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Electric hydrofoiling watercraft delivers eco-friendly thrills

Monday, March 02, 2015 - 01:47

The Quadrofoil is a high-tech electric personal watercraft that its makers call a 'sports car for the water'. When it hits 10 km/h, the Slovenian-engineered Quadrofoil is lifted above the water onto four wing-like hydrofoils where it 'flies' above the surface with minimal water resistance. Matthew Stock reports.

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Its makers call it a revolutionary watercraft. The electrically-powered Quadrofoil uses buoyancy force to lift it above the surface of the water when moving forward, allowing it to 'fly' across the water on four wing-like hydrofoils. The innovative design reduces drag... increasing both speed and energy efficiency. The Slovenian-built two-seater produces no emissions and is virtually noise-free, meaning it can zip across lakes, rivers and seas normally off limits to most jet skis or motorboats. It has a range of up to 100 km on a single charge, with top speeds of up to 40 km/h. Marjan Rozman, Quadrofoil CEO, says an intuitive control system makes driving his 'sports car for the water' a genuine thrill-ride. (SOUNDBITE) (Slovenian) "QUADROFOIL" CEO, MARJAN ROZMAN, SAYING: "The patented steering system enables this watercraft to be driven in a special way, providing an experience similar to driving a go-cart. But since the passengers are riding through air, lifted on foils, the feeling is comparable to flying in an aircraft. The vehicle has a turning radius of less than 7 meters, at speeds of 30-40 km/h, which is an exceptionally good performance in the world of watercraft, and it manages to pull it off with practically no understeer or oversteer." The Quadrofoil will ship commercially next month, with prices starting at about 17,000 dollars. The designers say it's almost unsinkable thanks to an airtight top module, automatic balancing and stabilisation... which together ensure the Quadrofoil delivers all the thrills... without the spills.

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Electric hydrofoiling watercraft delivers eco-friendly thrills

Monday, March 02, 2015 - 01:47