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Sir Ben Ainslie has lauded the launch of his Land Rover BAR team’s latest testing boat ahead of the final Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event of the year.

T2 – which has been described as a fighter jet on water – was officially unveiled at BAR’s team base in Portsmouth.

Land Rover BAR's new T2 undergoing testing in the Solent

Land Rover BAR's new T2 undergoing testing in the Solent

The boat will increase the momentum already developed with the initial launch of T1 last October.

It represents the next stage in the relentless pursuit of technological excellence that will culminate in the design and build of the final race boat to challenge for the America’s Cup in 2017.

After two rounds, BAR currently sit second overall in the America’s Cup World Series – behind Emirates Team New Zealand – with the latest event to be held in Bermuda on October 16-18.

Team principal and skipper Ainslie said: ‘T2 is an extraordinary achievement. Everyone on the design, engineering and shore teams have put everything they have got into this boat.

‘Power is nothing without control, and there has been no compromise in the pursuit of both.

‘All of the sailing team are grateful and privileged to get the opportunity to test fly this unique craft.’

T2 represents a significant step towards the team’s pursuit of power and speed; driving forward a new era of British maritime design and technology.

The design combines ideas and concepts previously only found in aerospace and automotive technologies.

Uniquely, T2 combines the raw power of carbon fibre hydrofoils and a wing sail with sophisticated electronic flight control systems.

Andy Claughton, Land Rover BAR chief technology officer, added: ‘This is the most technologically-advanced sailing boat I’ve ever been involved with.

‘It’s the vital next step on our path to developing the boat that will challenge for the America’s Cup, containing some of the most innovative and powerful technology ever used in this competition.’

Land Rover BAR will continue test sailing in the Solent throughout the winter.

The team fly to Bermuda next week to compete in the final America’s Cup World Series event of the year.