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Mercedes runs silent with world's fastest electric speedboat

Need a toy with 12 motors that could power a small apartment for one month? Look no further.

By Clifford Atiyeh Feb 15, 2013 1:59PM
In the cocaine haze that was 1980s Miami, the average Joe Drug Runner would have appreciated a silent, terrifyingly fast speedboat built with Mercedes parts.

The construction yellow paint job on the Cigarette AMG Electric Drive Concept, a 42-foot speedboat built in Miami, would need to be toned down. Everything else sounds just right for a 100-mph dash out of the harbor.

That speed makes this boat, the latest in a series of custom "AMG" models built by Cigarette Racing, the fastest electric speedboat in the world. Cigarette borrowed the technology used in the SLS AMG Electric Drive Concept, which will start limited production this June at around $500,000 each. Then, AMG turned it up to 11 -- or rather, 12 -- by installing two banks of electric motors, six on each side. In total, they're good for 2,200 horsepower and 2,213 lb-ft of torque, all without a single noxious emission.

Cigarette AMG Electric Drive (c) Mercedes-Benz
Two onboard chargers rated at 44 kilowatts (nearly seven times the juice flowing into the 2013 Nissan Leaf) refill the boat's giant 240 kilowatt-hour battery (10 times that of a Leaf) in seven hours. Two more chargers cut that time to less than than three hours.

In a private marina, such power would likely cost a fortune even after eliminating marine fuel. Mercedes wouldn't hint at a price for this concept, either. But people like Joe, if they're not in prison, could afford everything required to own such a speedy watercraft.

Cigarette AMG Electric Drive (c) Mercedes-BenzHopefully, all this won't get soaked, you know?

[Source: Mercedes-Benz]
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