Linear sensors used by the Victory Team powerboats.
Penny & Giles SENSORS Victory
The Victory Team powerboats that finished first and
second in the UIM Class One World Offshore
Championships in 2000 and, with 3 races to go,
look set to do the same this year, are equipped with
Penny & Giles SLS190 sealed linear sensors to
measure vital rudder angles and drive heights.
The Victory Team was set up in 1989 by the Government of Dubai
to pave the way for professional offshore powerboat racing in the
Middle East. Today, after eight years on the competitive world
circuit, the team is one of the biggest and best on the racing scene
with twelve world titles to its credit, including first and second
places in the 2000 UIM Class One World Offshore Championships.
Most recently, the team won the Scandinavian Grand Prix to take
the 2001 UIM Class One European Championship.
Each of the Victory boats competing in the World Championships
is built and rigged at the team's fully-equipped workshops on the
shores of the Arabian Gulf, where facilities include an engine
shop that keeps pace with all major advances in engine technology.
Commenting on the application of the Penny & Giles potentiometers,
a spokesman for the team says: "We use Sealed Linear Sensors
(SLS190s) and Hybrid Linear Potentiometers (HLP190s) to
measure rudder angles, drive heights, trim tab angles and centre
The sensors are used for position monitoring, with data from
the units being fed into a data recorder with engine and GPS
channels. The engine channels, throttle position etc. are taken
from the sensors already used on the engine and the data is
collected via the engine management system.
Penny & Giles sensors are fitted to both racing boats and the
team's spare test boats.
Currently, three sensors are used on each boat. SLS190s, because
they are water resistant and sealed to IP66, are fitted directly on
top of the drives. For remote measuring the HLP range is used,
with cable fitted between the drive and the sensor.
Asked why the Penny & Giles units were chosen, the spokesman
says: "We are always looking for ways to improve our systems
and to upgrade. Penny & Giles sensors are specified because
they are the best, most accurate and durable available."
For more information contact:-
Penny & Giles Controls Ltd.
Tel: +44(0) 1202 409409