Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing launch electric powerboat

Article by Anita Panait, on March 9, 2013

Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing are unveiling the "Cigarette AMG Electric Drive Concept," the latest development of their collaboration at the recently concluded Miami International Boat Show. Cigarette AMG Electric Drive Concept integrates several components from the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive, which is considered as the most powerful and fastest electric production vehicle in the world.

By fitting high-performance drive technology from the SLS AMG electric super sports car in a Cigarette Racing off-shore powerboat, the joint project was able to create the most powerful and fastest electric motor boat in the world -- the Cigarette AMG Electric Drive Concept powerboat.

The concept powerboat boasts of up to 1656 Kilo watts (2,200 hp) in output and up to 3000 Newton meters (2,213 ft-lb) of torque. The Cigarette AMG Electric Drive Concept powerboat measures 38 feet (11.6 meters) in length and features an "AMG Electricbeam magno" finish, the matt chrome paintwork exclusively reserved for the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive.

The concept powerboat bears AMG logos on the side, expressly showing the partnership between the American boat manufacturer Cigarette Racing and German performance brand Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

The engine design embodies the transfer of technology from the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive sports car to the Cigarette AMG Electric Drive Concept powerboat. The concept powerboat features 12 compact, liquid-cooled permanent-magnet synchronous electric motors.

Mercedes-AMG installed two drive units in the powerboat, each featuring six independent electric motors. Fitted at the rear of the powerboat, each drive unit has its own transmission, one on the left and one on the right.

Each electric motor provides 138 kW of output and 250 Newton-meters of torque. Combined, the electric motors could propel the powerboat to a top speed of over 160 km/h, thus the Cigarette AMG Electric Drive Concept the world's fastest electric powerboat. The motors and the battery are ideally placed in the "Cigarette AMG Electric Drive Concept," just like in the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive. The low center of gravity and optimum weight distribution assures excellent handling when changing direction.

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