Driving force

Maxon Motor joins Emirates Team New Zealand as official supplier.

12 January 2019


Current Defenders of the America’s Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand, will be competing in the 36th America’s Cup Match in Auckland from 6 to 21 March 2021. Maxon Motors’ will be onboard to offer technical assistance.

Maxon Motor announced that it will be an Official Supplier to Emirates Team New Zealand for the 36th America’s Cup Defence, including the America’s Cup World Series events and Christmas Race.

Three times winner of the America’s Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand were the first non-American competitor to successfully Defend the trophy.

Their vigorous defence of the 36th Americas Cup will be assisted with the support of Maxon DC motors.  The America’s Cup AC75 Class Rule allows the use of electric motors to operate hydraulic valves, drive clutches, rudders and foils. Teams may also use motors for driving simulator platforms and numerous test jigs.


Maxon Motor Australia Managing Director, Brett Motum, has been working with key members of Emirates Team New Zealand’s design and engineering team.

“The motors selected have high power density and they are configured to operate under extreme conditions. The DC motors are also at the forefront of technology, and like the nation of New Zealand, they are small but powerful. The Emirates Team New Zealand designers and engineers cannot afford any compromise in their vision and Maxon Motor is excited to assist Emirates Team New Zealand to realise their full potential.”

Emirates Team New Zealand Design Engineer, Luke McAllum saidIn our search for a compact, and powerful electric DC motor, Maxon Motor stood out head and shoulders from its competitors.

During the initial specification and feasibility studies the team at Maxon Motor Australia have been outstanding and very knowledgeable. We are looking forward to an exciting and innovative collaboration over the next two years developing key components on the race boat in our quest to defend the America’s Cup.”


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