This winged watercraft decked out in sinister black paintjob might look like a speeder from the Star Wars universe, but it’s a hand-crafted marine vessel designed to race across open waters at incredible speeds. Dubbed the Mantra, the streamlined watercraft is the work of an international team under the banner of Trydent Boats, which includes a race boat expert from the Philippines, an Australian entrepreneur and businessman, and an Italian mechanical engineer who has designed components for Ducati. The aesthetics of the Mantra watercraft is inspired by vintage cars and Filipino racing boats “Bancarera.”
Mantra’s trimaran wings have been designed to provide hydrodynamic lift at high speeds, along with making the watercraft extremely stable, which not only makes it easy to ride but also a lot of fun. The Mantra can hit a top speed of 50mph and is also capable of “drift”-style cornering. It is powered by Honda’s GX390 Mega Marine engine which can be brought to life by pressing a “start” button on the retro-styled instrument console. The Trydent Mantra will be available to order soon through IndieGOGO with an early-bird pricing of AUD $3,4999 (about $2500 in US money).