China Bund Eips High Performance Electric Engine Making Waves In World Powerboat Racing
Tuesday, 7 March (MONACO): BUND Holding Group is pleased to announce a landmark development in world powerboat racing with the launch of the CHINA BUND Electric Integrated Propulsion System [EIPS] high performance marine racing engine.
Mr Xin Chongjie, president of the highly successful Chinese conglomerate BUND Holding Group and Mr Dario Calzavara, managing director of the renowned Italian specialised engineering company Terra Modena Mechatronic, revealed details of this significant engineering achievement at a press conference in Monaco on Saturday, hosted by Dr. Raffaele Chiulli, president of the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM), the world governing body for powerboating, ahead of its eighth Awards Gala Dinner.
The project to develop and produce the CHINA BUND EIPS, which will be the engine of choice for the 2018 UIM-H2O Nations Cup World Series, has taken two years of research and development at Terra Modena Mechatronic’s engineering facility in Reggio Emilia in northeast Italy and is fully endorsed by the president of the UIM and has received the full support of the president of H2O Racing, Nicolo di San Germano, the promoter of the UIM F1H2O and Aquabike World Championships and Nations Cup World Series.
Terra Modena Mechatronic is a world leader in its field and has already designed and produced a single seater electric racing car, the Terra Modena SG 1. “The SG1, which complies with the FIA F3 technical regulations, was a lab testing bed for our technical team to understand the criticality of key components of a high performance electric vehicle such as batteries, electronic, bms, inverter and motor,” said Dario Calzavara. “Following this experience, two years ago the company started to design an upgraded compact electric power unit, initially named the “Terra Modena Electric Integrated Propulsion System [EIPS]” for the Chinese group BUND Holding. While most of the competitors’ electric energy systems power units are conceived for low power and low autonomy, the CHINA BUND EIPS was designed to grant high performances and high autonomy for both racing and everyday use.”
The project was developed on four key criteria; the installation of the power units into the existing Nations Cup raceboats, maintain the same balance of the existing 2-stroke engine, keep the existing stern drive and transmission system, with the new power units to be designed in modular pack for ‘plug & play’ and other applications. “The engineering team was able to succeed in all these requirements, said Dario Calzavara. “Designing a very compact battery pack, due to the limited volume in the existing hull, has been a difficult task. But it has been solved with a specific design and careful assembly of each Li-Po cell. More than that, the battery pack and the mounted system can be easily removed from the hull, thanks to the Terra Modena system named ‘Clip Clap battery release’, patented for the SG1 car in 2015.”
The environmental impact of the CHINA BUND EIPS is highly significant and cannot be under estimated. It will be the first zero emission racing engine to be used in an international powerboat event, and further endorses BUND Holding Group’s strategy of investing in high quality innovative carbon reduction projects and striving for carbon neutral events, which it achieved to international acclaim at the UIM-ABP Aquabike and UIM-H2O Nations Cup Grand Prix of Shanghai in September 2016, with both confirmed as the first carbon neutral events across the sporting categories to take place in the People’s Republic of China.