Former F1 driver Bruno Senna signs for Vector Martini Racing

Brazilian racing driver Bruno Senna is the latest signing for Vector Martini’s all-star powerboat racing team

Vector Martini Racing has announced the latest big name to join its VMR team in the form of Brazilian racing driver Bruno Senna.

The nephew of the late Ayrton Senna, Bruno (pictured above) is currently competing for the McLaren GT team in the FIA World Endurance Championships, following a two-year stint in Formula 1.

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Together with Peter Dredge, Malcom Crease and Simon Powell, Bruno will race in the 2016 World Endurance Record Challenge from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro.

The 220nm race has been scheduled for July to coincide with the 31st Olympic Games.

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Bruno Senna will be racing on board the Vector Maritini V40R powerboat, which boasts a 2,200hp engine and a top speed of around 120mph.

The current unofficial record for Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro of 3:01:47 was set in 2006 by Eike Batista on Spirit of Brazil. To beat that time, the Vector team will need to average more than 73 knots.

Speaking of his new challenge, Bruno said: “I am extremely excited about the partnership with Vector as it will be an entirely new challenge for me. Racing boats always drew my attention, so it’s an amazing opportunity.”

Malcolm Crease, CEO of Vector Martini Racing, added that he was keen to work with Bruno due to his connection with the Formula E electric racing series.

Vector is currently working on plans to build the world’s fastest hybrid electric powerboat.

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