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New York-Bermuda Speed Record Set

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

10 October 2012


One year after beating the speed record on the Monte Carlo-Venice route, Italian motor yacht designer and multiple water speed record holder, Fabio Buzzi has broken the record for the fastest New York-Bermuda voyage, with a specially-built vessel powered by two FPT Industrial C90 650 engines.

Exploiting a narrow and closing weather window, the boat covered nearly 670 nautical miles in just 17 hours and six minutes, an average speed of 39.49 knots. The motorboat shattered the previous record set in the 40-foot or below category, achieved on August 5, 2012, by some four hours and 33 minutes. The route is between New York (departure from Liberty Island, under the Statue of Liberty) to St. Georges on the Bermuda Islands (harbour entrance buoy).

Designed by Buzzi himself, the 40-foot 'FB Design' used polyurethane foam injected in the hull under the waterline to make it unsinkable, critical given the challenging conditions of the Atlantic Ocean. Equipped with two FPT Industrial C90 650 engines, featuring six cylinders with a 8.7 litre displacement, the vessel is capable of a maximum speed of 58 knots.

Welcoming the new record, Giovanni Bartoli, CEO of FPT Industrial, said: "We are very proud of the record reached with our engines. Thanks to the experience in these extreme sport competitions, FPT Industrial ensures to its own customers the utmost reliability, performance and efficiency standards. Such demanding conditions allow to test innovative technical solutions for future applications on series productions."

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