Jon Olsson & Bernico Powerboats Just Built the World’s Fastest Rigid Inflatable Boat

Photos: C’est Normal | Bernico Powerboats

Though he’s best known for his career as a professional skier, Jon Olsson possesses a major proclivity for exotic rides, having previously commissioned a variety of customized performance cars. For his latest vehicular endeavor, however, the Olsson has partnered with Bernico Powerboats to deliver a world record-setting hypercar-inspired speed yacht.

Photo: C’est Normal | Bernico Powerboats

Dubbed the C’est Normal 52R Hybrid, this one-of-a-kind carbon speed yacht is powered by a set of twin-turbocharged 9.0-liter V8 Mercury Racing engines that are good for a collective 3,100hp. Mated to an electric hybrid system, the boat’s powertrain allows for a top speed of 104.2 knots (or 120mph), making the 52R the fastest rigid inflatable boat on the planet. The 52R Hybrid also benefits from the addition of 3M Peltor Tactical XP headsets with Vokkero Guardian radios, a state-of-the-art Quick MC2 X7 Gryrosabliser, Lopolight Navigation lights, a Sureshade automated sunawning, Esthec Champangne Decking, and Jolly Drive Surface drives with high-speed propellers.

Photo: C’est Normal | Bernico Powerboats

Inspired by hypercar cabins, the rigid-hull inflatable’s interior is brimming with forged carbon fiber, and includes a full custom forged carbon sink, toilet, and coffee maker, plus a fusion audio system, Webasto DR 30 fridges, a FLIR M-300 multispectral marine camera, and four full carbon race seats set on Ohlins suspension. The boat also comes with a pair of quick-release custom forged carbon fiber steering wheels, a forged carbon flag pole, and a carbon-lined hydraulically-lifting sun pad. An alpine camo livery rounds out this world record-setting RIB. 

Photo: C’est Normal | Bernico Powerboats

The C’est Normal 52R Hybrid Carbon Speed Yacht is currently for sale, with an asking price of €3,000,000 (~ $3,188,460).