America's Cup Yachten

THE YACHTS.

The foiling era.

THE YACHTS.

The foiling era.

The Yachts.The foiling era.

TECHNOLOGY AT THE LIMIT.

Boundaries are being pushed in the America's Cup.

The America’s Cup has always been more than just a sailing competition. It is also a contest for engineers, inventors and visionaries. In the search for the decisive speed advantage, the boat building industry has been revolutionized time and again in the 166-year history of this unique competition and the limits of what is possible have been pushed back.

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AC75 Sailing

THE NEW AC75 CLASS.

Flying monohulls.

In November 2017, defending champion Emirates New Zealand and the Challenger of Records, Luna Rossa Challenge, presented a concept for the 36th America's Cup boat class. The name "AC75" designates the length (75 feet, approx. 23 meters), further details are to be announced on March 31, 2018.

Fact is: The AC75 yachts are single-hull boats without a keel, which can "fly" on two lateral T-foils and are believed to have a similar speed potential as the catamarans in the 35th America's Cup.

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AC75 IN DETAIL.

The hull of the AC75 yachts is angular and looks very sleek with its pointed bow. The decisive element of the concept can be found on both sides of the hull: The T-shaped, movable foils. They are ballasted and provide the necessary stability, which would otherwise be lacking due to the intended absense of a keel. This enables the monohulls to fly. When underway, the leeward foil is in the water and provides the necessary buoyancy, while the windward foil stands high in the air and provides the righting moment. Both foils can be lowered during maneuvers, the pre-start phase or in demanding conditions to give the yacht additional stability. In the event of capsizing, the yachts should be able to raise themselves thanks to the ballast in the foils.

Foiling

35TH AMERICA'S CUP.

BMW TECHNOLOGY FOR THE ORACLE TEAM USA.

35TH AMERICA'S CUP.

BMW TECHNOLOGY FOR THE ORACLE TEAM USA.

THE ULTIMATE SAILING MACHINE.

Wingsails, hydrofoils and the best sailors in the world – this combination defined the 35th America's Cup. The catamarans that were used rise almost completely out of the water, achieving spectacular speeds in combination with the wing. Slightly smaller AC45 yachts were used in the previous LVAC World Series, while the America’s Cup itself was contested on AC50 catamarans in May and June 2017 off the coast of Bermuda.

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TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER MADE EASY.

Lightweight construction at the 35th America’s Cup.

Extremely light, and at the same time extraordinarily torsionally rigid: Nothing could be achieved in the America's Cup without carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP). A well-known field for BMW: the BMW Group is the first automobile manufacturer in the world to use carbon as a lightweight material in the large-scale production of the BMW i models.

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Lufthoheit America's Cup

AIR SOVEREIGNTY.

Focus on aerodynamics.

AIR SOVEREIGNTY.

Focus on aerodynamics.

Because the catamarans were virtually out of the water as they "flew" across the surface during the 35th America's Cup, aerodynamics had become even more important. The ORACLE TEAM USA built on the aerodynamic expertise of the BMW Group and its extraordinary wind tunnel.

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America's Cup Technologie

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