Fabio Buzzi

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Fabio Buzzi
Born Fabio Buzzi
(1943-01-20) 20 January 1943 (age 75)
Lecco, Italy
Nationality Italian
Occupation Founder of FB Design

Fabio Buzzi (born 1943, Lecco, Italy) is an Italian motorboat builder and racer.

Biography [1][2][3][edit]

Fabio Buzzi was born in Lecco in 1943, from a family tied for centuries to the art of building and design.

His powerboat racing career started in 1960. He graduated in mechanical engineering in 1971 from the Polytechnic University of Turin where he took a degree in mechanical engineering with a thesis on a self-constructed vehicle.

He builds his first race boat in 1974, a three-point hydroplane called "Mostro" (Monster), the first boat ever built in Kevalr 49. He will set a world speed record (176,676 km/h) with this boat in the class S4 in 1978.

FB Design[edit]

In 1971 Buzzi founded FB Design, to build leisure, military and racing boats.

Initially the company focus was on race boats. When offshore power boat racing declined in the late 1990s, the company used its experience in high speed boat manufacturing to build military and fast patrol boats.

Pilot career[edit]

1960
First race (Pavia-Venice)
1963
First time Italian Champion (C.U. class)
1979
Speed World Record for diesel engines (191 Km/h)
1984
Offshore 3/6 lt class - UIM World Champion
Round Britain Race winner
1988
Offshore class 1 - UIM World Champion
Offshore class 1 - APBA World Champion
1992
Speed World Record for diesel engines (252 Km/h)
1994
Superboat - APBA World Champion
Cannonball Race (Miami-New York No-Stop) winner
1995
Superboat - APBA World Champion
A class - APBA World Champion
Superboat - APBA American Champion
1996
Superboat - APBA World Champion
B class - APBA World Champion
1997
A class - APBA World Champion
1999
Miami-Nassau-Miami Speed Record (87 kn average) [4]
2001
Round Italy - Venice to Montecarlo at 20 Knots
Montecarlo to London at 33 Knots [5]
Round Britain at 45 knots [6]
2002
Winner of the Pavia-Venice Race at average speed of 182 km/h.[7]
2004
Winner of the Pavia-Venice Race at an average speed of 197 km/h.[8]
Venice to Montecarlo record at an average speed of 46.9 knots (87 km/h).[9]
2008
Cowes-Torquay-Cowes of 182 miles in 2h 18' 5' at an average speed of 91 mph.[10]
2010
heat 1 "Cowes 100" of the UIM Marathon World Cup races.[11]
heat 2 "Cowes-Torquay- Cowes" of the UIM Marathon World Cup races.[12]
2012
New York-Bermuda Speed Record (684 nm run in 17h 06' at an average speed of 40 knots.)[13]

Winning and trophies as boat designer[edit]

  • 52 World Offshore Championships;
  • 22 European Offshore Championships;
  • 27 Italian Offshore Championships;
  • 40 World Speed Records;
  • 7 The Harmsworth Trophy (1989 - 1993–1994–1995 - 2003 - 2004 - 2010);

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fabio Buzzi, Progettare per vincere, Mursia, 1994, ISBN 9788842517764
  2. ^ Dag Pike, An Introduction to Powerboat Cruising, Hearst Marine Books, 1989, ISBN 9780688089139
  3. ^ David Speer, 'Fabio's Fabulous Diesel', 'Boating Magazine', Jul-Dec 1989, page 52
  4. ^ 'Longest Race', Motor Boat & Sailing, February 1989, page 26
  5. ^ http://www.uimpowerboating.com/records/, record #3516
  6. ^ http://www.uimpowerboating.com/records/, record #3505
  7. ^ http://www.raidpaviavenezia.it/ALBO%20D'ORO%20RAID.pdf
  8. ^ http://www.raidpaviavenezia.it/ALBO%20D'ORO%20RAID.pdf
  9. ^ http://www.uimpowerboating.com/records/, record 3571
  10. ^ http://britishpowerboatracingclub.co.uk/?page_id=72
  11. ^ http://britishpowerboatracingclub.co.uk/?page_id=72
  12. ^ http://britishpowerboatracingclub.co.uk/?page_id=72
  13. ^ http://www.boatingmag.com/bermuda-challenge-record-shattered