Filed under: Yachts & Sailing
An orange, purple and green monstrosity dubbed the Phenomenon (above) was just unveiled at the Miami International Boat Show boasting the title of World's Fastest Speedboat. The 12,000 hp beast can do over 250 mph thanks to four T-55-L-7C Lycoming turbine engines kicking out 3,000 hp each. Engineers from NASA and Boeing and former US military naval architects collaborated on the 56-ft. craft with the aim of breaking the world's propeller speedboat record, spending millions of dollars in the process. The lightweight craft is made of carbon fiber and fiberglass over airex foam cores. The cockpit is a separate high-strength composite capsule with extensive all-carbon fiber window mullions and frames, fitted with custom carbon fiber NASCAR seats. Phenomenon belongs to Al Copeland, Jr., owner of the Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits chain.