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Lam-boat-ghini: Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 is a technical performer for the high seas

Lamborghini partnered with The Italian Sea Group to craft a group of customizable boats.

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It's technically a boat. It's also technically a Lamborghini. And, it's technologically advanced thanks to a collaboration between The Italian Sea Group and Lamborghini's Centro Stile.

The new Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 is a limited edition motor yacht that delivers on the precision engineering and looks that make a Lamborghini a Lamborghini. To develop the model, the two companies worked in harmony during several design sessions, taking inspiration from the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37.

Lamborghini Si\u00e1n FKP 37. The Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 served as the boat's inspiration.Photo courtesy of Lamborghini Automobili

The challenge came when reinterpreting the car's aesthetics and putting them into a yacht. Both companies wanted to ensure the high level of performance they've built their reputations on would be upheld while the quality of materials and attention to detail were in line as well.

This yacht represents the significance of creating a valuable partnership, at its best: our co-operation allows the essence of both organisations' style and expertise to be transferred to different worlds, sharing in their diversity to interpret and add value to the final product in a new environment," said Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. "If I had to imagine a Lamborghini on water, this would be my vision. I'm delighted to celebrate this successful collaboration."

"We announced this partnership in May, and today we present Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63, a motor yacht which will became as futuristic an icon as the car she is inspired by," said Giovanni Costantino, CEO of The Italian Sea Group. "Selected owners around the world will own not only the fastest Tecnomar motor yacht in the fleet, but a Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 masterpiece. I'm proud that we have chosen to create this innovative and challenging project with Automobili Lamborghini, which links technology, supreme design, quality and performance."

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The beating hearts of the yacht are two MAN V12-2000 horsepower engines. The boat can reach 60 knots, making it the fastest in the Tecomar fleet. It features carbon fiber, like a Lamborghini, which puts it in the ultra-lightweight boat classification. Despite its 63-foot length, it weighs just 24 tons.

The carbon fibre material, typical of Lamborghini super sports cars, puts this motor yacht firmly in the ultra-lightweight boat classification, with its 63 feet length weighing in at just 24 tons - the weight of 14 Huracáns.

Further design elements evoke the heritage of the Lamborghini brand. According to a release,

"The hull and the superstructure are created from a high-performance shell, developed by naval engineers specializing in hydrodynamic sciences.They interpret the design lines, created by Marcello Gandini in the Miura and the Countach of the 60s and 70s, in a contemporary way. The hard top is inspired by Lamborghini roadsters: providing sun and wind protection while guaranteeing an outstanding aerodynamic performance. The bow lights are an homage to the Lamborghini concept car Terzo Millennio and to the Sián FKP 37, both distinctive for their Y-shaped front lights."

The interior of the boat marries form and function. The hexagonal shapes and straight lines Lamborghini is known for, as well as the Y-motif, are replicated throughout the boat. Buyers will be able to fully customize the colors and materials for their craft in the same manner in which they can do as part of Lamborghini's Ad Personam program.

Exterior colors and livery options are also customizable.

The yacht's instrument panel brings the modernization of car cockpit to a boat, integrating navigation and control systems. Interior details are finished in carbon fiber, natch. Like Lamborghini cars, the yacht has a start-stop button for each engine.

The first boat will be available at the beginning of 2021.

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The engine bay is decorated with images of the American flag.

Photo courtesy of Karl Kustoms

A new customized 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 pays tribute to members of the U.S. military. Karl Kustoms, a Chevrolet Performance retailer and custom shop, recently completed the build in partnership with Bad Boy Vettes. Nearly every panel of the Corvette has been modified to honor a military branch. Even the underside of the hood and engine bay have been artistically sprayed.

"It is a privilege to take on a custom project like this and use our skills to honor our nation's military," Clint Quesinberry, Digital Marketing Specialist. "This Memorial Day, we are proud to recognize those who served."

Karl Kustons US military 2016 Chevrolet Corvette The model started its life as a 2016 Chevy Corvette.Photo courtesy of Karl Kustoms

Unique features include detailed lettering of the words "Honor, Duty, Country", three words given an important place in military history after they were uttered by General Douglas MacArthur in 1962 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point as part of his farewell address. There's also imagery of a U.S. Army helicopter firing at a Russian helicopter, a serviceman with a German Shepard, the U.S.S. Iowa battleship, and Arlington Cemetery stones with Medal of Honor recipients from each major conflict.

Karl Kustons US military 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Military imagery features throughout the body work.Photo courtesy of Karl Kustoms

The car was created as a full-time show car and is currently on display at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It will remain there through the end of 2021 before traveling throughout the country at a variety of car events throughout 2022.

The customized Corvette is also a contender for the 2021 International Show Car Association (ISCA) Car of the Year.

Karl Kustons US military 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Imagery is featured on the body and under the hood.Photo courtesy of Karl Kustoms

"We did what we could to take this thing over the top," said Ed Birmingham, Karl Kustoms Painter. "I sat there for hours doing the detail work. I spent more time than I would normally spend on a hood, but it all paid off."

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Lamborghini is accelerating its path toward an all-electric future.

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Lamborghini plans to electrify its lineup and now we know how fast that process will be going and what the company won't be focusing on. In a presentation, Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, detailed that the super luxury automaker will "focus continually on identifying technologies and solutions that guarantee top performance and driving dynamics" rather than fuel economy. Those words are magic to enthusiasts ears.

"Lamborghini's electrification plan is a newly-plotted course, necessary in the context of a radically-changing world, where we want to make our contribution by continuing to reduce environmental impact through concrete projects," said Winkelmann. "Our response is a plan with a 360 degree approach, encompassing our products and our Sant'Agata Bolognese location, taking us towards a more sustainable future while always remaining faithful to our DNA."

The three-phase approach to electrification starts this year. From 2021 to 2022, Lamborghini will focus on "presenting models paying tribute to the company's recent period of continuous success". Expect two new cars in the V12 model line-up to be announced this year.

By the end of 2024, the hybrid transition for the automaker will be well underway. In 2023 Lamborghini will launch its first hybrid series production car and by the end of 2024, the entire range will be electrified. The company's internal target for this phase is to reduce product carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent by the beginning of 2025.

In this second phase, Lamborghini is committed to keeping the drive experience in focus as well as the application of carbon fiber materials, which the company sees as crucial in developing their new product lineup.

Lamborghini is committing to bringing the company's first fully-electric car to the market in the second half of the 2020s with a number of electric vehicles on the horizon. The automaker expects to introduce a fourth model.

The automaker has initiated an investment of 1.5 billion euros to create the pathway to electrification. The money will be spent over four years time.

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