It’s the morning after the big announcement so let’s hear what folks have to say.
These boats could be included in the program as early as 2024
SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2021 – The Hydroplane Racing League (HRL) is excited to begin work on the creation of a new class.
Its development will take place over a period of 3 years. It will therefore be possible to see it added to the 2024 program. In addition to offering a chance to competitors registered in Hydro-350 to progress more gradually to the prestigious Grand Prix class, this category will also offer a thrilling spectacle to fervent fans of big engines.These hulls, similar in size to that of the Grand Prix boats, will however be lighter.
The goal is to allow engines developing around 800 horsepower (HP) to adequately propel boats that will weigh approximately 2,400 pounds. Didier-Bernard Séguin, HRL commissioner informs us,“The gap between the Hydro 350 and Grand Prix classes is considerable, both from a financial and mechanical point of view. The space to create this new category was therefore existing and justified. We wish to offer an option accessible to drivers as well as to promoters while improving the powerboat show.”
The monetary aspect was therefore considered in the development of these new hydroplanes. Indeed, the cost of a hull, a trailer, and a Grand Prix engine remain extremely high for the majority of teams that do not have enough partners to secure the necessary budgets. A committee is working hard to develop the various technical characteristics that will define them. The public’s help may be asked very soon in deciding a name for this new class.Source
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