Flight of the Maxis

The Maxi circuit is becoming topical. Since the great IOR racers crossed the line for the last time in the 1990s different concepts have been tried, some durable, most not. But the real Maxi has yet to return. VPLP aims to propel things to another level – and also attract some new younger owners

The idea was to offer an alternative to the fleet of 72ft Mini Maxis, without any hard constraints apart from a requirement in terms of accommodation – ‘a few cabins, yet something easy to reconfigure, a racecompatible layout’, says VPLP designer Quentin Lucet. Also VPLP knew they didn’t want to go down the ‘scaled-up TP52’ route, and their big machine would need to be adaptable for fast cruising, though definitely not optimised for it.

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