The principle is simple: to go as fast as possible, for as long as possible, consuming as little energy as possible.
Equipped with the same electric motor, teams have one year in which to use their imagination and come up with innovative solutions for the design of the best possible prototypes. The only limits: compulsory maximum dimensions (2.5m x 2.5m x 2m) and the energy supplied by a battery (7Ah).
Teams race against one another in a real-life situation, in 2 categories which have been developed to match industrial applications (but on a reduced scale). These categories are mass transport (container vessels, tankers, bulk carriers) with a ballast of 200kg, and lightweight transport (pleasure craft) with a load of 20kg.
Once the boats have been approved by the committee of experts, racing gets underway from 2nd to 8th September. The qualifying phases, in the form of races against the clock, will determine the distribution of teams in a confrontation and direct elimination tournament for the final phases.
In parallel to the mass and lightweight transport races, the teams will take part in an Agility competition (timed slalom on a winding course) and will line up all together on the start line of the Long Distance Race (endurance race where the objective is to cover the longest possible distance using a limited amount of energy).
Several distinctions will be awarded to the competitors of the HYDROCONTEST-X 2019 :