When A Spitfire's V12 Rolls-Royce Engine Powers A Yacht

May 25, 2014

The reason to own a supercar is often the desire to be the fastest on the roads. But on the sea, owning a superyacht is usually about having the biggest and most lavishly styled floating home. That was until a British company called Claydon Reeves took a 27-litre, Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine and stuck it into a seafaring vessel - say hello to the Aeroboat. Limited to a production run of just 12 models this highly exclusive superyacht will have 1,100 bhp at its disposal, giving it a frightening potential speed of 95 knots - and that's after the reconditioned, fuel-injected engine has been detuned. The V12 comes straight from an old Spitfire fighter plane, so don't be surprised if it feels like you're heading into war when at the helm of this thing. The Aeroboat also takes styling inspiration from the World War II fighter, with its design including an air intake scoop, aircraft inspired switchgear and shock-mounted forward seats. The 7,700 kg boat is built from kevlar, carbon fibre and lightweight wood veneers and can fit a maximum of six passengers. Needless to say, with only 12 models being made each will be custom designed to the buyer's needs. [gallery link="none" ids="2032,2031,2029,2030"] Details: visit claydonreeves.com