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Aeroboat inspired by the British Supermarine Spitfire fighter plane

Aeroboat powered by Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine

by 29 May 2014

Set to be unveiled at the Salute to Style at The Hurlingham Club in London on July 16, the Aeroboat is inspired by the British Supermarine Spitfire fighter plane, that took on the German forces in World War II. Powered by a reconditioned, fuel-injected Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine, it is the same 27-litre power plant that propelled the Spitfire. With 1,100 horsepower, it's expected to propel the Aeroboat up to a top speed between 75 and 95 knots, or 86-109 miles per hour.

A unique mix of historic British engineering and cutting-edge design, the superyacht was created by design studio Claydon Reeves, and is built to customer specifications. The boat is high-tech, sculpted out of carbon fibre, Kevlar and lightweight wood veneer, all British-sourced. Every element of its interior design, from the cockpit to the trim, engine specifications and exterior finishes, can be configured to suit its owner. Even the Aeroboat's throttle and switchgear design is aircraft-inspired and the shock-mounted forward seats is a salute to the Spitfire's own landing gear.

Only 12 of these Aeroboat superyachts are destined for production and will be priced at 3 million pounds or 5 million dollars.

“The Aeroboat is one of the fastest and most elegant small yachts ever produced. It is perfect for anyone wanting to breakfast in St. Tropez, lunch in Antibes and dine at night in Monaco,” said the spokesperson for Claydon Reeves.