Jaguar Vector Racing Break Maritime Electric World Record

15 June 2018

Jaguar Vector Racing have broken the outright world and national electric speed records in a battery-powered boat.

  • New world and national records of 88.61mph set by Jaguar Vector Racing V20E
  • Breaking previous electric best of 76.8mph set in 2008
  • Developed in partnership with Jaguar Racing’s technical partner Williams Advanced Engineering using Formula E technology

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London, UK, Friday 15 June 2018: Jaguar Vector Racing have broken the outright world and national electric speed records in a battery-powered boat. The unique Jaguar Vector V20E recorded an average speed of 88.61mph across the two legs of the famous 1km course on Coniston Water, England.

The electric boat was designed and constructed by Jaguar Vector in partnership with Jaguar Racing’s technical partner Williams Advanced Engineering. Jaguar Vector co-founder and technical director Peter Dredge piloted the V20E.

Following Jaguar’s announcement in October 2017 to become the exclusive title partner of Vector, the team will attempt further world and national records over the next 18 months as part of a major initiative to push the boundaries of performance and to showcase British engineering.

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Malcolm Crease, CEO, Jaguar Vector Racing:

“After 12 months of hard work, this is a fantastic result for the team and our partners and a great first step in bringing the power and versatility of electrification to the marine industry. It is a great honour for the Vector team to follow in the footsteps of Donald Campbell CBE and to set a world record on the historic Coniston Water.”

Mark Cameron, Director of Experiential Marketing, Jaguar Land Rover:

“Congratulations to Jaguar Vector Racing for setting a new benchmark for an electric boat with this world record. Jaguar is at the forefront of electrification technology and our mission is to ‘Race To Innovate’ on track and on the water. Thank you to the whole team and our technical partner Williams Advanced Engineering for successfully transferring the technology we are using in Formula E with Panasonic Jaguar Racing from racecar to power boat.”

Craig Wilson, Managing Director, Williams Advanced Engineering:

“Williams Advanced Engineering is proud to have supported this new world record by Jaguar Vector Racing by using our award-winning knowledge of electrification to provide the boat’s electric power, motor and control systems. Our experience from powering the entire Formula E grid for the past four seasons of racing and our ongoing partnership with Jaguar in the ABB FIA Formula E championship provided the technical and operational platform required to achieve this fantastic result. Congratulations to all involved in this wonderful achievement.”

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Further information

For further information please contact:


Christine Gorham

Head of Communication

Jaguar Vector Racing

+44 7770 914127


Adrian Atkinson

Global PR Manager

Jaguar Racing

+44 7979 554005

Williams Advanced Engineering

Matthew Knowles

Head of Communications

+44 7483 016 079

Notes to Editors

Editors’ notes

About Vector

Vector is a British company launched in 2012 that achieved immediate recognition through its partnership with Martini and back-to-back wins in the historic Cowes Torquay Cowes race in 2014-15. In 2017 Vector announced Jaguar as its new title partner, with a focus on performance, lifestyle and its British heritage. The team intends to break a number of world and national speed records in the next 18 months.

In 2016, Vector broke new ground with the delivery of its first high-performance surveillance USV interceptor. The company will unveil a further three new models in its maritime security range later this year, alongside a new 60ft luxury performance yacht capable of speeds in excess of 55 knots.


About Jaguar Racing

Jaguar returned to racing in October 2016, becoming the first premium manufacturer to join the all-electric ABB FIA Formula E Championship street racing series.

Jaguar’s Formula E programme will create tangible R&D benefits for the electrification of future Jaguar and Land Rover road cars and is designed around the team’s founding principle, ‘Race to Innovate’. 

Manufacturers can design their own powertrain, which includes the motor, transmission, inverter and rear suspension. Common components across all teams to control costs include the carbon fibre chassis and battery.  The focus is on developing electric vehicle powertrains.

Beyond its all-electric concept, Formula E is unique in the world of motorsport for its choice of venues. The championship takes place on temporary street circuits in the centre of the world’s major cities ending in a double header in New York. All track action including practice, qualifying and racing takes place in a single day.



About Williams Advanced Engineering

Williams Advanced Engineering Limited operates a technology and engineering services business and is part of the Williams Group.

In 2010 Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited began diversifying its operations, leading to the establishment of the Williams Advanced Engineering division, which has now become Williams Advanced Engineering Limited. Combining cutting-edge technology and the industry’s best engineers with precision and speed to market derived from four decades of success in the ultra-competitive environment of Formula One, Williams Advanced Engineering provides world-class technical innovation, engineering, testing, manufacturing and operational consultancy services to the automotive, motorsport, aerospace, defence, health and energy sectors. Working in close collaboration with its customers, Williams Advanced Engineering helps meet the sustainability challenges of the 21st century and improve performance, with its expertise in aerodynamics and thermodynamics, electrification, advanced lightweight materials and vehicle integration.  The Company was honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2018.

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