that sounds like fun, then formula 1 powerboats will blow you away!
F1 powerboat racing started way back in 1981 when John Player and the Outboard Marine Corporation decided it was time to take water sports to the next level. The overall design of the first racing boat has not changed much except for the few tweaks in engine power and safety features but otherwise, it remains a traditional design.
These babies come complete with an enclosed cockpit, airbags, and a crash box that records everything the driver does. They weigh something close to 860 pounds, thanks to the innovative design and fiberglass body. Plus, the aerodynamic tunnel hull catamarans make the powerboat fast and easy to maneuver.
Typically, F1 powerboat championships have 24 boats racing on a circuit for 45 minutes. The course is usually 350 meters long. But that’s not the most exciting part; these boats must maneuver through curves without shifting gears or using breaks. In all honesty, this must be the deadliest sport to play, but the most exciting one to watch.
However, the success of an F1 powerboat event depends on several factors. First, the weather must be just right. If there’s a lot of wind and rain, water will keep splashing on the windscreen, and that affects the visibility bad. That coupled with the water current makes the whole event “slower” than the crowd would want and even potentially dangerous for the drivers.
So, if you’re looking for a nifty outdoor activity for your family, this might be a good start.