A snapshot of the team’s aerodynamic fi ndings

The T-shaped foils deploy from the hull

themselves depending on whether it’s a head sea, a following sea or the waves are on the beam. The team claims that because the foils also work independently of each other, they can rectify lean if the boat is unevenly loaded so there isn’t the need for trim tabs or interceptors. It’s important to clarify that from the hull up, this mule is nothing like the fi nished product. Pininfarina’s 3D renderings on the previous page give the clearest idea yet as to what the production version will look like and we know that below decks, there is space for a convertible vee berth and a separate bathroom. The hull, engines, drivetrain and foil technology will adorn

the production boat but the rest of this prototype is a thrown- together test bed made up of bits from the parts bin. It’s properly

basic, with no soundproofi ng or even a windscreen, and the helm seats have been pinched from one of Princess’s fl ybridge models. Recognisable Volvo Penta switchgear and screens, presenting only what is strictly necessary, nestle within a roughly fi nished dashboard. Simon Schofi eld of BAR Technologies is prodding away on

a tablet, which is linked to a laptop lashed down within an inch of its life inside the cabin that talks to the foils. This is how the foils are controlled in the development stage but at launch, the boat will have an interface embedded within the glass bridge multifunction display that will allow the driver to switch between modes and adjust the foils’ pitch to plus and minus 5º via a touch- sensitive slider.

We up the speed and it immediately feels as if there’s an invisible hand on the foredeck, pushing the bow into the water

Standard Volvo Penta sterndrives provide propulsion

Putting the R35

through its paces. The amount of grip on offer is staggering

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