In the United States a new type of hydroplane has been developed, powered by jet aircraft engines and balanced by the aerodynamic tail structure seen on all Formula I Grand Prix racing cars.
GV PAN U95 being towed
CUs U95 (4 shots)
MV & CU New engines in workshop (2 shots)
MV Crew looking at engines
MVs Mock up of U95 being described (5 shots)
MV & GV Owner and friends (2 shots)
SCU & CU Model of U95 (2 shots)
REPORTER: "As the whole of seattle's newest unlimited hydroplane rumbles to a stop in front of its new home the Turbines Unlimited shop there were in a lot of 'Dohs' and 'Aahs' from the small crowd gathered. This is the boat some say will revolutionise unlimited racing. If everything goes on schedule the U95 will hit the starting line for the Seattle sea fare race in early August. It will be the first Turbine Power Unlimited. It will be powered by not one -- but two 1700 horse power turbines. Right now the two engines are still sitting in the shop waiting to be mated with the hull. the U95 crew are stealing not only the engine form the aeroplane industry but also a new concept in the buildings of Unlimited -- a full scale mock up."
ONE OF THE DESIGN TEAM: "We have to wait till the boat comes to Seattle to sea whether everything fits. So with the mock up we have been able to start building parts and installation parts for back as three months ago and they're completed and ready to be installed where they could not have otherwise been started until the boat arrived at Seattle and therefore it wouldn't be in the water until September, maybe."
REPORTER: It is still up in the air whether or not U95 owner Jim Clapp's a quarter of a million dollar gamble will pay off with a winner or even a finished product like this model of the U95 but his ambitious project already has conventional hydroplanes looking over their shoulders.
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Background: In the United States a new type of hydroplane has been developed, powered by jet aircraft engines and balanced by the aerodynamic tail structure seen on all Formula I Grand Prix racing cars.
The race is now on to get the one quarter million dollar (96,000 pounds sterling) craft completed in two months so that it will be at the starting line for the Seattle sea fare race in August.
To try and best the deadline the team working on the project constructed a full scale model at their Seattle works so that they could start making parts immediately.
Whoever wins the Seattle race will have to average over 100 mph (160 kph). With two 1700 horse power jet turbine engine the revolutionary hydroplane designed by Mr. Jim Clap should certainly have enough power.
SYNOPSIS: This revolutionary prototype hydroplane will have to be completed in under two months to achieve its maker's aim of competing in the Seattle Sea Fare race in August. Entry conditions stipulate that it must win one race before being allowed to start. Its power will come from aeroplane jet engines. To stabilise the craft, it is fitted with the aerodynamic tail structure seen on all Formula One Grand Prix racing cars.
The U95 is the first hydroplane to be fitted with jet engines in the United States. Each engines gives an output of 1700 horsepower.
It will have to average over a hundred miles an hour to win the Seattle race and to beat the entry deadline its constructors adopted an approach never before tried for hydroplanes -- they built a full-size model. This means they can build parts about three months earlier so as to enable them to enter the race in August.
The U95's American owner, Mr. Jim Clapp, has spent a quarter of a million dollars on the craft -- and for this money he's certainly looking for a winner.