As Powerboat Racing World reported last summer, Italian boat designer, builder, racer and engineer, Fabio Buzzi had built a new diesel hydroplane.
Yesterday using his Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT) powered three-pointer, he set a Guinness Record* of 277.5 Km/h (172.12 mph) on Lake Como.
Buzzi beat his existing record by 25.5 km/h, (he set a UIM ratified record of 252 km/h (156.76) mph back in 1992).
FPT and Buzzi’s FB Design worked together to marinize the Cursor 16 litre engine which is used in agriculture applications, into an engine capable of developing more than 1,700 hp.
As Buzzi explained to me last year, the boat and virtually all of its rigging had been manufactured ‘in house’ at at his FB Design HQ in Brianza.
The 75 year old Italian Maestro never ceases to impress… He and Dag Pike would make ideal co-drivers…
FPT Industrial is now part of speed record history. Fabio Buzzi, multiple world-champion of Powerboat Racing and CEO of FB Design, has achieved the fastest speed on water using a diesel engine developed by FPT Industrial, and a hull engineered by FB Design. The record, certified by Guinness World Records, was achieved on Wednesday March 7th on Lake Como, Italy as the three-point hull reached the incredible speed of 277.5 Km/h.
Posted by FPT Industrial on Thursday, 8 March 2018
Story by John Moore for Powerboat Racing News