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Mercury, Navico Join Electric Race Series

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Mercury Racing will develop an electric powertrain for a new powerboat racing series, the company announced.

Slated to begin in 2023, the E1 Series will feature electric hydrofoil boats, known as RaceBirds, competing on closed courses. Monaco will be a host venue during the inaugural season, with additional locales to be announced.

Mercury Racing’s sister Brunswick company Navico announced in a separate statement that it will provide Simrad and C-MAP cartography and electronics to the racers.

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“Navico is incredibly excited for this E1 Series partnership,” said CEO Knut Frostad. “The electrification journey is quickly taking hold in the boating industry, and we believe the E1 Series is a perfect platform to raise the bar around innovation and encourage action in marine conservation and sustainability.”

Both announcements come as a prototype RaceBird boat was unveiled in Monaco earlier this week.

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