The two Centa couplings and shafts which will help power the new Team Britannia 'wave piercing' vessel have been installed on the boat which is being built for a world record round the world surface speed record attempt this year.
Team principle and driving force behind the record bid, Alan Priddy, said: "It took two people and a forklift to install each one onto the flywheel. Like everything else on the boat, it is huge!!"
The countdown has begun in earnest in this exciting bid to design and build the fastest and most fuel-efficient wave-slicing powerboat ever to circumnavigate the globe.
In a race scheduled to start in late in 2018, adventurer Alan Priddy has his sights set on the much-coveted UIM world record, which is currently held by New Zealander Pete Bethune and stands at 60 days 23 hours 49 minutes.
Construction of the boat started two years ago and is well on track, as the fuel tanks, part of the deck and engines go in. The couplings and shafts have been supplied by Centa Transmissions in a supporting sponsorship deal and connect each of the two six cylinder 500 HP in line Diesel engines with the two Castoldi Turbo Drive water Jets. This design configuration was agreed as it negates the need for gearboxes.
Centa Transmissions is a leading supplier of marine drives, from flexible couplings for workboats and small ships, to very lightweight but super-strong shafts for long-span drives, or for shorter transmission connections on small, high speed vessels. Return to main News Page