VX40 TECHNICAL SHEET
The Volvo Extreme 40 has been created to fill a huge gap in Grand Prix sailboat racing. The 40 foot catamaran designed by Yves Loday and created by Mitch Booth with one thing in mind "ACTION ". The boat was designed and created by the Olympic Tornado catamaran champions Yves Loday (FRA) and Mitch Booth (AUS/NED).
The specially designed hull size and two part mast allows the boat to fit in a 40 ft shipping container on its own road trailer. The combined weight of the boat and trailer is approximately 2000 kg.
The hull shape has been produced by milling at one of the best aeronautic and race car facilities in France. The moulds were produced by Heol composites, which are one of the leaders in high tech boat construction.
The boat will be produced in an Autoclave from Carbon Fibre and Nomex core. This technology is normally reserved for aircraft construction or F1 car racing with limited use in yacht mast construction. The Autoclave is a pressurised oven that allows a much greater vacuum on the laminate and then baked at 120 degrees Celsius, which produces the ultimate high strength lightweight structure.
The Volvo Extreme 40 will be the largest boat ever built in Autoclave and will set the new standard in mid size multihull construction.
THE VOLVO EXTREME 40 GRAND PRIX SERIES
The new circuit which will be held during some of the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06 stopovers, including Spain, Brazil, US, UK and Holland. The Volvo Extreme 40 (VX40) is a strict one design and one manufacturer class.
All the boats are identical and all parts are supplied by TornadoSport and/or the licensed suppliers. Unlike the Volvo Open 70 offshore yachts, the VX40 catamarans are easily transported in their own 40 foot container, readily assembled for the purpose of fast, exciting, in-shore racing.
The first of the five VX40 Grand Prix Series will take place during the week preceding the start of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) 2005. The racing will take place in Sanxenxo, located in the region of Galicia. Sanxenxo is 28 miles north of Vigo, the port from which the VOR 2005 will start.
Each Grand Prix event will comprise 5 days of racing at each port. The Event winner will be the team which tallies the greatest number of points. The overall Grand Prix Series winner will be the team with the highest overall score.