Land Rover BAR has started the process to get ready for the America’s Cup that starts in May in Bermuda.
The boat the BAR team will be using was named ‘Rita’ by Sir Ben Ainslie’s wife Lady Georgie Ainslie and his daughter Bellatrix. Sir Ben has used boats named ‘Rita’ throughout his career, making sure the BAR team is using a winning pedigree.
Jaguar Land Rover is the United Kingdom’s biggest automotive research, development, and engineering investor. The same technology and skills that are used to develop the newest Jaguar Land Rover models are the same technology and skills that are used by Land Rover BAR to help the boat go faster.
“This process of two-way engineering and our wider STEM program across the business has enabled us to develop, learn, and provide our capabilities to the BAR team,” Tony Harper, Director of Research at Jaguar Land Rover, said. “We developed indLandustry-first aerodynamic testing to support the wingsail design which you can see on the final boat here today. From the success of this project, and with our knowledge of analysis and construction of light-weight vehicles, we have also supported the structural design of the daggerboards – the surfboard-style structure underneath the boat that allow it to fly and keep it stable when out of the water.”
Sir Ben Ainslie, the team principal and skipper, also had positive things to say about the boat and the BAR team leading up to the America’s Cup.
“It’s a great moment to see our race boat Rita hit the water in Bermuda. The launch represents the sum of all the team’s efforts to bring the America’s Cup home, and we’re delighted to get her in the water here in Bermuda,” Sir Ben Ainslie says. “We’re a start-up team, and we had to build not just the boat but the design and engineering team, the facilities and the processes to get to this point today. There are just a few short months before the racing starts at the end of May, and we will be working very hard now on the final development and testing of this boat to make sure we are ready for the racing.”
The America’s Cup qualifying rounds start May 26, 2017. The final will take place at the end of June.