28 Feb 2024

Yuasa provides boost for water speed record

Yuasa has announced a new partnership with the Longbow Jet Hydroplane project. Yuasa batteries, which are manufactured by GS Yuasa, will also be used to power up the jet’s engines as it attempts to break the Outright Water Speed Record.

The Yuasa YBX5625 batteries will be used to start Longbow’s twin jet engines during testing before it hits lakes and lochs around the UK as part of an in-depth development plan in its attempt to break the existing Outright World Water Speed record of 317.596mph.

Developed in the UK, Longbow follows in the wake of Britain’s long and proud history in world water speed attempts, including the iconic Bluebird K7 piloted by Donald Campbell that held the record from 1955 to 1967.

Longbow however, is a truly 21st century iteration utilising the very latest in design and development techniques to extract optimum performance from the hydroplane’s jet engine.

Longbow Project Lead, David Aldred, said: “As you’d expect, starting Longbow’s twin jet engines requires very high performance. Faced with this very demanding and unique challenge, we approached Yuasa to ask whether they could help. Yuasa have risen to this extreme challenge by way of fully supporting this exciting venture by way of coming on board as a sponsor and supplying us with their batteries that exceed all of our requirements.”

As part of the collaboration, Yuasa branding will feature on the hydroplane’s fuselage as well as in the hydroplane’s Lancashire workshop.

James Douglas, Marketing & Product Manager at GS Yuasa Battery Sales UK said: “We’re pleased to support this truly exciting project – our batteries are often found in applications where reliability and performance are of utmost importance such as the International Space Station and the Shinkai deep sea submarine and we’re excited to add Longbow to that list.”