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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.

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

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Mercury Racing 1650s power the 48-foot MTI Wake Effects to the 2016 SBI Superboat Unlimited National and World Championships. Photo Credit: Pete Boden – Shoot2ThrillPix.

 

I recently had some awesome discussions with defending Super Boat International (SBI) National and World champs Team CMS Offshore Racing regarding their 2016 race season.

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Wake Effects is piloted by boat owner/rookie driver Rusty Rahm and veteran throttleman Jeff Harris on the sticks. Photo Credit: Pete Boden – Shoot2ThrillPix.

To recap, twin Mercury Racing 1650 competition engines powered Wake Effects, a 48-foot MTI catamaran with boat owner/rookie driver Rusty Rahm behind the wheel and veteran throttleman Jeff Harris on the sticks, to win the 2016 Super Boat International (SBI) Superboat Unlimited class world championship Sunday, Nov. 13. The Wake Effects victory is especially sweet as Rahm/Harris also won the Superboat Unlimited class National Championship in September.  The world championship was hard fought. Wake Effects finished sixth after being washed down in fierce competition in the opening race. Sister boat CMS #3 finished second.

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Randy Scism and Bob Bull haulin’ the mail in CMS #3, a 52-foot MTI catamaran powered by twin Mercury Racing 1650 engine packages. Photo Credit: Jim Winters

Team CMS came back with a 1-2 punch later in the week. CMS #3 enjoyed a convincing win with Wake Effects, placing a close second. Wake Effects won the final round, which counts toward double points. The accumulation of points over three days of competition was enough for Wake Effects to capture the world championship. Wake Effects finished nine points ahead of Team CRC Sunlight Supply, another MTI catamaran powered by Mercury Racing 1650 competition sterndrives. CMS #3 rounded out the Superboat Unlimited World championship podium, finishing third overall.

Power Evolution

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The Mercury Racing QC4v engine platform has revolutionized offshore powerboat racing and recreational performance boating.

All but one of the eight-boat Super Boat Unlimited field were powered by Mercury Racing QC4v -based engine packages. The engine has transformed offshore powerboat racing and performance pleasure boating with the transition from 2-valve pushrod big blocks, to the 4-valve – direct overhead camshaft valve train featured on the QC4v.

CMS #03 pilots Randy Scism (L) and Bob Bull.
CMS #3 pilots Randy Scism (L) and Bob Bull.

“Erik Christiansen has done a great job leading the Mercury Racing organization. I appreciate his engineering skills for one – the QC4v he created is a great motor. I own a bunch of them – for race and pleasure,” said Team CMS owner Bob Bull.

“His passion for racing and what he does for a living are contagious. You can see it from the guys building the engines all the way through management. That passion and spirit is why Mercury Racing is head-and-shoulders above the competition,” Bob concluded.

Race Proven

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Team CMS Offshore Racing celebrate their 2016 Superboat Unlimited National and World Championships with the legendary Reggie Fountain.

“MTI and Mercury Racing go 1-2-3. Win on Sunday – sell on Monday,” said Marine Technology, Inc. founder/owner Randy Scism.

“In racing, we put the product through much more abuse than what they would ever face in the hands of the consumer. R&D in our world stands for “Reck & Destroy.” And that used to be expected back in the day – prior to the introduction of the Mercury Racing QC4v engine platform. It truly has changed everything,” said Randy.

Today, performance is about so much more than top-speed. It is now defined by reliability, durability and an intuitive design that relates to consumer friendliness – all qualities the Mercury Racing QC4s deliver in spades,” Randy said.

“The QC4vs put the pleasure back into performance boating. Customers – new to the sport and those who have returned from days of old — are blown away at how consumer friendly the engines are. They appreciate all facets of the QC4v experience – from docile docking manners to incredible fuel economy, durability, reliability and overall performance. It is no different than jumping into your Lexus,” Randy concluded.

1650 Envy

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“Key West was an extraordinary experience. It was the first time we finished every race. It was a pleasure to not have to wrench on the motors all week,” said Envy owner Chris Cox after swapping Stotler race engines for Mercury Racing 1650s. Photo Credit: Pete Boden – Shoot2ThrillPix.

Randy was instrumental in changing the game for competitor Chris Cox of the Envy race team. Chris and throttleman Herb Stotler pilot Envy, a Mercury Racing 1650 powered 50-foot Mystic catamaran. Chris decided to repower the boat, replacing Stotler race engines with Mercury Racing 1650s after discussions with Randy Scism and Team CMS owner Bob Bull. Randy said Chris was ecstatic with the experience. “He had a permanent smile for the entire week,” Randy said.

“Key West was an extraordinary experience. It was the first time we finished every race. It was a pleasure to not have to wrench on the motors all week,” said Chris.

“It’s a new experience going from full-out racing  to idling back to the dock with engine run quality and shifting as smooth as a luxury automobile. Docking the race boat is no different than my Verado-powered pleasure boat. That is something unheard of with our previous propulsion,” Chris said.

“We left Key West for the OPA worlds the following week. We won on Sunday – nearly lapped the field. I would have never been able to leave one site for another without rebuilding the engines in the past. Our investment cost per lap, which includes testing and racing – is way down from our past experiences. We went from a hauler full of spare parts, to fitting all required parts in the trunk of my car,” said Chris.

Rookie MVP

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“In order to finish 1st – first you must finish,” Rusty Rahm (L).

“In order to finish 1st – first you must finish,” said rookie Superboat Unlimited Competitor Rusty Rahm. Cat Can Do, a Sterling engine powered cat that runs on Ethanol, gave Wake Effects a run for its money in the Superboat Unlimited National championships.

“They ended up failing to finish. The durability and reliability of the Mercury Racing QC4vs reinforced the importance to finish each race you endure,” Rusty said.

An analogy to Rusty’s accomplishment would be a NFL pro football player winning the Super Bowl and being named MVP his rookie year. Rusty is humbled by the comparison.

“All of the credit goes to MTI and Mercury Racing for providing an incredible ride. I’m looking forward to getting back in the boat for the 2017 season,” Rusty concluded.

Veteran Glory

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L-R: Rusty Rahm, Reggie Fountain and Jeff Harris.

Jeff Harris’ first race boat was powered by a 175 h.p. Mercury outboard. For 37 years, Jeff’s powerboat racing career has always been tied to Mercury. In the late ‘90s, Jeff approached Super Cat racing with the same methodology he had used in past. Relying on Mercury power at a time when the class was dominated by competitive power.

“My experience was that I could rely on running the engines as is from Mercury. I didn’t touch them. I would focus on things I could tweak, such as props and boat set-up,” said Jeff. He did that with great success, culminating with winning 12 of 14 races during the 2005 Super Cat race season.

“That same process pays off in spades with the 1650s. In the old days, if you tested too long, you usually didn’t finish the race. You had to schedule your run time – knowing the engine durability was limited. Now, with the QC4vs, it is common to have more time in testing than the race itself. This is a huge advantage, enabling us to fully prepare for the race. We don’t have to worry about the engines so we can focus on the boat set-up. This makes my job much easier,” Jeff said.

One of the biggest changes Jeff has experienced since running the QC4v 1650s is the reaction from fans.

“In the past, they would be focused on power and speed. How much power? How fast does it go? Now the common question is, ‘is that a race boat or pleasure boat’? They are amazed how smooth the engines idle and shift into and out of gear as we dock the boat after running 180 mph lap speeds around the race course,” said Jeff.

“Mercury Racing products are backed by passionate – techy individuals who care as much about performance, reliability and winning as much as I do. That hasn’t changed in my 37 years of racing,” Jeff concluded.

Crew Glue

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CMS Offshore Crew Chief Gene Greber watches as Wake Effects competes in the 2016 SBI Superboat Unlimited World Championships. Photo Credit: Jason Johnson  – SpeedontheWarter.com.

As the CMS Offshore Crew Chief, Gene Greber is the one that keeps everything together. He has a monumental task – managing a two boat – two time world champion team.

Gene has a long time relationship with Randy Scsim. He worked with Randy and Gary Stray for eight to nine years when Randy managed the Victory Team in the Middle East. Gene then moved on with Stray as crew chief for the GEICO race team. He did that for 1-1/2-2 years before moving into his current roll with CMS.

“I love the QC4s. Give them air, water and fuel – and they will treat you right. They are highly dependable. In fact, last year we went undefeated on one set of engines. They had full out – high rpm running for 90 miles per race or eight hours of race time plus testing and shoot out runs. We changed them out for Key West- not because we had to but because it was the worlds and we didn’t want to take any chances, Gene said.

“When dialed-in – there really isn’t anything out there that can touch them.  They are so dependable and fail safe – it really comes down to human error if something goes wrong.”

There you have it. I think we have a winner! 🙂

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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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Mercury Racing 1350s Power Curtis to Historic Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Victory

All Photos Compliments of Chris Davies – John Moore: www.powerboatracingworld.com

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Twin Mercury Racing 1350 sterndrives power Steve Curtis to victory in what was the roughest Cowes-Torquay- Cowes endurance race in the event’s 56-year history.

The legendary Cowes-Torquay-Cowes endurance powerboat race finished Sunday in what will go down as the roughest in the event’s 56-year history. Thirty two to 38 mph winds stirred up 13-19-foot seas – challenging competitors and equipment.

The 190-mile endurance race was created in 1961 by newspaper tycoon and second world war fighter pilot Sir Max Aitken after seeing the Miami-Nassau Powerboat Race that began in 1956. Sir Max  proposed a similar race be staged in England between Cowes and Torquay.

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Competitors began their journey on calm waters along the Solent, a 20-mile long strait that separates the Isle of Wright from mainland England. Conditions would deteriorate quickly for the 14-boat field as they left the protected waters for open ocean competition.  Gale force winds – stirring up 13-19 foot seas – changed the game. Endurance of crafts and crews would be tested to their limits.

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Reigning Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Champion Vector Martini Rosso succumbed to technical issues after enjoying an early lead.

Reigning Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Champion Vector Martini Rosso, a Vector hull piloted by Peter Dredge, Simon Powell, Malcolm Crease and Jason McVicar, succumbed to technical issues after enjoying an early lead.  Technical issues forced Silverline, (Drew Langdon and Giancarlo Cangiano) out of the running as well.  To make matters worse,  their stricken boat was then swamped by a rogue wave and sank. Thankfully, no one was injured. The crew was rescued and the boat was towed to safety.

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A rogue wave sank Silverline after being idled with technical issues. Thankfully, no one was injured. The crew was rescued and the boat was towed to safety.

Conditions continued to take its toll on the field. Italian entrant Tommy Racing (Maurizio Schepici and Gabriele Giambattista) and Hendricks 55 (Miles Jennings, Markus and Vincent Hendricks) were the next two competitors forced to retire.  This cleared the way for eight-time UIM Class 1 World Champion Steve Curtis, with team mates Richard Carr and Paul Sinclair to power through the rough in their classic Mercury Racing 1350 powered Cougar aluminum vee-bottom hull.  The team averaged 58.42 mph to win the Cowes-Torque leg of the event.

_87827CTCDorian Griffith, Shelley Jory-Leigh and Will Stevens piloted Blastoff Racing, a Fountain hull powered by twin Yanmar diesels, to finish 47 minutes behind the Mercury Racing powered Cougar with Biretta Due, a Belgium Buzzi RIB piloted by Jean-Pierre Neels, Thomas Vandamme, Marijke D’Hondt and Dmitry Schiller finishing 33 minutes behind Blastoff for a third overall finish. Thunderstreak, a 53 year old hull piloted by Robin Ward and Jeff Hall finished fourth but failed to complete the course within the stated 3 hour 51 minute time limit.

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_87932CTCAttrition brought the starting field for the trip back from Torquay to Cowes down to to four.  The field would swiftly be reduced to three when an oil pressure loss forced Biretta Due out of the competition.

_87543CTCSteve Curtis carefully throttled the Mercury Racing 1350 powered Cougar through the huge seas and to cross the finish line in what was an emotional victory. The British racer, who had won nearly everything in the sport of offshore powerboat racing, had never won the classic endurance event. Teammate Richard Carr has followed the race since a child. Richard has always dreamed of winning the coveted Cowes event. Blastoff pilot Dorian Griffith, who  had been striving to finish Cowes-Torquay-Cowes since 2008, realized his dream – with a second place finish.

To endure such rough conditions is a testament to the competitors and the propulsion that carries them through.  This Cowes-Torquay-Cowes victory proves the performance, reliability and dependability built into all Mercury Racing products.

 

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MAX5 Street Party!

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A scene from the 2015 Desert Storm Poker Run Street Party. Our Mercury Racing Experience truck has a fresh look. Official Mercury Racing merchandise is available for purchase as well!
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The 2016 Mercury Racing Desert Storm event Tee and a variety of official Mercury Racing Merchandise is available for purchase at the Mercury Racing Experience truck.

It’s party time! The Mercury Racing Experience truck is front and center at the Desert Storm Poker Run Street Party. Our temporary address is easy to remember…1550 McCulloch Boulevard! 🙂 We are excited to once again be a part of the largest performance boat gathering West of the Mississippi.

MercuryRacing_Max5_Logo_LABELPerformance prop  guru Scott Reichow is on site to talk props and reveal our latest wheel, The Lab Finished MAX5.

Satisfy Your Drive 

Performance boat builders and dealers are finding the Sport Master gearcase enables them to achieve significantly higher boat speeds by allowing Verado 400R outboards to run at higher transom heights than models fitted with a production style case. To date, maximizing efficiency of the surfacing, low water pickup gear housing had only been limited by propeller slip.  Customers have been eager to find a solution to take full advantage of the Sport Master’s capabilities.

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The 15-inch diameter MAX5 is offered in a pitch range of 23 to 34 inches in one-half inch increments.

The custom five blade MAX5, developed and hand-crafted by the Mercury Racing Propeller Lab, is custom designed for single and multiple Verado 400R Sport Master applications.  The Lab Finished prop provides a measurable reduction in propeller slip, (up to a staggering 12% in some applications). In fact, MAX5 props were the thrust behind Nor-Tech Powerboats’ milestone center console performance run, clocking repeatable 101 MPH top-end speeds from their quad Verado 400R powered 39-foot hull.

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MAX5s were the thrust behind Nor-Tech’s milestone 101 mph performance out iif this quad 400R outboard powered 39 foot center console. Photo credit: Speedonthewater.com

The 15-inch diameter prop is offered in a pitch range of 23 to 34 inches 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. The stainless steel prop features the Mercury patented Performance Vent System® (PVS). PVS® enables the user to fine-tune the amount of venting needed for quick planing. MSRP is $2048.61.

Come See for a FREE Tee!

Here's your chance to win a FREE Mercury Racing Tee! The MAX5 Satisfy Your Drive promotion starts a 2 p.m. Quantities are limited.
Here’s your chance to win a FREE Mercury Racing Tee! The MAX5 Satisfy Your Drive promotion starts a 2 p.m. Quantities are limited.

We are so pumped about the new prop that we even had a custom promotional T-shirt made.  We got a bit carried away with that and well – have a few to give away. Quantities are limited.  The MAX5 Satisfy Your Drive promotion begins at 2 p.m. Stop by the Mercury Racing Experience truck for details. 

 

Steel Wheels Tour 2016

Official Steel Wheels 2016 Tour shirt.
Official Steel Wheels 2016 Tour shirt.
We're excited to show off our updated Experience Tour truck featuring the Fastest TV on the planet!
We’re excited to show off our updated Experience Tour truck featuring the fastest TV on the planet!

Desert Storm is the opening stop on our 2016 Mercury Racing Experience truck tour. The truck interior got a complete makeover during the long Wisconsin winter. We’re excited to have you stop by and check it out.  We have additional display updates in the works. It will be a show stopper for sure!:)

See you in the Desert. We’ll leave the lights on! 🙂

 

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Historic 400 ROS Victory!

practice during day three of the Fujairah Grand Prix - the firts round of the UIM XCAT World Series 2016 where 14 boats are competing. XCAT, short for extreme catamaran, is one of the most challenging and extreme forms of powerboat racing in the world at the Fujairah International Marine Sports Club on April 8, 2016 in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.
Twin Mercury Racing 400 ROS competition outboards powered Victory Team to win the Fujairah Grand Prix. Photo: XCAT World Series.
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MR ROS Showed Em Who’s BOSS!

Twin Mercury Racing 400 ROS competition outboards powered Victory Team to win the Fujairah Grand Prix, Friday, April 8 on the Gulf of Oman in Fujairah, U.A.E. The race was round one of the 2016 XCAT World Series. The event is historic in that marks the first official race victory for our venerable 400 ROS competition outboard. 2016 is the first year the new four strokes can compete and earn points in XCAT competition. All but four of the 14-boat field featured 400 ROS power! Read more

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Dominance Down Under!

Photos courtesy of Kim Baldwin.

Mercury Racing dominated the2016 Robinvale-Euston 80 ski racing event.
Mercury Racing dominated the2016 Robinvale-Euston 80 ski racing event.

We recently received exciting news from our friends at Mercury Australia. Mercury Racing powered boats dominated the Robinvale Euston 80 water ski racing event, clinching 11 victories in the Expert classes and an additional six wins in the social classes. The event took place March 12-13 on the mighty Murray River which separates New South Wales and Victoria. Check out race Recap Video.

Don Gulley (driver) and observer Kevin Boylan piloted Merc Force, a Mercury Racing QC4v 1650 powered hull with skiers Jake Tegart and Steven Rowe in tow to take top honors in the Super Class division. It would be the team’s first win in seven years. Ironically, their past win before was also at the Robinvale event.  Jessica Pearse, piloting the QC4v 1350 powered 99 Pyscho Clowns with observer Daniel McMahon and skiers Codie Rigg and Steven Berry in tow, finished a respectable second in Super Class.

“It’s been a long time coming. The last time we won was here in Robinvale. I even think we are a little quicker this time around,” Don said.

Record Setting Performance 

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The Mercury Racing QC4v 1350 was the power behind Pigs Arsenal record setting performance in Unlimited Inboard competition.

QC4v 1350s were the power behind two record setting performances.  Chris Stevens (driver) and Mark Boyer (observer) piloted Pigs Arsenal, with skiers Sean Stevens and Jack Stevens in tow, to win the Unlimited Inboard Competition. They finished a full two seconds ahead of the previous record for the class.

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Merc Force F1 sliced a full 11 seconds off the previous record to capture the Women’s Expert category.

Merc Force F1, with Trent Souwer and Christian Apps driving and observing and skiers Chelsea Blight and Ellen Jones in tow, sliced a full 11 seconds off the previous record to capture the Women’s Expert category.

Clean Sweeps 

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Mercury powered boats claimed a clean sweep in the Under 19 Boys Expert event.

Mercury powered boats claimed a clean sweep in the Under 19 Boys Expert event, with Temper 2, Master Force and Superbad finishing one, two and three – with a two minute gap back to the next finisher. SBR and Agent Orange, both sporting Mercury motors, collected Gold and Silver in the Unlimited Outboard competitions.

OptiMax 300XS outboard power swept the F2 class competition with Enforcer, Top Gun F2 and In Strife finishing 1-3.  OptiMax 300XS outboards also scored big in the highly competitive MOC contest with Hardback Racing and Hodge Marine Racing finishing 1-2. An OptiMax 250 SportXS powered Velocity Racing to win the SMOC category.

Mercury Racing also dominated the Under 19 Girls competition with Melt Down and Ballistic Still, both sporting OptiMax 300XS power, finishing 1-2.

Korrupt, sporting Mercury Racing 600 SCi sterndrive engine, clinched the competitive 70 MPH competition while OptiMax 250 SportXS outboards delivered No Cash and Southern Force to claim Gold and Silver respectively in the Sub Junior Girls category.

Congratulations to all of the teams in this very impressive showing of Mercury power. I look forward to sharing more good news from our friends down under as the 2016 water ski racing season progresses.

 

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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

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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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Team RG87 Crowned Class 1 V World Champs

2015 UIM Class One World Powerboat Championship Abu Dhabi GRAND PRIX UAE - 4th to 6th November 2015 © Raffaello Bastiani / H2O Racing
2015 Class 1 V World Champions Team RG87. Photo Credit: © Raffaello Bastiani / H2O Racing

Shortly after my post regarding Team Abu Dhabi winning the Class 1 Offshore World Championship – I had learned another Mercury powered boat had captured the Class 1 V World Powerboat Championship on the same weekend. That is newsworthy on its own. However – what is even more enticing is the boat is a 42-foot Fountain poker run hull powered by twin 700 SCi sterndrives. What’s more, the father and son team of Antonio and Giuseppe Schiano, owners of Hi-Performance Italy – a prominent Mercury Racing dealer in Naples, Italy pilot the boat.

Abu Dhabi - U.A.E. 4-6 November 2015 U.I.M. ClassOne World Powerboat Championship Grand Pirx of Abu Dhabi Photo: Simon Palfrader© Editorial Use Only
2015 Class 1 V Champions (L-R): Antonio Schiano, Giuseppe Schiano and Federico Montanari (alternate driver) Photo Credit: Simon Palfrader© Editorial Use Only

Veteran powerboat racer Antonio Schiano said they had a specific strategy in place to capture the championship.  “Consistency ultimately wins races,” said Antonio.

The 42-foot Fountain hull. is powered by twin 700 SCis coupled to dry-sump six drives and 17.50 x 37 Mercury Racing CNC Cleaver propellers.
The superior reliability of the 700 SCi sterndrives worked hand-in-glove with our consistency strategy to earn RG87 the Class 1 V Championship.

“The first day went great. Chaudron were competitive but they ultimately failed an engine – giving us an advantage in the first race. Bernico also ran well and continued to be a threat in race two after a superior start. We decided to follow and put pressure on them. The strategy worked as they too ultimately succumbed to an engine failure that forced them out of the race,” Antonio said.

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Team RG87 won the championship with five blade 17.50 x 37 Mercury Racing CNC Cleaver propellers. Photo Credit: © Raffaello Bastiani / H2O Racing

“The superior reliability of the 700 SCi sterndrives worked hand-in-glove with our consistency strategy to earn us the championship. We were perfect thanks to the wonderful work of the technicians of Hi-Performance Italy, Rosario Schiano, Vincenzo Guidone, Ciro Guide and Vincenzo Alessio, who prepared the boat and motors,” Antonio concluded.

 

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Mercury Racing Powers MTI to Triple Crown Championship

2015 Superboat Unlimited World Champion. Photo credit. Pete Boden - Shoot 2 Thrill.
2015 Superboat Unlimited World Champions with Bob Bull (driver) and Randy Scism (throttles) Photo credit. Pete Boden – Shoot 2 Thrill.

I couldn’t wait to get in this morning to make some calls and write this post to celebrate Team CMS’s  Superboat Unlimited Offshore World Championship. My first conversation was with John Tomlinson – throttleman in CMS #03, a Mercury Racing 1650 powered 48-foot MTI cat with veteran Jeff Harris behind the wheel.

 

Port engine compartment damage resutling from the Team CRC collision with CMS "03. Photo credit: Speed on the Water
Hull damage resulting from the Team CRC collision with CMS #03. Photo credit: Speed on the Water

“The goal all along was to finish 1-2. Jeff and I placed second on Wednesday (race 1).  We were taken out early Friday (day 2) when Team CRC rode up on some rooster tails and ended up hitting us in turn 1, resulting with a gaping hole on the port side of the engine compartment,”Johnny said.

"The goal all along was to finish 1-2," john Tomlinson - Team CMS #03. Photo Credit: hammer Down Boating.
“The goal all along was to finish 1-2,” John Tomlinson – Team CMS #03. Photo Credit: Hammer Down Boating.

“On Sunday, Jeff and I were third going into the first turn. Bob (Bull) and Randy (Scism) (CMS #3) were on the inside and GEICO  was on the outside. We were pinched in the middle going through the turn. Once we came out into the rough – Jeff punched and we lever looked back,” said Johnny.

Winning Combination 

CMS #03 pilots Randy Scism (L) and Bob Bull.
CMS #3 pilots Randy Scism (L) and Bob Bull.

“MTI and Mercury Racing make a winning combination,” were the first words from Marine Technology, Inc., owner/CEO Randy Scism when we spoke this morning.

Mercury Racing Class 1 Race sterndrives power Ballough and Tomlinson to the 2015 Class 1 World Championship. Photo Credit: Simon Palfrader
Mercury Racing Class 1 Race sterndrives power Ballough and Tomlinson to the 2015 Class 1 World Championship.
Photo Credit: Simon Palfrader

“Triple Crown champs; Superboat Unlimited National Championship, Superboat Unlimited World Championship and Class 1 World Championship. It’s been an awesome couple of weeks,” Randy expounded. This may be the first time in history Mercury Racing has captured the triple crown.

The two boat Team CMS team. Boat #03 with team owner Bob Bull (driver) and Randy Scism (throttleman). Boat #3 with Jeff Harris (driver) and John Tomlinson (throttles). Photo compliments of Marine Technology, Inc.
The two boat Team CMS team; Boat #3 with team owner Bob Bull (driver) and Randy Scism (throttles). Boat #03 with Jeff Harris (driver) and John Tomlinson (throttles). Photo compliments of Marine Technology, Inc.

“We had a great year,” said Team CMS #03 driver Jeff Harris. “We ran every SBI race and the Lake Race at LOTO as well. Throughout the year, the only races Johnny and I didn’t win were the ones Bob and Randy won,” Jeff said.

“The winning boats led every lap. A large part of that is the engines are so darn reliable – lap after lap – race after race. There simply are no issues and thus why the Mercury QC4vs are so dominant,” Jeff concluded.

We’ve Got Your Back 

I couldn’t wait to talk to Bob Bull this morning. As you would expect – he was ecstatic.  “The motors ran great in the ’52 (CMS #3). They had three races on them from the National Championships and we ran them all week in Key West as well. Good to go. No issues. They are super dependable and deliver a ton of power,” Bob said.

The Official Bob Bull - MTI Triple Crown Camp Shirt.
The Official Bob Bull – MTI Triple Crown Camp Shirt.

It was this time last year we launched our new Mercury Racing merchandise program.  One of the shirt designs the vendor came up with came up with features a sublimated design. The first rendering they shared featured race boats – but the art wasn’t representative of the modern offshore performance boat. I went through my archives and found a perfect overhead shot of a CMS MTI. It’s ironic – the design is a perfect tribute to MTI for their historic Triple Crown accomplishment and to Bob and Team CMS for their winning the 2015 Superboat Unlimited National and World Championships!

Randy Scism proudly displays the Superboat Unlimited Championship award with his wife Cherell and the legendary Reggie Fountain at his side.
Randy Scism proudly displays the Superboat Unlimited Championship award with his wife Cherell and the legendary Reggie Fountain at his side.

Congratulations again to Team CMS and MTI for your historic race season. I’m looking forward to catching up with you over the off season to see what you have planned for next year!

 

 

 

 

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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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QC4v Jet King

Spencer King Photos Courtesy of MT Actions Photography 

Eight time World Jet Boat Champion Spencer King.
Eight time World Jet Boat Champion Spencer King.

Our Product Integration Manager Mike Griffiths recently returned from the Thunder on The Snake jet boat races in Lewiston, Idaho. Mike was there to support a project he had been involved with for a year now; the fitment of a QC4v 1350 in a jet boat. Say what? Yes. Mike and our associates at Mercury Canada successfully installed the first QC4v 1350 coupled to a jet pump.

Spencer is all smiles after testing his new QC4v 1350 jet drive.
Spencer is all smiles after testing his new QC4v 1350 jet drive.

Spencer King, of Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada is an eight time World Jet Boat Champion.  In recent times – turbine powered competitors have taken the upper hand against his 20-foot jet boat powered by a custom built 900 h.p. Ford engine. We’ve experienced a similar trend in offshore powerboat racing. The teams that could afford turbines converted – and were the ones to beat until the QC4v arrived on the scene. I will never forget Key West – I believe it was 2011 – when Bob Bull spanked a well known turbine competitor at the SBI Offshore World  Championships. He passed them like they were standing still. We had a 1650 Competition on display in the poker run village. People lined up to sneak a peek and snap a photo. They couldn’t stop talking about it. 

The QC4v 1350 nestled neatly between the stringers of the 22-foot Outlaw Performance hull.
The QC4v 1350 nestled neatly between the stringers of the 22-foot boat.

Spencer is co-owner of Kingland Ford – an automotive and Mercury Outboards dealer. He knew he needed to update his power.  He also felt compelled to go with something with factory support. He contacted his resources at Mercury Canada for suggestions. That’s when Mike got the call. He didn’t hesitate to suggest QC4v 1350 power.

The 9.0 liter 1350 cranks out 1300 lb. ft. of torque from 2500 rpm to 5500 rpm on 91-octane pump fuel!
The 9.0 liter 1350 cranks out 1300 lb. ft. of torque from 2500 rpm to 5500 rpm on 91-octane pump fuel!

The 9.0 liter engine, running on 91-octane pump fuel, cranks out massive torque (1300 lb. ft. from 2500 to 5500 rpm!) The 1350 and its competition siblings have earned a reputation for both performance and durability in recreational and competitive applications.

Australian water ski racing features 21-foot boats powered by a 1350 sterndrive.
99 Psycho Clowns, powered by a Mercury Racing 1350 sterndrive, is a strong competitor in Australian F1 Men’s water ski racing. Photo courtesy Vanessa Eyles Photography.

The closest 1350 application to Spencer’s is water ski racing in Australia. There – a driver and an observer pilot a 21-foot boat, powered by a single 1350 sterndrive, to 130 mph … with skier in tow! So – in that respect – the install if a 1350 in a 20-foot boat wasn’t a stretch.

A good view of the engine installation.
A good view of the QC4v 1350 jet installation.

Mike committed to the project after discussing it with Spencer and Mercury Canada. Mercury Racing technicians spent the winter converting the engine for jet propulsion.  “We took things off the engine that jet boats don’t need. The transmission was one of them,” Mike said.

Spencer fabricated a couple for fitment of the American Eagle jet pump.
Spencer fabricated a couple for fitment of the American Turbine jet pump.

Spencer purchased a new 22-foot Outlaw Eagle Performance Boat to make room for the 1350.  He named it Sunset Shaker. Mike traveled to Outlaw Eagle in the spring to assist with the rigging.

“I went through the process of wiring the boat for the engine, water and fuel,” said Mike. Spencer fabricated a coupler to enable the 1350 to be coupled to an American Turbine jet pump.

The father and son team of Russell and Spencer King.
The father and son team of Russell and Spencer King.

Jet boats are piloted by a driver and navigator. Spencer’s navigator is his father Russell King. After testing and dialing-in the rig – Spencer and Russell were ready to race. They selected the  2015 World Jet Boat Championships as their first event. A total of 60 teams, representing the U.S., Canada, Mexico and New Zealand compete for 10 days – racing 550 miles through the rivers of Western Canada.

The Jet Boat World Championships consists of 1- days of competition travelling 550 miles through the rivers of Western Canada.
The Jet Boat World Championships consists of 10 days of competition travelling 550 miles through the rivers of Western Canada.

Out of the box, the 1350 powered Sunset Shaker  approached 130+ mph speeds. Not bad for its inaugural competition. Still – it wasn’t quite enough to squelch 1,800 h.p. turbine powered competitors capable of speeds in excess of 140 mph. Even with the power gap – they finished an impressive fourth overall.

“It’s a new boat, the engine is new to us, and just finishing these marathons is a feat,” said Spencer.

“He ran for ten days without an issue and a lot of racers took note. We’ve received a lot of inquiries regarding the 1350 following this year’s World Jet Boat Championship,” Mike said.

Mercury Racing technicians  will work their magic converting Spencer's 1350 to a 1550 h.p. competition model.
Mercury Racing technicians will work their magic converting Spencer’s 1350 to a 1550 h.p. competition model.

Spencer’s engine is coming back to Racing where our technicians will work their magic, converting it to a 1550 competition model. While that is being done – Spencer plans to make modifications to the hull – in hopes to reduce weight while enhancing the drive line in preparation for increased power.

I’m looking forward to seeing how he does at the 2016 Worlds. My guess is he’ll have people lined up to sneak a peek of the engine that beat the turbines. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rouen is Black as Day!

Photos Courtesy of Henri Thibault. Click to enlarge.

Defending Champion Philippe Chiappe Repeats in Rouen!

Mercury Racing swept the 52nd annual 24 Hours of Rouen endurance powerboat race. The race concluded Saturday, May 2nd. This was the third consecutive year race organizers diverted from the traditional April 30 start and fourth consecutive year the race was run over a two day period.

 

Close Race  

Defending champ Philippe Chiappe
From Russia with OptiMax Power!
From Russia with OptiMax & Class 2 Title!

Defending champion Philippe Chiappe, with Team Nollet #1  drivers Christophe Larigot, Peter and Nelson Morin won the race overall and Class 3 competition. Chiappe and team drove their Mercury S3000 race outboard powered hull a total of 784 laps to win the event.  Russian team Team New Star 1with Mercury OptiMax 200XS SST power, finished a mere one lap behind Chiappe – providing race fans with one the most exciting finishes in recent Rouen history.

 

Top 5

Team Navikart were an early adapter of OptiMax power and are always top contenders in Rouen.
Team Navikart were an early adapter of OptiMax power and are always top contenders in Rouen.
Bourgeot Racing Team completed 652 laps for a send place podium finish in Class 3 competition.
Bourgeot Racing Team completed 652 laps for a send place podium finish in Class 3 competition.

Team Navakart Racing #35 and Team Navakart Racing #32  finished 759 and 753 laps respectively for 3rd and 4th overall and 2-3 finish in Class 2 competition. Team Bourgeot Racing Team completed 652 laps to place fifth overall and and second in Class 3 competition. Team Pegase Racing Team and Team Autovision & Tullio Abbate rounded out 3-4 in Class 3 competition. All were powered by Mercury Racing outboards.

Class Act

Aeron Racing celebrates their Class 1 victory!
Aeron Racing celebrates their Class 1 victory!
The Mercury 60 EFI FormulaRace outboard dominated Class 1 competition.
The Mercury 60 EFI FormulaRace outboard dominated Class 1 competition.

The Mercury 60 EFI FormulaRace outboard dominated Class 1 competition, powering Arion Racing to victory with 480 laps completed. Team Magaur finished three laps behind to cinch a second place podium finish. Team Marine Inshore, Team Viking DKC and DEFI 24H Esigelec rounded out 3-5. All were powered by Mercury 60 EFI Formula Race outboards.

 

Postcard caption: Wish you were here!
Postcard caption: Wish you were here!

It’s hard to believe its been 15 years since I traveled to Rouen and witnessed Team Mercury’s historic race victory with low-emissions OptiMax outboards. Henri Thibault’s incredible photography makes me want to make a return trip to the magical French city on the River Seine to again experience this one-of-a-kind event.

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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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All Charged Up at SEMA

DCB's beautiful M35R cat is photographed continually throughout the show.
DCB’s beautiful M35R cat is photographed continually throughout the show.

The 2014 SEMA show has been a blast. Once again our booth has a variety of displays that have stopped traffic and been the talk of the show.

Our concept Small Block 4-Valve engine.
Our concept Small Block 4-Valve engine.

We opened the show with the unveiling of our concept Small Block 4-Valve engine. The engine features dual overhead cam shaft (DOHC) four-valve cylinder heads modeled after those used on our exclusive quad-cam, four-valve (QC4v) engine platform. Read more

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