Porsche's planned electric speedboat will use the Macan's powertrain

Porsche's planned Frauscher x Porsche 850 "Fantom Air" speedboat will come complete with the powertrain from the Macan EV.
Christopher McFadden
Concept art of the new speedboat.


Porsche has announced its intention to build an electric vehicle (EV) sportscar powertrain-powered speedboat. Called the Frauscher x Porsche 850 "Fantom Air," the new speedboat will be propelled using the powertrain from the automaker's Macan EV.

“With the all-electric Macan we want to provide the sportiest model in its segment. This is our stated development goal. And we have carried over this ambition in every detail to the boat. The eFantom offers the E-Performance typical of Porsche with excellent driving properties,” explained Jörg Kerner, Vice President of Product Line Macan. 

"That the powerful electric motors of the latest generation and the state-of-the-art battery and charge management also work so well on the water is a testament to the excellence of our modular Premium Platform Electric," he added. 

Details are thin on the ground

Currently, limited information is available, but Porsche plans to create an electric speedboat using the 858 "Fantom Air" as its foundation. The boat's hull will remain mostly unchanged, while its propulsion system will incorporate technology from the Volkswagen Group's Premium Platform Electric (PPE) platform. This technology will also be used in future Porsche and Audi EVs, including the Macan EV and the Audi A6 e-tron.

According to reports, the upcoming installation will likely feature a lithium-ion battery bank with a high voltage and a capacity of approximately 100kWh.

By comparison, the traditionally powered "Fantom Air" 858 is recommended for producing between 320-430hp. While there is no information yet on the new model's speed or range during high-speed cruising, the performance metrics are expected to be quite impressive once revealed. Though it has been confirmed that the 800V installation can utilize DC fast-charging stations, AC charging will also remain an option.

Porsche recently announced that they have enhanced and refined their drive technology for water use without providing detailed specifications. The speedboat is also expected to incorporate the most recent iteration's permanent synchronous electric motor.

As it stands, Porsche will be responsible for the design of the helm stand and interior of the boat, including the seats and upholstery, while Frauscher will do the rest. The boat is believed to carry up to nine people and will come with a premium sound system and a refrigerator as onboard amenities. The powertrain technology is excluded from Porsche's design responsibilities.

But it should be one hell of a boat

“We stand for state-of-the-art, high-performance, and sustainable luxury – and we are redefining this concept. Our goal is to inspire our customers and make their dreams come true. The Frauscher x Porsche 850 Fantom Air, like our sports cars, offers exceptional performance and luxury experiences,” said Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman and Member of the Executive Board for Finance and IT at Porsche AG.

The Frauscher Shipyard in Ohlsdorf, Austria, will manufacture the electric speedboats. The initial production run will consist of only 25 first-edition units, set to be delivered in 2024. Pricing details have not yet been released.

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