Mo­du­lar con­cept

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The Foil­ing 50s are a com­bi­na­tion of re­built AC50S and new builds, us­ing parts in­clud­ing the cross-beams, cen­tral pods and wings from Or­a­cle, Soft­bank Team Ja­pan, BAR and Artemis Rac­ing, to­gether with two all-new builds. Coutts says that adapt­ing the AC50S en­abled them to get on the wa­ter at least a year ear­lier than if they had cre­ated a new class, as well as al­low­ing them to build on the ex­pe­ri­ence the Cup teams al­ready had with the 50-foot­ers.

The struc­tural work has been tak­ing place at Core Com­pos­ites in New Zealand, which is owned by El­li­son. It has been a huge un­der­tak­ing, with a team of 110 peo­ple work­ing for over a year at Core.

Al­though the F50s are one-de­sign, the plan is for them to con­tinue evolv­ing. One of the first things to be de­vel­oped will be new wing­sails, us­ing what Coutts de­scribes as an “al­most Lego-type mo­du­lar con­cept” to build 18m2 and 28m2 wings along­side the cur­rent 24m2 size, us­ing the same com­po­nents with dif­fer­ent mid-sec­tions.

The 18m wing is planned for com­ple­tion by Mar­seille, an event likely to be at the top of the wind range, with the light airs 28m wing fol­low­ing in 2020.

Soft­ware, hy­draulic and con­trol sys­tems have been de­vel­oped with Artemis Tech­nolo­gies, a new com­pany formed from the de­sign team of Artemis Rac­ing.

“Team New Zealand ran a fan­tas­tic cam­paign and

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