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Mercury Racing Named Presenting Sponsor
2017 Spectre P1 SuperStock USA Championship

The venerable Mercury Racing 300XS outboard is the exclusive power for the 2017 Spectre P1 SuperStock USA Championship series. The low emissions, 2-stroke engine replaces Evinrude E-TEC outboards.

We are very excited to sign on as the presenting sponsor of the Powerboat P1 SuperStock outboard racing series for the 2017 season. The one-design, single-engine race series features identically rigged 28-foot P1 Panther vee-bottom race boats.

The Mercury Racing 300XS Offshore features a heavy-duty swivel clamp bracket assembly and the race-proven Sport Master gearcase.

The venerable Mercury Racing 300XS outboard is the exclusive power for the 2017 Spectre P1 SuperStock USA Championship. The low emissions, 2-stroke engine replaces Evinrude E-TEC outboards. The 300XS, featuring a potent V-6 powerhead coupled to a robust mid-section fitted with a heavy-duty swivel clamp bracket assembly and race-proven Sport Master gearcase, is designed to endure the harsh offshore racing environment. Handcrafted-precision matched Mercury Racing Propellers will ensure that each boat realizes its maximum performance.

The one-design, single-engine Powerboat P1 SuperStock outboard racing series features identically rigged 28-foot P1 Panther vee-bottom race boats.

“The performance of the P1 Panther with the 300XS is outstanding.  Acceleration and top speed are dramatically improved, and the tracking and handling is crisp and nimble. It’s like a new boat,” said Spectre P1 SuperStock USA Championship spokesperson Martin Sanborn.

Mercury Racing General Manager Erik Christiansen (L) and Powerboat P1 USA Managing Director Azam Rangoonwala.

“Partnerships are at the heart of our P1 business and our new alliance with Mercury Racing, the acknowledged leader in the marine high performance industry, is testimony to the growth and stature of the P1 SuperStock series,” said Powerboat P1 USA Managing Director Azam Rangoonwala.

“Our association with Mercury Racing brings a wealth of experience and reliability, and we are confident that this move will generate even greater interest in our national championship,” Azam said.

“Powerboat P1 is a rich part of our racing heritage” said Mercury Racing General Manager Erik Christiansen.

“We are excited to feature our 300XS outboard in this highly competitive one-design racing environment, where setup and skill is key to winning,” Erik added.

The 2017 P1 SuperStock USA Championship season kicks off May 20 in St. Cloud, Fla. The complete schedule is as follows:

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Race to Repower Havasu!

This will be the largest Lake Havasu Boat Show to date with over 125 exhibitors cover an expanded area including in-water boat demos throughout the three day event.

Spring is in the air and we are ramping up for another exiciting, action packed summer. Our mobile marketing truck is heading West in support of the Lake Havasu Boat Show, round one of our 2017 Mercury Racing Experience Tour. The show runs Friday, April 7 through Sunday April 9.

The Lake Havasu Boat Show is the first of seven stops on the 2017 Mercury Racing Experience Tour.

We are excited to show our latest and greatest products including the all new QC4v 860 sterndrive and 400R Carbon Edition outboard. We will also be showing the venerable 540 sterndrive and a cut-a-way 1550 sterndrive. The digital helm features an all-new VesselView 703 monitor, digital Zero Effort Controls, Performance Active Trim and Mercury Joy Stick Piloting technology.

The Race to Repower program launched January 16 and runs through June 30.

Chill Out and Power Up with Mercury Racing!

We are promoting our Race to Repower program featuring unprecedented deals on Mercury Racing 520, 540 and 565 sterndrive engine packages. We will be providing a review of our new products as well as highlights of the repower program throughout the weekend.

Mercury Racing Experience Presentation Schedule:

Friday, April 7: 2 pm

Saturday, April 8: 1 pm and 4 pm

Sunday, April 9: 1 pm

Lake Havasu Boat Show attendees will have an opportunity to win this 30 quart Mercury Racing Pelican cooler with four matching 32 ounce tumblers.

Attendees, who take a brief repower survey,  will be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win a $500 grand prize; a 30 quart Mercury Racing Pelican cooler with four matching 32 ounce tumblers. In addition, a  limited quantity of Mercury Racing visors will be handed out at the conclusion of each presentation.

The grand prize winner will be announced Wednesday, April 12.

This is the year to power up your ride with fresh Mercury Racing power. She’s Worth it!

 

 

 

 

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Mercury Racing Unleashes Exciting New Products in Miami

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This naturally aspirated QC4v sterndrive produces 860 horsepower and is backed by an unprecedented 2-year warranty!
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Introducing the all-new 400R Carbon Edition.

Greetings from Miami! We just unleashed a number of exciting new products at the Miami Boat Show.  Two new members have been added to the game changing QC4v sterndrive family. The power range now  extends from 860 h.p. to an astounding 1750 h.p.!  We’ve also added an exotic model to our popular 400R outboard family. And, a new surface piercing propeller, designed exclusively for 400R consumer performance outboards and the 400 ROS competition outboard, is produced on the same state-of-the-art CNC machines used to mill Mercury Racing’s legendary five and six blade sterndrive cleaver propellers.

All New 860 Sterndrive 

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The 860 features Mercury Racing’s exclusive aluminum four-valve cylinder heads and dual overhead camshaft valve train.

Designed, developed and manufactured in-house, the naturally aspirated QC4v (quad cam four valve) 860 sterndrive features Mercury Racing’s exclusive aluminum four-valve cylinder heads and dual overhead camshaft valve train.  These quad cam, four-valve heads are integrated with Racing’s proprietary 9.0 Liter V-8 cylinder block, packed with Mercury Racing designed and specified hardware.

Rear-facing ram horn intakes direct induction noise rearward for enhanced power and to reduce cockpit noise for a more pleasant boating experience.
Rear-facing ram horn intakes direct induction noise rearward for enhanced power and to reduce cockpit noise for a more pleasant boating experience

The 860 shares all of the high performance running qualities of its turbocharged siblings. Rear-facing ram horn intakes direct induction noise rearward for enhanced power and to reduce cockpit noise for a more pleasant boating experience.

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The 860 is backed by an unprecedented 2-year warranty for recreational boating.

400R Carbon Edition

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The 400R Carbon Edition, an exotic high performance Verado outboard featuring contemporary layered surfacing sculpted out of lightweight carbon fiber composite.

We are very proud to reveal the 400R Carbon Edition, an exotic high performance Verado outboard featuring contemporary layered surfacing sculpted out of lightweight carbon fiber composite.

Carbon Edition 400Rs share all of the industry leading performance characteristics and creature comforts of its Phantom Black and Cold Fusion White 400R siblings, while providing a an even higher level of luxury with this bold, aggressive visual treatment.

CNC Outboard Cleaver

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The surface piercing CNC Outboard Cleaver Propeller is designed to maximize top-end speed on performance hulls powered by 400R and 400 ROS outboards fitted with the Mercury Racing Sport Master gearcase.

Designed exclusively for 400R consumer performance outboards and the 400 ROS competition outboard, the precision machined five blade CNC Outboard Cleaver Propeller is designed to maximize top-end speed on performance hulls powered by 400R and 400 ROS outboards fitted with the Mercury Racing Sport Master gearcase.

 

Game Changing Power for Offshore Powerboat Racing Competitors 

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The 1750 Competition is the most powerbul engine every produced by Mercury Racing.

Our new QC4v 1750 Competition sterndrive raises the bar of offshore powerboat racing. Producing an astounding one thousand seven hundred and fifty horsepower, the most powerful engine ever produced by Mercury Racing offers massive torque for unmatched acceleration and top-end speeds.

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The 1750 sports a bold new color package which differentiates it from its consumer QC4v siblings.

The Artisans

Miami marks the public debut of an all new Mercury Racing Propellers display. The state-of-the-art display represents our full range of high performance outboard and sterndrive props. The show also marks the public debut of an all-new video. The Artisans features the talented men who who handcraft each Mercury Racing propeller to precision tuned works of art. An enhanced Mercury Racing Propellers website is coming soon as well.

Bold New Sterndrive Graphics 

XR-Sport-ITSBold new sterndrive graphics for the full line of XR, M6 and M8 drives are represented on our in booth static displays.

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An all new cut-a-away QC4v 1550 sterndrive display is sure to be a conversation piece throughout the show.

Race to Repower 

4233_RaceRepower_Social_AdOur Race to Repower promotion continues through June 30. A program Point of Sale poster on prominent display next to the 540 sterndrive engine display.

MPP For Three! 

3894_Racing_MPPforThree_SOCIAL-SeeDealer-SMLOur MPP For Three! extended coverage program continues in support of all 400R models. The program expires July 1.

Whew! I’m spent and the show has just begun!  Be sure to follow our Facebook live broadcasts through Saturday!

 

 

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Walleye Master

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The Pro Finish Bravo I LT propeller is designed specifically for higher horsepower, single engine outboard powered bay boats and multi-species hulls under heavy loads.

Greetings from the Minneapolis Boat Show! I’m working the show – representing Mercury Racing Propellers in the Mercury booth. I’m showing the Bravo I LT here – a prime market for Walleye Angling where the LT really shines. We recently expanded the LT pitch range with 19″ and 19.5″ pitch offerings.

We moved the engine up by two holes on the mounting plate for enhanced engine rpm.
We moved the engine up by two holes on the mounting plate for enhanced engine rpm.

A while back I wrote a post entitled, FS Miller where I reported performance results of our then new Bravo I FS propeller.   We tested the FS on Steve Miller’s 2014 Lund Pro-V 2075 featuring a 300 Verado Pro FourStroke. The goal was to dial-in Steve’s Lund for maximum performance.

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The factory setting had the cavitation plate one inch above the bottom of the boat.

By raising the engine a couple of holes from the factory setting, we found the best prop for Steve’s setup was the 21” pitch Bravo I FS. It was like a new boat. Planing, handling and top speeds were all enhanced. One thing to note: Steve’s rig did not have a kicker motor.

This past November we set out to test two new pitch offerings for the Bravo I LT. We used Steve’s new 2016 Lund Pro-V 2075 300 Verado Pro FourStroke. The engine was set at the same height as his 2014 Lund; The anti ventilation plate is 2.5” above boat bottom. The big difference with the 2016 Lund is the addition of a 9.9 h.p. ProKicker. The added weight of the 9.9 ProKicker did slow things down with planing and top speed compared to his 2014 rig.

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Planing performance, view of sight while planing, mid-range throttle response, handling in turns and top speed and engine rpm at wide open throttle were all measured.

The goal of the test was to verify the performance of the new 19” and 19.5” pitch LTs. Planing performance, view of sight while planing, mid-range throttle response, handling in turns and top speed and engine rpm at wide open throttle were all measured.

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We were amazed how well the 19.5″ Bravo I LT performed. It planed quicker, offered an enhanced throttle response, great handling and best top-end speed.

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When the water settled, we were amazed how well the 19.5″ Bravo I LT performed. It planed quicker, offered an enhanced throttle response, great handling and best top-end speed.  Needless to say, I didn’t get the 19.5” pitch Bravo I LT back after the test. 🙂

We are expanding the Bravo I LT line once again in the near future by adding 28″, 28.5″ and 29″ pitch offerings. These exciting new models will bring new life to heavier go fast bass rigs such as Bullet’s 21XRS with Mercury 250 ProXS power.

 

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Race to Repower!

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The Mercury Racing 540 is a perfect replacement for the legacy 525 EFI.
The Mercury Racing 540 is a perfect replacement for the legacy 525 EFI.

We are pumped to announce an unprecedented sterndrive repower program just in time for boat show season.  Race to Repower, which starts today and runs through June 30, provides three powerful incentives to upgrade classic performance vee bottoms and catamarans with Mercury Racing 520, 540 or 565 power!

The 8.7 Liter 565 is in a league of its own when it comes to power, torque and overall performance.
The 8.7 Liter 565 is in a league of its own when it comes to power, torque and overall performance.

The program includes a consumer cash rebate, a free Mercury Racing  Zero Effort Digital control and DTS rigging kit, for a total value of up to $8,200!

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Repowering with 520, 540, or 565 power delivers a significantly improved driving experience through higher torque, lower cruise speed fuel consumption, and ultra-responsive digital control systems.

Engine Performance and Fuel Consumption Comparison Data vs. Legacy 500 EFI, 525 EFI, and 575 SCi

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She’s Worth It!

The Mercury Racing 520 far exceeds the legacy 500 EFI in all aspects of performance and user friendliness.
The Mercury Racing 520 far exceeds the legacy 500 EFI in all aspects of performance and user friendliness.

She’s your passion. Your hull mate who has been with you in rough and calm conditions. Show her your commitment for many more years of memory making with fresh power!

Revitalize your ride with fresh Mercury Racing Big Block sterndrive power!
Revitalize your ride with fresh Mercury Racing Big Block sterndrive power!

The 520. 540 and 565 packages are backed with a comprehensive 2-year limited warranty with the option to purchase up to 3 additional years of Mercury Product Protection on 520 models. See your authorized Mercury dealer for details!

 

 

 

 

 

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Mercury Racing Selects SpeedKore as Exclusive SB4 7.0 Distributor

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Mercury Racing General Manager Erik Christiansen (L) and SpeedKore President Jim Kacmarcik pose with the SB4 7.0 engine in the SpeedKore booth.

We are  proud to announce SpeedKore Performance Group of Grafton, Wisconsin has been named as our exclusive distributor for the all-new SB4 7.0 (small block – four valve) automotive aftermarket crate engine. The announcement comes on the heels of the engine reveal Tuesday, November 1 at SEMA.

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SpeedKore earned a Best of Show award Tuesday for this beautiful Mustang.

SpeedKore specializes in the customizing and building of classic high performance cars featuring an array of advanced composites – including carbon fiber. Developed and produced in house, custom bodies, hoods, doors, fenders and grilles create a build that is truly unique and a thing of beauty. In fact, they were awarded  “Best of Show”   by Ford Motor Company for their carbon fiber rich Mustang.

SpeedKore’s extensive knowledge of the custom car industry and the unique challenges that come with the fitment of engines and powertrain in one of a kind custom builds earned them the exclusive SB4 distribution.

The QC4 crate engine made its debut at the 2013 SEMA show.
The QC4 crate engine made its debut at the 2013 SEMA show.

SpeedKore is a distributor for our Mercury Racing QC4 crate engines as well. Designed, developed and manufactured in-house, the QC4 is unique in the aftermarket high-performance powertrain business. The all-aluminum, nine-liter 90 degree DOHC V8, twin-turbo engine optimizes power and torque throughout the RPM range while delivering an incredible 1,650 horsepower.

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One Thousand Six Hunded and Fifty Horespower!

Mercury Racing and SpeedKore executives first met at the 2013 SEMA show where Mercury Racing revealed the high powered QC4 engine. Discussions over the following months evolved with SpeedKore fitting the 1,650 horsepower Mercury Racing QC4 crate engine into their next project.

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Deemed Tantrum, the 1970 Dodge Charger earned a Gran Turismo award for best domestic build at SEMA last year. SpeedKore’s impeccable carbon fiber work, featured throughout the car, was one of many unique highlights that caught the attention of the judges and media alike. From there – the car was sent to Los Angeles for multiple photo sessions and video shoots – culminating with a feature on Jay Leno’s Garage. Timing is everything. Shortly after the Leno show – the Mercury Racing powered Charger was requested for filming of the next movie in the Fast & Furious franchise. Tantrum will be seen in the upcoming Fast and Furious film – Fast8. In US theaters April 14, 2017.

TANTRUM is a SEMA 2015 GT Awards - Best Domestic Build, was featured on Jay Leno's Garage and will be seen in the the nxt Fast and Furious movie - Fast8. In US theaters, April 14, 2017.
TANTRUM is a SEMA 2015 GT Awards – Best Domestic Build, was featured on Jay Leno’s Garage and will be seen in the the next Fast and Furious movie – Fast8. In US theaters, April 14, 2017.

Mercury Racing General Manager Erik Christiansen said, “We are proud to have SpeedKore represent our brand. SpeedKore has unique capabilities that position them well in the automotive aftermarket business. They share many of the same qualities as Mercury Racing when it comes to hand craftsmanship and attention to detail in the production of high performance products.”

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The Mercury Racing SB4 7.0 engine on display in the SpeedKore both with a carbon fiber rich Dodge Hellcat Challenger.

“We are honored that Mercury Racing has selected SpeedKore to be the sole US distributor of the SB4 7.0.  Since the day we introduced the Mercury Racing QC4 in the award winning SpeedKore Tantrum, we knew Mercury Racing and SpeedKore fit well together – making it an easy decision for us to form a partnership,” Jim Kacmarcik President – SpeedKore Performance Group.

Contact SpeedKore  at 262-421-8612 for SB4 7.0 engine pricing and availability.  Select option 2, engine integration.

 

 

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Mercury Racing Reveals SB4 7.0 Automotive Crate Engine

The all new Mercury Racing SB4 7.0 automotive crate engine.
The all new Mercury Racing SB4 7.0 automotive crate engine.

 

Greetings from Las Vegas! We are here for the 50th Anniversary SEMA Show where we just revealed our latest automotive aftermarket crate engine, the SB4 7.0. The 32-Valve DOHC V-8 was designed, developed and manufactured in-house.

The 32-valve cylinder head and DOHC valve train design is a decendant from our 9.0 QC4 engine platform.
The 32-valve cylinder head and DOHC valve train design is a decendant from our 9.0 QC4 engine platform.

The naturally aspirated, 7.0 Liter engine features Mercury Racing’s exclusive aluminum four valve cylinder heads and dual overhead camshaft valve train integrated with a LS cylinder block packed with Mercury Racing designed and specified hardware.

This proven valve train, which greatly enhances engine durability over a standard two-valve design, enables the engine to produce a staggering 775 horsepower at 7500 RPM on pump fuel!

 

 

 

Benefits of the DOHC four-valve design versus the typical LS pushrod layout include:

  • Improved intake and exhaust flow enables increased engine performance
  • Efficient, high tumble four valve combustion
  • Low mass, high stiffness design reduces stresses and enables smooth high RPM operation and long life
  • Improved drivability due to optimized camshaft timing at comparable horsepower levels

Engineering Excellence

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Mercury Racing is unique in the high performance powertrain business in that we design and develop fully integrated systems.

Mercury Racing is unique in the high performance powertrain business in that we design and develop fully integrated systems. We even go as far as developing our own electrical and engine management systems. Our proprietary powertrain control module, featuring internally written software, provides the opportunity for customization and application specific needs.

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Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and GT-Power engine performance simulations were used to develop an optimized intake manifold featuring dual throttle bodies for maximum power and efficiency.

The Mercury Racing SB4 7.0 was developed utilizing 3D simulations and analyses on airflow, cooling, fuel and lubrication systems. Intense finite element analysis (FEA) studies were conducted on the head, block and rotating components to ensure an efficient and reliable powertrain.

Testing

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Tests are conducted to calibrate engine management systems, evaluate in-cylinder combustion, and measure timing drive dynamics and torsional excitation, just to name a few

Prototype testing is where the rubber meets the road. Mercury Racing conducts fired engine, motored engine, and dynamic rig testing. Tests are conducted to calibrate  engine management systems, evaluate in-cylinder combustion, and measure timing drive dynamics and torsional excitation, just to name a few. Mercury Racing people, capabilities, and facilities are recognized through ISO 9000 and EU RCD certifications.

Dressed to Thrill

SB4 7.0 engines are sold as turn-key, ready to run engines. This includes a Mercury Racing engine control system and custom styled engine cover with SB4 7.0 cover graphics. Exhaust and engine front drive components (power steering, alternator, air conditioner pump, pulleys, belts and related brackets) are not included. MSRP is $28,995.

Accessories 

An engine front drive accessories kit is available. The kit consists of the necessary brackets, fasteners, belts, idlers, and pulleys to attach components such as the power steering pump (which is included) and an alternator or air conditioning compressor (which may be sourced elsewhere).

SB4 7.0 compatible aftermarket alternator and air conditioning compressor:

  • AC Compressor: AC Delco ~ PN: 1522274
  • Alternator: Powermaster ~    PN: 58247

An Analog Gauge Interface (AGI) kit, compatible with both digital and analog gauges, is also available.

Show & Go

The SB4 7.0 development vehicle - a 2001 Ultima GTR supercar.
The SB4 7.0 development vehicle – an Ultima GTR supercar.

This is our fourth consecutive SEMA show.  Our main booth, #37005, is located in the Upper South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. An SB4 7.0 is featured in their development vehicle, a mid engine Ultima GTR Supercar. The Ultima is flanked with two SB4 7.0 static displays, one fully dressed and one cutaway to reveal exclusive features. A fully dressed SB4 7.0 is also displayed in SEMA’s New Product Showcase, also in the Upper Show Hall. SpeedKore Performance Group, booth # 24587 in Central Hall is displaying an SB4 as well. Edelbrock, booth #22643 Central Hall, is displaying the SB4 cylinder head they cast for us.

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SpeedKore’s TANTRUM, a 1970 Dodge Charger powered by a one thousand, six hundred and fifty horsepower Mercury Racing QC4 crate engine.

We are proud to display one of SpeedKore’s most popular builds to showcase our potent QC4 1650 crate engine. Deemed TANTRUM, the 1970 Dodge Charger earned a Gran Turismo award for best domestic build at SEMA last year. Speedkore’s impeccable carbon fiber work, featured throughout the car, was one of many unique highlights that caught the attention of the judges and media alike.

From there – the car was sent to Los Angeles for multiple photo sessions and video shoots – culminating with a feature on Jay Leno’s Garage. Timing is everything. Shortly after the Leno show – the Mercury Racing powered Charger was requested for filming of the next movie in the Fast & Furious franchise. TANTRUM will be seen in the upcoming Fast and Furious film – Fast8. In US theaters April 14, 2017

The SEMA show runs Nov. 1-4.

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Bold New Look for Proven Performers!

Bold new graphics adorn the classic 250 XS and 300 XS outboards. The model shown here is the popular 20-inch 300 XS Sport Master with integral power trim.
Bold new graphics adorn the classic 250 XS and 300 XS outboards. The model shown here is the popular 20-inch 300 XS Sport Master with integral power trim.

Bold new Mercury Racing graphics, emphasizing the horsepower rating and the latest Racing word mark, provide a powerful new look for our classic 250 XS and 300 XS outboards. They continue to show steady demand amongst performance enthusiasts from performance bass to catamaran hulls.  In addition, their combination of high power and torque with ultra-light weight make them excellent for repowering older performance boats. Both models are well proven with documented success as performance leaders in their respective categories.

Record Breaking Speed

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250 XS models come exclusively with the legendary Sport Master gearcase.

 

The 250 XS holds a colorful past. The low-emissions 2-stroke was a game changer the moment it was released. It outperformed competitive 250 horsepower engines in a variety of categories including fuel economy, mid-range acceleration and top speed. The 250 XS also holds an APBA Pro Stock Bass World Kilo Speed Record.

250 XS models come exclusively with the legendary Sport Master gearcase. Designed for lighter weight hulls capable of speeds in excess of 85 mph, the Sport Master features a crescent leading edge housing with low water pickups. This enables the 250 XS to run at elevated transom heights for maximum engine rpm, hydrodynamic efficiency and top-end speeds.

Versatile Performer 

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A 300 XS model featuring the heavy-duty swivel clamp bracket assembly and trim cylinder on a 20-inch mid section fitted with the Sport Master gearcase.

The 300 XS is our most successful 2-stroke consumer performance outboard. Not only does it outperform all competitors at the same horsepower node – it does it no matter what the application.

Models are available in 20-inch, 25-inch and 30-inch mid sections. A custom designed exhaust adapter plate with built-in appendages for mounting after-market steering wing plates enable the 300 XS to be used safely on high-speed multi-engine catamaran and vee-bottom boats. Offshore models come standard with a heavy-duty swivel/clamp bracket assembly and trim cylinder. The race-proven remote mounted trim pump provides a quicker trim-out speed and enhanced durability.

Gearcase Options

The 300 XS fitted with the Torque Master II is designed for use on heavier loads that rely on power trim to carry the bow.
The 300 XS fitted with the Torque Master II gearcase is designed for use on heavier hulls that rely on power trim to generate extra lift.

A multitude of gearcase options are available for virtually any application. Models fitted with the 20-inch mid-section are available with the Torque Master II and Sport Master gearcases. Both feature purpose-built housings packed with race-proven heavy-duty components. Applications include single-engine bass, flats and bay boats as well as catamaran and vee-bottom sport boats. The Torque Master II is designed for use on heavier hulls that rely on power trim to generate extra lift.

300 XS Offshore models come with 25-inch and 30-inch mid sections fitted with the 1.75:1 - 4.8 Verado gearcase.
300 XS HD Offshore models, designed to withstand the rigors of the tough salt water environment, come standard with a heavy-duty swivel clamp bracket assembly and the 1.75:1 Verado 4.8 gearcase.

The Torque Master II and Sport Master gearcases are available with 1.62:1 or 1.75:1 gear ratios. The Torque Master II, designed for single engine applications, is available in right-hand rotation only.

New for the 2017 program year is the adaptation of the 1.75:1, Verado 4.8 gearcase. The gearcase, standard on 25” and 30” offshore models, is designed to withstand the rigors of the tough salt water environment and is ideal for performance center consoles. 300 XS models fitted with Verado gearcases are available in right-hand and left-hand rotation.

Performance Propellers

The 250 XS fitted with a Mercury Racing Lightning E.T. propeller.
The 250 XS fitted with a Mercury Racing Lightning E.T. propeller.

Performance Propeller Manager Scott Reichow has a variety of propellers designed specifically for 250 XS and 300 XS applications. Popular performance props include the Pro MaxLightning E.T.Bravo I XSBravo I OC.

The low emissions 2-stroke 250 XS and 300 XS outboards continue to prove their durability and reliability. Both are backed with a two-year standard factory warranty with three years of optional MPP (Mercury Product Protection) coverage available.

 

 

 

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Multi-Species Bravo!

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The Pro Finish Bravo I LT propeller is designed specifically for higher horsepower, single engine outboard powered bay boats and multi-species hulls under heavy loads.

A number of boat manufacturers have responded to angler requests for larger and more stable hulls. The changes have resulted with the consoles moving forward, changing the center of gravity and weight distribution. The mounting of trolling motor batteries in the front of the boat affects planing performance and bow lift as well. The new hull designs, while user friendly in terms of fish ability come with a price in terms of overall engine performance.

It didn’t take long before I started getting calls  from customers asking for help in enhancing the performance of their single engine outboard powered bay boats and multi-species hulls under heavy loads. Our trusty Bravo I FS was no longer the viable option for these applications. Read more

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MPP for Three!

 

 

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White 400R ProfileHere’s something to blog about! We are now providing an additional year of Platinum MPP (Mercury Product Protection) coverage Free of Charge in addition to the standard 2-year factory warranty on all 2017 program year Verado 400R consumer performance outboards. This represents a retail value of over $2,000! 

Best of all, consumers benefit from having 3 full years of comprehensive factory coverage, which is transferrable to a subsequent owner, making it easier for them to sell their boat and upgrade to a newer one.

verado-400r-feature-lgUp to 2 years of additional MPP coverage is available for purchase through an authorized Mercury dealer.  400 ROS competition outboards, which are sold without a warranty, are exempt from the program.

Consumers will receive detailed information regarding the extended 400R warranty coverage upon product registration.

We’re pleased to offer this added protection so that our 400R consumers can extend their enjoyment of the intuitive design, revolutionary performance, efficiency, and reliability of our flagship outboad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jay Leno Experiences Mercury Racing Power

Jay Leno has the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the most powerful and exotic cars money can buy in his show “Jay Leno’s Garage”, causing feelings of envy and desire among his viewers.  The former “Tonight Show” host has turned his passion for cars into the popular web series, which gives a detailed look at the newest European supercars to great American classics.

One of the classics recently featured was a 1970 Dodge Charger, built by our friends at SpeedKore in Port Washington, Wisconsin.  The “Tantrum” Charger is the first automotive application of Mercury Racing’s QC4 platform and based on its performance, it surely won’t be the last.

 

Mercury Racing launched the QC4 platform in 2010 as a high-performance offshore marine engine capable of exceeding the demands of the grueling racing environment.  This modern powerplant features dual overhead cam (DOHC) 32-valve heads on top of a 9.0 liter aluminum block.  The massive air flow of the heads is increased even further by two 94-mm turbo chargers, delivering upwards of 1650 horsepower on race fuel.  After years of success as both a marine racing and pleasure engine, the team at Mercury Racing decided it was time to develop something car guys would crave.

 

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At the SEMA Show in 2013, we featured the QC4 shoehorned into an Ultima GTR kit car that was used internally as a development vehicle.  The Ultima allowed us to perform calibration changes required to transition from water to pavement.  These changes included delayed turbo activation to make the car more drivable at lower speeds.

 

001-jay-lenos-garageWhile showing the automotive world our engineering prowess at SEMA, we also laid the foundation for the Tantrum by meeting Dave Salvaggio, builder of the Charger. After nearly two years of working together, the completed Charger was first displayed at SEMA 2015.  After winning a Grand Turismo design award at SEMA, the Charger headed further west so the comedian could climb behind the wheel.
Leno was rightfully blown away at the beauty and performance of the QC4 engine, and perhaps a bit humbled by its full potential (It’s not often he relinquishes the key for the show’s customary burnout).  The QC4 hits all the right notes for a modern crate engine for high end car builders.  It is unique, modern, reliable, attractive and most importantly it provides an answer to every car guy’s visceral desire for more power.

Watch the Jay Leno’s Garage episode below to learn more about the QC4 powered Tantrum and see the QC4 in action on the California roadways.

For more information on automotive crate engines visit www.mercuryracing.com/automotive.

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Patrol Master

The EPA Certified DSI outboard was developed to serve the light duty commercial patrol boat market.
The EPA certified DSI (Diesel Spark Ignition) was developed to serve the light duty commercial patrol boat market.

We have a rich history of engineering innovative product solutions for specialized government and military applications.  New for 2016, commercial and military patrol boat applications will have another power option; the all-new EPA Certified DSI (Diesel Spark Ignition) Outboard.

The new DSI engine joins the U.S. Department of Defense spec diesel outboard we released in May 2015. Both models feature our exclusive spark ignition, direct fuel injected 2-stroke technology which enables them to run on readily available ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel.

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The Diesel Spark Ignition outboard is is designed, developed and produced exclusively by Mercury Racing.

The 3.0 Liter V-6 diesels, which produce 175 propshaft horsepower, share 95 percent of their components with the gasoline 2-stroke Mercury engine from which they were derived. And, with only a handful of unique parts, there are minimal additional training requirements necessary for maintenance. Read more

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Anything Else is Just a Toy!

Mercury Racing K-Plane trim tabs - now available in an arary of colors including the legendary Raven Black.
The 280 Sport K-Plane in Devil Red Eye, one of 12 K-Planes color options – including the legendary Raven Black.

Mercury Racing® K-Planes® have long been considered the gold standard of trim tab design, durability and performance.

 

K-Plane trim tabs were first developed to endure the harsh environment of offshore powerboat racing.
K-Plane trim tabs were first developed to endure the harsh environment of offshore powerboat racing.

K-Plane trim tabs were first developed to endure the harsh environment of offshore powerboat racing.

Originally designed to endure the punishing rigors of offshore racing, K-Planes feature a strong, corrosion resistant aluminum casting with large support ribs for enhanced durability.

The 380S K-Plane in Hulkin' Green.
The 380S K-Plane in Hulkin’ Green.

New for 2016, custom color options will enable boaters to color match the tabs to boat graphics and color optioned Mercury Racing NXT6 & M8 sterndrives.

Available for boats 21-feet and longer, K-Planes are available for outboard and sterndrive race boats, performance boats, center consoles, commercial, and government applications.

K-Plane Rec Chart

 

 

 

The Reasons Why More Performance Pleasure Boaters, Racers, and the Military Trust K-Planes over Competitive Brands:

  • The proven gold standard on the liquid battlefield of the offshore race circuit
  • They plane boats faster and keeps them level for a safer, smoother ride in a variety of conditions.
  • Heavy duty, corrosion resistant aluminum casting with large support ribs for unparalleled durability
  • Double-acting hydraulic trim cylinders maintain position and react immediately to fingertip control from the helm
  • Elastomer mounts on each end of the hydraulic trim cylinders dampen impact loads, eliminate free play and eliminate contact between the stainless steel pivot points for enhanced durability, trim accuracy and corrosion resistance
  • Electrically bonded components and large sacrificial anodes further protect the tabs from the corrosive salt water environment
  • Heavy-duty hydraulic trim pumps, designed specifically for K-Planes, withstand the torture of offshore power boating
  • Electronic trim sender enables the boater to view real-time digital images of tab trim positions at a glance via Mercury VesselView monitors and other NMEA compliant systems
  • 12 custom color options are available to seamlessly integrate with a variety of boat graphics and color optioned Mercury Racing NXT6 & M8 drives and transoms.

 Seeing is Believing.

K_Plane trim tabs feature electronic trim senders which enable the tab positions to be displayed on modern displays such as the new Mercury VesselView 702 touch screen monitor.
K_Plane trim tabs feature electronic trim senders which enable the tab positions to be displayed on modern displays such as the new Mercury VesselView 702 touch screen monitor.

Boats equipped with K-Plane trim tabs require a trim indicator that provides the operator an accurate, real-time reference of both drive and tab positions.

Electronic trim senders provide the option of having drive and tab trim positions displayed digitally on a variety of large, easy-to-read electronic displays, including Mercury’s latest line of VesselView monitors.

 

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When in Doubt – Trim it Out!

Mercury-Racing-Performance-Active-Trim-CLEAR-1500-SLIDERWith Performance Active Trim, new performance boaters are able to enjoy properly trimmed engines with virtually no learning curve, while experienced boaters will no longer need to monitor and adjust trim upon changes in boat speed or turns.

Outerlimits' Dan Kleitz relied on Perfomance Active Trim while providing demo rides in the Dual Calibration 1550 Super Leggera 50 at the 2016 Miami International Boat Show.
Outerlimits’ Dan Kleitz relied on Performance Active Trim while providing Dual Calibration 1550 Super Leggera 50 demo rides at the 2016 Miami International Boat Show.

The integrated boat speed-based engine trim system specifically for performance applications where the gearcases are running partially surfaced. This intuitive, hands-free system automatically adjusts trim angle for changes in operating conditions to maximize performance and boat handling at speeds up to 50 mph. Read more

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Racing into Miami!

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the heralded Miami International Boat Show. We’re excited to be part of the historic event at the all-new location at the Miami Marine Stadium & Basin. As usual, Mercury Racing has a number of exciting new products at the show.

DSI (Diesel Spark Ignition) Outboard

The all new EPA Certified DSI (Diesel Spark Ignition Outboard).
The all new EPA Certified DSI (Diesel Spark Ignition Outboard).

We’ve released  yet another specialty engine for light duty commercial and military patrol boat applications; the EPA Certified DSI (Diesel Spark Ignition) outboard. The new DSI engine joins the U.S. Department of Defense spec diesel outboard we released in May 2015. Both models feature Mercury Racing’s exclusive spark ignition, direct fuel injected 2-stroke technology which enables them to run on readily available ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel. Read more

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Houston? We Have a Solution!

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The all new Mercury Racing Revolution 4 XP propeller.

Happy New Year from Houston.  I’m excited to be here to work the boat show.

We are introducing our all-new series of Mercury Racing Revolution 4 propellers. The new props will be the perfect solution for dialing-in select single and multi-engine applications to their maximum potential.

The Rev 4 XP was designed for multi engine center consoles and single engine bay boats. Photo courtesy SeaVee boats.
The Rev 4 XP was designed for multi engine center consoles and single engine bay boats. Photo courtesy SeaVee boats.

The Pro Finish Rev 4 XP provides “Extreme Precision” when dialing in  multi engine, stepped bottom performance center consoles (trip, quad, quint) and single engine bay boats.

The high luster, Pro Finish not only looks pretty - it is adds durability to withstand the harsh salt water environment. Photo courtesy of SeaVee boats.
The high luster, Pro Finish not only looks pretty – it is adds durability to withstand the harsh salt water environment. Photo courtesy of SeaVee boats.

Popular with the Mercury Verado 350 and Mercury Racing 400R outboards, The new XP models expand the pitch range of the Rev 4 family from 18-inch  to 25.5 inch sizes in one-half inch increments.  The one-half inch pitch offerings enable engines to be dialed in to their maximum RPM operating range for enhanced throttle response, optimized cruise fuel efficiency and top speed.

 

 

 

Pro Finished Rev 4 XP Prop Offerings

PITCH/DIA RIGHT-HAND LEFT-HAND
18”/14.63” 8M0113928 8M0113929
18.5”/14.63” 8M0113930 8M0113931
19”/14.63” 8M0113932 8M0113933
19.5”/14.63” 8M0113934 8M0113935
20”/14.63” 8M0113936 8M0113937
20.5”/14.63” 8M0113938 8M0113939
21”/14.63” 8M0113940 8M0113941
21.5”/14.63” 8M0113942 8M0113943
22”/14.63” 8M0113944 8M0113945
22.5”/14.63” 8M0113946 8M0113947
23”/14.63” 8M0113948 8M0113949
23.5”/14.63” 8M0113950 8M0113951
24”/14.63” 8M0113952 8M0113953
24.5”/14.63” 8M0113954 8M0113955
25”/14.63” 8M0113956 8M0113957
25.5”/14.63” 8M0113958 8M0113959

Extreme Cup

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The all new Revolution 4 XC Propeller.

Our new Pro Finish Rev 4 XC prop, designed specifically for single outboard powered hulls, features an “extreme” amount of blade cup. The Rev 4 XC (15″ & 17″ pitch) complements the Bravo I XC (20″, 22″ and 24″ pitch) as a family of propellers featuring an extreme amount of blade cup with a pitch range of 15″ to 24″ in 2-inch increments.

The SCB Recon 20 with Verado 400R power!
The SCB Recon 24 with Verado 400R power! Photo courtesy Simmons Custom Boats.

Eric Simmons, owner and CEO of Simmons Custom Boats said, “When we built the Recon hull designed for fishing the ultra-shallow flats and back-waters of the Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida, we needed a propeller that could deliver instant hole-shot grip, stay hooked up while maneuvering in very shallow waters, and still yield great top end speed.  I knew Mercury Racing could help us get “Dialed In” with this request. The result was the Bravo I XC. This prop design is based on the Bravo I, what is possibly the best all-around prop used on other SCB models. The XC version is unique with very aggressive cupping,”

The agressive cup feature of the Mercury Racing Bravo I and Rev 4 XC props enable them to run very high off the transom without sacrificing performance.
The aggressive blade cup on Mercury Racing Bravo I and Rev 4 XC props enable them to run high off the transom without sacrificing performance. Photo courtesy Simmons Custom Boats.

“We are finding the that if your currently running a standard Bravo I, and looking for extra grip, you will need to drop 2” in pitch to run the XC version. That’s a direct result of the grip of the prop,” said Eric.

The enhanced cup enables the engine to be run at elevated transom heights – without sacrificing performance. This is particularly beneficial for flats boats running in “skinny” water.

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The Rev 4 XC will be perfect for flats boat anglers scouting fish in skinny water. Photo courtesy Simmons Custom Boats.

The larger blade area enables the prop to stay hooked up for quick planing and enhanced performance throughout the engine RPM range.  The exhaust tube is designed to support planing and stability at lower speeds. The combination of the extreme cup and custom exhaust tube results in enhanced low speed planing efficiency – a bonus for scouting fish in the shallows.

In most of these applications, venting is not required to plane the boats quickly; however, should the need arise, the Rev 4 XP and XC propellers are all equipped with the Mercury® patented Performance Vent System® (PVS). PVS® enables the user to fine-tune the amount of venting, if needed.

Pro Finish Rev 4 XC Prop Offerings

PITCH/DIA RIGHT-HAND
15”/14.8” 8M0111924
17”/14.8” 8M0111925

This show is a hoot. Not only is it my first time being here – it is the first time in my long career of working shows that the event will shut down for a day due to a NFL Playoffs game.  Being from Wisconsin – I’m a die hard Packers fan. But – since I’m here – and the Texan’s playoff game is Saturday – I’m all in and will be rooting for Houston’s team. Its all good – the Packers play Sunday night. I hope both teams win. 🙂 The Rev 4 XC and XP are winners when applied to the select applications in which they were designed.

 

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Meet the New Boss!

MR ROS in all his Glory!
MR ROS in all his Glory!

This will be a Key West to remember. We just revealed our all-new ROS (Race Offshore) competition outboard, the new boss of the XCAT World Series. The engine is on display for all to see on the Mercury Racing truck in the Poker Run Village.

A sinister relative to the highly successful Verado 400R outboard, the potent 4-stroke racer makes its competition debut next weekend at the Dubai Grand Prix, round five of the 2015 XCAT World Series in Dubai, UAE. XCAT has partnered with Mercury Racing in the development of the engine that will replace the existing fleet of Mercury Racing 2-stroke 2.5L EFI race outboards.

XCAT World Series events are action packed and full of excitement. Photo Credit: XCAT World Series.

Ronan Morgan, CEO of World Professional Powerboating Association (WPPA) said, “All those involved in the XCAT World Series are looking forward to the introduction of the new Mercury four stroke engines. “Not only are these environmentally friendly, they are reliable and provide a huge increase to the horsepower and torque which are essential for an action packed weekend of racing.”

“As promoters of XCAT Racing, the WPPA have had a long-standing relationship with Mercury Racing. We’ve worked closely together in the testing and development of the engine to provide the ultimate in performance and fan experience,” Mr. Morgan Added.

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The venerable 2.5 EFI 2-stroke Mercury’s have been a mainstay for many years and is still a solid product. Photo Credit: XCAT World Series.

Mercury Racing General Manager Erik Christiansen said, “We are very excited to launch our new Race Offshore competition outboard. The venerable 2.5 EFI 2-stroke Mercury’s have been a mainstay for many years and is still a solid product. The ROS builds on that foundation while using the four stroke technology today’s market demands.”

“We worked with the WPPA to develop a strong, reliable engine that meets the new U.A.E. exhaust emissions requirements. The ROS will be homologated into the Union Internationale Motonautique technical specifications for XCAT. Next season will be a transitional year with the entire XCAT field switching to the ROS four strokes for 2017. I’m looking forward to seeing our new engine compete next weekend in Dubai,” Erik said.

The ROS features the Verado 400R powerhead mounted on a durable billet midsection couble with the race proven Sport Master gearcase.
The ROS features the Verado 400R powerhead mounted on a durable billet midsection coupled with the race proven Sport Master gearcase.

The ROS features the 400R powerhead mounted on an all-new race midsection featuring the competition proven Mercury Racing heavy duty swivel clamp bracket assembly. A Sport Master gearcase transfers the ROS’s massive power to the water. And to ensure every revolution counts, we’ve developed an all-new line of CNC cleaver props specifically for the ROS.

The new XCAT ROS outboards will power the #3 X Dubai boat piloted by Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Heindi. The race will be streamed live via the XCAT World Series website.

Short in Stature –  Big in Performance

Short in Stature - Big in Performance!
Short in Stature – Big in Performance!

By appearance alone – it is obvious this isn’t a production Verado. In fact – the similarities end at the powerhead. The AMS midsection is replaced with a billet aluminum housing. Mercury Racing developed the new midsection to lower the overall engine center of gravity. The 10-inch mid, coupled with the heavy-duty swivel clamp bracket assembly, brings the overall engine mounting height to 15 inches – matching the current 2.5 EFI configurations. The low CG, combined with solid upper and lower engine mounts, is critical for overall handling at competition speeds – particularly when powering the high perf XCAT catamarans into and out of corners.

Check out the custom lower cowl. Yes - that is real carbon fiber! :)
Check out the custom lower cowl. Yes – that is real carbon fiber! 🙂

The ROS also utilizes a remote dry sump system which holds 8L of Mercury Racing Four Stroke Oil, the same semi-synthetic 25W-50 oil used to lubricate and ensure long life in the high output QC4v sterndrive product line. A carbon fiber lower cowl conceals the transition of powerhead to midsection. The lower front cowl features dual rigging tubes, one each for fuel and electrical systems. To assist in the repower of the fleet, the ROS uses the same high pressure fuel pump, also mounted in the boat, as the existing 2-strokes.

Zero Effort Controls with Digital Trim

Mercury Racing's high styled Zero Effort Digital controls.
Mercury Racing’s high styled Zero Effort Digital controls.

The ROS brings XCAT into the digital age with Mercury Digital Throttle & Shift (DTS). DTS replaces traditional throttle and shift cables with digital precision, resulting in smoother shifting and instant throttle response. Mercury Racing’s ergonomic, high-style Zero Effort® Digital controls precisely signal driver intent to the DTS equipped Mercury Racing ROS outboards.  An integral power trim switch in the throttle handle provides fingertip trim control. The DTS system also features one-touch Smart Start and automatic throttle synchronization.

XCAT Graphics

The XCAT World Series logo is prominently displayed on the rear cowl.
The XCAT World Series is prominently displayed on the rear cowl.

The Mercury Racing ROS features the XCAT World Series logo and color matched orange accent graphics. The custom graphics package is featured as a tribute to the series’ exclusivity in Mercury Racing power and their support in product development.

 

Custom Props

All-new five blade CNC Cleaver propellers were developed to transfer 400 hp to the water!
All-new five blade CNC Cleaver propellers were developed to transfer 400 hp to the water!

With the ROS comes a new line of five and six blade CNC Cleaver propellers. The Lab Finished props, featuring a high performance over the hub exhaust design, were developed specifically for surface piercing applications such as those endured in the rigors of offshore powerboat racing.

MR ROS - The New Boss of XCAT!
MR ROS – The New Boss of XCAT!

The props are rated for 400 h.p. and are available with blade rake angles of 13, 15, 18 or  21 degrees. A variety of pitch sizes are available to dial-in each hull for maximum efficiency and performance.

I can’t wait to see the new engines compete next weekend in Dubai. I expect them to make a statement – both on and off the race course!

 

 

 

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SEMA 2015

The Mercury Racing built LS7 crate engine featuring our exclusive 32-valve DOHC SB4 cylinder heads and valve train.
The Mercury Racing built LS7 crate engine featuring our exclusive 32-valve DOHC SB4 cylinder heads and valve train.

We’re excited to return for our third consecutive SEMA show where we are showing our all-new 32-Valve DOHC SB4 cylinder head and valve train.

The SB4 cylinder head was modeled off our our exclusive QC4 engine design.
The SB4 cylinder head was modeled off our our exclusive QC4 engine design.

The aluminum four valve head dual overhead camshaft valve train, designed and developed to integrate with General Motors LS series hardware,  provides improved performance and durability versus a standard two-valve design. The head design adapts Mercury Racing’s proven high performance valve train to the robust, small block LS engine family. Read more

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Revised. Refreshed. Rejuvenated.

The revised Mercury Racing site features an all-new page dedicated to our QC4v Refresh Program.
The revised Mercury Racing site features an all-new page dedicated to our QC4v Refresh Program.

We are very excited to announce enhancements made to the Mercury Racing website including an all-new QC4v Refresh page.

The QC4v Refesh Programis one of six navigational sliders feature on the revised home page of the Mercury Racing website.
The QC4v Refresh Program is one of six navigational sliders featured on the home page of the Mercury Racing website.

The revised home page features slider images for enhanced navigation to feature pages including Automotive crate engines, QC4v Refresh, Mercury Racing Propellers, the Verado 400R outboard, Dual Calibration 1550 sterndrive and, of course, the Mercury Racing Blog.  The Latest News section highlights just that; links to time sensitive content. The upcoming SEMA show and Key West Poker Run/Offshore World Championships are currently featured. A link to the latest blog is featured here as well.

Certified Factory Fresh 

Mercury Racing QC4v engines are inspected and refreshed by the same technicians...the experts - who built them originally.
Mercury Racing QC4v engines are inspected and refreshed by the same technicians…the experts – who built them originally.

The star of our revised website is the all new QC4v Refresh page. We’ve done many things internally to streamline the popular service. We thought it was time we tout the benefits of our QC4v Refresh program.

I’ve provided numerous tours of our facility over the years. Visitors are always impressed with the passion and attention to detail our employees put into everything they build.  We wanted to convey that work ethic and passion that sets our refresh program apart from all others.  Dan Koch expresses it best in our new QC4v Refresh video.

We’re excited about the refinements to our QC4v Refresh Program. Now is the time to pull your engines and refresh them for the 2016 season.

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Prop Slip? We Have an App for That!

Home screen of the all-new Mercury Racing Propeller Slip Calculator.
Home screen of the all-new Mercury Racing Propeller Slip Calculator.

We’re excited to announce the release of our new Propeller Slip Calculator App. Available for both Apple or Android devices, the app provides all of the functionality of the calculator featured on our website. The app enhances the versatility of the tool – making prop testing much easier and a ton more accurate. Download it for free from Google Play Store or Apple iTunes.

Results for any of the five fields can be determined by populating four of the five fields.
The Mercury Racing word mark is hyperlinked to the Mercury Racing website.

 

I use the slip calculator daily when assisting customers with propeller questions. It is a great tool that provides much more information than just slip. Results for each of the five fields can be derived by populating the other four. Following are a few examples of what this powerful app can do.

Outboard Example

Speed results from plugging in Pitch, Ratio, R.P.M. and Slip.
Speed results from plugging in Pitch, Ratio, R.P.M. and Slip.

Let’s look at a single engine OptiMax 250 ProXS outboard powered hull.  When communicating with customers, I always first ask for baseline information such as the pitch of prop they are running,  gear ratio and engine RPM at wide open throttle. Using the app, I can plug information I’m provided (pitch, gear ratio, engine rpm and speed) to first determine slip.

 

Decreasing the pitch by two inches results with an improved hole shot and acceleration while sacrificing 2 mph off top end speed.
Decreasing the pitch by two inches results with an improved hole shot and acceleration while sacrificing 2 mph off top end speed.

Now – after getting some additional information, the customer informs me the rig is under a heavy load and thus he is looking to increase RPM for enhanced hole shot and mid range acceleration to carry the load. Let’s see what happens when we drop the propeller pitch by two inches. Typically, one inch change in pitch affects engine speed by 150 RPM. In this case – dropping two inches of pitch will increase engine speed by 300 RPM. I plug in the new RPM and pitch size into the app – leaving everything else the same.  The engine is running at the upper end of it operating range. This will provide the added thrust needed for the enhanced hole shot and mid range performance the customer desires. Note the top end speed drops by 2 mph.

Getting close to what the customer needs for his application.
Getting close to what the customer needs for his application.

The customer sometimes runs under lighter loads and he is concerned with it being so close to the rev limit using the smaller wheel. Lets see what happens when we go back up one inch in pitch. I go to the app and change the pitch to 24 and decrease the engine speed by 150 RPM. I again select Actual Speed and find a gain of one mph in top end speed.

With help with the app - the 23.5" pitch is perfect size for what the customer expects from his application.
With help with the app – the 23.5″ pitch is perfect size for what the customer expects from his application.

Let’s see what happens when we go down one-half inch in pitch. Knowing the engine speed will increase 75 RPM, I change the RPM  to 5925 and pitch to 23.5 and select the Actual Speed button.

Top speed is comparable to what is achieved with using the 24″ pitch prop. The higher engine RPM will enhance the hole shot and mid range performance. There is enough of a gap between the actual engine speed to the upper engine operating range to allow for occasional light load applications without worrying about hitting the rev limit. This is the prop I would recommend for this application.

Sterndrive Examples

NXT6 Application 

The information supplied here results with 12.8% slip.
The information supplied here results with 12.83% slip.

Here I wanted to share a couple of examples. The first is regarding a boat originally equipped with twin 800 h.p. engines coupled to our dry-sump NXT6 drives. The customer has supplied us with gear ratio, engine RPM,  pitch and speed. By inputting our known data, we find the slip to 12.83%.

The customer then decides to have his engines rebuilt and updated to 1,000 H.P. He would like to know the pitch size he could run with the updated engines.

The increase in speed by 10 mph, with everything else constant, results in a larger prop pitch.
I would suggest he start out by running his existing 36-inch pitch cleavers

Running a conservative calculation we can expect a 10% increase in speed (1.10 x 103 mph) for a total of 113 mph.

The new engines need to rev to 5800 rpm. I plug 5800 into the App and change mph to 113. Keeping everything else the same and select pitch, which changes to 35.42″ pitch.  Here, I would suggest he start out by running his existing 36-inch pitch cleavers. He can break the motors in and then check wide open throttle to see if he can get to the recommended 5800 RPM.  If he gets there and finds he has more throttle – he can consider higher pitch props.

A new speed of 123 changes the prop pitch to 38.55 inch.
A new speed of 123 changes the prop pitch to 38.55 inch.

Using the old general rule of thumb, it takes 10 additional hp for a gain of 1 mph – for both single and multiple engine applications. Remember – this is the old rule of thumb. In this case – we bumped the power from 800 to 1,000 h.p. or 200 h.p./10 h.p. = 20 mph.

Let’s see what the results are with that. When I change the speed to 123 mph in the slip calculator the pitch comes in at 38.55-inch. Now the customer needs to make a decision to go up to either 38-inch or 39-inch pitch props.

 

Bravo Application 

Performance data of the 42-foot Fountain with twin 525 EFIs and lab Finished Bravo I propellers.
Performance data of the 42-foot Fountain with twin 525 EFIs and lab Finished Bravo I propellers.

For this example I wanted to share an example of an air entrapment vee-bottom hull and the how it affects propeller performance. The subject boat is a 42-foot Fountain equipped with twin 525 EFI sterndrives. The customer provides me with the baseline information. He tells me his is running 34-inch pitch Lab Finished Bravo I props with a 1.50:1 gear ratio. The 525’s turn 5200 RPM at wide open throttle. His slip is high at 22% – resulting with a top speed of 87.05 MPH.

Stepped hulls such as that featured on the Fountain aerate the water just forward of the propeller blades. This creates slip as the propeller is not large enough overall  – or in blade area specifically – to grab clean water. Here I would suggest the customer switch from the four blade Lab Finished Bravo I to the five blade Lab Finished Maximus. Let’s go to the app and see if what we find out.

Prop slip is greatly reduced when moving from the Bravo to the Maximus.
Prop slip is greatly reduced when moving from the Bravo to the Maximus.

I know from experience the pitch will go down two inches when switching from the 4 blade Bravo I to the  larger 5 blade Maximus. I also know the the slip will go down to approximately 12%. I plug in the constants; 5200 RPM, 1.50:1 gear ratio, and revise the pitch to 32-inches and plug in the 12% slip. The resulting top speed calc is impressive and representative of what the Fountain with 525s is capable of producing. The customer is pleased to learn he will gain five MPH when switching to the Maximus. He’ll also gain that speed in the mid-range offering a great cruising speed.

I hope these examples provide a sense of the various calculations you can perform with our new app. Remember, the calculator is a tool to help us better understand a number of variables. It provides a base from which to test the results for your particular application.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dialed-In to the XS!

The popular Bravo I XS  with dual exhaust vent holes and fine tuning with PVS.
The popular Bravo I XS with dual exhaust vent holes and fine tuning with PVS.

The hot news from Hot Springs, Arkansas is our release of five new half-inch pitch offerings for the popular Bravo I® XS propeller.  The new offerings debuted this morning at the 2015 FLW (Fishing League Worldwide) tournament.

The new half-inch pitch offerings greatly enhance the application of the XS for single engine outboard applications. The addition of half-inch pitch offerings enable bass boat and center console bay boat owners to Dial-In their engine RPM for maximum power and efficiency.  The new models include 22.5″, 24.5″, 26.5″, 28.5″ and 30.5″ pitch sizes – complimenting the expansive 22 inch to  to 31.5 inch pitch range.

Get Dialed in to the XS for the maximum in outboard performance.
Get Dialed in to the XS for the maximum in outboard performance. Photo courtesy of Bass Cat Boats.

The Bravo I XS has proven to be one of our most versatile props. It’s a natural for 2-stroke applications and now – with the Mercury patented Performance Vent System®, it is delivering unprecedented performance on single engine four stroke applications as well.

Bravo I XS Part Numbers:

Dia/Rotation/Pitch Part Number
15.25”/RH/22” 831910L60
15.25”/RH/22.5″ 8M0111147
15.25”/RH/23” 831910L80
15.25”/RH/23.5” 8M0100104
15.25”/RH/24” 831912L60
15.25”/RH/24.5″ 8M0111148
15.25”/RH/25” 831912L80
15.25”/RH/25.5” 8M0100105
15.25”/RH/26” 831914L60
15.25”/RH/26.5″ 8M0111149
15.25”/RH/27” 831914L80
15.25”/RH/27.5” 8M0100106
15.25”/RH/28” 831916L60
15.25”/RH/28.5” 8M0111150
15.25”/RH/29” 831916L80
15.25”/RH/29.5” 8M0100107
15.25”/RH/29.5” 8M0100107
15.25”/RH/30” 831918L60
15.25”/RH/30.5” 8M0111151
15.25”/RH/31” 831918L80
15.25”/RH/31.5” 8M0100109

Get your rig Dialed in the XS. See you authorized Mercury dealer today!

 

 

 

 

 

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A Case for Prop Protection

The all-new Mercury Racing CNC Cleaver Propeller Case.
The all-new Mercury Racing CNC Cleaver Propeller Case.

I’m excited to introduce our all-new Mercury Racing CNC Cleaver Propeller Case.

We’ve tried prop cases from reputable vendors in the past.  While they served a function – they were not up to par in terms of product protection.

I feel very fortunate to work with a team internally who  developed the case specifically for our five and six-blade CNC Cleaver propellers used with NXT1, NXT6 and M8 sterndrives. Featuring a durable double walled composite construction, the reusable case protects props from shipping damage. All new Mercury Racing CNC props are shipped in the new case.

If you want to protect your current inventory of Mercury Racing CNC props – you can purchase the new case from your local Mercury Racing dealer or OEM boat builder. The part number is 8M0107970. Retail pricing is $368.75.

Safe Travels:

The new case features a durable, double walled composite construction.
The new case features a durable, double walled composite construction.

The propeller is secured in the case by a nylon dowel and receiver. The prop hub sits snugly on a receiver in the center of the base. High density foam, mounted on the dowel, fits between the propeller hub and top cover. The dowel – secured on the top half fits within the receiver to interlock the propeller in place. The top and bottom halves of the case are secured by four steel locking clasps.

Form Follows Function:

The case is stackable thanks to the built in interlocking ribbing.
The case is stackable thanks to the built in interlocking ribbing.

Multiple recessed channels within the composite top and bottom covers enhance impact resistance for protection during  shipments and when transferred from a tow vehicle to the boat.

Embossed ribs on the top cover fit securely into slots on the  bottom cover which enables the cases to be stacked securely. A durable, spring loaded carrying handle retracts into a recessed area when not in use.

I’m looking forward to hear what you think about our new case. I think you’ll agree it is worth the investment.

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Race to ECO!

The all-new  Mercury Racing ECO XP propeller.
The all-new Mercury Racing ECO XP propeller.

I am very excited to share with you information regarding our latest prop offering. The all new Mercury Racing Enertia ECO XP offers “Extreme Precision” when dialing in engine speed for maximized power output and efficiency on recreational bay boats and center consoles. It has been my experience that adding  pitch sizes in 1/2-inch increments is helpful for those who need an option when the available pitch range is greater than one inch from one to the next. Being able get the engine to run as close as possible to its max rpm operating range will enhance overall boat performance and fuel economy.

Race to ECO with this  quint Verado 400R  powered Midnight Express. Photo courtesy of Speed on the Water.
Race to ECO with this quint Verado 400R powered Midnight Express. Photo courtesy of Speed on the Water.

Based on the award winning Mercury Enertia ECO propeller, The ECO XP is particularly helpful in spooling up Mercury Verado 300 and 350 and Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboards to their full potential on recreational bay boats and offshore center consoles.

The Mercury Racing Enertia ECO XP is perfect for bay boats and center consoles.
The Mercury Racing Enertia ECO XP is perfect for bay boats and center consoles.

Our propeller techs customize blade cups to offer 16.5”, 18.5”, 20.5” and 22.5” pitch sizes to compliment the Mercury Enertia ECO line which ranges from 17” to 23” pitch in two inch increments. The ECO XP features the Mercury patented Performance Vent System® (PVS). PVS® enables the user to fine tune the amount of venting needed for quick planing. The standard length exhaust tube, in addition to reducing the time-to-plane, also provides stern lift for maximum hull performance and an improved ride in a variety of conditions.

PITCH/DIA RIGHT-HAND LEFT-HAND
16.5”/16.00” 8M0110304 8M0110303
18.5”/16.00” 8M0108350 8M0108351
20.5”/16.00” 8M0108352 8M0108353
22.5”/16.00” 8M0108354 8M0108357

I’m anxious for you to give our new ECO XPs a spin.    

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OptiMax Diesel – Reporting for Duty!

The all-new OptiMax Diesel outboard.
The all-new OptiMax Diesel outboard.

I am excited to share with you information regarding our second “stealth” outboard that will be rarely seen; the OptiMax Diesel Outboard.

Our latest military engine was released 10:00 a.m. Eastern time in conjunction with the start of the 2015 SOFIC (Special Operation Forces Industry Conference), May 19-21, in Tampa. The engine, displayed in a booth we shared with our OEM boat builder partner MAPC (Maritime Applied Physics Corporation), is  the talk of the show. Read more

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Hot Wheels!

In our trifecta of Miami product releases propellers are always the unsung heroes. They are often forgotten about in the glitz and glamour of media conferences and product unveilings. However, it is that polished piece of art bolted onto the leg of an outboard or sterndrive that makes or breaks an engine’s performance. Performance propeller guru Scott Reichow gets it and is continually serving niche markets with new props and or enhancements to existing models. He did just that for the Miami Boat Show with the release of the all-new Pro Finish Bravo I XC propeller as well as enhancements made to the popular Bravo I XS and Pro Max props. Read more

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Personality is Key with this QC4v!

The all new Mercury Racing 1550 Sterndrive.
The all new Mercury Racing 1550 Sterndrive.

In typical Mercury Racing fashion – we’ve released multiple new products at the  Miami International Boat Show. The new 1550 dual calibration sterndrive is the latest generation of our popular QC4v engine platform.

Personality is Key

The Race Fob requires 112 AKI race fuel. The Pleasure fob requires 91 octane pump fuel.
The Race Fob requires 112 AKI race fuel. The Pleasure fob requires 91 octane pump fuel.

The 1550 features an advanced control system which enables the operator to switch engine power level via an electronic key fob.

The Race key fob turns the engine into a pure bred race machine – pumping out one thousand five hundred and fifty horsepower on 112 AKI race fuel.

The Pleasure key fob is selected when a more leisure ride is in order, creating 1350 h.p. on 91 octane (98 RON) fuel. Both fuel calibrations provide maximum torque and efficiency and are designed to optimize the engine performance at each power level.

 Theft Deterrent

Race Fob inserted in the Theft Deterrent System (TDS).
Race Fob inserted in the Theft Deterrent System (TDS).

The electronic fobs work off of Mercury’s Theft Deterrent System (TDS). The Race/Pleasure key fobs provide the operator visual cues via an interactive VesselView display.

One key fob controls the horsepower output of multiple engines. The Theft Deterrent System disables the vessel when an assigned electronic key is not engaged. The dual calibration enhances consumer value by offering essentially two engines in one; both backed by a factory warranty.

The Pleasure key fir eevery day boating at 1350 h.p on 91 octane pump fuel.
The Pleasure key is for everyday boating at 1350 h.p on 91 octane pump fuel.

This is not just a “valet key” where the engine is detuned; this is a fully integrated control system with switchable engine control. The technology greatly enhances the boater’s experience by providing the option to switch to pump gas when in areas where 112 AKI fuel is not available or when full race performance is not desired.

Two in One 

The dual calibration enhances consumer value by offering essentially two engines in one; both backed by a factory warranty.

Solid Foundation  

The Quad Cam Four Valve platform is based on a robust 552 cubic inch (9.0 liter) cylinder block.
The Quad Cam Four Valve platform is based on a robust 552 cubic inch (9.0 liter) cylinder block.
The QC4v exclusive valve train and cylinder block.
The QC4v exclusive valve train.

The 1550 is the latest generation of Mercury Racing’s exclusive QC4v (quad cam four valve) engine. Designed and developed in-house, the QC4v design has revolutionized the recreational sport boat industry.

 

The high styled Zero Effort Digital controls.
The high styled Zero Effort Digital controls.

The 9.0 liter quad cam four valve (QC4v) cylinder block and head design, combined with SmartCraft Digital Throttle & Shift (DTS), provides big power with luxury-car-like drivability. With the dual calibration of the 1550, you get both a race boat and a high performance pleasure boat.

Power to the Water

The 1550 is packaged with race-proven M8R drive.
The 1550 is packaged with race-proven M8R drive.
A new Pro Finish CNC Cleaver prop was created specifically for the 1550.
A new Pro Finish CNC Cleaver prop was created specifically for the 1550.

The 1550 is available with robust M8R drive and the Pro Finish 5-blade 1550 CNC Cleaver propeller.

 

 

 

Factory Backed Warranty

The 1550 is backed with a 10 hour warranty at the 1550 power level (at 2000 RPM or above) or 1 year, whichever comes first.

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Rumor Mills R Black & White

400R Model Shot
The all-new Verado 400R outboard.

After months of rumors and speculation, the all-new Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard is a reality. It was unveiled moments ago in Miami. At a staggering 153 horsepower per liter, the 400R is the most powerful consumer outboard ever produced by Mercury and provides the highest power-to-weight of all other four stroke outboards in its class.

Performance Enhancements
High Performance air intake
High Performance air intake

The 400R features a custom cold air induction system for improved air flow and power development while significantly reducing intake noise for improved sound quality.

 

The all-new supercharger is water cooled for enhanced performance.
The all-new supercharger is water cooled for enhanced performance.
Structural upgrades incorporated into the 2.6L cylinder block and head ensure classic Verado durability, even at this higher power output.
Structural upgrades incorporated into the 2.6L cylinder block and head ensure classic Verado durability, even at this higher power output.

An all-new water cooled supercharger is designed to reduce intake temperatures and significantly increase air density. This enables the engine to generate unprecedented torque and unmatched acceleration all the way from the lower end of the power band up to the 7,000 rpm maximum engine speed. Electronic knock control enables the engine to safely run on 89 octane (95 Ron) fuel when the recommended premium 91-octane (98 RON)  fuel is not available to maximize performance. Read more

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Get Your Race Gear Here!

A natural camp shirt - just in time for Key West.
This custom camp shirt is a natural for Key West.
Register now to take advantage of a 10% savings on all official Mercury Racing merchandise!
Register now to take advantage of a 10% savings on all official Mercury Racing merchandise!

Check it out! Our  all-new Official Mercury Racing Merchandise store is up and running. Just in time for the Key West Offshore World Championships and Poker Run, the on-line store features a an exciting assortment of sportswear, headwear and accessories featuring the bold new Mercury Racing logo. Dealer point of sale promotional merchandise will be added in the near future. Dealers also have an option to co-brand sportswear with their business logo.

Just one of a variety new Mercury Racing accessories available on the Official Mercury Racing merchandise store.
Just one of a variety new Mercury Racing accessories available on the Official Mercury Racing merchandise store.
Stand out in the crowd with this neon green hoodie.
Stand out in the crowd with this neon green hoodie.

Shop now to take advantage of a 10% discount on all goods. The discount promotion expires November 14. Check back soon and often as merchandise will be added on a regular basis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hush the Magic 520!

The 520 sterndrive comes with cast iron manifolds with stainless steel exhaust elbows.
The 520 sterndrive comes with cast iron manifolds with stainless steel exhaust elbows.
Mercury Racing 520s with Axius Joystick Piloting technology is a popular option for their 400FX Sport Cruiser.
The 520 with Axius Joystick Piloting technology is a popular option for Formula’s 400FX Sport Cruiser.

Our new 520 sterndrive has been a resounding success since it was introduced one year ago at  the LOTO (Lake of the Ozarks) Shootout. It’s become even more popular since the release of a  Joystick Piloting for Sterndrives – Axius option for selected models fitted with the Bravo Three XR sterndrive. Formula boats have been early adopters of the engine package. They are also the first OEM boat builder to install the potent engines with joystick control. A Formula 400FX used to demonstrate joystick 520 maneuvers at the Miami Boat Show had standard through transom exhaust fitted with aftermarket mufflers. For our traditional sport boat crowd – they had a nice exhaust note. For those looking for enhanced performance without all the rumble – it might have been a bit much.

Alpha maleness without all the barking!
Alpha maleness without all the barking!
This CAD drawing shows the the port and starboard exhaust connected by a custom y-pipe.
This CAD drawing shows a 520 engine fitted with the starboard X-haust Noise Reducer System – Stage 1.

We took note, no pun intended, and went to work to create an X-haust Noise Reduction system designed specifically for the 520.  The system will appease our friends at Formula and a variety of our OEM boat builder partners, dealers and consumers looking to take advantage of the 520’s performance value.  It will also be adopted in European Union countries where the engine is certified in meeting the stringent RCD (Recreational Craft Directive) exhaust emissions standards. Read more

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New Props for Summer!

The official start of Summer is June 21. If the volume of blog comments, voice mails and prop orders are any indication, the summer boating season has been under way for a good month already. I, like you, am ready to get some boating in and enjoy the warm summer weather.  And – just in time for the season, I’m pleased to announce the official release of two new props that expand the versatility of our popular Mercury Racing Bravo and Maximus propeller lines.

Bravo for Outboard Cats! 

The Bravo I OC is designed for outboard catmarans like this 30 foot Motion. Photo Credit: NaplesImage. Click photo to enlarge.
The Bravo I OC is designed for outboard catamarans like this 30 foot Motion. Photo Credit: NaplesImage. Click photo to enlarge.
The new Bravo I OC features a total of eight PVS vent holes for fine-tuned performance in outboard catamarans.
The new Bravo I OC features a total of eight PVS vent holes for fine-tuned performance in outboard catamarans.

Newly released this week is our all-new Bravo I OC (Outboard Catamaran) prop.  The Pro Finish Bravo I OC was designed specifically for high powered outboard catamaran hulls. The new Mercury Racing Bravo features a total of eight PVS vent holes for fine-tuned performance.

The Bravo I OC diameter is cut down to 14.75″ and features a pitch range of 28″ to 35″ (even and odd) sizes and left and right hand rotation. A shortened exhaust barrel settles the stern to minimize drag while reshaping the blade maximizes performance with the new diameter. The prop has been tested on 28-foot to 32-foot Skaters, Talon, DCB, Spectre and Doug Wright hulls. It outperformed three and four blade cleavers in both acceleration and top-end speed (medium to heavy loads).

Bravo I OC part numbers and MSRP pricing:

Pro Finish Bravo I OC – 14.75” Diameter
Pitch/DIA Right-Hand Left-Hand MSRP
28”/14.75” 48-8M0092002 48-8M0092003 $1229.50
29”/14.75” 48-8M0092004 48-8M0092005 $1229.50
30”/14.75” 48-8M0092006 48-8M0092007 $1229.50
31”/14.75” 48-8M0092008 48-8M0092009 $1229.50
32”/14.75” 48-8M0092010 48-8M0092011 $1229.50
33”/14.75” 48-8M0092012 48-8M0092013 $1229.50
34”/14.75” 48-8M0092014 48-8M0092015 $1229.50
35”/14.75” 48-8M0092016 48-8M0092017 $1229.50

Maximus ST

The all-new Maximus ST propeller features a shortened exhaust tube and Mercury's Performance Vent System (PVS).
The Maximus ST features a shortened exhaust tube and Mercury’s Performance Vent System (PVS). 15.3″ and 15.6″ diameters are available. Click image to enlarge.
Terry and Sandy Everson's Beautiful M-29 DCB.
Terry and Sandy Everson’s Beautiful M29 DCB. Photo courtesy of DCB.

Designed for sterndrives and big horsepower outboards, the Pro Finish Maximus ST (short tube) propeller is available in 24″ to 34″ (even) pitch sizes in both left and right-hand rotation. It too features a cut-down diameter (15.6” to  15.3”) and a shortened exhaust tube for enhanced performance. The Maximus ST is rated for up to 600 h.p. Dave’s Custom Boats of El Cajon, California helped validate this latest generation of our high performance Maximus line. DCB’s Dave Hemmingson and Tony Charimonte liked the STs so much they asked if they could use them for the Desert Storm Poker Run Shoot Out. They installed 32″ STs on Terry and Sandy Everson’s beautiful M29. The boat is  powered by twin 565s coupled to 1.35:1 Bravo One XR Short Sport Master drives with Integrated Transom Systems (ITS). Terry and Sandy won their class in the shootout; bumping the rev limiter at 115 mph! Tony said, “the 565s pull so hard – we could have used 34″ pitch STs.” “We really like what Mercury Racing has done with the latest generation Maximus props,” Tony said. DCB is building a new M31 which will again feature the stout 565 sterndrives and Maximus ST props. We’re anxious to get the numbers on that one as well.

Maximus ST part numbers and MSRP pricing:

Maximus ST Propeller – 15.30” Diameter
Pitch/DIA Right-Hand Left-Hand MSRP
24”/15.30” 48-8M0091978 48-8M0091979 $1505.55
26”/15.30” 48-8M0091980 48-8M0091981 $1505.55
28”/15.30” 48-8M0091982 48-8M0091983 $1505.55
30”/15.30” 48-8M0091984 48-8M0091985 $1505.55
32”/15.30” 48-8M0091986 48-8M0091987 $1505.55
34”/15.30” 48-8M0091988 48-8M0091989 $1505.55
Maximus ST Propeller – 15.60” Diameter
24”/15.60” 48-8M0091990 48-8M0091991 $1430.55
26”/15.60” 48-8M0091992 48-8M0091993 $1430.55
28”/15.60” 48-8M0091994 48-8M0091995 $1430.55
30”/15.60” 48-8M0091996 48-8M0091997 $1430.55
32”/15.60” 48-8M0091998 48-8M0091999 $1430.55
34”/15.60” 48-8M0092000 48-8M0092001 $1430.55

We’re very excited to offer these two new props. I’ve received a number inquires regarding both. Outboard cat owners are excited to bring new life to their performance hulls powered by our classic 2.5 EFIs or the epic OptiMax 300XS. The Maximus is waking up both four stroke outboards and sterndrives on a variety of applications. I look forward to hearing from you regarding these or any of our Mercury Racing props. Be safe and have a great summer!

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New Look – New Products

Our bold new look.
Our bold new look.
Racing-Icon---Blue-Matte
Our new M-icon floats on a pool of brilliant Mercury Racing blue.

Here we go! Another Miami Boat Show is underway and like always, we have tons of news to share. As we celebrate Mercury’s 75th anniversary we have released our new Mercury Racing logo. The new branding celebrates our rich Racing heritage while promoting our technological leadership in high performance propulsion. All Mercury Racing sterndrive engines on display in the Mercury booth feature the new branding. As usual, we have a number of exciting new products at the show.

540 Sterndrive

Detailed photo of the dual water pickups on the new Bravo One XR Sport gearcase.
A detailed view of the dual water pickups on the Bravo One XR Sport gearcase.
The all new 540 sterndrive.
The all new 540 sterndrive.

Our all-new 8.6L 540 sterndrive replaces the 8.2L 525 EFI.  It outperforms it’s sibling in a variety of fronts. A 21 cubic inch displacement advantage enables the 540 to provide 13 percent more torque for enhanced hole shot and an additional 50 ft-lb of peak torque. It also  delivers superior fuel efficiency and range compared to its 525 sibling. All this power and efficiency comes from 87 posted octane (R+M)/2, or 91 RON (global) pump gas. Digital throttle & shift replace mechanical cables – providing the operator with an intuitive control experience. The 540 complies with both EPA and CARB emissions requirements.

Also being debuted is the new Bravo One XR Sport sterndrive. The new Sport gearcase is two inches shorter than a standard Bravo or Sport Master. The gearcase shape provides enhanced hydrodynamics compared to the standard length Sport Master. Dual water pickups increase water flow for enhanced cooling in a variety of applications. The 540 on display in the Mercury booth features the new drive coupled with an integrated transom sytem (ITS). Cigarette Racing has a pair of 540s in their gorgeous 38 Top Gun VIP edition. Read more

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LOTO 520!

The 520 sterndrive was a crowd pleaser at its public debut at LOTO.
The 520 sterndrive was a crowd pleaser at its LOTO public debut.
Playcraft Pontoon owner Jim Dorris checks out the 520.
Playcraft Pontoon owner Jim Dorris checks out the 520.

It’s been a busy summer. Last week we introduced our new 520 sterndrive and our our new mobile marketing truck at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Missouri.  It was developed to provide recreational boaters a low-cost option for gaining access to Mercury Racing’s exclusive group of high-performance sterndrive propulsion systems. By the response we’ve received thus far, the engine package is destined to be the power behind a variety of recreational boating applications including runabouts, sport boats and cruisers. Did I mention pontoons?

Larger displacement results in enhanced power and torque.
Larger displacement results in enhanced power and torque.

Based on the 8.2L cylinder block – the 520’s cylinder bores are punched out to 4.560″ for a total of 8.6L of displacement.  The larger displacement, combined with Mercury Racing cylinder heads, multiport fuel injection and an electronic throttle body results with more torque than the 525 EFI and nearly 100 additional horsepower over MerCruiser’s 430 h.p. 8.2L MAG HO. All from 87 posted octane (R+M)/2 or (91 RON) (global) pump gas!

A user friendly maintance decal with interacitve QR code sits atop the coolant resevoir.
A user friendly maintenance decal with interactive QR code sits atop the coolant reservoir.
The 520 is available with a variety of Bravo drive options.
The 520 is available with a variety of Bravo drive options.

Two-Year Warranty

The 520 is our first sterndrive to be backed by a two year limited factory warranty. Robust valve train components including a hardened camshaft are used for enhanced durability. Performance cam profiles, combined with larger valves, pack more air through the engine for greater power and torque. Greater displacement, combined with enhanced airflow, results in unprecedented mid-range punch and consistent pull through the engine rpm operating range. Read more

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Boyne Thunder

Photos: Naplesimage

Boyne Thunder is on par with Desert Storm when it comes to street parties.
Boyne Thunder is on par with Desert Storm when it comes to street parties.
The 140 mile run across the waters of Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan includes stops in North Port,...
The 140 mile run across the waters of Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan includes card stops in Northport, Elk Rapids, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and a lunch stop in Charlevoix.

National Sales Manager Kevin Skiba and I are traveling to Michigan later this week to attend the 10th Annual Boyne Thunder Poker Run. Tad Whitten will meet us there with the Marketing display truck.

Having grown up in Sault Ste. Marie, a few hours North of Boyne City, I have fond memories of our family ski trips to Boyne Mountain. I’m looking forward to heading back to my old stomping grounds to witness this popular run. I spoke to event promoter Mike Knoblock recently. He said the event has a maximum capacity for 85 boats, and they’ve reached that limit. He is ecstatic with the growth they have experienced over the past nine years.

Mercury Racing will be the thrust behind the majority of 85 boats registered for Boyne Thunder - 2013.
Mercury Racing will be the thrust behind the majority of 85 boats registered for Boyne Thunder – 2013.
The docks at the Boyne City Marina will again be jammed with go fast performance boats.
The docks at the Boyne City Marina will again be jammed with go fast performance boats.

Event organizer and Main Street director Hugh Conklin said, “What has made Boyne Thunder special is its relationship with Camp Quality, a nonprofit organization that provides special experiences and support for children with cancer. Since it began, Boyne Thunder has raised more than $220,000 for Camp Quality, and it has become an important part of the camp’s success.”

A new Boyne Thunder partner this year is Challenge Mountain, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching and improving lives for the mentally and physically challenged through outdoor recreation. All donated dollars to Challenge Mountain go directly to support winter and summer programs including skiing, biking, canoeing, kayaking and sailing. Mercury Racing is honored to be associated with events such as this, whose main goal is to give back to the community and enrich the lives of those in need.

Twin Mercury Racing 1100s make this beauty skate!
Twin Mercury Racing 1100s make this beauty skate!
Michigan based Sunsation will be well represented at Boyne Thunder.
Michigan based Sunsation will be well represented at Boyne Thunder.

Boyne Thunder kicks off Friday evening with a street party. The poker runs starts 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The 140 mile run over the waters of Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan includes card stops in Northport, Elk Rapids, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor, and a lunch stop in downtown Charlevoix.

Quite a few of our industry friends are attending. Jay Nichols, who provided the wonderful 2012 Boyne Thunder pics featured here, is coming after much pleading and prodding from me and buddy Ron Szolack. Matt Trulio will be on hand to provide Speed on the Water readers his first had account of event highlights. Nor-Tech sales rep Terry Sobo will be making a return trip as will Michigan natives Wayne and Joe Schaldenbrand. They are bringing a fleet of Sunsation boats. Michigan is also home to Douglas Marine. There will be plenty of Skaters to wow spectators, I’m sure. We hope to catch up with Peter Hledin while we’re there.

We look forward to seeing old friends and making new friends in our neighboring state.

 

 

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Vital Fluids

Dyno technician, Dave Dins, running a 1350 for DCB.
Dyno technician, Dave Dins, puts a 1350 through its paces.
OptiMax 300XS powerheads await their turn on the dyno.
OptiMax 300XS powerheads await their turn on the dyno.

We spend a lot of time validating our products. This is because we are responsible for entire propulsion systems – not just independent components. Everything (engines, transmissions, drives and propellers) must work together and be tolerant of each other. This includes oils and lubes. They are the system’s lifeblood.

We validate our engines using specific oil types and weights. Same goes for the drives and  lubes. Over the years, our two-stroke outboards have evolved from carbs to electronic fuel injection to OptiMax low-emissions direct fuel injected technology. Similarly, our higher horsepower sterndrives have evolved from traditional 2-valve, push rod engines to a quad cam, four valve engine of our own design. Oil and lube requirements have evolved along with the products. Read more

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Clean Power for the European Union

The 1100 is the most powerful EU compliant gasoline sterndrive available.
The 1100 is the most powerful EU compliant gasoline sterndrive available.
565-Model-Shot
The EU compliant 565 models bring Digital Throttle & Shift technology to the European sport boat market.

The 1650 RACE was the talk of the Miami Boat Show. Equally newsworthy was our release of 565 and 1100 sterndrives certified for use in the European Union (EU). The popular engines, packed with Mercury Racing exclusive components, meet the emissions requirements as set forth in the EU Recreational Craft Directive (RCD).

The certification expands the availability of the 565, 600 SCi, 662 SCi and 1100 sterndrive engine packages to all countries that fall under the EU’s RCD. EU certified models are identified with the CE mark. OEM boat builders must certify that their boats conform to the RCD noise requirements.

Nor-Tech is going to keep busy keeping up with demand for their versatile 420 Monte Carlo.
Nor-Tech’s gorgeous 420 Monte Carlo equipped with twin 565s.
Nor-Tech's 477 Super Vee with twin 1350s.
Nor-Tech’s 477 Super Vee is a natural for EU 1100 power.

I first met go faster.de owner Andy Groeber back in 2004 when we first came out with the 1075 SCi. I would catch up with him over the following years on his annual trek to the Miami Boat Show. Andy is an exclusive Nor-Tech dealer just South of Munich. He has had a lot of success with the 662 SCis. He is excited to have the EU certified 565 and 1100. Andy sees the 565s being popular for the Nor-Tech Monte Carlo and 39-foot sportboats.

“No hassle boating is a key message for both the 565s and 1100s. The 1100s are wonderfully efficient. They have a very good reputation in the field with fewer breakdowns and less maintenance required than anything else in the past,” said Andy. They will open doors to sell high-end cats and vee-bottoms to customers who may not have bought them in the past due to maintenance needs, Andy said.  “Customers in this power range would have previously had triple diesels with sub par performance. The big power and torque capabilities of the 1100 will be a natural for big family cruisers as well,” Andy concluded. Read more

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Pro Max Prop

Erik Christiansen (R) and I unveil the coveted 1650 RACE sterndrive.
Erik Christiansen (R) and I unveil the coveted 1650 RACE sterndrive.

ProMaxI just got back from the Miami Boat Show where, in addition to our unveiling of the awesome 1650 RACE sterndrive, we debuted the all-new Pro Max outboard propeller. Some of you may be familiar with the high performance 150/200/225 h.p. Pro Max outboards we produced back in the mid 1990s. I thought the Pro Max name was perfect for our new prop and it’s intended applications.

We needed a prop to help lighter weight hulls get up on plane faster and improve top end speeds. The Bravo I XS is the solution for 2-strokes carrying heavier loads. The Bravo I FS is the prop for four strokes with heavy assignments (single and multiple engine rigs) as well.  The new Pro Max fills the gap for  OptiMax ProXS and 300XS and Verado Pro FourStroke outboard applications on hulls with natural bow lift.

An Allison XS-2003 GrandSport was used to validate the Pro Max for sport boat applications.
An Allison XS-2003 GrandSport was used to validate the Pro Max for sport boat applications.

Outboard drag racing veteran Glenn Reynolds, owner of Reynolds Racing and Marine, helped validate the prop for us. Glenn ran it on an Allison XS-2003 GrandSport with the new Mercury 150 Four Stroke. He also provided an OptiMax 250 ProXS powered Bullet 21XD bass boat. Glenn and his team are ecstatic with the Pro Max. “We experienced jacket rabbit acceleration. Both boats were on plane in 1-1/2 seconds!,” exclaimed Glenn. The Allison didn’t realize any change in top-end speed due to the engine height restriction with water pickup location on the stock 150 gearcase.

“The Bullet, benefiting with a high performance Torque Master gearcase, improved on both hole shot and top-end speeds,” said Glenn. “We did back-to-back tests comparing the Pro Max with like size Pro E.T.s as well as a variety of other props. The Pro Max outperformed everything on the ramp. We love it!,” Glenn concluded. Read more

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Erik’s Reality

The all-new 1650 RACE features closed cooled turbochagers.
The all-new 1650 RACE features closed cooled turbochagers.
The 1350 is no longer the fastest or strongest in Racing's H.P. stable.
The 1350 is no longer the fastest or strongest in Racing’s H.P. stable.

It’s hard to believe a year has passed and the 2013 Miami Boat Show is underway. We’ve experienced some major events since our last visit to South Beach. Fred Kiekhaefer has moved on after 22 years of service. With Fred’s departure, Erik Christiansen has been named General Manager. Fred will continue to represent Mercury Racing over the next two years. In fact, he’s at the show. If your there, be sure to stop by the Mercury booth and say hello. Erik and our staff of sales, service and engineering personnel are there to support the brand as well.

I decided to forgo the show this year to be with my son. I’ll miss seeing everyone and the exciting new products being unveiled. Jay Nichols has ensured me he will keep me abreast of the action via his acclaimed photography.

Rumor Mill

The 1650 RACE features reversed colors from the std. 1350 offering.
The 1650 RACE features reversed colors from the std. 1350 offering.

Some of you may be aware of the rumor mill started a while back when Powerboat Nation posted a story speculating we were going to release a 1700 h.p. engine. The story featured a dated 1350 model shot. Erik squashed all rumors when he unveiled the all-new 1650 RACE sterndrive. Based on our exclusive quad cam, four valve 1350, this monster features new pistons, larger turbos and requires 112 AKI race fuel.

So there, PB Nation. You were correct in that – yes – we did release a higher power engine based on our exclusive quad cam, four valve engine platform. You were off on the power and color, however. And no, this is not your father’s poker run engine. It is a race engine that is sold, without warranty, to qualified powerboat racing professionals. I’ll make sure you get a press kit:) Read more

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Mercury Racing Honors Fred Kiekhaefer

Mercury Racing honors Fred Kiekhaefer and his dynamic 22-year career.
Guests included Mercury Marine president Mark Schwabero, former Kiekhaefer Aeromarine employees and Mercury Racing employees and retirees.

The timing of our recent snow storm couldn’t have been more perfect. First, we’re going to have a white Christmas. Second and more important, it gave us an excuse to stay home with the kids (school closures); It also provided time for recovery after Fred Kiekhaefer’s farewell party Wednesday evening.

Fred recently announced he will be leaving Mercury Racing at the end of the year. He will continue representing our brand at boat shows, poker runs and other events. He also will provide consulting services for Mercury through 2014. Fred and his wife, Carol, are moving to Colorado where she will continue diabetes research with the Barbara Davis Center near Denver.

Erik Christiansen has been named General Manager of Mercury Racing. Erik, a 15-year employee of Mercury, was our Director of Engineering for the past four years and lead the development of the QC4v 1350 and 1100 sterndrive engine packages.

Fred has many cherished memories throughout his dynamic career. Certainly he is going to miss the daily interaction with his friends at Mercury Racing. Fred said, “I’ve spent more time with you folks than anybody else. You people are my friends. I may be moving on, but don’t think I’m abandoning my friends. Besides, I need you to take care of my investment here!” Read more

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Refreshed to the Core!

A 1100 dressed in optional Mercury Racing Blue Metallic goes for a run on the dynamometer.
Doug Peterson (front) and Mike Critchley work their magic refreshing quad cam, four valve 1100s and 1350s.

Our high performance QC4v (1100/1350) sterndrive engine packages have been a stellar success. Both models are game changers and have lived up to the promise: Faster. Stronger. Farther. Longer. But as stout and trouble free as they’ve been, even these Torque Monsters will need attention eventually.

Racing’s all-new Factory Fresh QC4v program features a complete engine inspection and refresh by the skilled craftsmen who built them originally. Unique to the QC4v refresh program is the option to purchase either a new long block assembly or a certified refreshed core long block. The long-block core exchange program reduces the amount of time an engine is in for service. Engines receive a complete dynamometer run prior to being sealed and released as Certified Factory Fresh. Refreshed QC4v engines enjoy a limited warranty on all refresh parts purchased by a customer – including the long block assembly.  The refresh warranty is the same as Mercury Racing’s one year Parts and Accessories Warranty. Factory Fresh QC4v warranties can be transferred to a new owner if the boat is sold.

Rejuvenated Spirit

Mike preps a 1350 long block for the Factory Fresh QC4v core exchange program.
The sea pump is rebuilt as part of the refresh process.

The refresh process begins with an inspection of the condition of the engine long-block. This  determines the core-exchange value. Once the core value is assessed, the rest of the engine is inspected to determine what is needed.  A refreshed long-block is a solid foundation from which our craftsmen work their magic. Every aspect of the upper engine – from fasteners to critical components (fuel, electrical systems and closed cooling systems) – are inspected and updated as needed. The refresh process includes rebuilding of the sea pump, replacing all belts, exhaust gaskets, seals, hoses, spark plugs, fuel filters, oil & oil filter, and other miscellaneous hardware.

Additional parts may be replaced due to corrosion or other factors. These may include exhaust manifolds and turbocharger assemblies.  If any of these conditions exist, the customer is informed and provided an estimate of related charges. Read more

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2013 Mercury Racing Wall Calendars!

Another year is quickly approaching the finish line. It’s hard to believe two years have passed since we launched this blog and our Facebook,Twitter pages and YouTube channel. Thank you for your participation, “friend”ship, tweetness, videos and feedback.

Watermarks: The Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show marks the start of 2013 boat show season in the USA. The Performance Dock will be stocked with a variety of go-fast gems.  Cigarette Racing will again be the epicenter, with Nor-Tech, Formula and Statement Marine among the performance builders featuring their latest wares. Douglas Marine is displaying in Ft. Lauderdale for the first time. They will be showing their beautiful 412 catamaran with twin 1100s. The show will also feature the return of Baja with their debut of the all-new 30 Outlaw GT. Stu Jones and the Florida Powerboat Club (FPC) will ensure all are entertained and catered to Friday eventing in their annual Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show Bash.

Speaking of FPC, We are busing preparing for the 20th Annual Key West Poker Run. We are again title sponsor and look forward to being on-site at the Poker Run Village with our mobile marketing truck and crew. Mercury Racing sportswear will be available for folks wanting to get a jump start on their Christmas shopping for both naughty… and nice :).  Mercury Racing engines will again be the power to beat at the Key West Offshore World Championships,  happening at the same time as the poker run. And, before you know it, the Miami International Boat Show will be upon us; seems we always have something exciting there! Read more

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Rendezvous in Havasu

The Mercury truck in position at the Lake Havasu Boat Show. Photo credit: Bob Brown.
Mercury Racing M8 drives on the transom of a 1350 powered DCB M-35 Wide Body. Photo credit: Bob Brown.

I just got off the phone with our National Sales Manager, Kevin Skiba. Kevin is on his way back from Arizona after the Lake Havasu Boat Show.  It sounds like the show was a resounding success. Kevin and drive technician Dave Vehrs represented Mercury Racing at the show. Other Mercury reps included Brad Hammel from Mecury Repower  and West Coast Technical Area Manager Michael Scott.

Lake Havasu is a Mecca for performance boating. It’s only natural to have a boat show and the upcoming Desert Storm Poker Run there. Performance boat exhibitors for the boat show included Advantage, Conquest/Group 1, DCB, HallettEliminator, Howard, E-Ticket, Doug Wright and MTI.

New boats making their Havasu debut included Nordic’s sporty new 24-foot catamaran powered by a single 565 sterndrive and Frisini Motorsports’ new SCX 43 cat with twin 1350s. Read more

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Ethanol and Older Outboards

Damage to a boat engine carburetor as a result of ethanol at 10% (E10). Photo courtesy BoatUS.

Mercury Racing has received numerous questions on ethanol fuel in older engines. Here is an article from BoatUS, written with input from Mercury engineers (republished with permission), that covers many of the ethanol issues:

A Shotgun Marriage? Ethanol and Old Outboard Boat Engines

ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 28, 2012 — Ever since E10 gasoline (gas containing 10% ethanol) became widely available several years ago, the nation’s largest recreational boat owners group, BoatUS, has received hundreds of calls and emails complaining about boat engine problems. The majority of complaints concern older outboard motors, those made before about 1990. BoatUS’ Seaworthy magazine asked Mercury Marine’s Ed Alyanak and Frank Kelley, who between them have over 60 years of experience, to find out what’s made these decades-old outboards more susceptible to ethanol’s well-known problems and what owners can do. Read more

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Protect Your Investment

The New Mercury Racing CNC Cleaver Propeller Cover.

As you prepare for the upcoming boating season, remember to check the condition of your props to ensure they are in good condition and ready to go.

Mercury Racing 6-blade CNC Cleaver propeller.

To keep them in good shape, use propeller covers. We’ve developed an all-new cover specifically for Mercury Racing CNC Cleaver propellers. The 18-inch diameter cover features a tough, tear resistant and waterproof nylon shell. Red webbing highlights the outer edge. The silk screened Mercury Racing logo resists absorption of oil, grease and other contaminants.

The interior is lined with a tough ballistics material. The puncture resistant lining encases a marine grade padding to help protect the prop from impact. Read more

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Breakout Show!

Fred with the all-new 565 sterndrive. Photo courtesy of Charles Plueddeman - Boats.com.
Even competitors came by to check out our new products.

My first indication this was going to be a breakout Miami show was first thing Thursday. We had a huge gathering of media and trade professionals  for our 10:05 a.m. press conference.

Kevin Grodzki was first up to unveil the Mercury 150 Fourstroke outboard for its debut appearance at the world’s largest boat show. Fred Kiekhaefer followed with his unveiling of our all-new 565 sterndrive. Both engine’s were very well received. From that point on – the show was a non-stop-go.

We had two free-standing static 565 engine displays at the show – one in the Mercury booth and one in Dave’s Custom Boats (DCB) booth.

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Lovin’ Up Our Classic Big Block

These are some of our people who made the 565 happen.
Color optioned Super Silver valve cover caps Racing's exclusive aluminum 2-valve cylinder head.

New for the 2012 Miami International Boat Show — and enthusiastic performance boaters!

Mercury Racing has updated its core, big block sterndrive! Now, the venerable 525EFI has a digital sibling — 565!

We’ve stroked the block to 8.7 liters (or 533 cubic inches), redesigned the cylinder heads, added a second throttle body to the inlet, broadened the torque curve and increased output to 565 horsepower at 5,000-5400 rpm.

 

Zero Effort digital throttle: the ideal way to control this powerhouse!
Top mounted PCM, TCM and electrical connections makes installation easier.

Mercury Racing’s new 565 runs strong on 89 octane pump gas (RON+MON)/2. It employs dual throttle bodies and electronic fuel injection flowing through a new cylinder head which we designed with improved valve angles for better flow and more precise air and fuel distribution.

Managing operations is a new controller for this engine – the same Propulsion Control Module used on our 1350.

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Bravo I FS

Big four strokes are back as a viable power option for bass boats.
The new Pro Finish Bravo I FS prop was developed for four stroke outboard applications.

I can’t wait for the 2012 Miami Boat Show. I’m looking forward to seeing old friends and talking props with boaters, boat builders, dealers, consumers and racers. We’re geared up to have another big show. Fred Kiekhaefer has another exciting new product to unveil and I have a couple of new things to show as well. In fact, I just couldn’t wait any longer to talk about our new outboard prop.

You may recall my post regarding the Bravo I XS. We took the proven Bravo One sterndrive prop, added big one-inch vent holes in the hub and did some other tweaks to make it a big performer on low-emissions OptiMax outboards. Read more

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Destination: Key West

Artwork featured on the official Mercury Racing event T-shirt.

I’m excited about our title sponsorship of this week’s Key West Poker Run. Over 160 boats are registered for the Florida Powerboat Club (FPC) event. The poker run features four flights of  boats running from Miami to Key West. Departures begin Tuesday and run through Friday.  This year is proving to be one of the largest turnouts ever.

By Truck:

The Mercury Racing mobile marketing truck is packed with exciting product displays.

Dave Vhers (see On The Road Again) left Fond du Lac Saturday for Key West in the Mercury Racing mobile marketing truck. The truck will be set-up in the Poker Run Village with exciting product displays including a  1100 sterndrive, a 525 EFI with the Stage 1 X-haust Noise Reducer system and a Mercury Racing Propeller/Accessories display. We will debut our new Power & Propulsion full-line product catalog at the event as well. Poker run participants will receive a variety Mercury Racing branded items in the official event “goody bag.”  Read more

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Fort Lauderdale 2011

Nor-Tech’s custom paint looks great on Mercury 300 Verados.
Cigarette’s new 39 Top Gun Open: great seating all over the boat.

Fort Lauderdale boat show: where to start? First, I spent more time in conversations than taking pictures.

My friend and 1350 customer, Derek Wachob (Black “Z48 Corvette” MTI), was on the performance dock when I arrived. Pier 57’s David Woods was working the Cigarette display. PR maven, Marilyn DeMartini, had Skip Braver engaged in a video interview with Wealth Magazine aboard Cigarette’s new, 39 center console fishing boat.

Cigarette’s European dealer, Marcel, always the gentleman, was politely grilling me about 1350 emissions and noise. “When may I have [QC4v] for the European Union market?” Easy questions; difficult answers: “It is difficult meeting low CO emissions of the European Recreational Craft Directive…blah, blah… But we’re working…blah, blah…” Seriously, we are working to comply with the EU RCD with the QC4v platform, but that’s all I will say for now.

Center consoles seemed to appear everywhere. The trend looks more intended for catching a good time than a big fish. Susan Patterson was eager to show off her new 44 Concept center console fish boat. Concept had (arguably) the most fishable of the new center consoles.

Beautiful detail and lounging comfort aboard a Nor-Tech center console (I can’t bring myself to say “fish boat!”)

While both Cigarette and Concept center consoles’ lounge areas were comfortable, none had more relaxing ones than Trond Schou’s new Nor-Tech. With a 10 foot beam, the foredeck lounge area can accommodate two people taking a nap — and seven people watching them sleep.

Sunsation upped the “dazzle factor” with detail-painted pulleys and even trim pumps on 700 SCi that were already custom colored in “Devil Red” from Mercury Racing.

Sunsation’s new 36 vee bottom displayed one of the most beautifully detailed engine rooms – brimming with twin 700 SCi power — whether the hatch was open or closed (through plexiglas hatch ports).

It was a good, fun boat show! Then the sky opened for two days.

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Fast. Present (happy birthday!). Future.

Wow. Like Mercury engines, time flies! I can’t believe 2011 is winding down. It’s been one year since we launched our online presence featuring this blog as well as our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages. Thank you for your participation, “friend”ship, tweetness, videos and feedback. We’ll continue to create and share interesting and valuable content.

Season enders: The Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show marks the start of 2012 boat show season in the USA. The last hooray for offshore performance boaters before the onset of Winter is the 19th Annual Key West Poker Run presented by Mercury Racing. As always, racing in Key West will be exciting! And, before you know it, the Miami Boat Show will be upon us; seems we always have something new and exciting there!

So much to schedule! What better way to keep track of events in the new year than with a 2012 Mercury Racing Wall Calendar?  Our 12-month calendars feature a large, 17″ x 22″ format with action-packed photography of Mercury Racing outboard and sterndrive powered boats. (Mercury dealers can order the calendars in bulk direct from Bankers Advertising Company. Download the order form here. Custom dealer imprinting is available at no charge for orders of 100 or more. The nominal custom imprint fee will also be waived if dealers opt for the same imprint used on previous calendar purchases.) Read more

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There’s a new predator in Miami!

No Miami International Boat Show would be complete without something up my sleeve. This time, it’s the “younger brother” to Mercury Racing’s 1350 engine. (I just could not call this tough fella “little brother.”)

Mercury Racing’s new 1100 twin turbo V-8 hammers with 1100 lb-ft of torque on 89 octane, mid-grade pump gasoline.

Ta dah!: Our 1,100 horsepower, twin turbo V-8 is here! Like the big guy, it’s a 9 liter, all aluminum, close cooled, quad-cam, four-valve engine. It begins production in April.

The 1100’s benefits are pretty straight forward: Compared to our 1075 SCi, it has a little more power and a lot more torque; compared to our 1350, it has a little less of each.  However, our new 1100 has over 1,100 lb-ft of torque on tap – in a wide RPM band all the way from 2,500 to 5,250! That’s more torque than our 1200 SCi engine! It delivers 1,100 horsepower at 6,500 RPM (red line). It requires less gasoline – less of it and lesser octane: It takes 89 (R+M)/2, mid-grade pump gas (the 1350 takes 91; the 1200 SCi takes 110 race gas!). The 1100 complies with EPA and CARB exhaust gas emissions limits. Maintenance requirements are less frequent, too. This is ideal power for offshore vees and cats.

Even with all its technology, our 1100 is offered at a price favorably comparable to Mercury Racing’s 1075 SCi. As good as our 1075 SCi is, it is out-performed in every metric by our newer technology. Therefore, the 1075 is discontinued. So too, is our 1200/1025 SCi dual fuel engine. Of course, refresh and service parts will continue for our SCi platform. Also, our 850 SCi through 525 EFI will remain in Mercury Racing’s product line.

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Happy Holidays!

Clearly, we put the gifts into the engine, not into (nor under) the tree.
All dressed up for Santa’s night out. Sorry, Rudolph; a few rain deer are no match for 1,350 big horses.

Carol and I just returned from our ski vacation at the winter wonderland of Vail, CO — and look what I discovered: Somebody’s going to have a very torqued-up gift set under the tree!

You know who you are ;~)

Best Holiday wishes to you…

…from all of us at Mercury Racing!

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Halloween Party at Dave’s!

Dyno technician, Dave Dins, awards an A+. The second 1350 for DCB is ready to exit Cell 5.

Just in time for a Halloween party at Dave’s Custom Boats! The first pair of Mercury Racing 1350s for DCB passed their dyno tests and final inspections – and shipped October 27 for California!

These are big muscles for a black tom cat: both pulled strong to just north of 1,370 lb-ft of torque at 2,500 rpm and up to 5,250 rpm – and held it through a grueling heat soak cycle. Sounds harsh, and it is, but this is just a normal day for a production engine expecting to leave Mercury Racing for a new home.

Every recreational and racing engine is run through a test sequence on one of our dynamometers. Each engine, from 525 to 1350, must pass both torque and power standards on a boat load simulation. Dave’s newest engines did so with a smile and style. Read more

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2011 Mercury Racing Wall Calendars

Race into 2011 with a new Mercury Racing Wall Calendar. The 12-month calendars feature a large 17″ x 22″ format with action-packed photography of Mercury Racing outboard and sterndrive powered consumer and race boats.

Dealers can order the calendars in bulk direct from Bankers Advertising Company. Download the order form here. Custom dealer imprinting is available at no charge for orders of 100 or more. The nominal custom imprint fee will also be waived if dealers opt for the same imprint used on previous calendar purchases. Read more

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The Blog Never Stops!

Welcome to the Mercury Racing Blog. Our goal is to provide our dealers, boat builder partners, racing customers, consumers and enthusiasts with a continual flow of information from Mercury Racing.

Check back for future blogs on a variety of exciting topics including late breaking news, product information, service tips, racing & event news and “blasts from the past” highlighting our rich, colorful history of over 70 years of dedication to high performance marine propulsion.

Let us know what you would to to discuss. We look forward to blogging with you!

The Blog Never Stops!

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