Future-E, the eco-sustainable boat that flies on the waves
Thursday, August 19, 2021 3:05 PM
Future-E is the boat that wasn't there. It synthesizes the nautical, aeronautical and automotive industries to create a vehicle that flies on the waves supported by four foils with maximum sustainability. Four retractable wings that allow it, in combination with electric motors, to navigate in maximum comfort with minimum use of power. The eco-sustainable materials with which it is built maximize respect for the environment. An external and internal avant-garde design makes it recognizable at a glance and connotes its strong and powerful personality.
Future-E is an innovative and unprecedented avant-garde proposal by Centrostiledesign, the creative company led by Davide Cipriani, for sustainable mobility on water, fast and elegantly customized at the same time, cloaked with the latest vocations in the field of yacht design, capable of hybridizing the craft with the most advanced styles, concepts and trends in car design. With Future-E, as the name already summarizes, Centrostiledesign enters a futuristic nautical sector where the attention to sustainability, in terms of propulsion, construction materials and concept of use of the vehicle is combined with the most courageous proposals in terms of both external, as the “bodywork” of the vessel, and internal, for ergonomics, comfort and livability. The use of foils as supports for the vessel improves navigation performance and minimizes friction with the water, allowing a limited use of power. The choice of electric propulsion makes Future-E even more aimed to a de-carbonized future of the use of the sea.
Futur-E combines the technology of the marine industry, automotive design and aeronautics with an integrated automotive-inspired kinematic system, similar to the suspension of Formula 1 cars.
The kinematics in particular manages in synchrony, with electro-hydraulic actuators, the movement of the foils with independent dynamics, under the control of a single control unit, equipped with a gyroscope, which manages each element.
The mechanical kinematics is plug and play, it can be installed indifferently on one of the four foils supplied, it has no openings towards the inside of the hull, making maintenance accessible even when the boat is in the water.
The handling is very similar to that of a comfortable sports car.
The foils and the hull have been tested and developed with simulations in a virtual naval test tank (CFD), where the physics and all the flow characteristics are checked. The Foil Integrated Kinematic System is able to simultaneously manage the opening of the foils and their pitch, the angle of incidence on the water.
An advanced six-degree gyroscopic system monitors boat performance at different speeds with the system managing a large force data matrix for each foil to monitor the vessel's operating conditions.
You have seen flying cars in science fiction films, but you have not yet seen a flying motor boat! With a vision of avant-garde nautical design, the hull of the Futur-E - or rather the body - is designed in the style of a supercar. The foils are perfectly integrated into the Futur-E profile by limiting their bulk in the shape of its body. The shape of the foils also acts as a cradle for placing Futur-E on the deck of a superyacht or on any land surface. The futuristic interior can accommodate the pilot and three passengers. The dashboard is a perfectly successful combination of wraparound screens. All navigation and engine data are ergonomically under the pilot's eyes.
Its structure is made of carbon fiber produced from 100% recycled fiber with structural reinforcements in recycled foam. The foils and rudders are also made of carbon fiber. All elements are recyclable.
Futur-E is a zero-impact boat: zero CO2 emissions, zero noise, zero waves.
The electric propulsion does not generate any atmospheric pollution.
Futur-E's foils that raise the hull above the water reduce waves, creating a very smooth ride helping to consume less energy and allowing you to travel on choppy waters with reduced drag, keeping the passenger cabin highly comfortable while also preventing seasickness.
The combination of the two systems, electric propulsion and foil, minimizes the navigation noise just by lapping on the hull.
Futur-E has a smooth, comfortable and stable ride which makes it much safer than normal boats.
Futur-E is surprisingly easy to drive and can sail at top speed even in rough seas.
In extreme conditions, the foils can be retracted and the Futur-E can be used like a classic boat.
There are two options for propulsion. Outboard or inboard engines coupled to surface propeller propulsion.
With the options of variable power packages, Futur-E can reach a maximum speed of over 30 knots.
As the speed of the boat increases, the foils begin to lift Futur-E, like a plane on a runway. When it reaches 8 knots, Foil Assisted mode starts and at 16 knots it enters Full Foiling mode, minimizing water resistance.
The foils and rudders provide a high response in the water, allowing you to maneuver like no other boat.
They are designed to provide self-stability, to ensure a very comfortable ride, minimizing the movement generated by the impact of the waves on the hull.
Davide Cipriani, is the Managing Director of Centrostiledesign. He mainly deals with yacht design, born from his love for boating since his childhood. He became passionate about the world of design and soon began his career in the industrial design company of the family operating for over 30 years, focusing on the nautical industry. Davide now manages the company, leading 40 employees and dealing with many customers.
Massimo De Luca
Aerospace engineer graduated in Palermo, specialized in Naval Engineering in Poland.
Member of the +39 Challenger design team in the 32nd America's Cup, he was responsible for Naval Architecture and CFD analysis for important shipyards such as Ferretti Group (Italy) and Palmer Johnson (Monaco).
In Centrostiledesign he deals with Naval Architecture and Project Management.
Mechanical expert specialized in shipbuilding.
Since 2004 in Centrostiledesign where he manages the Molds Department. He is responsible for the Purchasing Department, the CNC Division and the Molds Department, guiding 20 technicians. In his 17-year career he has worked on a huge number of projects for most of the international shipyards.