The 10 things you (may) not know about Soldini’s Ferrari flying superboat

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Ferrari superboat

The topic of the moment, which everyone is talking about, is Giovanni Soldini’s Ferrari-sponsored super boat.

All about Soldini’s Ferrari superboat

What do we know to date about this wonderful object? We reveal it to you in ten points. You will find out what minds are behind the project, what kind of boat it will be and how fast it will go, how much it costs, where it is being born, when we will see it in the water, who might be on board…


1. Who will be the designer? Guillaume Verdier

On who the designer should be, we have already expressed ourselves. That would be Frenchman Guillame Verdier. First of all, he knows Soldini well; he is the one who oversaw the flying foil implementation of the trimaran Multi 70 Maserati with which he just finished the Soldini experience.

Guillaume Verdier will be the designer of Soldini’s boat.

But Verdier is also on the design team of the flying monohull Team New Zealand that won the last America’s Cup. He is the guru of large flying boats and superfast ocean sailing. To draw a comparison with the world of Formula 1, Guillaume Verdier is considered the “Adrian Newey” of sailing. We had interviewed him here, read on to get a sense of the character’s caliber….


2. Goal: the world’s fastest round-the-world race

In recent years, Giovanni Soldini has specialized in trying to break records in the world’s major regattas/races. He is missing one, the most prestigious one, the Jules Verne Trophy. This challenge is nothing more than the prize for those who circumnavigate the world by sailing the fastest.

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The Commodore Explorer, the 28-meter catamaran with which Bruno Peyron set the first Jules Verne Trophy record in 79 days.

No boat or crew rules or restrictions. Only 21,600 miles to be rocketed. Here we told you the story of this legendary race, which has seen the greatest sailors in history race and will be the culmination of Ferrari and Soldini’s campaign.


3. It will be a flying monohull

About the length of the boat there is little doubt. It will be around 100 feet (30.48 m) and will be a full foiling monohull, that is, able to sail completely lifted out of the water, as we can tell from the few frames of the promo video launched by Ferrari.

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The frames in Ferrari’s video hint that it will be a monohull foiling

Soldini himself spoke of a “one-man boat” with very high technological content. Examples on the large scale are already there: the America’s Cup AC75s, the FlyingNikka deep-sea flying monohull. But 100 feet had not yet been reached. There is the Baltic 111, however, which is not full foiling. It will be very interesting to see how the project will combine speed and safety because there are already those who say, “Can you see a 100-foot full foiling rounding Cape Horn?”


4. Color? Ferrari red. And we will see it in the water in 2025

About the color of the flying super “menomane” there is no doubt. Red. In fact, Ferrari red. It remains to be seen whether it will be all red or will have only colored parts. The boat will be in the water no earlier than the second half of 2025

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Giovanni Soldini and the prancing horse of Ferrari

5. Italian companies that will help Soldini

There will surely be many companies and excellences of Made in Italy on board Soldini’s boat. We are definitely betting on Cariboni for all hydraulic and hydraulic handling (foil arms, etc.).

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Gianni Cariboni, the founder of Cariboni

The deck equipment will also be supplied by an Italian company. We will stop here for now.


6. The boat is built in Tuscany

Soldini’s new boat, according to rumors, is being built in a “secret” shed in Tombolo, the southernmost estate in the Migliarino – San Rossore – Massaciuccoli Park, crossed by the Navicelli Canal, in the province of Pisa.


7. How fast will it go? At least 50 knots!

How fast will Soldini’s new boat go? So much. Let’s try to play a little bit.

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Idec, Francis Joyon’s record-breaking trimaran

If, as it seems, the project will aim to break the record at the round-the-world tour (Jules Verne Trophy), which to date is the one set by Francis Joyon’s trimaran IDEC Sport (40 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds) at 26.90 knots average, with peaks between 38 and 44 knots, Soldini’s Ferrari will have to go faster: 50, 55 knots top speed?


8. How much does Soldini’s superboat cost? At least 20 million

How much will Giovanni Soldini’s new superboat cost? It is difficult to predict, but many sources have spoken of an investment by Ferrari of 20 million euros in the project. To these must be added all the costs “absorbed” by technical partnerships….


9. Ferrari: Who will be on board with Soldini?

If the goal of the “Ferrari of the Oceans” is to go as fast as possible, it is clear that Giovanni Soldini will not be on board alone but will have to rely on a “commando” of trusted men. We are reminded of his “dolphin” Ambrogio Beccaria, currently one of the strongest ocean sailors in the world, who has sailed with John before and to whom he owes a great deal, by his own admission.

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Ambrogio Beccaria is a great friend and “student” of Giovanni Soldini. Will we see him aboard the Ferrari bolide?

Then, you are spoiled for choice: Alberto Bona (it was Soldini who “helped” him move to Class 40, and in 2019 Bona was on the multi 70 Maserati), Alberto Riva (he has also been on Maserati), America’s Cup wonder boys – so already used to full-foiling – Marco Gradoni e Roger Tita (In 2025, when the boat is on the water, there will be no America’s Cup or Olympics to “disturb”). Last, but not least, we take for granted the presence of John Elkann, chairman of Ferrari, friend and former owner of Soldini’s Maserati, the “deus ex machina” behind the project.


10. It will sail with zero impact

Giovanni Soldini is buttoned up, but something about what innovations the boat will have, hull geometries aside, he has said. This will be a cutting-edge project in terms of technology and energy, and we will see systems on board that are not unique to the sailing world. Goal: minimization of consumption as well as energy autonomy, which is very difficult to achieve on large boats.

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