The Lucini Lamborghini Hydroplane was built by legendary Italian boat builder Lucini in 1992 for a Swiss businessman who wanted to compete in the Centomiglia del Lario (“One Hundred Miles of the Lake”) on Lake Como in Northern Italy.
The boat was designed and built not just to win, but to break existing speed records in the process. Ultimately this hydroplane would win the event outright on three occasions – 1992, 1993, and 1995 – incredibly it still to this day holds the speed endurance record for the event, at 195.434 km/h.
Fast Facts – The Lucini Lamborghini Hydroplane
- The Lucini Lamborghini Hydroplane was built in 1992 to compete in the Centomiglia del Lario, a famous 100 mile race held on Lake Como in Italy somewhat comparable to the Mille Miglia road race of old.
- This vessel is powered by an 8.2 liter Lamborghini marine V12 producing 850 hp, giving the boat a top speed in the region of 230 km/h or 143 mph.
- Unusually for the time, Lucini opted to build this hydroplane from multiple layers of laminated mahogany, resulting in an incredibly strong, stiff structure ideal for high-speed use.
- This hydroplane succeeded admirably in its task, winning the Centomiglia del Lario three times in 1992, 1993, and 1995, and setting the speed record for the event that still stands today, 28 years later.
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Motori Marini Lamborghini S.p.A. a little-known off-shoot of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. that focusses 100% on building high-end marine racing engines, largely for use in World Offshore Series Class 1 powerboats.
It’s widely known that Ferruccio Lamborghini started out making tractors before an argument with Enzo Ferrari over a clutch that kept failing led to him starting his own luxury automaker, becoming Ferrari’s largest rival in the process.
A few years after starting his automobile company Ferruccio had a Lamborghini Espada V12 fitted to a boat designed by Eugenio Molinari. He later had this engine fitted to a Riva Super Aquarama which he would personally pilot in the offshore race on the Adriatic Sea from Cervia to Pola.
Motori Marini Lamborghini S.p.A. now produces highly-specialized 8.2 liter V12s with double overhead cams per bank, four valves per cylinder, and 950+ hp with a per unit cost starting at $100,000+ USD.
The Lucini Lamborghini Hydroplane
A wealthy Swiss businessman approached Italian boatbuilders Lucini in 1992 to create him a vessel capable of taking on all comers and winning the Centomiglia del Lario.
The hydroplane they developed would achieve its goal and more, taking three wins and setting the speed record that still stands today close to 30 years later.
With its strong, lightweight laminated marine mahogany hulls and its rear-mounted Lamborghini V12 the boat proved to be capable of speeds in excess of 230 km/h or 143 mph across the waters of Lake Como – beating the fiberglass boats it was competing against.
After its three wins in the event this hydroplane was placed on display in a private collection, and more recently it has been exhibited at historic race events, including the Sacca Racer Meeting and Campione D’Italia Gran Premio Mondiale F2.
This vessel is now due to roll across the auction block with RM Sotheby’s in early December with a price guide of $100,000 – $160,000 USD. If you’d like to read more about it or register to bid you can click here to visit the listing.
Images: ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
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