Cars

Meet the 2500 hp, Rolls Royce Powered Aeroboat

The Aeroboat is created by bespoke design firm Claydon Reeves specifically so you can do really awesome things like have “breakfast in Antibes, lunch in St. Tropez, and dinner in Les Hyeres.” It's a super-luxe speedboat, powered by a 2,500 hp Rolls-Royce airplane engine, and they're actually building this thing.

Much of the exterior is an homage to Britain’s hero of WWII, the Supermarine Spitfire. You can see it in how the stern mimics a wing, and by that awesome air intake behind the cabin, which is very similar to the one you'd find underneath the plane. Even the controls are aircraft-oriented. Wanna go faster? Use the joystick.

The engine's not really an homage, though, so much as it is the exact same engine from a Spitfire. The Rolls-Royce Merlin is not only a British military icon, it was also the V12 of choice for just about any notable power boat between from the 1930s to the 1980s. In supercharged guise, it's a very reliable means of propulsion that can put out up to 2500 hp. In the Aeroboat, that means cruising speeds approaching 90 mph.

Such speed belies the fact that this is still a luxury boat at its core. Head below deck and it's a floating hotel, albeit a somewhat small one, because it's a speedboat afterall.

Depending on how you want it configured, it'll hold four to six people on your lightning quick jaunts up the Riviera.


Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor, and he thinks this boat is perfectly suited to a weekend in Monaco.