LAND ROVER BAR LAND ROVER ANNOUNCES ITS TITLE AND EXCLUSIVE INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP WITH BEN AINSLIE RACING
In July 2015, Land Rover announced it would become both Title and Exclusive Innovation Partner to Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR).
Land Rover BAR will challenge for the 35th Louis Vuitton America's Cup in 2017 aiming to bring the cup home to the UK for the first time in the race's 166 year history.
The goal is to design a boat capable of winning the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup for Land Rover BAR, pushing technological boundaries, and advancing Land Rover engineering to benefit future product development.
With daggerboards to lift the catamaran clear of the water for speed, and wings instead of sails, the America's Cup Class boat has been described as 'a fighter jet on water'.
THE BAR TEAM
THE LAND ROVER BAR TEAM SIR BEN AINSLIE – TEAM PRINCIPAL AND SKIPPER The most successful Olympic sailor ever, Ben Ainslie led the Oracle Team USA team to victory in the 34th America’s Cup in 2013. Launching Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) in 2014 – renamed Land Rover BAR in 2015 – Ainslie’s goal is to bring the America’s Cup back to Britain for the first time ever – where it all began in 1851.
THE LAND ROVER BAR TEAM PAUL CAMPBELL-JAMES - TACTICIAN A versatile sailor with a strong background in both mono and multihull racing, Paul Campbell-James brings advanced technical ability to Land Rover BAR. He was helmsman with the Luna Rossa Challenge during the 2012/13 America’s Cup World Series, and held a reserve role for the team’s 34th America’s Cup campaign.
THE LAND ROVER BAR TEAM DAVID ‘FREDDIE’ CARR - BOWMAN During his racing career, David ‘Freddie’ Carr has campaigned for three America’s Cups, for Britain in 2003, Sweden in 2007 and most recently for Italy. He has mounted the podium an impressive 8 times, from 12 America’s Cup events. He says, ‘I can’t think of a major life lesson that doesn’t relate to my sailing life.’
THE LAND ROVER BAR TEAM NICK HUTTON - TRIMMER Devon-born Nick Hutton brings extensive multi-hull racing expertise to the Land Rover BAR team. His America’s Cup experience includes bowman with the Italian America’s Cup entry, Luna Rossa Challenge, winning the 2012/13 ACWS and finishing runners up in the Louis Vuitton Cup – the 30th anniversary of the event.
THE LAND ROVER BAR TEAM JONO MACBETH – SAILING TEAM MANAGER AND SAILOR A three-times America’s Cup winner, Jonathan ‘Jono’ Macbeth is the most experienced America’s Cup sailor in the Land Rover BAR team. Macbeth’s Cup career started with Team New Zealand in 1997 before winning the 31st America’s Cup in 2000. Now Land Rover BAR Sailing Team Manager, he retains an active role on-board.
THE LAND ROVER BAR TEAM LEIGH MCMILLAN - SAILOR Leigh McMillan has been one of the world’s top multihull sailors for the last decade. With two appearances for Team GB at the Olympic Games in 2004 and 2008, his ability to win consistently made him the obvious choice to join Land Rover BAR, as multihulls were introduced to the America’s Cup in 2010.
ABOUT THE BOAT
ABOUT THE BOAT RITA The Land Rover BAR fleet share the same name – Rita. The name dates back to 1992, when Ben Ainslie’s mother sewed a badge of St Rita into his lifejacket. St Rita is patron saint of impossible dreams and, in 1992, becoming the most successful Olympic sailor ever must have seemed an impossible dream.
ABOUT THE BOAT BOAT CONSTRUCTION Foiling catarmarans are constructed with twin hulls, joined by cross members and a 'trampoline' platform. The rig is the mast, the wing (in place of sails), the jib, a smaller sail in front of the mast, and the cables that hold it in place. The daggerboard, a removable centreboard that can be lowered into the water, and rudders on each hull controlled by a tiller, provide stability. The hydrofoils lift the hull clear of the water at speed.
ABOUT THE BOAT THE WING The AC45f uses a wing sail in place of a conventional sail. This is exactly what it say it is — a wing, just like an aeroplane and at 21.5metres/70.5ft tall roughly the length of a Boeing 737’s wing. It has two distinct sections, and each can be controlled independently. When the boat is travelling at 50mph — creating its own ‘apparent wind’ — the wing is generating around 100bhp.
DESIGN AND ENGINEERING
Land Rover's advanced engineering teams at Gaydon, Whitley and Warwick University identified three innovation projects where they could collaborate on the boat's design - wings, controls and performance/stability. The America's Cup Class boats use solid fixed wings instead of sails - optimised aerodynamically using advanced computational fluid dynamics to maximise power and speed.
HOW THE BOAT IS CONTROLLED
The innovative wing sails and daggerboards that help lift the boat's hull clear of the water are controlled by hydraulics in place of sheets (ropes) and powered by the crew. Land Rover's human machine interface expertise is improving the efficiency of power generation.
STABILITY AND PERFORMANCE
Land Rover has lent its advanced 'machine learning' (an elementary form of Artificial Intelligence) and capabilities expertise to help Land Rover BAR process F1-levels of performance data generated by its test boats. It is vital that the foiling boats remain as stable as possible at high speeds.
The team analyses formulas and creates technologies to advance the engineering capabilities of Land Rover BAR. There’s a shared passion to become faster – to stay one step ahead of the competition. At the heart of this, is our new carbon fibre wing.WATCH THE FILM
In order to win one of the toughest challenges in international sport, marginal gains need to be discovered and maximised. The Land Rover BAR team talks about how our partnership boosts the overall technical design team to get the very best from their vessel.WATCH THE FILM
Jaguar Land Rover’s Head of Research & Advanced Systems Engineering, Tony Harper, gives us some insights into the reasons Land Rover’s expertise and capabilities have been brought to the team. It’s all about understanding key components and optimising them for racing conditions.WATCH THE FILM
BOAT SPECS - BOAT SPECS
1320KG PLUS CREW 2400KG PLUS CREW
437.5KG (5 CREW)
83.5 SQM 106.5 SQM
30 SQM 36 SQM
TOTAL UPWIND SAIL AREA
133 SQM 142.5 SQM
TOTAL DOWNWIND SAIL AREA
ONE DESIGN UNIQUE TO TEAMS
ONE DESIGN CHOICE OF FOILS AND EXTENSIONS
TILLER TWIN STEERING WHEELS
MANUAL TWIN GRINDING STATIONS
THE LOUIS VUITTON AMERICA'S CUP
THE LOUIS VUITTON AMERICA'S CUP A BRIEF HISTORY The America's Cup trophy, known affectionately as 'the Auld Mug', has never been won by a British team, in spite of the race originating off the Isle of Wight in 1851. Land Rover BAR will race in the 35th Louis Vuitton America's Cup in Bermuda in 2017, aiming to bring the trophy home at last.
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
The America’s Cup is the oldest international sporting trophy in the world. First awarded to the winner of a single Round the Isle race organised by The Royal Yacht Squadron in 1851, it was won by the sole US entry, the schooner ‘America’ and the cup was renamed in its honour.
166 YEARS OF SAILING EXCELLENCE
Boats sailing under the banner of The New York Yacht Club successfully defended the Cup against all challenges for the next 132 years, until the Australian team won in 1983. Now Land Rover BAR aims to bring the Auld Mug home for the first time.
In 2013 the strongest challengers New Zealand found a loophole which allowed them to adapt their 72ft catamaran’s daggerboards into hydrodynamic foils allowing their boat to ‘fly’ out of the water. ‘Foiling’ had not previously been seen on a boat close to the size of their 2013 America’s Cup entrant.
A VERY BRITISH CHALLENGE
In 2013, Oracle Team USA won against the odds, with Ben Ainslie at the helm. Afterwards, he returned to Britain to found Land Rover BAR and mount a very British challenge to the historically US-dominated race.
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