Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18

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The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s longest professional sporting event and leading offshore sailing competition.  It takes nine months to complete and is divided into 11 legs. For weeks at a time, the sailors contend with conditions ranging from the Southern Ocean's freezing cold to searing heat, while waves constantly slam the boat and an incessant noise drills its way into their ears.
In order to add both safety and reliability, every vessel is equipped with a Volvo Penta D2-75 – the heart of the yacht.

For the sixth time, Volvo Penta is an official supplier to the Volvo Ocean Race, providing each of the Volvo Ocean 65 sailing boats with a D2-75 engine with Saildrive, hands-on engine maintenance and support, as well additional power during the race stopovers.

Vital Technology

Vital Technology

The Volvo Ocean Race is not only a demonstration of human endeavor and endurance; it’s also a display of performance, reliability and, perhaps most, versatility in a Volvo Penta engine. Every competing boat is equipped with one single engine – the Volvo Penta D2-75 with Saildrive – the heart of the yacht. By generating each boat’s total demand for electricity, it’s decisive for the boat’s ability to compete successfully. 

One Engine for Every Need

One Engine for Every Need

The D2-75 supplies the race vessels with all auxiliary and propulsion needs and is thus critical 100% of the time. During the race, the engine is the sole source of power onboard, used to power the boats’ total demand for electricity for communication, navigation equipment as well as power to convert salt water to drinking water. The engine also powers the hydraulic canting keel that greatly increases maneuverability. The engine is also used as a primary propulsion source for safe navigation in and out of harbors, and as a potential lifesaving instrument in case of an emergency.

Extreme conditions

"The conditions of the Volvo Ocean Race are extreme and not only push the boats and sailing crew to the limit, but, also, all the equipment. We need to ensure everything onboard is 100% reliable. Volvo Penta provides the perfect engines to suit these extreme conditions."

Mark Turner, CEO Volvo Ocean Race

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On Land and at Sea

On Land and at Sea

In the Volvo Pavillions on the race's 11 official stops, Volvo Penta engines provide prime power to support business operations, guest hospitality, and the high-tech environment. The output of the compact, high-capacity genset exceeds 400 kW, which equals the power consumption of 30 private homes. The genset matches stringent demands on fuel efficiency, low emission levels and quiet, vibration-free operation. This same technology is used every day to deliver power to people and society – all around the world.

Technical Support

Technical Support

Volvo Penta supplies more than just engine power. Hands-on technical expertise is available to the race organization and sailing teams through Volvo Penta engineer, Johannes Karlsson. Johannes will deliver full-time support for the duration of the event, traveling to each race stopover to deliver world-class engine support through The Boatyard.  He is backed by the expertise of Volvo Penta’s global dealer network, on-call to support as needed.

Port Propulsion Power

Port Propulsion Power

For the new RIBs (Rigid-hulled inflatable boats) that will be used by the sailing teams in port at each city where the race stops, Volvo Penta will provide the next generation of gasoline sterndrive engines and complete prop to helm equipment. The V6 280 engine models are the cleanest engines available on the market in the gasoline segment.

Race village

Race village

The Race Village is where we take in the action, and where we relax, discuss and analyze between the exciting race legs. It’s here that you can take part of the excitement of in-port races as well as see the Volvo Ocean Race 65 boats up close. The exhilaration of the race is never closer than in the race village.

Follow the Action of the Volvo Ocean Race

Follow the Action of the Volvo Ocean Race

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Volvo Penta Saildrive

A Perfectly Matched Package

The Volvo Penta Saildrive is a highly reliable and efficient engine, drive and propeller package, perfectly combined to deliver under pressure where extreme maneuverability is critical. The Saildrive is well-known for its remarkable power and quiet operation.

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Aquamatic Gasoline

Unrivaled Engine Performance

The Volvo Penta Aquamatic Sterndrive is a new standard in gasoline engine technology that combines the benefits of both inboard as well as outboard systems. The counter-rotating twin propellers, the Duoprop, renders unrivaled and fuel-efficient performance with responsive handling and safe grip. 

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Power Generation

Reliable Power – Wherever You Are

Wherever your operation exists, Volvo Penta is there to provide dependable power. Our engines for power generation applications are built to be reliable and durable, engineered to satisfy the most demanding of challenges, no matter if the need calls for standby or prime power.

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