SCIGRIP Solar Boat Team

SCIGRIP Solar Boat Achieves Top Speeds During Sea Trials

SCIGRIP is pleased to announce the successful completion of the SCIGRIP Solar Boat’s sea trials in preparation for Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup next month.  The newly modified, lightweight powerboat took to the water at Gdynia Marina in Poland in relatively calm conditions with a light offshore wind. The team is delighted with the boat’s performance and they achieved a top speed of 26 km/h.

To retain a competitive edge, the SCIGRIP Solar Team cannot divulge too much technical information but they can reveal the modified SCIGRIP Solar Boat features a number of performance enhancing features. These include lighter solar panels and a PVC foam and carbon fibre deck to reduce weight on board and increase speed. A specially mounted drive system has also been assembled to aid the boat’s stability in rough waters and improve steering control for the skipper.