Launched in 1981, the World F1 Powerboat Championship is well and truly one of the extraordinary disciplines where figures speak for themselves. The recipe? Take a 6 metre long streamlined carbon hull, add a 2-stroke Mercury Marine V6 engine developing more than 435 HP and you'll obtain a 390 kg sea F1 capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km in less than 4 seconds and reaching 240 km/h!
Motivated by technical challenges, Motul is the faithful partner of the CTIC China team that has been taking part in this championship for many years. Having regularly fallen victim to technical glitches this season, as in 2009, the Chinese team nevertheless managed to show its mettle during the fifth round at Shenzhen in October past. The second and third places secured by the team's two pilots, Philippe Chiappe (French) and Pierre Lundin (Swedish) allowed them to finish respectively 8th and 7th in the general 2010 standings.
For 2011, the team's projects are not lacking. In effect, in addition to the present two boats, the team will be entering a third powerboat for a Chinese pilot.
Photo : Philippe Chiappe - Pierre Lundin / Team CTIC China © www.f1h2o.com