Mercedes’ James Allison wants “to bring the America’s Cup back to Britain”

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Mercedes Chief Technical Officer James Allison became INEOS Britannia sailing team CTO back in October, and his goal is to win the American’s Cup.

Back in October James Allison became INEOS Britannia sailing team’s Chief Technical Officer, as they prepare to challenge for the 37th America’s Cup.

As a one-third stakeholder in the Mercedes F1 Team, INEOS has embedded its sailing team in Mercedes’ Brackley HQ, and together they are preparing for the hard task ahead.

“We had a small involvement in the team’s 36th America’s Cup campaign which whetted our appetite,” Allison said for the INEOS Britannia’s website

“It was immediately clear to us that the America’s Cup is a very exciting, and very difficult, challenge.

“Now we are one team, INEOS Britannia, with the team’s design base embedded in our Formula 1 HQ, and the clear goal to bring the America’s Cup back to Britain.

“We feel very lucky to be involved in this opportunity and we can’t wait for the challenge ahead, it’s a mouth-watering prospect.”

Allison will have a much smaller team at his disposal than he’s used to in Formula 1, but he believes they are up to the challenge.

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“An America’s Cup team may only be about 10% the size of a major Formula 1 team, but there is a lot of similarity in the difficulty of the challenge.

“Everything has to be right, or nothing is right. There are a lot of areas where we can contribute strongly from the beginning.

“We’re not bad at aerodynamics here, and it’s not a huge stretch into hydrodynamics.

“We’re also pretty good at structural design, structural engineering and we have a wide range of material science backing up our work here to date.

“There’s so many areas of overlap where we will be able to contribute to this campaign working alongside our experienced America’s Cup colleagues and hopefully at the end, we can produce something we will all be proud of.

“It would be an enormous deal if we brought the Cup back to Britain. I’m very aware of Britain’s maritime history and I’m certain that if this team can muster what we need to get the competitive boat and get this Cup brought to Britain,” concluded the Briton.

In the video below you can take a look at Allison talking about his involvement in INEOS Britannia as the team aims to win the America’s Cup.

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