IPS DRIVES

A PROPULSION REVOLUTION

The unique Volvo Penta IPS system improves power, performance as well as onboard comfort for operators in both commercial and leisure applications. The system increases control, manoeuvrability and fuel efficiency and allows for a wide number of beneficial optional features and functions. The key to these exceptional qualities lies in the forward-facing, twin counter-rotating propellers with individually steerable pods under the hull.

OPTIMIZED POWER AND CONTROL

Thanks to excellent fuel efficiency, first-class maneuverability and enhanced onboard comfort, Volvo Penta IPS meets just about any demand for powerboat applications. Each IPS installation is a complete and perfectly matched propulsion package – delivering optimized power and control in all conditions. Maneuverability, onboard comfort and reliable performance are all taken to a whole new level, while the layout of the IPS installation leads to a more compact engine room, creating more usable space onboard.

A WELL PROVEN SUCCESS

Thousands of applications with the distinctive, forward-facing, twin counter-rotating propellers and individually steerable pods have been installed in hundreds of boat models worldwide.

A few of the many benefits when comparing to inboard shafts are up to:

INCREASED PERFORMANCE

It may seem like an impossible combination, but the IPS system manages to lower the fuel consumption, while improving the engine’s performance. In a matchup against inboard shafts of the same power, the differences are easy to register. The boat equipped with Volvo Penta IPS accelerates much faster and has a higher top speed.

30% LESS FUEL, 40% LONGER RANGE

When it comes to fuel economy, the benefits of Volvo Penta IPS are obvious – an impressive 30% of possible reduction in fuel consumption at cruising speed, compared to inboard shaft engines. That translates into longer range by over 40%, and of course a huge drop in exhaust emissions.

FROM HELM TO PROP

A FULLY INTEGRATED SYSTEM

Volvo Penta IPS is a complete and integrated propulsion system – from the helm station, via the engine, all the way to the propellers. This greatly increases quality and reliability. Designed with manoeuvrability as a key feature, Volvo Penta IPS offers a robust construction and, together with Volvo Penta Electronic Vessel Control (EVC), provides outstanding performance and safety. The EVC provides full monitoring, protection and diagnostics for both engine and transmission.

COMPREHENSIVE CONTROL

Electronic Vessel Control monitors and connects all electronic systems on board:

  • Individually steerable Pod Drives with twin counter-rotating propellers
  • Engines connected to the Pods via gearbox
  • Helm station with throttle, displays, joystick, steering wheel
  • Additional helm station connectivity
  • Joystick for docking
  • Other EVC options available such as Dynamic Positioning System

ONBOARD SPACE AND COMFORT

Maneuverability, onboard comfort and reliable performance – Volvo Penta IPS takes these characteristics to a whole new level. In addition, the layout of the IPS installation leads to a more compact, smaller engine room, creating considerably more usable space onboard.

SAFE AND PREDICTABLE MANEUVERING

The steerable pods react immediately and precisely to driver commands, the turning radius is tight, and tracking is absolutely straight. With the Volvo Penta driver interface, most features are integrated in the controls, providing a new level of ease at the helm.

MINIMAL VIBRATIONS

Thanks to exhaust fume release through the pod, the low vibration of the twin counter rotating propellers and effective suspension, vibrations and noise levels are significantly reduced, thus increasing onboard comfort.

WHY FORWARD FACING IS SUPERIOR

FORWARD FACING EFFICIENCY

The twin, counter-rotating propellers face forward and work in undisturbed water. The propeller thrust is parallel with the hull. All power drives the boat forward.

VIRTUALLY NO FUMES

All exhaust fumes are emitted through the pods, into the prop wash and carried well behind the boat for improved onboard comfort.

CAVITATION-FREE

The propellers are positioned well under the hull to eliminate air intrusion and cavitation, even in sharp turns and during full acceleration.

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