BMW (yes, the manufacturer of premium cars) supports the ORACLE Team USA as a technology partner.
The America’s Cup is not the only sailing event that BMW supports. You can read more about their commitment on BMW-Yachtsport.com. But now back to the “17” – the name of the racing catamaran.
BMW provided valuable technology transfer in aerodynamics, lightweight design and the steering systems of “17”. Thanks to the high-tech systems, the yacht will reach a top speed of about 54 knots (100 km/h). Over 15 designers and 50 boat builders were involved in realizing the project in 85,000 man-hours to date.
Grant Simmer, the chief operating officer of ORACLE TEAM USA said:
“This is a major milestone in our campaign to win the America’s Cup for a third time. These boats are highly-engineered, with complex systems, and built to perform under extreme conditions. It’s a great achievement by our designers, builders, and engineers to get us to this point where the race yacht gets handed over to the sailors.”
Jimmy Spithill, Skipper and Helmsman comments:
“I’m really proud of this team and what we’ve achieved so far. I’d like to thank the design team, the engineering team, the shore support, and our full boat-building team. They’ve made an incredible racing machine.”