The previous world record was 88.6 mph (142 km/h), set in 2019 by a Jaguar Vector racing boat at Lake Coniston in the UK.
Speed On The Water magazine is reporting that a Vision Marine Technologies team has smashed the world speed record for electric boats with a 104 mile per hour run (167 km/h) at the Lake of The Ozarks Shoot Out today. The photo above capturing the moment is by Pete Boden of Shoot 2 Thrill Pix
The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout was started in 1988 when a bunch of local boat owners set up an informal competition to find out whose boat was fastest. It has grown since then to host 70,000 to 100,000 spectators during the weekend event and has donated more than US$1 million in the past 10 years to 34 different organizations, fire departments and charities.
More than twice last year’s speed
Vision Marine has set Shoot Out speed records in the electric boats segment for the past two years, but this year’s feat is more than double last year’s record of 49 mph (78 km./h).
Today’s world record-breaking boat, a 32-foot Hellkats Powerboat catamaran with twin Vision Marine E-Motion 180E electric outboards, was piloted by Shaun Torrente, owner of Shaun Torrente Racing in Ava, Florida. The batteries were provided by Vision Marine partner Octillion Power Systems.
Torrente told Jason Johnson of Speed On The Water “It hasn’t completely sunk in for me what we as a group just accomplished; we are the first team in history to go 100 mph on the water in an electric boat—think about that for a minute! My guys have been working on this boat non-stop for six weeks to get it here and to go out and hit that triple-digit mark today made it all worth it.”
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