Billionaire Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA is pairing with Airbus to use hydrofoils to lift their hulls out of the water and fly along at more than 80 km/h.
Like Airbus’s A350 jetliners, they get their strength from lightweight carbon fiber and rely on hydraulic controls. And instead of using conventional fabric, they catch the wind in a rigid wing sail whose shape is borrowed from Airbus’s best-selling narrow-body jets.
“We’re moving towards aircraft,” said Ian “Fresh” Burns, performance director for Oracle Team USA. Airbus is “moving toward the future, and we’re moving with them.”