"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

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THE BAR TEAM
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THE BAR TEAM
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THE 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 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 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 - optimised aerodynamically using advanced computational fluid dynamics to maximise 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 analyses 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 fibre 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 maximised. 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 OPTIMISING

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 optimising them for racing conditions.

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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 organised 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 honour.

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 TO QUALIFY FOR THE LOUIS VUITTON AMERICA’S CUP FINAL

All six teams race head-to-head against each other twice in the Challenger Series. 1 point is awarded for each victory with a total of 10 points available. Land Rover BAR have already secured 2 points having won the America’s Cup World Series. Four teams will progress to the play-offs – competing in a semi-final and final format - with the winner progressing to face current holders Team Oracle USA in the Match Race.

THE LOUIS VUITTON AMERICA’S CUP MATCH RACE

The winner of the play-off final will challenge current holders Team Oracle USA to battle it out for the 35th America’s Cup. The format for the Match Race is a head-to-head competition with 1 point awarded for each race win. The first to 7 points will be crowned as the Louis Vuitton 35th America’s Cup champions.

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 WORLD CUP SERIES

Land Rover BAR emerged victorious as champions of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series. Victories in back-to-back Portsmouth regattas, Oman and the final round in Fukuoka helped the British challengers secure two crucial points for the 2017 Challenger Series in Bermuda.

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RACE CALENDAR

NEWS

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BAR VICTORIOUS IN THE AMERICA’S CUP WORLD SERIES

Land Rover BAR won the overall Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series title to put them in a commanding position going into the America’s Cup Final in Bermuda.

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DOWNLOAD THE APP

The official App for Land Rover BAR, the British challenger for the 35th America’s Cup led by four – time Olympic gold medalist Sir Ben Ainslie.*

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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 BAR app is currently only available in English.

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