The Fiat 500 is swimmingly wonderful :)

ugust 6, 2013, Auburn Hills, Mich. - This past weekend in Chicago, four specially constructed Fiat 500 models, including the all-new Fiat 500L, built on top of high-powered personal watercraft, entertained the audiences along the iconic Chicago waterfront. The Fiat 500 personal watercraft will continue to make appearances throughout the summer in cities across America. The Italians keep on coming.

Aug. 6, 2013 – This past weekend in Chicago, four specially constructed Fiat 500 models, including the all-new Fiat 500L, built on top of high-powered personal watercraft, entertained the audiences along the iconic Chicago waterfront. The Fiat 500 personal watercraft will continue to make appearances throughout the summer in cities across America. The Italians keep on coming.

 

A stream of water is sprayed to welcome the Fiat 500 "boats" into Chicago Aug. 6, 2013.

A stream of water is sprayed to welcome the Fiat 500 “boats” into Chicago Aug. 6, 2013.

Under full power, a Fiat 500 motors past a sail boat in Chicago Aug. 6.

Under full power, a Fiat 500 motors past a sail boat in Chicago Aug. 6.

 

A Fiat 500 "boat" shows its stark contrast and silhouette to a ship recently in Chicago. (Fiat photos)

A Fiat 500 “boat” shows its stark contrast and silhouette to a ship recently in Chicago. (All photos by Fiat)

 

 

 

Watch VW Beetle Shark Cage enter the water

Cage under water

Cage under water

BY GERRY MILES

VW posted earlier pictures of its new Beetle shark cage earlier, but now there’s a really neat video on youtube that you can click on here to see how they got it in the water and drove it around while the sharks hovered.

Happy Shark Week. Follow them at #VWSharkWeek

 

Maserati leads Transpac sailing race to Honolulu after 2 days

Soldin at the tiller of the Maserati Transpac.

Soldin at the tiller of the Maserati Transpac.

Giovanni Soldini and Maserati’s crew are leading the Class 1 fleet two days after the start of the Transpac (2,225 miles from Los Angeles to Honolulu).

Maserati overtook Ragamuffin  and is sailing at 20 knots a few miles ahead of Ragamuffin with the wind almost directly behind her.

“We are locked in battle with Ragamuffin,” commented Soldini. “We’re neck-and-neck. She’s just downwind of us. It’s a metre-by-metre fight. Everyone aboard is fired up and Maserati is in fine fettle.”

The Italian boat has still 1,700 miles to go to the finish-line in Honolulu.

The other yachts in the VOR 70 Maserati’s Class 1 are:

  • Bad Park (STP65)
  • Invisible Hand (R/P 63)
  • Medicine Man (Andrews 63)
  • Wizard (RP 74)
  • the Australian boat Ragamuffin (Elliot 100)
  • Peligroso (Kernan 70) from Mexico

Giovanni Soldini, Maserati sail away in Transpac Race

VOR70_Maserati

VOR70 Maserati

A Los Angeles-to-Honolulu crewed event, first challenge against other boats  

 BY GERRY MILES

Maserati had some luck in the sport of kings: horse racing backing the Kentucky Derby winner Orb with the Italian automaker’s name atop the winner. And like most horse owners, they, too, found that capturing all three jewels in horse racing’s triple crown is most difficult.

Now Maserati is on to the sport of, well, the rich to say the least with all due respect in the best possible way. Sailing is an expensive sport and the Maserati nameplate is never out of place in Newport, RI or Newport Beach, California.

Thus, Giovanni Soldini and Maserati cast off from Los Angeles at the start of the 47th Transpac Race.

The crewed race covers a distance of 2,225 nautical miles to Honolulu with entries open to multi-hulls and monohulls alike.

The Transpace Race works on a staggered start schedule which saw the smaller boats in the fleet set off on July 5 and 11. Saturday, July 12, the faster craft (Classes 1, 2, 3 and multihulls), including Maserati set sail.

Giovanni Soldini

Giovanni Soldini

Giovanni Soldini will be joined aboard by a crew of nine: the boat’s owner John Elkann, Guido Broggi, Carlos Hernandez, Boris Herrmann, Gwen Riou, Corrado Rossignoli, Michele Sighel and Jianghe ‘Tiger’ Teng.

Maserati, a VOR70, is competing in Class 1 which numbers seven of the total 52 entries. The other yachts in her class are:  Bad Park (STP65), Invisible Hand (Reichel Pugh 63), Medicine Man (Andrews 63) and Wizard (+RP 74), all American, the formidable Australian Ragamuffin (Elliot 100) and Peligroso (Kernan 70) from Mexico.

The Transpac Race starts off rugged Point Fermin, San Pedro, Los Angeles, and ends off the Diamond Head Lighthouse, Oahu, Hawaii (east of Honolulu).

Giovanni Soldini explains: “Both we and Maserati are ready for this new challenge: it’s going to be interesting because it’s the first time we’ll actually be racing against other competitors.  And I have to say that some of them are pretty formidable.

Ragamuffin, a 100-foot yacht with automatic winches, needs to have her engine running constantly. That means she’ll be casting off with 700 litres of fuel in her tanks, while we’ll have just 30 litres. Then there are other 65-70 foot boats that are very light and fast in very little air. Generally speaking, Maserati performs very well in winds upwards of 17 knots. Breezes of anywhere between 2 to 13 knots are tough going for us but things improve between 14 and 16. However, we get really competitive when the wind goes beyond 17 knots.  As things stand, there’s a 13-knot wind forecast for tomorrow’s start, but let’s hope it’ll be a bit higher than that. I’m delighted to have John Elkann aboard too – he’s an excellent number 9.”

The Transpac was first staged in 1906, the year of the great San Francisco earthquake, by Hawaiian sailor Clarence MacFarlane who was inspired by the revered Hawaiian leader King Kalakaua’s belief that a regatta to Hawaii would strengthen the islands’ economic and cultural ties to the mainland.

The fastest monohull in the history of the event was Alfa Romeo, skippered by Neville Crichton – completing the distance in 5 days, 14 hours and 36 minutes.

Updates with video footage and still photographs from the boat and a chart showing Maserati’s position can be found at www.maseratisoldini.it  and on Facebook (Giovanni Soldini Pagina Ufficiale) and Twitter (@giovannisoldini).

The challenge is sponsored by our main partner, Maserati, after which the yacht is named, and by co-sponsors Swiss bank BSI (Generali Group) and Generali itself.

MINI Convertible ‘boat’ plied the water at Dad Vail Regatta

Mini_DadVail
BY GERRY MILES

It’s just the kind of thing that has made Mini standout from the rest of the field, but the creatives took it one step farther this past weekend at the Dad Vail Regatta on the Schuykill River.

A special one off Mini “boat” plied the waters  powered by a 6 hp outboard motor, no Pentastar or Volvo marine motor to be found.

The MINI boat was actually a fiberglass mold of the car mounted to a boat hull, bedecked with authentic MINI headlights, taillights, grille, steering wheel, badges, wheels and tires. A special effect showed the wheels rotating in the water to add to the illusion that the car was being “driven on the water.”

The Mini boat was constructed by ACI Composites Inc, in Lancaster, Pa.

“MINI is known for being unconventional, and sponsorship at an event like the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta is an opportunity to make a lasting impression with attendees, and add value to the event by further increasing its fun factor,” said Laura Towey, Regional Business Manager, MINI USA. “The MINI Convertible Boat’s appearance of actually motoring on water is so convincing that it provides guests with an amazing tale to share even after they’ve left the event.”

The boat was part of MINI USA’s sponsorship of the 75th running of the largest inter-collegiate regatta in North America, which has been celebrated every year (excluding the WWII years) since 1934.

Maserati sailboat sets new record from NY to San Fran

A monohull sailboat sponsored by Maserati celebrated setting a new time record of the "Golden Route" from New York to San Francisco.

A monohull sailboat sponsored by Maserati celebrated setting a new time record of the “Golden Route” from New York to San Francisco.

Giovanni Soldini and Maserati set new record of the Golden Route
New York-San Francisco in 47 days, 0 hours, 42 minutes and 29 seconds
By Gerry Miles

Similar to any company getting involved in a different event sponsorship to get attention, expand its brand’s name and recognition, Maserati is partnering in this sailing endeavor to put its name on excellence, speed and grace — just like its cars — and it paid off.

The team sponsored by Maserati sailed from New York to San Francisco in a record 47 days, 0 hours, 42 minutes and 29 seconds to sail from New York to San Francisco, crossing the finish line under the Golden Gate Bridge to establish a new record time reference of the Golden Route, in the monohull category.

Giovanni Soldini and a crew of eight sailors left New York on Dec. 31, 2012 aboard Maserati, to challenge the “Golden Route” record. “We are happy! – says Soldini – The Golden Route is an historic record, a very important and challenging one. Now it will bear the colours of the Italian flag. Maserati proved to be a powerful boat, a technological and reliable one. The crew has been extraordinary, everyone was prepared to face even the hardest situation.  I want to thank all my companions in this adventure and to thank also all my partners, Maserati, BSI and Generali who allowed all of us to make our dream come true”.

The challenge is being sponsored by Maserati as main partner and inspiration for the boat’s name, by the Swiss bank BSI (Generali Group) and by Generali itself as co-sponsor.

Suppliers for the attempt include Vodafone Italia, Bulgari, Official Time Keeper, Boero Bartolomeo S.p.A., Eataly e Great Circle.

NEW YORK – SAN FRANCISCO RECORD STORY

The 13225 nautical miles that separate New York from San Francisco via Cape Horn, are an historic route, widely travelled by clippers that were involved in the goldrush starting from the second half of 1800. The best result of the time was set in 1854 by Flying Cloud, exceptional vessel from the Boston shipyards, that reached San Francisco in 89 days and 8 hours, a record that stood for more than 130 years.

After several attempts by many boats, the 60-foot Thursday’s Child of Warren Luhrs arrived in San Francisco after 80 days and 20 hours in 1989. In 1994, Isabelle Autissier aboard Ecureuil Poitou took 62 days and 5 hours. Then, in 1998, Yves Parlier on board Aquitaine Innovations has dropped to 57 days, 3 hours, 2 minutes. This is the reference record for Giovanni Soldini and his crew who will try to beat it aboard the VOR70 Maserati, from the second half of December 2012.

The overall record in the multi-hull category belongs to Lionel Lemonchois who made the journey in 43 days and 38 minutes aboard Gitana 13 in 2008.

The challenge is being sponsored by Maserati as main partner and inspiration for the boat’s name, by the Swiss bank BSI (Generali Group) and by Generali itself as co-sponsor.

MASERATI

Maserati’s support and participation in this major Italian challenge in sport and technology confirms the company’s role as a world ambassador for that level of excellence for which Italy is universally known.

Hey Don Johnson, How about an AMG inspired 42′ cigarette boat for your new show?

Mercedes-Benz 42' Huntress

Mercedes-Benz 42′ Huntress

By Gerry Miles

When one is shoveling blowing, drifting snow from the blizzard named Nemo heading for New England, it’s not too hard to think of warmer climes and times than the upcoming  Miami International Boat Show, where the world will see the third collaboration between the Cigarette Racing Team and Mercedes-AMG in the form of the 42 Huntress Inspired by the G 63 AMG.

The Cigarette 42′ Huntress is designed with the same stringent construction that defines their renowned offshore performance boats – extremely durable superstructure, awe inspiring performance, and race-rigging — upon which its roots were built. The center console nature and overall capacity of the huntress allows this baked-in Cigarette performance to be expressed on glassy seas or in rough water environments that would make other performance boats cringe.

The AMG G-Class, often referred to as the G-Wagen, (which is short for Geländewagen – “cross-country vehicle”), that same say translates into overpriced boxy German SUV with poor gas mileage, is a brute off road with three electrically controlled 100-percent differential locks, ladder frame and rigid axle are characteristics that positions it in a class of its own. The injection of a V8 bi-turbo, hand-built AMG engine with 536 hp and massive 560 ft-lbs of torque places the G-Wagen into a performer in all environments and with a bespoke interior, a true iconic luxury off-roader

Boat Specs:
Length: 42-ft
Beam: 11-ft 11-inch
Power: 5x Mercury Racing Verado 350SCi
Fuel Quantity: 500-gal
Top Speed: 78-mph
For more details and full images, visit www.cigaretteracing.comCan’t you just picture Don Johnson from Miami Vice TV fame with his rolled up sleeve at the helm of this powerhouse chasing down drug runners?
And no, pricing was not released, but if you can’t wait next week, I’m sure that the old dictum of “if you have to ask, you can’t afford” holds true here as well.