Just one week after Emirates Team New Zealand first christened their hydrogen powered foiling catamaran ‘Chase Zero’, the 10m prototype was up and foiling around the Waitematā harbour in Auckland today.
Chase Zero has been progressing through a highly measured and stringent commissioning process with every element of the Hydrogen powered boat tested independently and collectively before bringing it up to foiling flight mode at 20-knots boat speed with the ETNZ developed auto pilot in control of the ride height.
Chase Zero Key Specifications:
Beam: 4. 5m
Foil configuration: Primary π-foil, single T-rudder
Fuel cells: 2 x Toyota 80kW
Motors: 2 x 220kW
Batteries: 2 x 42kWh
Tanks: 4 x 8kg Hydrogen @ 350bar
Cruise Speed: 30kts
Range: 180km (typical chase boat working cycle)
Top Speed: 50kts
Images credit Emirates Team New Zealand