Jaguar Vector Racing has broken the outright world and national electric speed records in a battery-powered boat.

The unique Jaguar Vector V20E recorded an average speed of 142.60km/h across the two legs of the famous 1km course on Coniston Water, England.

It’s the same place that Australia’s Donald Campbell was killed trying to break the world water speed record in 1967 — what remained of his body wasn’t found until 2000.

Campbell was the only person to hold both the land and water speed records in the same year.

The electric boat was designed and constructed by Jaguar Vector in partnership with Jaguar Racing’s technical partner Williams Advanced Engineering.

Jaguar Vector co-founder and technical director Peter Dredge piloted the V20E.

Following Jaguar’s announcement in October 2017 to become the exclusive title partner of Vector, the team will attempt further world and national records over the next 18 months as part of a major initiative to push the boundaries of performance and to showcase British engineering.

“After 12 months of hard work, this is a fantastic result for the team and our partners and a great first step in bringing the power and versatility of electrification to the marine industry,” Jaguar Vector Racing CEO, Malcolm Crease, said.

It is a great honour for the Vector team to follow in the footsteps of Donald Campbell CBE and to set a world record on the historic Coniston Water.”

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.