The 2014 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix recently saw the worlds of yachting and auto facing converge with the presence in port of the Vector Martini Racing V40R offshore powerboat, whose livery reflected that of Williams Martini Racing F1 cars driven by Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa.
Already the winner of numerous races and world records, the V40R hull is one of the world’s fastest and most imposing powerboats. As part of her presence in Monaco, the V40R played hostess to numerous VIPs, taking them for rides on the Mediterranean in a plan devised by Mal Crease, CEO of Vector World. The showcase is part of Crease’s plan to bring together the adrenaline, power and luxury of yachting and F1 motor racing in a marine lifestyle brand.
Crease believes that speedboats play the same role in yachting that F1 is to automobiles. Both are at extreme ends of the vehicle spectrum, exhibiting power and speed. Vector World aims to provide a platform for individuals to engage with boating yachts, sports and fun in a luxury lifestyle. Securing the sponsorship with Williams Martini Racing is a significant step in creating that brand. In addition to racing boats, Crease has developed a line of carbon fibre performance yachts with Rainsford Mann Design, with construction by Danish Yachts.
Likening Vector to Ferrari, Crease envisions the company as a platform that gives people the desire to get on the water. He indicates that he expects the idea to be successful not only in the United States and Europe, but in countries like Brazil and areas such as Southeast Asia by attempting one-design racing series, world-record attempts and promotional television opportunities in China, Vietnam, Malaysia and elsewhere.