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Motorsport to Marine Initiative


MIA Technology Partners




Parallels between motorsport and marine industries are numerous, not least because both sectors are involved in sporting activities which serve as a proving ground for innovative new technologies.

Offshore powerboating is one, more obvious, example of marine motorsport technologies: As in a single-seat racing car, boats competing in the Powerboat P1 World Championship use carbonfibre hulls as their main structural part. Similarly, aerodynamic and hydrodynamic performance are optimised using motorsport-developed Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

Wirth Research is a world-leader in CFD analysis      

Ilmor Engineering is a double Powerboat P1 World Champion

Ilmor Marine Engines is one of offshore powerboating's leading engine manufacturers. When it is considered that Ilmor Engineering has 44 Grand Prix wins to its name and has triumphed in the Indianapolis 500 14 times, it is clear to see how motorsport technology transfer can translate into success on the water.

Caudwell Marine's revolutionary Axis Drive™ marine propulsion system was developed in partnership with MIA members Xtrac, Cosworth and Ilmor Engineering

MIA Members Xtrac, Cosworth and Ilmor Engineering collaborated to develop the revolutionary Axis Drive™ marine propulsion system. This radical new design boasts zero power-loss from engine to propeller and serves as a prime example of how innovative motorsport capability can achieve fantastic results when applied into other sectors.

Cosworth Electronics supply TransMed Record-holders
Groupama 3 with their LLB data acqusition system

Not only motorised boats benefit from such technology transfer - numerous America's Cup, Fastnet and record-attempt challengers use Cosworth Electronics' data acquisition, logging and image capture components and software. Cosworth's LLB system measures various structural hull loads along with logging winch, rig and rudder loads - enabling sailing teams to monitor data in real time and review past events to identify areas of potential performance advantage.

The UK Marine Industries Roadmap highlights significant opportunities for motorsport companies to apply their innovative capability into the marine sector, which is increasingly focused on addressing the challenge of vessel efficiency.

Motorsport to Marine Documents

Motorsport to Marine News

British Marine Federation (BMF) Newsletters - click here

National Boat Shows - click here

Upcoming Motorsport to Marine Events

  • TBC

Past Motorsport to Marine Events

  • 14-15 October 2013               'Motorsport to Marine' Showcase of Capability at Princess Yachts, Plymouth - Info
  • 10 April 2013                          Members' Business Tour & Engagement Sunseeker International, Poole - Info - Photos
  • 14-23 September 2012           PSP Southampton Boat Show
  • 11-20 January 2013               Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show
  • 22 September 2011                Members' Business Visit to the Southampton Boat Show

For more information please contact Helen Jones on +44 (0)2476 692 600 or email helen.jones@the-mia.com