The Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 is a performance motor yacht developed by The Italian Sea Group and with design steered by the Lamborghini. The name references the marque’s 1963 foundation, numbers are strictly limited to 63 vessels available from 2021, while the two MAN V12-2000 horsepower engines speed the motor yacht to 60 knots to be the fastest craft on the Tecnomar fleet.
Being a Lamborghini, design is guided by performance – informed by the aero styling and materials used on the latest Sián FKP 37 hybrid super sportscar. The motor yacht also works extensively with carbon fiber – its 63 feet length weighing in at just 24 tons to qualify in the ultra-lightweight boat classification.
The Tecnomar 63 is an extreme engineered vessel with the hull and the superstructure made from a high-performance shell, developed by naval engineers specializing in hydrodynamic sciences. And the lines pay homage to Marcello Gandini’s exquisite 1960s and 70s Miura and Countach – products which remain true ideals of brave and brilliant vehicle design in an era when cars could afford to be this exotic.
To get a fuller picture of the Tecnomar 63 project, I spoke with Mitja Borkert, head of design at Lamborghini Centro Stile in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy.
Nargess Banks: The motor yacht visually expresses Lamborghini – there is a definite aesthetic link. How would you define your design DNA?
Mitja Borkert: The core of our distinctive design DNA is mainly driven by the iconic Lamborghini super sportscars starting with the very first Countach. I call the silhouette “Gandini-line” after Marcello Gandini who influenced the Lamborghini DNA for many years. In its purist shape, there is a special architecture to our cars – just a glimpse of our silhouette reveals it is a Lamborghini.
NB: You note the limited-edition hybrid Sián FKP 37 as an inspiration. Why this particular model?
MB: We took the Sián FKP 37 as the inspirational source because it is a perfect fit to inspire yacht design. As the latest creation, the Sián takes our design to a new visionary level. It is a very futuristic interpretation of our DNA. And just like the car, each Tecnomar 63 yacht will be a unique creation for the owner.
NB: What elements from the Sián informed the yacht’s creative team?
MB: The Tecnomar 63 interprets the pure silhouette of a Lamborghini, the same architecture approach, the Y-inspired front lights, hexagon side window, three taillights like the Sián and our color philosophy.
NB: Your cars are truly distinctive and instantly recognizable. What defines a Lamborghini motor yacht?
MB: A Lamborghini yacht has to stand out from the others from the very first glance – it needs to be visionary, futuristic, powerful and come with very special colors. Inside, the seat position should make you feel like a pilot, which we achieved on the Tecnomar 63 yacht. There is a special Lamborghini cockpit, so when entering the cabin, you will find a paradise in terms of exclusive material and execution. On this yacht we use Alcantara, Lamborghini leather and carbon skin material developed by us at Sant’Agata Bolognese.
NB: What were the challenges of translating Lamborghini’s distinctive design theme from motor cars to motor yachts?
MB: Both worlds are driven by aerodynamic factors: cars run through wind and yachts through water. Combining the knowledge for both was actually quite easy. What we didn’t want was a car that you simply put on the water. We wanted a spectacular and pure sculpture, with distinctive details that are connected with the Lamborghini design language.
NB: How closely did you work with The Italian Sea Group design and engineering teams?
MB: It was a very intense design process as both teams were visiting each other constantly. We were very impressed by the manufacturing process at the shipyard, while they were fascinated by the passionate way we build super sportcars.
NB: Were you able to explore new engineering and construction methods?
MB: This is the fastest Tecnomar yacht and the engineering process was done by their team. We provided the special knowledge on the ergonomic seat position, the steering wheel and the exclusive materials from our super sports car series.
NB. As you mentioned the interior is also very much a Lamborghini. How different is it to design a yacht interior from a car?
MB: You need to consider a lot of constraints in terms of automotive use when designing the interior of a car. This includes the touch and feel of materials; taking extreme weather conditions and accidents into account. There are also specific areas in which you need to consider the airbags to guarantee the safest ride with the maximum luxury feeling. The yacht interior design is mainly driven by the space the boat offers, the layout of the cabins, sleeping rooms and showers.
NB: So there are less constraints with interior materials and fabrics?
MB: Yes, which means you can use similar materials to when you design a house or a villa. That for me is the key. And you can see the fantastic results with the first renderings of the yacht. I personally can’t wait to get on board and experience materials unknown to Lamborghini.
NB: How far can the 63 Tecnomar vessels be customized according to taste?
MB: The 63 yacht can be personalized to the highest level. Like our cars, the sky is the limit and customers will be able to create their own personal dream.
NB: Do you see the marque expanding its product line to include more yachts and maybe even other transport vehicles and products?
MB: No comment at this time.
NB: What have you learnt from this experience, and will we see elements finding their way to your cars?
MB: I was impressed by the purist approach. A yacht is driven by its big proportions and its pure presence on the water. I was also very impressed with this new interior design. It shows that Lamborghini is more than just a car – that we can create a whole Lamborghini experience from the outside in.
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