• 11-SEP-2018



The Cannes Croisette is used to welcoming celebrities, but at the Cannes Yachting Festival the star of the showis a world record-breaker powerboat. From September 11th to 16th, FPT Industrial is in Cannes (Palais du Festival, Stand 110) with its latest products, including the new C16 1000 marine engine and the powerboat capable to reach 277.5 Km/h. Last March, this powerboat – with an hull developed by Fabio Buzzi’s FB Design – entered into Guinness World Record history, beating the previous record set in 1992.
The record for the fastest diesel powerboat took place on Lake Como, in Italy, and it was achieved thanks to a new engine that FPT Industrial developed together with FB Design. Developed for agricultural applications – where it powers combines and forage harvesters and was named the Diesel of the Year 2014– the Cursor 16 was transformed into a marine engine capable of delivering more than 1,700 hp.

FPT Industrial and FB Design have been collaborating for 35 years, and this partnership most recently created a powerboat characterized by new innovative technologies, such as those for the turbocharging system where multiple electronic variable geometry turbo solutions have been introduced. Furthermore, the cooling system now features a single-direct circuit, with a water intake step-change solution inside the boat’s rudder.

The collaboration also resulted in new marine concepts, such as the aluminum extruded exhaust manifold on the last generation electronic Common Rail base engine, characterized by steel pistons.
In order to achieve this world record success, FPT Industrial relied on the expertise of its plants and Research and Development (R&D) centers. The plant of Pregnana Milanese – specialized in the customization of marine engines – played an important role in the development of the Cursor 16, as well as the Turin Testing Center and the R&D center in Arbon, Switzerland. Here the engine was optimized and tested, using the know-how gained in other racing projects to modify the fuel injection system. The Arbon R&D Center has always been a protagonist behind rallies such as the Dakar and the Africa Eco Race, due to the technologically ground-breaking innovations that characterized its history. Arbon is, in fact, the birthplace of the Common Rail system, of the first application of a variable geometry turbocharger on a diesel engine as well as the first Common Rail on a Light Commercial Vehicle. Finally, in 2011, Arbon developed FPT Industrial’s patented HI-eSCR (High Efficiency Selective Catalytic Reduction).

All of these innovations can be directly applied to world of sports and racing, where FPT Industrial found an important partner over three decades ago. FB Design and FPT Industrial have won 32 titles together, including 15 world championships in different classes and 17 International trophies: seven in Europe, four in South America and six in Italy. Buzzi’s hulls, powered by FPT Industrial, have won speed races throughout the 1980’s and triumphed in the 2012 New York-Bermuda race with the “Col Moschin” boat, equipped with two C90 650 engines. These same engines even won a broaching during the Montecarlo-Venezia race in 2011 with the “Kerakoll FPT”, while the “Red FPT” was fitted with four N67 600 engines when it won the Marathon World Cup in 2010, the most prestigious endurance race in the world. All these achievements, together with the latest Guinness World Record, testify the efforts of FPT Industrial in this field as well as the high performance and reliability of its engines, that are now closer to the final customer thanks to the new Cursor 16 marine, born from a world record-breaking engine.
Turin, September 11, 2018


  • Fabio Lepore
    Brand Management & Corporate Communications FPT Industrial Europe and North America
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    Marketing & Product Management Director
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    Senior Marketing Specialist
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