Supercar of the sea, the Aerospeed 18

The stunning Aerospeed 18 is a carbon fibre, 55-knot, V12-powered superboat

This concept, from the drawing board of London-based designers Rainsford Mann Design, is the Aerospeed 18.


The boat is still at concept stage and although it will take a keen buyer to commit before we see one in the flesh, there is a yard in northern Europe that specialises in carbon fibre ready to build it when the green light is given.

Only ten of these boats will be built and that limited production run means that the construction and propulsion can be seriously hi-tec.

The hull and superstructure will be made from post-cured carbon epoxy with a high density foam sandwich construction.

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The twin 1,800hp V12 diesel engines (most likely MAN) will push the boat to a claimed 55-knot top speed, with a cruising speed of 40 knots and a 300nm range at a reasonably fast 30-knot cruising speed.

A pair of performance water jets are tasked with delivering this mountain of power in to the water and a beefy pair of interceptor blades have been employed to keep the Aerospeed on the straight and narrow.

This raceboat pedigree doesn’t mean that the inside is a hollowed out, carbon fibre void though. The luxurious interior has four berths over two cabins and there’s even a small crew cabin aft.

It has a tender garage large enough for a Williams 285 jet-RIB, joystick control for close quarters work and all the up-to-date audio visual equipment you would expect of a modern sportscruiser.

The boat is also highly customisable and a mind-boggling array of hull and superstructure colours are available, as you can see from our Facebook gallery. Rainsford Mann has even rendered a version in the iconic Gulf Racing livery, which looks sensational.

If you want a slice of this unique and cutting-edge piece of British boat design it can be yours for around £2.25m. For more information go to the Southampton Yacht Brokers website.

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