"The whole team at Land Rover BAR is totally committed to bringing the Louis Vuitton America's Cup home."

SIR BEN AINSLIE
THE PARTNERSHIP

In July 2015, Land Rover announced it would become both Title and Exclusive Innovation Partner to Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR).

THE CHALLENGE

Land Rover BAR will challenge for the 35th Louis Vuitton America's Cup in 2017 aiming to bring the cup home to the UK for the first time in the race's 166 year history.

TECHNOLOGY

The goal is to design a boat capable of winning the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup for Land Rover BAR, pushing technological boundaries, and advancing Land Rover engineering to benefit future product development.

DESIGN INNOVATION

With daggerboards to lift the catamaran clear of the water for speed, and wings instead of sails, the America's Cup Class boat has been described as 'a fighter jet on water'.

THE BAR TEAM

THE LAND ROVER BAR TEAM
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THE TEAM BASE

THE TEAM BASE

LAND ROVER BAR HEADQUARTERS

Land Rover BAR’s striking headquarters opened on the Camber at Portsmouth, UK in 2015. Designed by HGP Architects, responsible for Portsmouth’s iconic Spinnaker Tower, the new sustainable building is an inspiring design, technology & high performance base for Sir Ben Ainslie and his team.

EXTREME SAILING SERIES

EXTREME SAILING SERIES

LAND ROVER SUPPORT SAILING TALENT OF THE FUTURE

Join the Land Rover BAR Academy crew in the midst of action during an Extreme Sailing Series race in Cardiff. Experience the thrill of flying across the water in a hydro-foiling catamaran with an exciting new angle on the fast-paced sport of sailing.

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ABOUT THE BOAT

ABOUT THE BOAT
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SAILING INNOVATION

SAILING INNOVATION

FOILING

Each hull features a manually-deployed daggerboard that bends through over 90 degrees to form a hydrofoil. At speeds of around 12knots (14mph) the force of the water (up to 1000 times more dense than air) over the foil creates lift, enough to lift the entire weight of the boat — 1320kg plus crew — clear of the water, reducing drag four-fold and dramatically increasing the boat’s efficiency and therefore speed.

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TECHNICAL COLLABORATION

DESIGN AND ENGINEERING

Land Rover's advanced engineering teams at Gaydon, Whitley and Warwick University in the UK identified three innovation projects where they could collaborate on the boat's design - wings, controls and performance/stability. The America's Cup Class boats use solid fixed wings instead of sails - optimized aerodynamically using advanced computational fluid dynamics to maximize power and speed.

HOW THE BOAT IS CONTROLLED

The innovative wing sails and daggerboards that help lift the boat's hull clear of the water are controlled by hydraulics in place of sheets (ropes) and powered by the crew. Land Rover's human machine interface expertise is improving the efficiency of power generation.

STABILITY AND PERFORMANCE

Land Rover has lent its advanced 'machine learning' (an elementary form of Artificial Intelligence) and capabilities expertise to help Land Rover BAR process F1-levels of performance data generated by its test boats. It is vital that the foiling boats remain as stable as possible at high speeds.

CRACK THE CODE

What’s the secret to winning the America’s Cup? Performance engineer Mauricio Munoz explains how Land Rover is applying its expertise in artificial intelligence.

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THE NEXT GENERATION

Join the Land Rover BAR Academy crew in the midst of action during an Extreme Sailing Series race in Cardiff. Experience the thrill of flying across the water in a hydro-foiling catamaran with an exciting new angle on the fast-paced sport of sailing.

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TAKING FLIGHT

The team analyzes formulas and creates technologies to advance the engineering capabilities of Land Rover BAR. There’s a shared passion to become faster – to stay one step ahead of the competition. At the heart of this is our new carbon fiber wing.

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HONING IN ON VICTORY

In order to win one of the toughest challenges in international sport, marginal gains need to be discovered and maximized. The Land Rover BAR team talks about how our partnership boosts the overall technical design team to get the very best from their vessel.

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TESTING AND OPTIMIZING

Jaguar Land Rover’s Head of Research & Advanced Systems Engineering, Tony Harper, gives us some insights into the reasons Land Rover’s expertise and capabilities have been brought to the team. It’s all about understanding key components and optimizing them for racing conditions.

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BOAT SPECS

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BOAT SPECS - BOAT SPECS

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  • SIZE
    AC4SF ACC
    LENGTH
    44.13FT/13.45M 49.2M/15M
    MAST HEIGHT
    70.5FT/21.5M 78.6FT/23.9M
    WEIGHT
    1320KG PLUS CREW 2400KG PLUS CREW
    CREW MAX
    437.5KG (5 CREW)
    BEAM
    22.6FT/6.9M 27.82FT/8.5M
    WING AREA
    83.5 SQM 106.5 SQM
    JIB AREA
    30 SQM 36 SQM
    TOTAL UPWIND SAIL AREA
    133 SQM 142.5 SQM
    TOTAL DOWNWIND SAIL AREA
    210 SQM
  • DESIGN
    AC4SF ACC
    PROVENANCE
    ONE DESIGN UNIQUE TO TEAMS
    DAGGERBOARDS
    ONE DESIGN CHOICE OF FOILS AND EXTENSIONS
    STEERING
    TILLER TWIN STEERING WHEELS
    CONTROL
    MANUAL HYDRAULIC
    AUXILIARY POWER
    MANUAL TWIN GRINDING STATIONS
    NAME
    RITA RITA

THE LOUIS VUITTON AMERICA'S CUP

THE LOUIS VUITTON AMERICA'S CUP
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WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

The America’s Cup is the oldest international sporting trophy in the world. First awarded to the winner of a single Round the Isle race organized by The Royal Yacht Squadron in 1851, it was won by the sole US entry, the schooner ‘America’ and the cup was renamed in its honor.

166 YEARS OF SAILING EXCELLENCE

Boats sailing under the banner of The New York Yacht Club successfully defended the Cup against all challenges for the next 132 years, until the Australian team won in 1983. Now Land Rover BAR aims to bring the Auld Mug home for the first time.

TECHNICAL INNOVATION

In 2013 the strongest challengers New Zealand found a loophole which allowed them to adapt their 72ft catamaran’s daggerboards into hydrodynamic foils allowing their boat to ‘fly’ out of the water. ‘Foiling’ had not previously been seen on a boat close to the size of their 2013 America’s Cup entrant.

A VERY BRITISH CHALLENGE

In 2013, Oracle Team USA won against the odds, with Ben Ainslie at the helm. Afterwards, he returned to Britain to found Land Rover BAR and mount a very British challenge to the historically US-dominated race.

HOW THE LOUIS VUITTON AMERICA'S CUP RACES WORK

In the lead up to the America’s Cup in Bermuda in 2017 all six teams — Oracle Team USA plus five challengers – Emirates Team New Zealand, Artemis Racing, Softbank Team Japan, Groupama Team France and Land Rover BAR — collect points in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) events across 2015 and 2016.

THE LOUIS VUITTON AMERICA'S CUP WORLD SERIES

The weekend-long events (there were three in 2015 and six in 2016) consist of a set number of 25-minute races for all six boats on both the Saturday and the Sunday. Teams will race in Oman, New York, Chicago, Portsmouth, Toulon, Tokyo (TBC) and further venues to be announced.

THE POINTS SYSTEM

The points collected in all the races count towards the 2017 Louis Vuitton Challenger Series — where all six teams, including defender Oracle Team USA, will each race each other to select who challenges for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup. Ten points are awarded for a first place finish, nine for second, eight for third and so on. Double points are awarded in the Super Sunday races.

SELECTING THE CHALLENGER

The winner of the ACWS will start the Challenger Series with two wins, the runner up with one. The two winners of the match races in the Challenger Series will then face-off to earn the right to go up against Oracle Team USA in the 2017 Louis Vuitton America's Cup final, regardless of where the Americans finish in the Challenger Series.

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RACE CALENDAR

MUSCAT - OMAN

The Sultanate of Oman will create sporting history as the first Middle Eastern country to host America’s Cup racing with the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series.

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NEW YORK - USA

America’s Cup racing returns to New York for the first time since 1920 when the city stages the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series against the Manhattan skyline.

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CHICAGO - USA

Chicago will make maritime history when Lake Michigan becomes the first freshwater venue to host the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup racing in the event’s history.

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PORTSMOUTH - ENGLAND

In a second event in the current series, Portsmouth – home to Land Rover BAR – hosts the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series.

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TOULON - FRANCE

The huge harbor at Toulon, in Southern France, will be home to America’s Cup racing when it stages the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series.

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FUKUOKA – JAPAN

America’s Cup racing sails into Asia for the first time in the 165-year history of this iconic event. Japan’s sixth-largest city, Fukuoka, hosts the final leg in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series before Land Rover BAR leaves for Bermuda.

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NEWS

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Posted: 05-09-2016

LAND ROVER BAR HAS STAR QUALITY IN NEW YORK

(New York, N.Y.) - May 9, 2016 -- The sun came out and the winds finally picked up on the Hudson River, New York, to round off a star studded weekend of America’s Cup racing for Land Rover BAR.

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Posted: 05-06-2016

SIR BEN AINSLIE CLOSES NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE ON RETURN TO US SHORES

(New York, N.Y.) – May 4, 2016 - Sir Ben Ainslie today announced the British team's arrival on U.S. shores by calling time on trading at the New York Stock Exchange ahead of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series event.

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Posted: 04-28-2016

LAND ROVER SWAPS VEHICLES FOR AMERICA’S CUP SAILORS IN EXTREME WIND TUNNEL TEST

(MAHWAH, NJ) – April 28, 2016– As Title and Exclusive Innovation Partner, Land Rover is working closely with Land Rover BAR to deliver a winning combination of advanced engineering, world-class design and innovative technology as the team heads to New York from May 6-8 for the next leg of the America’s Cup World Series.

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LAND ROVER BAR – AN ADVANCED TECHNOLOGICAL PARTNERSHIP

When Land Rover became both Title and Exclusive Innovation Partner with Ben Ainslie Racing in July 2015, together they launched a technology and innovation challenge, combining research and development capability to make breakthroughs and deliver the vital competitive edge on and off the water.

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LAND ROVER BAR HEADQUARTERS

Opened in 2015, the Land Rover BAR headquarters is the campaign base for Ben Ainslie and his team to launch their bid to bring the America’s Cup home to Britain in 2017.

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THE LOUIS VUITTON AMERICA’S CUP WORLD SERIES

Six international teams compete for points in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in the run up to the America’s Cup in Bermuda in 2017.

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