There are some very luxurious yachts, superyachts and speedboats on the waters today, though few can rival the thirst of a famed Rolls-Royce Merlin engine. The good news is that soon a beast will be making waves in the form of a Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 Aeroboat.
Why a new Rolls-Royce Merlin powered boat is exciting
The Rolls-Royce Merlin engine has powered some of the nastiest machines in history, including the Hawker Hurricane, Supermarine Spitfire, Avro Lancaster and Fairey Battle. The Merlin engine in its most basic form is a liquid-cooled 27-liter V12 piston aero monster. Rolls-Royce cars are one thing, but a modern boat with a Merlin engine is an entirely different animal to cuddle, love and to fear.
Fun fact: The Rolls-Royce Merlin engine has been in aircrafts, boats and has even been adapted for tanks. All are a testament to its power, durability and ability to conquer air, land and sea.
The latest idea to revive the Rolls-Royce Merlin in an aeroboat features a striking design by yacht specialists Claydon Reeves. The concept will make its powerful debut at the ‘Salute to Style’ luxury event in London this July, where it will be determined if the idea holds enough water for investors. While an initial small production run is hinted at, facts will presumably emerge at the official debut.
The Merlin engine was dialed back from 1,500 to 1,100 horses for this concept. It is unclear why a power reduction was employed, though a top speed of over 100 miles per hour at sea seems legit. It is also a material girl, laden with Kevlar and ample carbon fiber, striking wood veneers and more. Just 12 will be made, and there is no pricing information available, as is typical with impossibly high-end watercraft.
The Spirit of Australia has held the current world water speed record since 1978. She is an unlimited-class jet-powered hydroplane that hit 275.97 knots (317.58 miles per hour) on Blowering Dam Lake in New South Wales, Australia.
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