Oooo Barracuda!

Hey you! I bet you like going really fast on water huh? Check out the KTM Barracuda – developed for circuit races. It’s the equivalent to the RC8 and the X-Bow on water. The combination of front wing flaps and the vector thrust from the propeller allows for enormous agility and maneuverability. Unlike conventional speedboats, the Barracuda keeps water-contact at all times. The self-stabilizing design doesn’t require special training and has a low learning curve to use.

As the boat speeds up, the hydrofoils lift the main body out of the water, eliminating a large amount of drag. With this lift, the boat reaches higher speeds while reducing fuel consumption.

The Barracuda’s hidden frame allows the conventional supercharged combustion engine to switch to alternative engine at any point. All components are mounted to a frame underneath the hull, similar to the construction of a race bike. Foam-filled floaters surround the interior components to help prevent sinking in case of accidents.

With the Barracuda’s modular architecture, the wings and the propulsion chain can be easily dismounted by unlocking a few bolts and retainers. At only 2.4 meters wide, the Barracuda is easy to service, transport and maintain. The Barracuda: a hydrofoil boat that’s just READY TO RACE.

Designer: Christoph Albiez & Thomas Perz


  • Iperpaolo says:

    really a good work

  • zippyflounder says:

    one problem will all foilers, junk in the water…kelp, sticks, logs, swimers. The other big problem is the “stuff” when the angle of attack go’s negitive when you come off a wave…instant submarine. They build a nice model, but the proof of the pudding is a real working proto.

  • jheylin says:

    A two-seater? Isn’t that a little silly (fruity)?

  • Hi folks, thanks for your comments.

    @zippyflounder: as shown in the 2nd picture the main body is meant to be some feet above surface level, the barracuda can withstand bigger waves than high speed boats gliding on an air-cushion (one wave and you have an air-plane, being submerged for a few seconds is probably the better choice than whirling in the air without control), and yes the next step would be building a working prototype.
    by the way, swimmers are not a hydrofoil only “problem”

    @jheylin: it is a 2 seater as this thing was built to play in the same league as the x-bow, you can use it purely for racing, it is even possible to replace the 2nd seat with an additional fuel-tank, the rear hydrofoil is able adjust to a changing center of mass like an aileron on an airplane.
    or you can use it for fun, just like the x-bow and other 2 seated sports car, cruising just makes more fun if you have companion

  • James says:

    Hmmm… I’m not sure, it looks kinda small or those two guys REALLY big?

    • cra says:

      yes. yes, they are really big guys. huge in-fact. … lol,
      cool work though. loove the concept, looks like it could kick some ass. Make it in black and you’d have the new “bat-mo-boat”

  • stephen russell says:

    Apps for:
    Search & Rescue
    US Navy, RN, RAN, NATO Naval forces
    Powerboat model
    Spec Ops
    Submersible type.
    Dual mode craft.

    Love to Charter this off HI.

    Way 2 Cool.

    I want One.

    For offshore HI.

    Babe magnet

    & Ideal for 007 use.
    or SyFy Movie Channel use.

    Must for Boat shows & Travel shows alone.

    Hey Guys Produce this.

  • jong says:

    the underwater wings lift the boat, but the top shape pushes it down, that would tax the motor and fuel efficiency. continue doing your innovations. good work.

  • jong says:

    the underwater wings lift the boat, but the top shape pushes it down, that would tax the motor and fuel efficiency. continue doing your innovations. good work.

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