Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine powers Superyachts
British engineering and cutting-edge design will be the toast at this year’s summer garden party Salute to Style, a celebration of speed on water, air and road at The Hurlingham Club on 16-19 July. The event sees yacht design studio Claydon Reeves showcasing its new Aeroboat alongwith the Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine that powers it.
All 12 Aeroboat super-yachts to be produced will be powered by a reconditioned, fuel-injected Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine. With documented provenance, detuned to 1,100hp, the engine projects potential speed range of 75-95kts.
With inspiration from the Spitfire fighter, Aeroboat’s stern and sweeping tail draws from the wing’s trailing edge and authentic air intake scoop. Aeroboat’s throttle and switchgear design is aircraft-inspired. Shock-mounted forward seats are akin to Spitfire’s own landing gear.
Aeroboat is built to customer specifications. Breathing retro, the contemporary craft is a high-tech carbon fibre, Kevlar and lightweight wood veneer creation. Of course ’tis all very British. When it comes to interior design, whether it be the cockpit or trims, engine specifications or exterior finish, the company will configure Aeroboat to meet individual needs. A scale model of the sophisticated, and sleek powerboat will be on display alongside an original Merlin V12 engine.