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Ken Warby tested his "Aussie Spirit", 9000hp Jet powered Boat, in preparation to attempt his own World Water Speed record of 317.6mph at the GP Hydroplane World Championships in Taree, NSW in June 2005

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Aussie Spirit is the second jet boat built by Ken Warby. Ken started construction in the early 90's and continued to build it in his spare time while still managing his business, Ken powered it with a fresh Westinghouse J-34, At the time Ken was building the new jet boat, the U.I.M rules didn't require an Unlimited Water Speed Record boat to have a reinforced safety cockpit, But Ken wanted to build one anyway. Being a Mechanical Engineer & an experienced drag car driver & builder, he constructed a chrome-moly tubed cockpit, covered it in carbon fiber, which made it bullet proof, however by the time Aussie Spirit was ready to run on the water, the cockpit rules had been enforced for Unlimited Water Speed Record crafts, This meant that test samples of a cockpit structure had to be tested before the boat was built, As the Aussie Spirit cockpit was part of the main structure, removing it was not an option. With Blowering Dam at an all time low of 15% capacity in 2005 a New World Water Speed Record was out of the question, However Ken did make improvements to the way the boat planed and handled, He then did demonstration runs in Australia and U.S.A as part of the John Haggin's AMF offshore Team. Ken is considering running Aussie Spirit next to the new Spirit of Australia II for demonstration runs,as two jet powered hydroplanes running side by side would be a world first.

Warby Motorsport are a Registered APBA reinforced cockpit manufacturer.


Ken has built a new boat with 50% more power. His first record breaking boat, "Spirit of Australia", was powered by a 6000 horse power Westinghouse jet engine. The new boat will be pushed along by a 9000 horse power unit. Ken, at the frisky age of 65, is about breaking his record. He thinks that 25 years is too long for a record to stand, and is plenty of time for all the "Gunnas" of the world to do something about breaking the record. Ken has built the new boat based on his experience of what works. The new boat is not that much different to the "Spirit" in design.

David Warby will also run the new boat and it is planed that once Ken has broken the long standing record, Dave will take the record further and keep the Warby name with the WWSR.

Ken has finalised the construction of the new boat that was built in his garage in Cincinnati USA. The new boat was pronounced complete on 23rd December 1999. Now that construction is final, and Ken has a principal sponsor Sterling, a new campaign will start to promote sponsorship opportunities for the corporate market. Ken has stated that there is only one way this record attempt will be run, and that is professionally.

Trials of the new boat will commence once a professional team and sponsorship are organised. It is most likely that the boat will be run at Blowering Dam - NSW Australia. The record attempt will be run by Dr. Bob Apathy, the same man who project managed the Spirit runs in 1978.

Ken built Ausie Spirit in his garage in Miamitown USA. Ken has done all of the work himself, this gives him the peace of mind that the work is done correctly. Ken has used similar materials as used to build the "Spirit of Australia". Though 20 years down the track, carbon fibre has also gone into the new boat.

To get an idea of the speed Ken will travel at, compare it to something more familiar:

Superbike racing - top speed achieved 305 km/h (190 mph)
Formula One - top speed achieved 354 km/h (220 mph)
Spirit of Australia Oct. 1978 - top speed achieved 511.11 km/h (317.60 mph)

That's Sydney to Newcastle in 10 minutes, 23 Seconds.
This is travelling. Seriously.

 

    

 

     
 
 
 
 

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