New Princess R35 technology unveiled

Princess R35 Princess R35 has a lightweight carbon-fibre monocoque hull structure. Credit: Princess Yachts

Princess Yachts has unveiled its first Princess R Class performance sports yacht designed in partnership with Ben Ainslie Racing Technologies (BAR Technologies) and Pininfarina to combine performance and design.

Utilising America’s Cup technology, the 10.89m long R35 features the Princess Active Foil System (AFS) developed with BAR Technologies to optimise stability and manoeuvrability in all sea conditions and enable a much lower drag hull form for ride comfort and a high-speed cornering ability.

Antony Sheriff, executive chairman of Princess Yachts, said: “The R35 is a rare mix of extreme elegance and technology. Often design is a triumph of beauty over function or function over beauty.

“Princess has been able to develop a technologically game-changing yacht that is also stunningly beautiful. It is in every way a new experience, yet also instantly recognisable as a Princess.”

Carbon-fibre hull

Due to be launched in September, the R35’s lightweight carbon-fibre monocoque hull structure was designed and hand-built in Plymouth in collaboration with Italian styling house Pininfarina.

It features twin aluminium, direct injection V8 petrol engines with variable valve timing, in addition to fully CNC machined intake and exhaust ports to provide excellent torque and responsiveness and a top speed of 50 knots per hour.

Side air blades maximise engine airflow while managing vortices and turbulence at the stern of the yacht to improve comfort.

A bespoke and luxurious Princess interior is paired with stylish equipment including a glass panel helm, Naim audio and Esthec floors.

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