Meet Futur-E, “the boat that was not there,” written by CentrostileDesign founder Davide Cipriani and featured this week. Shaped like a supercar and offering comparable performance (but on water), Futur-E paints a beautiful and sophisticated picture of the future of personal mobility on the water.
We are organizing a Virtual Travel Month party on self-evolution throughout August, and in between reads on real vehicles you could use today for your vacation plans, helpful tips and ideas, here’s one for a daydreaming time. Futur-E is an electronic foil outboard that comes with zero emissions, zero noise and zero waves, but with style galore.
Hydrofoils are not really rare. Ships with retractable foils that can “fly” on water have been around for a long time, and their popularity is due to the fact that by lifting above the waterline on the foils they are able to offer higher speeds, improved efficiency, and an overall more comfortable ride.
The Future-E is similar, but it stands out from the crowd with its distinctive design. The e-foils here are actually four retractable wings that deploy from the body of the boat, when a certain speed is reached. They are fully integrated into the body, allowing for minimal friction when not extended. The ship can also be used as an ordinary boat; for example, in extreme weather conditions or when guests are in the mood for a more relaxed ride.
Looking like a real sports car, the Future-E comes with an open top or a closed cockpit. In this latest version, it has scissor doors for an even more dramatic appearance on the water. The retractable fenders can also be used as a support when the boat is stored in a yacht’s tender garage, or even in rough terrain on the docks.
CentrostileDesign imagines the Futur-E with automotive-inspired kinematics, much like the suspension of Formula 1 cars. Electro-hydraulic actuators and a gyroscope manage each foil independently, reducing unwanted movement and providing a stable and smooth ride with every ride. times. The manipulation, according to the design studio, is “very similar to that of a comfortable sports car.”
Propulsion would be by means of outboard or inboard motors coupled to surface propellers. With a variety of powertrains, the Future-E would be able to soar at top speeds of up to 30 knots. At 8 knots, the e-foils would start to lift the ship and Full Foiling mode would be reached at 16 knots.
True to its stated objective of offering a yacht concept for a carbon-free future, CentrostileDesign imagines the Future-E entirely recyclable and made from recycled carbon fiber, including foils and rudders, with structural reinforcements in recycled foam. Even the foils and rudders are also made of carbon fiber. As expected, using a lot of carbon fiber for the body makes it light, which in turn helps with performance and efficiency.
With seating for three passengers and the pilot, the Futur-E could double as a day boat or dinghy, or even an exploration vessel when included in the dinghy garage of an explorer superyacht. The layout is excessively minimalist, with a passenger seat in the back and the dashboard in the cockpit made up of wraparound screens. “All navigation and engine data are ergonomically in front of the pilot,” says the design studio. The captain’s chair swivels for ease of use.
At the time of going to press, there are no plans to materialize this concept. However, CentrostileDesign notes that they performed tests and simulations for the foils and the hull in a virtual test tank (CFD), as well as for the kinematics system integrated on the foils. The results confirmed the validity of the concept.
Future-E can be “the boat that was not there” considering its minimal carbon footprint, but it certainly gives a very dramatic presence while it is still “here.” Check it out.