If Audi can make themselves a cool little bicycle, why not throw in a boat while they are at it? That’s the opinion of German grad student, Stefanie Behringer, which is why she designed a trimaran yacht as her graduate project under the supervision of the AUDI concept design group in Munich, Germany.

The new trimaran boat integrates two jet skis within a motorboat, but its basis is pure trimaran. A trimaran is a boat with multiple hulls that features a main center hull. This center hull is supported by two smaller outrigger hulls on either side of the boat. The Audi trimaran is 15m long and only 6.40m wide. The deck has enough room for 12 people, but more space is available in the form of four berths.

Audi’s part in the project involves two efficient and lightweight Audi TDI (turbo-charged injection) diesel engines that develop about 500 HP each. For speeds of up to eight knots, the boat will use the 100 HP electric engines that are used to drive the jet skis, but at higher speeds (of up to 30 knots), the boat will use the two engines alternatively. With a total output of about 1200 HP, the boat is rumored to hit a top speed of 40 knots.

Automakers sure don’t make what they used to.

Hit the jump for the technical details on the Audi Trimaran.

Technical Details:

- * length: 15 m / 49.2 ft
- * width: 6.40 m / 21 ft
- * draft: 0.58m / 1.9 ft
- * width main body: 2.80 m / 9.2 ft
- * length jet skis: 3.2 m / 10.5 ft
- * width jet skis: 1.15 m / 3.8 ft

- * maximum velocity: 74 km/h / 40 kn
- * maximum velocity (e-engines): 15 km/h / 8 kn

- * 2x 500 horsepower V12 TDI (turbo-charged injection)
- * 2x 100 horsepower / 74 KWI

Source: DesignBoom

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14 comments:

  (399) posted on 09.2.2011

Well, the engine performance of the yacht is kind of powerful. I think this will be a reliable vehicle. However, let’s not that forget that this is just a concept vehicle.

  (728) posted on 09.2.2011

The platform of this yacht is so unusual. Its so different from the usual vehicle. I was thinking on how reliable is this vehicle.

  (647) posted on 07.20.2011

Well, I guess this vehicle have a great chance to be in the production compare to the Bugatti concept..It seems to be less spacious for a 12 passenger since its length is only 15 m. However, I bet this would be an powerful vehicle.

  (442) posted on 07.20.2011

Compare to the Bugatti’s concept, I bet the Audi Trimaran would have a great chance to be in the production for they have announced an almost complete technical details for this concept. Although its too far from my own realization of a yacht still this one seems to be reliable.

  (320) posted on 06.30.2011

Yeah, I was thinking on where does the Audi gets an inspiration to make this vessel. It really look so weird and its not even spacious in the inside!

  (594) posted on 06.30.2011

haha. Is there a contest for the weirdest design of yacht? I bet the Audi and Bugatti is competing for nothing! I suggest they make a practical purpose vehicle, the thing that they are good at!

  (415) posted on 05.16.2011

Hmm, this one actually looks like the Gojira vessel used by Sea Shepherd. It really looks quite sleek. Now let’s just wait if they would actually build it.

  (559) posted on 05.13.2011

Well, we really can’t tell about that until this thing actually gets built. But, looking at the stats that they have provided for this, it seems that the features that they have presented are reasonable.

  (383) posted on 05.12.2011

Yeah, its a great project ! I don’t think that its platform is competitive enough in the yacht market. However, its a good thing that she uses the engine of the TDI, very resourceful!

  (412) posted on 05.12.2011

Well, for sure Stefanie gets a high grade mark for her project, an A+ I think! Still, I don’t know if the space of this yacht is comfortable for 12 people. And honestly, I don’t like its platform..it really looks hideous in its jet body type!

  (418) posted on 05.11.2011

Well, for a concept, this one actually looks quite good. This is way much better than the one they did for the Bugatti Veyron.

  (369) posted on 05.11.2011

Well, I think this production has already debuted! I really love its look though I find the front kind of huge and useless. However, I bet this yacht has an amazing speed just like a jet ski.

  (858) posted on 05.9.2011

Is this a car? No? Then what does it has been doing here?I really don’t get the
point of having an article that it unrelated to this section. Hey guys! Why don’t you just leave it.

  (613) posted on 05.9.2011

Wow! I think Audi has made a new thing that will be a new trend in the auto
industry and I guess this is better compare to those bikes! And its a good thing that it has a
huge capacity for the passenger and it has a jet ski.

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