ORACLE TEAM USA and Airbus: warming up for the final race

New flying AC Class yacht marks two years of successful Innovation

ORACLE TEAM USA have unveiled their new yacht developed in collaboration with Airbus that will race the America’s Cup in June 2017. The American AC Class catamaran embeds many innovations as the result of a two year partnership between the two engineering design leaders where Airbus is Official Innovation Partner of ORACLE TEAM USA.

“The new AC Class yacht really displays what a leading sailing champion and a leading aircraft manufacturer can achieve together. We share the science of aerodynamics and we are all very proud of both teams for their pioneering spirit and engagement to excel in bringing the AC Class to reality,” says Charles Champion, Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering. “With ORACLE TEAM USA we set a goal to support the team to design a yacht to win the America's Cup Trophy for the third time in a row. We look forward to seeing this boat flying above water later in June!”

Flying and sailing have many similarities in fields such as aerodynamics, composites and structures, hydraulics and control systems, data measurement and analysis. As a result, the new AC Class yacht features lighter and stronger components.

A new interface and “high level” control system is required to control the stability of the yacht in foiling condition and since beginning of 2017, Airbus has provided expertise in the design of a “control system”. Improvements in this area were required to enhance the team’s ability to fly on foils for 100 percent of the race time, considered a key requirement to be dominant in this next America’s Cup.

“The innovative ‘control system’ technology on this boat is adapted from the aerospace world. This hydraulics control system allow us to actively control the foils and overall stability of the yacht with a significant improvement in performance”, declares Grant Simmer, ORACLE TEAM USA Managing Director. “The relationship with Airbus is beyond our expectations showing flexibility to adapt and propose new solutions according to our needs. We have truly grown and evolved together!”

A dedicated video with interviews to Airbus and ORACLE TEAM USA is available for professional broadcasters: www.airbus.com/broadcastroom

More photos & videos: http://www.airbus.com/presscentre/

YouTube: https://youtu.be/7VMqtb4H1lw

Contacts for the media:

Sara Ricci +33 6 749 749 51 sara.ricci@airbus.com
Kara Evanko +1 5712463683 kara.evanko@airbus.com

About Airbus

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2015, it generated revenues of €64.5 billion and employed a workforce of around 136,600. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as Europe’s number one space enterprise and the world’s second largest space business. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

About ORACLE TEAM USA

ORACLE TEAM USA has won the last two editions of the America’s Cup (2010 and 2013). Skipper/helmsman Jimmy Spithill is leading one of the best international teams in sailing, as ORACLE TEAM USA sailors, designers and boat-builders are preparing for the next America’s Cup races in June 2017.

About America’s Cup

The America’s Cup is the competition for the oldest trophy in international sport and dates back to 1851. Over that time, teams representing just four nations (the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland) have won the trophy in over 160-years of competition. It is one of the greatest challenges in all of sport. The 35th America’s Cup will be raced in June 2017 on the Great Sound of Bermuda.