[dropcap size=small]A[/dropcap]utomakers seem to be toying with the idea of sails instead of wheels these days. Lexus unveiled a one-off concept for a 880bhp, 12.7-meter yacht capable of hitting 79kmh. That latter figure sounds paltry compared to the top speeds of the yacht’s land-bound counterparts, but that’s before waves and wind direction are factored in.

The yacht aggregates all the research that Toyota’s Marine Department has been accruing over the years – and while it may not be green-lighted for a production line just yet, the proof of concept is Lexus’ first step towards hoisting it’s flag on the deep blue.