Fueled by advances in boat design and all the data expertise you'd expect in an Oracle-sponsored project, Team USA looks to gain a high-tech advantage as it defends its America's Cup championship.
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The AC45 and AC72 represent advanced tech in their very design. By subtracting a hull from the USA17's base, designers were able to reduce costs while also creating a lighter, faster vessel. Low weights are further enabled by a honeycomb-link structure sandwiched between the carbon frames of each hull.
Aldaz said, "For a trimaran, you have to build three hulls, and that's actually more expensive than just building two." He explained that the catamarans use symmetrical hulls, allowing both pieces to be cast from a single mold.
Frugality aside, he said the design cue actually came from Alinghi, the team Oracle defeated to win the 2010 title. "Alinghi built something pretty phenomenal" using a two-hull base, he stated. Team USA decided to combine the sensor and data-amalgamation tools it was already using with its opponents' new boat layout. This collaborative attitude toward competitive balance developed further into the universal use of AC45s during the World Series races.
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