The Formula 1 Boat is the top machine in international outboard racing. It flies above the water at speeds approaching 120 miles per hour and turns on a dime, producing competition as close as is found in any Motorsport. The Formula 1 Boat is sleek, glamorous, light and extremely maneuverable. It’s 250-horsepower engine and distinctive hull design enables it to accelerate like a Dragster yet race on tight courses that provide excellent spectator viewing.
Formula 1 Powerboats are 17' long, 7'2" wide, and weigh 1155 lbs including the driver. The power to weight ratio is among the highest in all of Motorsports. As for the Performance, these powerboats accelerate from 0-100 mph in 5 seconds and quicker than a formula one car. Top speeds up to 120 mph and has the capabilities of going around a 180-degree corner at 100 mph, pulling 7.0 G's in the process making them the hardest turning race vehicle in the world. Combination of half boat and half plane, Formula 1 Powerboat Drivers actually fly the boats across the straightaways.
Formula 1 Powerboat competition starts with a 15-20 boat field lined up on the starting pontoon with the engines off. A Lemans start springs to life as the engines roar and the rooster tails spray thousands of gallons of water as the boats head to the first turn. A 1.25-mile course made of a combination of right and left hand turns with a variety of straight aways provides for deck to deck competition within inches of each other.
No two laps are ever the same with Formula 1 Powerboat racing due to the ever changing water and wind conditions making the Formula 1 Boats one of the most challenging racing vehicles in the world to drive. There are several races each day with 10 lap heat races, and 30-50 laps finals.
Formula Lights (support class) Speeds typically of 67-70 mph that race on a 35 second course. These 12-foot tunnel boats are equipped with a 44.9 cu. In. two cylinder engine. Looks like the F1 boat but smaller.
Tri Hull (support class) the boats are based on the pleasure boat tri hull design. Equipped with a safety roll cage to protect the driver who is strapped in with a 5-point safety harness. Powered by a maximum of a 100 cu. In. motor. This is our only class that has a claiming rule on the engines. The Tri Hull class is known for its bumping and banging water churning competition.