The team of engineering students hopes that their vessel, already named HPS Shakespeare, will beat the current speed record for a single-seat human-powered sub.
To achieve this feat, HPS Shakespeare will need to better a speed of 7.03 knots (13.02 km/h), the record set by a sub named Omer 8. That boat was built by the students of École de Technologie Supérieure in Montreal, Canada (surely one of the finest conceivable names for a school of its kind). The record was set at the inaugural European International Submarine Races in June 2012. The school lived up to its name at the event, also setting speed records in the two-seater and one-seater/non-propeller categories, as well as taking the overall grand prize, awarded based on a formula that accounts for all judged criteria.
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