FPT Industrial displayed a fleet of innovations, collaborations, and award-winning products from its marine range at the Cannes Yachting Festival with a focus on the hybrid future.

Hendy Power director Andy Smith said innovations included the next step in its hybrid plans, one of the key results of its collaboration with Vulkan Hybrid Architect.

It also displayed the Guinness World Speed Record holding diesel powerboat engine, the C16 1000, and the double design award-winning Red Horizon Integrated Marine Control System.

The exhibits also included a wide range of advanced services dedicated to customers, including telematics and remote assistance.

Marine hybrid application

The hybrid project with Vulkan Hybrid Architect demonstrated that FPT Industrial is leading the way in the field.

Hendy Power director Andy Smith said that even though no changes are expected in the sector emission regulations for the next few years, the broad sustainability trend is becoming more and more relevant in the marine sector.

As part of its marine innovations, FPT Industrial has created its own parallel hybrid electric marine propulsion system by teaming up with Vulkan Hybrid Architect, a division of the Vulkan Group.

Vulkan Hybrid Architect is a highly skilled systems integrator, capable of developing tailor-made solutions for shipyards and owners and FPT Industrial has chosen Vulkan to carry out the engineering and delivery of a turnkey integrated hybrid-drive propulsion system package.

The Parallel Hybrid systems can be offered in a wide variety of different solutions by combining FPT Industrial diesel engines from 125kW to 735kW with e-motors and battery packs to meet any project requirements and customer needs.

It is designed to offer reduced maintenance requirements and costs, fuel savings, emissions reductions and exceptional comfort, as well as allowing access to marine protected areas in full electric drive mode. The FPT Industrial – Vulcan Hybrid Architect solution unveiled in Cannes features an FPT Industrial C9 650 EVO diesel engine, a Hybrid Clutch to engage and disengage the ICE, an E-machine in the form of a synchronous permanent magnet and axial flux motor, a frequency converter, a marine gearbox, a mechanical interface, and a vibro-acoustic isolation system.

C16 1000

The C16 1000 marine engine is a Guinness World Record holder for the fastest speed on water by a diesel engine at 277.5 km/h, and one of the best sellers in FPT Industrial’s marine line-up.

It has been developed to provide top performance for pleasure and light-medium commercial applications, setting itself apart as the only 16-litre engine on the market to fit in the packaging of a 13-litre engine, allowing for easier installation and offering greater space on board as well.

Also available in keel cooling configuration, the C16 1000 offers impressive durability, outstanding power (63 hp/l) and torque (220 Nm/l) density, and lightweight in the light commercial segment. Best-in-class maintenance intervals of up to 600 hours translates into easier and cheaper maintenance operations.

The engine is compliant with IMO2, RCDII, EPA3 and China GBII emission regulations, allowing the brand to cover global opportunities, and it is also available in keel cooled configuration. These characteristics, together with the wide range of possible applications, such as motor yachts, long-range cruisers, sports fishing boats, governmental and state bodies, pilot and rescue, light ferries and light commercial fishing vessels, demonstrate the versatility of the C16 1000.

High technology and award-winning style

Red Horizon is FPT Industrial’s integration of the most advanced marine technologies in engine, monitoring and control systems.

It has been developed in collaboration with two leading global companies, ZF, a technology supplier of next-generation mobility systems, and Navico (Simrad), a manufacturer of marine electronics.

Red Horizon guarantees full navigation control and safety, optimal driving comfort, and easy handling and mooring.

Available in combination with any top engine from FPT Industrial’s Cursor and NEF families, Red Horizon has an interior inspired by the automotive world, luxury cars and villas, and vintage Italian boats, resulting in a comfortable bridge with a touch of minimalism.

This unique style has received two of the world top design awards – Gold Winner of the 2021 edition of the New York Product Design Awards in the Watercraft Category, and the 2021 Good Design Award.

FPT Industrial adopts ZF electronic propulsion controls (SmartCommand) and manoeuvring systems (JMS) specifically matched to FPT Industrial engines.

FPT Industrial Premium Controls provides an innovative, compact, and user-friendly control system designed to offer an impressive experience in terms of comfort and safety through different control modes, while FPT Industrial Premium Joystick delivers simple and intuitive boat control during manoeuvres, even in complex docking situations.