Transport iNet Supports Speedy SME

Jonathan Walters  -  Nov 24, 2011  -  Comments Off on Transport iNet Supports Speedy SME

The Transport iNet has provided vital funding to Grantham-based Quicksilver, whose team of engineers are creating a unique boat to challenge the World Water Speed Record.

Quicksilver is working to design and manufacture the record breaking boat as well as use the resulting innovation to increase the efficiency and safety margins of more traditional vessels. Quicksilver received £10,000 of funding thanks to the assistance of the Transport iNet.

The result was the development of two essential parts of the boat; the trunnion hoop element of the upper hull structure and the air-intake for the engine. From rough, initial concepts, the parts became highly detailed CAD models and are now in the process of being manufactured.

Nigel Macknight, Quicksilver founder, said: “The Transport iNet was recommended to us by another company that had received support. It turned out to be one of the best moves we’ve made.

“With the iNet’s support we’ve tackled two key tasks in a fraction of the time it would otherwise have taken. The Transport iNet has allowed us to push ahead further and faster than we ever could have done unaided. We will certainly continue to work with the Transport iNet as we get closer to our aim of bringing the World Water Speed Record back to the UK.”

Samantha Clarke, Transport iNet innovation advisor, added: “The support provided by the Transport iNet is about making innovative ideas a reality and in this case moving a project along to a point that it would have otherwise taken some time to reach. The boat that the Quicksilver team is developing is the definition of innovative, so it’s been fantastic for the Transport iNet to get involved.”

Quicksilver boat

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