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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Marine Technology Builds Corvette-Inspired Speedboat

Oct 11, 2011

Just the Facts:
  • Marine Technology built a Corvette-inspired speedboat with two 1,350-horsepower engines.
  • Its interior mimics the ZR1, with a steering wheel, shift knob and dashboard that look straight out of the Chevy's cockpit.
  • Its $1.7-million price tag includes a trailer that's equipped with lots of LED lighting and an air suspension.

Marine Technology, a performance boat maker, has built a $1.7-million speedboat that uses genuine parts from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

Called the ZR48, the boat has Corvette headlights, taillights and badges. Its lightweight body is due to plenty of carbon fiber, and it clearly has a look inspired by the Chevy Vette, with aggressive styling of the hull sides. A polycarbonate window is placed in the center of the bow, to further its homage to the powerful ZR1, with the supercharger window on the hood.

The speedboat has a little more power than its automotive muse. Two 1,350-horsepower, twin-turbo Mercury Racing engines propel this beast across the waves.

The interior looks as if it were transplanted directly from the ZR1, including steering wheel, shifter, dash and gauge setup. It's also equipped with gullwing-like doors and has six air-conditioned seats, LED lighting and footrests engraved with the ZR48 logo. An 8,000-watt sound system with Apple TV and WiFi provides entertainment and includes a custom iPad dock integrated into the glovebox.

A ZR48 purchase includes a trailer complete with generator, water tank, power washer, engine flush system and five televisions. It is meant to hold the boat on its side to avoid the necessity of an overwidth permit to haul, has more than 900 LED lights above and below the frame rails and features an air suspension that allows the ride height of each of the four axles to be controlled.



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