The sports car manufacturer Porsche and the Frauscher boatyard have presented the first series model of their electrically powered sports boat 850 Fantom Air to the public during test drives on Lake Garda. The boat contains drive technology that is based on that of the future all-electric Porsche Macan. The First Edition, limited to 25 boats, can now be ordered.
With technology from the E-Macan
In the Frauscher x Porsche 850 Fantom Air, the companies have adapted and installed drive elements from Porsche’s Premium Platform Electric (PPE) specifically for operation in a boat. The platform is still new and will only be used in the future compact electric SUV Porsche Macan.
Part of this is a permanently excited synchronous electric machine (PSM). Their power was limited to 400 kW for use in the 850 Fantom Air and the necessary power electronics were adapted accordingly. The electric motor is housed in the stern and transmits its power to the shaft and the propeller via a Z drive.
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The lithium-ion battery with 100 kWh also comes from PPE. It is housed under the lying area at the rear of the 850 Fantom Air. The engineers suspended the battery with wire cable dampers to absorb the shocks that occur during typical driving. Porsche and Frauscher promise that the battery will be charged from 10 to 80 percent in 30 minutes thanks to 800-volt technology at DC fast charging stations. Since there are mainly AC sockets at ports, an additional 11 kW DC charger is included which can also be used to charge the battery.
Similar to a “driving experience switch”, the drive characteristics can be adjusted using pre-programmed driving modes, i.e. the response behavior and the respective top speed can be changed. You can choose between Docking, Range, Sport and Sport Plus modes. In docking mode, for example, the maximum speed is limited to 8 kn (knots), around 15 km/h.
85 km/h top speed
At its peak, the sports boat travels at a limited speed of 85 km/h and the cruising speed is 41 km/h. This allows a travel time of one hour before the battery needs to be recharged. At slower speeds, a range of 100 km is possible. In a mix of fast and slow journeys, the boat should be able to travel for around two to three hours on one battery charge, write Frauscher and Porsche.
The electrically powered 850 Fantom Air is 8.67 m long and 2.49 m wide and therefore has the same dimensions as the 585 Daydreamer from Frauscher, which is equipped with a combustion engine. However, both companies promise that the driving characteristics of the electric version will be significantly better than those of the combustion engine version. The top speed, acceleration and handling are better.
The boat offers space for up to nine people, who can make themselves comfortable on a sunbathing area in the stern and upholstered benches at the bow. The free-standing helm and cockpit were designed by Porsche. The analogue instruments are based on those found in Porsche sports cars. This also applies to the steering wheel and the seats.
The sports boat is also equipped with LED ambient and underwater lighting. The color of the boat and the interior can be configured in different colors. The exterior color can be chosen from the color palette of the road vehicles.
Initially, the Frauscher x Porsche 850 Fantom Air is limited to a first edition of 25 pieces. The starting price is 561,700 euros net. Recreational boaters can register now to get their hands on one of the boats. It will then be delivered from 2024.
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