Porsche takes performance and sustainability off of the road and onto the water with the new Frauscher x Porsche 850 Fantom Air.
The sports car manufacturer has developed the Frauscher x Porsche 850 Fantom Air, a stunning electric yacht that’s equipped with the powertrain technology of the forthcoming all-electric Porsche Macan and which delivers exceptional handling characteristics.
Incidentally, this isn’t the first time that Porsche has ventured onto the water: in 1959, the company presented the type 729 boat engine to the public. Based on the four-cylinder boxer engine of the Porsche 356, it had a restricted output of 52 PS.
Employing components of the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) on which the new electric Macan is based, including a 100kWh capacity lithium-ion high voltage battery and a permanently excited (like some guys we know) synchronous electric motor (PSM) with a maximum output of 400 kW, the new Frauscher x Porsche 850 Fantom Air is a very different creature.
The new yacht even takes from Porsche’s popular driving modes, with Docking, Range, Sport and Sport Plus settings all as standard.
Thanks to the 800-volt technology from Porsche, the electric boat can be charged with more than 250 kW of DC current at DC fast-charging stations, which means that under ideal conditions, the battery can be charged from 10 per cent to 80 per cent in less than 30 minutes. AC charging at conventional household and high-voltage sockets is also possible and an 11-kW charger is installed as standard.
But the electric yacht is not just powered by Porsche: Studio F. A. Porsche in Zell am See in Austria was responsible for designing the helmstand, which features an original sports steering wheel from Porsche as well as five stylish analogue gauges on the upper level of the instrument panel. The two front seats have been redesigned by the team at Studio F. A. Porsche and feature raised backrests, integrated headrests and an embroidered crest, just to remind you what you’re reliving your favourite Miami Vice moments in.
The Frauscher x Porsche 850 Fantom Air is based on the Frauscher 858 Fantom Air day cruiser. It retains its 8.67-metre-long and 2.49-metre-wide hull and offers space for up to nine passengers.
The swimming platform at the rear leads to a generous lounge area with two comfortable sunbathing pads, while a central aisle connects the back end of the boat with the free-standing helm and the cockpit. Two more upholstered benches up front are equally inviting.
The initial 25 units of the launch edition can be pre-ordered from Frauscher and will be delivered in 2024.
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