A new, British-built 'day boat' will go on display during an exclusive event at the Hurlingham Club in London on July 16, boasting a beautifully reconditioned Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine that once powered a Supermarine Spitfire.
> The stunning Aeroboat will be custom ordered by well-heeled individuals but Claydon Reeves – the design studios behind the project – will begin the construction process using swathes of locally sourced Kevlar, carbon fibre and lightweight wood veneers to create the basic shell.
Elements from the Spitfire will feature throughout the boat's design, including an authentic air intake scoop, switchgear modelled on that of the vintage aircraft and shock-mounted forward seats that are a nod to the plane's landing gear.
Most important of all is that glorious engine. All 12 Aeroboats will be kitted out with reconditioned, fuel-injected Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 units that come with 'documented provenance'.
The rip-roaring V12s will be detuned to 1100bhp, allowing for potential water speeds of between 75 and 95 knots – the equivalent of 86-109mph. There's also room inside for six very brave passengers.
There is no official date for a reveal of the full-size version, with a Claydon Reeves spokesperson telling us that it will be available for public consumption as "soon as we have an order".