Jaguar Vector Racing Made The World’s Fastest Electric Motorboat

Jaguar’s betting big on electric propulsion. Not only with the new I-Pace, but with its Formula E racing team – and maybe, just maybe, an electric hypercar, too. But now it’s taken its electric powertrain technology out onto the open water. And in the process, it’s set a new world record.

Meet the V20E, an all-electric competition watercraft developed by Jaguar, its offshore motorsport team Vector Racing, and technical partner Williams Advanced Engineering – itself an offshoot of the Formula One racing team.

With Jaguar Vector Racing technical director Peter Dredge at the helm, the V20E averaged a top speed of 88.61 miles per hour, running back and forth over a kilometer-long (3281-foot) stretch of Coniston Water in the English Lake District. That was enough to break the previous record of 76.8 mph that was set a decade ago, and makes the Jaguar Vector V20E the fastest electric boat in the world.

“After 12 months of hard work, this is a fantastic result for the team and our partners and a great first step in bringing the power and versatility of electrification to the marine industry,” said Jaguar Vector Racing chief Malcolm Crease. “It is a great honour for the Vector team to follow in the footsteps of Donald Campbell CBE and to set a world record on the historic Coniston Water.”

The team intends to undertake more world and national records over the course of the next year and a half, so don’t be surprised to see this vessel (and others like it) coming up in the news over the coming months.

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  • Christian
    • danno

      Nope, just for the fat EUs.

    • ChrisInIL

      2018 VW Passat sales:

      US (through May) – 18,523 units
      Europoe – (through April) – 59,038 units

      Seems like those European arses are more than 3 times as fat.

    • SteersUright

      Americans as a nation are very fat, true. But, are they alone? The world is becoming fatter than ever and its evident EVERYWHERE I travel, not just the US (where I reside). All automakers are likely taking this reality into account.

  • Infinite1

    A jet fighter mixed with a really fast jet ski.

  • Alfa Giulia QV

    Compared to all the other types of boats I’ve seen, this isn’t that fast. I mean, it’s fast for an EV boat, but 88mph (power up the flux capacitor) compared to boats that can do 160 to 200mph is really slow.

  • Alfa Giulia QV

    142 km/h

  • SteersUright

    Odd, I would’ve thought electric boats could achieve far higher speeds already.

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