Forward Drive propulsion system. Volvo Penta’s Forward Drive (FWD) propulsion system earned an NMMA Innovation Award at the 2015 Miami International Boat Show. The forward drive as you can see refers to the props being on the forward side of the outdrive. It pulls much like a plane does.
The system includes forward-facing, dual counter-rotating props with an adjustable trim drive. The props are hidden under the hull and safely away from the transom for water skiers and swimmers.
The concept of the FWD drive is like the Volvo IPS drives which are rotating pods installed through the hull bottom, however the new FWD drive bolts to the transom like a stern drive, but has twin forward facing propellers.
“Winning this prestigious NMMA Innovation Award is a great testimony to the passion for innovation that drives our Volvo Penta team,” Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas, stated in a press release. “It’s the latest breakthrough technology to join Volvo Penta’s impressive list of boating industry firsts, including Aquamatic sterndrives in 1959, DuoProps in 1982, IPS in 2005, joystick controls in 2006 and the Glass Cockpit in 2013.”
Forward Drive propulsion system Manufacturers description
Forward Drive gives you versatility, enhancing just about every use of your boat, from cruising, to performance, to all types of water sports.
Because the Forward Drive is under the boat, there’s less noise and exhaust, meaning more comfort. Duoprop helps smooth the ride
Speaking of the Duoprop, this Volvo Penta innovation produces better bite, acceleration and speed in a more efficient, smooth way, increasing fuel economy.
As opposed to a fixed inboard, the Forward Drive’s variable trim easily adjusts upward to enhance watersports action, cruising or docking.
Variable trim angles provide the right thrust for leisure cruising as well as top speeds, which are higher than an inboard. And speeding to plane? Much faster than conventional inboards. Turns are much tighter and faster thanks to directional thrust.