515 Project One powerboat by Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing is unveiled at 2018 Miami Boat Show

Article by Christian A., on February 20, 2018

Mercedes-Benz recently published an AMG Project One teaser, and just by hearing those words, I am pretty sure that we got you excited. But here is the thing, it wasn’t a teaser of a hyper car this time, but a boat instead - or should we say hyper boat?

This boat is not like any regular boat out there, but it can be more accurately described as a Cigarette Racing offshore powerboat. It has been inspired by the impressive Mercedes-AMG Project One. The good news here is that we have been given full disclosure on this boat, and we are telling you now that it isn’t like your regular seagoing yacht that has an automaker’s badge but cannot perform. In fact, this is quite the opposite of that. With over 51 feet in length, this model is packed with carbon fiber, and can do 140 miles per hour (225 kilometers per hour) on water.

This boat is called the Cigarette Racing 515 Project One. It does not have the hypercar’s monstrous engine but that is completely fine with us. In fact, the Mercedes AMG Project One’s 1,000 horsepower engine will not get the boat anywhere near 140 miles per hour, and that is why this water borne Project One has been equipped with a pair of Mercury Racing quad-cam V8 engine that brings out 1,350 horsepower (1,006 kilowatts) each.

This engine utilizes 91 octane fuel so it can hit the 515’s top speed that requires the Race Key and a tank of race fuel, maximizing the engine output to 1,550 (1,156 kilowatts) each. That adds up to a total output of 3,100 horsepower (2,312 kilowatts). Now, we understand why it gets its Project One moniker.

Performance figures aren’t the only thing that excites us about the 515 Project One. That is because the boat has been built with Kevlar and carbon fiber all throughout, making it 5,000 pounds (2,268 kilograms) lighter than Cigarette Racing’s 41 foot SD GT3 offshore boat, even if it is also 10 feet longer.

Other than that, it has a larger beam that is about the same size as that of the Cigarette Marauder, which fits in six passengers comfortably. Well, comfortable enough as one can get to triple digit speeds on the ocean. This model, according to Cigarette Racing, is currently the most impressive boat that the company has built.

It has been 11 years since Mercedes-AMG partnered with Cigarette Racing to build AMG inspired high performance boats. The 515 Project One is the newest boat that both companies have developed. This insanely fast boat will then be unveiled at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show, which runs from February 16th up until the 20th at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin.

Press Release

Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing establish new performance benchmarks on the water with the Cigarette Racing 515 Project ONE

Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing are proud to mark 11 years of collaboration with the debut of the most impressive and innovative performance boat ever constructed by the iconic Miami-based boat manufacturer. Designed from the ground up using the latest technology and methodologies, the Cigarette Racing 515 Project ONE was inspired by the highly anticipated Mercedes-AMG Project ONE supersports car.

Representing the ninth special edition boat created from this partnership, the Cigarette Racing 515 Project ONE is 51’ 5” in length and features an increased beam of 9’ 6” which allows 6 passengers the ability to be seated comfortably. The new boat offers an increase of over 30% greater surface area when compared to the existing 50’ Marauder, while still providing similar performance and an impressive 140 mph top speed through the use of a highly optimized composite structure consisting of carbon-fiber, Kevlar® and E-glass. Cigarette’s signature aggressive shoulders, which rise in the rear of the boat, also allow the integration of a large sun cushion on the flat exposed-weave carbon fiber hatch - despite the tall engines beneath - for maximum comfort and versatility when stationary. The boat’s deck is constructed completely of carbon fiber to reduce the total weight and lower the center mass of the boat. Carbon Fiber is also used for the inner structural laminate of the hull, forward bulkheads, cabin liner, engine hatch, consoles and storage hatches to significantly reduce the overall weight. For example, the air intakes, which are over 7ft long and 14 inches wide, weigh only 4.4 lbs. Overall, the weight optimized Cigarette Racing 515 Project ONE is over ten feet longer than the Cigarette Racing 41’ SD GT3 but it weighs over5,000-lbs less. Kevlar® has also been used for tabbing bulkheads and around
the edges of framing for its extreme toughness properties.

“For 11 years, Cigarette Racing has been our trusted partner that has allowed
us to extend our likeminded core performance principles from the land to the
water,” said Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes
AMG GmbH. “By directly translating Formula 1 technology from the track to
the street, the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE is our most ambitious and aweinspiring
vehicle yet. It is incredible to see our vision reimagined for the water
in such an impressive and highly compelling form.”

The Cigarette Racing Team worked in close cooperation with Gorden Wagener,
Chief Design Officer for Daimler AG, to design the hallmark characteristics of
the boat. The distinctive matte black and silver paint and special badging
instantly evoke the unmistakable Mercedes-AMG Project ONE. This attention to
every detail extends inside the cabin with extensive use of Dinamica and
seatbacks constructed of exposed-weave carbon fiber.

“As the hottest and coolest supercar we’ve ever created, the Mercedes-AMG
Project ONE was our source of inspiration for the impressive new Cigarette
Racing 515 Project ONE,” said Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer, Daimler
AG. “Both embody Performance Luxury at its absolute best, and are destined to
become design icons.”

“Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing both have racing as part of their DNA,
which makes us natural partners to work together to continue to push the
limits of design and high performance,” said Skip Braver, CEO of Cigarette
Racing. “Whether on land or on water our discerning customers demand the
absolute best, so we are extremely proud to unveil the Cigarette Racing Team
515 Project ONE. It is by far our most impressive high performance boat yet
and represents a triumph of engineering that proudly reflects our unparalleled
performance pedigree.”

The Cigarette Racing Team 515 Project ONE is powered by a pair of Mercury
Racing 1,350/1,550 QC4v (Quad Cam 4 Valve) engines and M8 stern drives,
delivering up to 3,100 hp. These sophisticated powerplants are dual calibration
engines, which enable the operator to switch engine power levels through an
electronic key fob. The Race Key fob unlocks up to 1,550 hp, requiring race
fuel. The Pleasure key fob is used for operating at 1,350 hp with 91 octane fuel.
A staggered engine configuration lowers the center of gravity by allowing the
motors to be placed closer to one another, deeper in the vee of the boat, which
improves dynamics and stability.

The Cigarette Racing 515 Project ONE draws inspiration from the Mercedes-
AMG Project ONE, a two-seater supersports showcar that will bring the very
latest and highly efficient Formula 1 hybrid technology from the race track to
the road. This mid-engined (ahead of the rear axle) high-performance hybrid
showcar will have over 1,000 hp, offer a top speed beyond 217 mph (350 km/h)
and reach 11,000 rpm, which is currently unique for any roadgoing vehicle.
The awe-inspiring Mercedes-AMG Project ONE will combine outstanding
racetrack performance and road capable Formula 1 hybrid technology with
exemplary efficiency. The 1.6-liter V6 hybrid gasoline engine with direct
injection and electrically assisted single turbocharging will transfer directly
from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 racing car. The high-performance
plug-in hybrid drive system will come directly from Formula 1, and will be
realized in close cooperation with the motorsport experts of Mercedes-AMG
High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth, England.

Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing began their collaboration partnership in
2007, primarily for organizing joint customer and marketing activities. Whether
on land or water, Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing are united by their focus
on delivering the ultimate in performance. Similar to its Mercedes-AMG super
sports counterpart, the 38’ to 51’ 5’ long powerboats from the American
specialists are among the world's fastest and most exclusive machines. These
boats feature custom-made, handcrafted quality for enthusiasts and are tested
under the most extreme conditions. Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing share
similar DNA makeups: both companies have triumphant racing roots and are still
dedicated to this passion.

The price of this one-of-a-kind boat from the Cigarette Racing Team is available
upon request. For additional information on Cigarette Racing, please visit

The Miami International Boat Show is open to the public from February 16-20,
2018 at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin. For more information, please
visit www.miamiboatshow.com.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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