More than the longest-running marketing partnership of its kind, Cigarette Racing Team’s 11-year relationship with Mercedes-AMG is the only relationship of its kind. And at the Miami International Boat Show this morning, the two luxury performance product leaders celebrated their longstanding collaboration with the release of the Cigarette Racing 515 Project ONE that was inspired by the highly anticipated Mercedes-AMG Project ONE supersports showcar.
A pair of staggered Mercury Racing 1550/1350 dual-calibration engines power the boat.
Distinctive matte black and silver paint and special badging were used on the Cigarette sportboat to instantly evoke the unmistakable Mercedes-AMG Project ONE supersports showcar (click image to enlarge).
“For 11 years, Cigarette Racing has been our trusted partner that has allowed us to extend our likeminded core performance principles from the land to the water,” said Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes AMG GmbH, in a press release from the Opa-Locka, Fla., sportboat and performance center console builder. “By directly translating Formula 1 technology from the track to the street, the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE is our most ambitious and awe-inspiring vehicle yet. It is incredible to see our vision reimagined for the water in such an impressive and highly compelling form.”
“Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing both have racing as part of their DNA, which makes us natural partners to work together to continue to push the limits of design and high performance,” said Skip Braver, the chief executive officer of Cigarette Racing Team, in the release. “Whether on land or on water, our discerning customers demand the absolute best, so we are extremely proud to unveil the Cigarette Racing Team 515 Project ONE. It is by far our most impressive high-performance boat yet and represents a triumph of engineering that proudly reflects our unparalleled performance pedigree.”
Attention to detail in the boat’s interior is unmatched (click image to enlarge).
According to the press materials, the ninth special-edition Cigarette-AMG stepped-hull V-bottom, which is 51 feet 5 inches long with a 9-foot 6-inch beam, was “designed from the ground up using the latest technology and methodologies.” The 51-footer has more than 30 percent more surface area than the existing 50’ Marauder, but still delivers similarly spirited performance including a 140-mph top speed “through the use of a highly optimized composite structure” consisting of carbon-fiber, Kevlar and E-glass.
“Cigarette’s signature aggressive shoulders, which rise in the rear of the boat, also allow the integration of a large sun cushion on the flat exposed-weave carbon-fiber hatch—despite the tall engines beneath—for maximum comfort and versatility when stationary,” the release stated.
Said Chief Design Officer for Daimler AG Gorden Wagener, “As the hottest and coolest supercar we’ve ever created, the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE was our source of inspiration for the impressive new Cigarette Racing 515 Project ONE.” (Click image to enlarge.)
The boat’s deck is constructed completely of carbon fiber to reduce the total weight and “lower the center mass of the boat.” Carbon fiber also was also used for the inner structural laminate of the hull, forward bulkheads, cabin liner, engine hatch, consoles and storage hatches to significantly reduce the overall weight. The air intakes, for example, which are 7 feet long and 14 inches wide, weigh 4.4 pounds. In fact, the weight-optimized Cigarette Racing 515 Project ONE is more than 10 feet longer than the Cigarette Racing 41’ SD GT3 center console, but it is 5,000-plus pounds less.
The Cigarette Racing Team members worked with Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer for Daimler AG, to design the hallmark characteristics of the boat. Distinctive matte black and silver paint and special badging were used to instantly evoke the unmistakable Mercedes-AMG Project ONE. The boat’s relentless attention to detail extends inside the cabin with extensive use of Dinamica and seatbacks constructed of exposed-weave carbon fiber.
As noted previously, the Cigarette Racing 515 Project ONE sportboat draws inspiration from the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE automobile, a two-seater supersports showcar that will bring the very latest and highly efficient Formula 1 hybrid technology from the racetrack to the road. This mid-engine—ahead of the rear axle—high-performance hybrid showcar will have more than 1,000 hp, achieve a top speed of more than 217 mph and turn 11,000 rpm, “which is currently unique for any road-going vehicle,” according to the release.
“As the hottest and coolest supercar we’ve ever created, the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE was our source of inspiration for the impressive new Cigarette Racing 515 Project ONE,” Wagener said. “Both embody Performance Luxury at its absolute best, and are destined to become design icons.”
The Cigarette Racing Team-Mercedes-AMG 515 Project ONE sportoboat is poowered by Mercury Racing 1550/1350 engines (click image to enlarge).