Tuesday, September 18, 2007

'Batman boat' - Earthrace poised for record attempt!!!

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So so so cool!!! The futuristic look and cool design of the "Batman boat" had caused fascination. But this boat has a purpose. It has been designed to break the world record for circumnavigating the globe on 100 per cent renewable fuel while increasing awareness of environmentally-friendly biofuel.

The superboat, known as Earthrace, can submarine through heavy seas and notch up a higher average speed than regular boats by going up to seven metres under water for short periods of time.

The sleek silver boat, worth £1.5 million and skippered by New Zealander Pete Bethune, will make a net zero carbon footprint during its trip (24,000 nautical mile journey from Malaga in Spain in March next year) by purchasing carbon offset to balance CO2 emissions.

The B100 bio-dieselit uses emits around 20 per cent of the CO2 given off by conventional diesel, but it is equally efficient, allowing the boat to reach speeds of up to 40 knots.

The Earthrace showcases a range of environmentally friendly technologies, such as a low-emissions engine, non-toxic underwater paint and an efficient hull design. [Quoted from Metro]

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