You might remember this is not the first time an AMG project inspires the design of a boat – but it’s certainly highly unusual to see what should be dubbed as a hyperboat…

It’s of course natural for the latest Cigarette Racing offshore powerboat to be called as such, given its automotive inspiration is none other than the awesome Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar. And its credentials certainly live up to its automotive counterpart’s hype – it’s something more than 51 feet long, clad in carbon fiber, packs 3,100 horsepower and it should be capable of 140 mph (225 km/h) . . . on water! The Cigarette Racing 515 Project One is actually not sharing anything with the Project One aside from the AMG branding and the love of speed – achieving such figures on water requires a completely different engineering approach than on land.

The Cigarette Racing 515 is Mercedes-AMG’s Project One water counterpart 6

As such, the Project One powerboat makes use of two Mercury Racing quad-cam V8 engines that are usually capable of 1,350 horsepower (1,006 kilowatts) each. Give up the 91 octane fuel, use the Race Key and a tank of race fuel and you’ll get to 1,550 (1,156 kW) for a total of 3,100 hp (2,312 kW). The 515 Project One also gets lots of Kevlar and carbon fiber so it tips the scales 5,000 pounds (2,268 kilograms) less than Cigarette Racing’s 41-foot SD GT3 offshore boat, which is over 10 feet shorter. It’s also larger than a similarly-sized 50-foot Cigarette Marauder, allowing for the accommodation of six passengers – after all you do need to share the impressive performance with as many people as possible – right?


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