Video: ETNZ Chase Zero takes flight

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ETNZ Chase Zero takes flight

Just one week after Emirates Team New Zealand first christened their hydrogen-powered foiling catamaran ‘Chase Zero’, the 10m prototype was up and foiling around the Waitemata harbour in Auckland today.

Chase Zero has been progressing through a highly measured and stringent commissioning process with every element of the Hydrogen powered boat tested independently and collectively before bringing it up to foiling flight mode with the ETNZ developed autopilot in control of the ride height.

Chase Zero Key Specifications:

  • LOA: 10.0m
  • Beam: 4. 5m
  • Draft: 2.2m
  • Foil configuration: Primary p-foil, single T-rudder
  • Displacement: 4800kg
  • Fuel cells: 2 x Toyota 80kW
  • Motors: 2 x 220kW
  • Batteries: 2 x 42kWh
  • Tanks: 4 x 8kg Hydrogen @ 350bar
  • Cruise Speed: 30kts
  • Range: 180km (typical chase boat working cycle)
  • Top Speed: 50kts