Claydon Reeves debuts Rolls-Royce Aeroboat
UK designer Claydon Reeves recently unveiled a new limited edition of his rendition of what is known to be the Spitfire, the most famous fighter plane of World War II. It’s torpedo shaped exterior is inspired by the graceful lines of the Spitfire – the aircraft that originally housed the Merlin V12. Clues to this include echoing the wing’s trailing edge, the sweeping tail, and the authentic air intake scoop.
The 10 that are expected to be produced weigh in at approximately 7,700 kg with a length of around 14.64 m. The maximum capacity per boat will be 7 passengers. It is powered with a supercharged version of the Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine that allows it to achieve speeds greater than 50 knots.
Each boat will be built using a combination of carbon fiber and lightweight wood veneer. The interior design is influenced greatly by classic sports cars, featuring hand-stitched leather and a wooden dashboard as well as analog gauges, joystick throttle and a state-of-the-art touch-screen navigation system.
The Aeroboat design has kept its heritage using materials sourced locally in Britain and will be tailored respectively to the customer’s specifications ranging from cockpit layout, interior trim, exterior finishes and engine specifications. The price range of the boat is 3 to 4.5 million.