This partnership for BAR – the new racing team launched by three-time Olympic champion Ben Ainslie in January 2012 – will see Scorpion supply a state-of-the art Serket 88 RIB, complete with powerful twin Yamaha 225hp engines, to provide invaluable support to BAR throughout their 2012-13 ACWS events.

Ben Ainslie Racing and Scorpion RIBS partnershipBefore that the RIB will be put through its paces and trialled by members of the BAR team at the final two events of the 2011-12 Series in Venice (ITA) and Newport (USA) in May and June.

Based in the UK, Scorpion RIBS are designed and built entirely by their dedicated team of skilled craftsmen at their factory in Lymington. As a low volume RIB producer they are world-renowned for their build quality, elegant design and unique proprietary hull which is well proven over thousands of sea miles.

Patrick Byrne, the long-time Scorpion customer who purchased the company in 2008, confirmed Scorpion RIBS are proud to be supporting BAR. “We are delighted to be associated with such an outstanding sailor as Ben Ainslie and the BAR Team,” he said. “The America’s Cup World Series offers us a unique chance to showcase Scorpion RIBs. The Serket 88 is one of our more popular models with a twin engine set-up. The build quality and handling convinces many experts to consider Scorpions to be the best RIBs in production. All of us who work at Scorpion have a passion for RIBs and a desire to continue to build a superior quality product that is great fun to drive.”

Ben Ainslie said: “Scorpion RIBs represent the best in British design, technology and build quality; everything we will seek to be as a team moving forward and we look forward to working with the team for the World Series and beyond.”

The 8.8m Scorpion Serket 88 is one of the popular models in the Scorpion range; it is fitted with a T Top (new for 2012) and retails at over £140,000. It is very suited to the job of keeping up with the AC45 racing even at full pace, with efficient fuel economy.

Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) will compete in the 2012-13 America’s Cup World Series following the completion of Ben’s London 2012 Olympic Finn class campaign. The global circuit attracts some of the best sailors in the world racing in high speed 45 foot wing-sailed catamarans. The long-term vision for BAR is to challenge for the 35th America’s Cup the conclusion of the 34th Cup in San Francisco in 2013. Ben will join ORACLE Racing for their 2013 Cup defence.