The new ClubSwan 36 by Nautor’s Swan is powered by Torqeedo and BMW
Düsseldorf, Germany (January 21, 2019) – Nautor’s Swan, BMW and Torqeedo are combining forces to deliver a new high-performance and fossil fuel-free sailing experience. Torqeedo has developed an inboard version of its proven Cruise 10.0 electric drive system as auxiliary propulsion for the new ClubSwan 36 one-design racer by Nautor’s Swan.
The foil-assisted ClubSwan 36 brings the fun and excitement of dinghy and keelboat racing while offering a direct entry into one of the most desirable clubs in the yachting world. The innovative design boasts a flushdeck, open cockpit and retractable bowsprit, a chamfered bow and a transverse sliding C-foil. The carbon rig provides plenty of tuning opportunities while racing this innovative entry-level sports boat.
The highly efficient, 20 horsepower equivalent Cruise 10.0 electric drive is clean, quiet and emission-free, powered by state-of-the-art lithium batteries with technology by BMW i. The propeller is retracted while racing but can be deployed while under sail. The spinning propeller acts as a hydrogenerator, producing electricity to charge the system’s batteries and reducing dependence on shore supplies. The system is controlled with an unobtrusive side-mount sail throttle and onboard computer with GPS, state of charge, and real-time range and runtime calculations.
“Technology transfer between industries and applications makes both stronger. Torqeedo’s partnership with BMW started with the recognition that their lithium batteries delivered an unbeatable combination of energy density, long-life and safety,” said Dr. Christoph Ballin, CEO of Torqeedo. “The innovative ClubSwan 36 is the optimal platform and Nautor’s Swan the ideal partner for this three-way cooperation to develop a zero-emission electric inboard system with a retractable prop.”
The high-capacity batteries from BMW’s i3 and i8 automobiles already deliver the proper voltage for Torqeedo’s DEEP BLUE 25kW – 100kW motor systems and are fully integrated into those systems. Torqeedo also upgraded the energy density of low-voltage batteries with BMW’s cell module technology. The Power 48-5000 battery used in the ClubSwan 36 boasts a 70% higher energy density and a 50% longer cycle life than a typical marine lithium battery. Torqeedo adapted BMW’s cell modules to supply the 48 volts required and to suit the rigors of the marine environment, then fully integrated them into the system management and safety protocols of the Cruise motor system.
The superior characteristics of BMW’s battery technology allow Torqeedo to offer an 8-year limited capacity warranty, unprecedented in the marine industry. For extended motoring, range may be extended by installing additional batteries or a generator.
Torqeedo is the market leader for electric mobility on the water. Founded in 2005 in Starnberg, the company develops and manufactures electric and hybrid drives from 0.5 to 100 kW for commercial applications and recreational use. Torqeedo products are characterized by an uncompromising high-tech focus, maximum efficiency and complete system integration. Torqeedo is part of the DEUTZ Group, one of the world's leading independent suppliers of diesel and natural gas engines. › www.torqeedo.com
About Nautor's Swan
Nautor’s Swan has more than half a century of experience in building performance sailing yachts, which are recognised the world over for the perfect combination of style, quality and performance. Exceptional sailing performance will always define any Swan and, while the more traditional Swan Yachts will retain the familiar element of cruising comfort along with their ability to compete when required, ClubSwan Yachts will be more distinct in their role and direction with the specific objective of leading the yard’s development of high-performance yachts based upon cutting-edge design principles.
2016 has been the Nautor’s Swan’s 50th anniversary: a momentous milestone that celebrates more than 2,000 yachts built over five decades, between 36 and 131 feet, and with the latest generation of Swan yachts like the Swan 120, the Swan 65, the Swan 78 and the outstanding ClubSwan 125 and ClubSwan 50.
Jewels in the crown of the ClubSwan calendar are the Rolex Swan Cup, organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (Porto Cervo) and the The Nations Trophy dedicated to the Swan One Design yachts (ClubSwan 36, ClubSwan 50, Swan 45, ClubSwan 42).
About The BMW Group
With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production network comprises 30 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.
In 2018, the BMW Group sold over 2,490,000 passenger vehicles and more than 165,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the financial year 2017 was € 10.655 billion on revenues amounting to € 98.678 billion. As of 31 December 2017, the BMW Group had a workforce of 129,932 employees.
The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.
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