Runway 9-27 : The Road to SEMA

The 1650 Ultima GTR at rest on runway 9-27. Photo Credit: John Erlien - Mercury Marine.
The 1650 Ultima GTR at rest on runway 9-27. Photo Credit: Jon Erlien – Mercury Marine.

We’re back in Las Vegas for the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show. It’s hard to believe a year has passed since we unveiled our QC4v automotive crate engine here.  Since then – we’ve received a lot of interest in the product and its capabilities. Various applications have been suggested – off road racing, drag racing and high performance street rods to name a few.  

Salvaggio's Furiously Fast Charger!
The 1650 QC4v nestled in the engine bay of the ominous ’68 Charger.

We’re excited to show the first consumer application of the QC4v crate engine application. We’ve partnered with Salvaggio Automotive Design to fit our potent QC4v power in an ominous ’68 Dodge Charger.

The twin turbocharged 1650 fits nicely in the Charger.
The twin turbocharged 1650 fits nicely in the Charger.

The project was first discussed at SEMA last year when David Salvaggio visited our booth and struck up a conversation with our General Manager Erik Christiansen. As they were talking, Erik had asked David where he was based out of. Being new to SEMA and the automotive industry, Erik was expecting Dave to respond with a location somewhere on the West Coast. He was surprised when David replied, “Port Washington, Wisconsin”. Small world. We are very proud to feature David’s latest creation in our booth.

The 1650 Ultima ready to rock on Runway 9-27.
The 1650 Ultima ready to Runway 9-27.

Our 1650 Ultima GTR returns to SEMA – this time with miles on the odometer and wear on the tires. We recently brought it to our local airport for photos and videography. While there – we captured some test data that provides just a glimpse of QC4v’s performance capabilities.

Our friend Dave Hemmingson is with us once again. Dave’s DCB M41 performance catamaran, featuring twin 1350 sterndrives, was the talk of the show last year. This year we have another twin engine 1350 DCB; a spectacular M35R in radiant yellow. It’s going to be a beacon for our booth as Custom Performance Central.Small Block 4-Valve Concept Engine

The Small Block Four Valve features DOHC cylinder heads modeled off our exclusive QC4v engine platform.
The Small Block Four Valve features DOHC cylinder heads modeled off the QC4v engie platform.

With such positive feedback regarding our exclusive QC4v engine platform and its robust valve train, we felt compelled to explore the adaptation of the four valve DOHC head to General Motor’s popular LS small block V8. We are anxious to get input regarding our unique small block four valve motor.

Rumor has it a very trick custom car, to be featured in a high profile location, will feature the concept Mercury Racing Small Block 4-Valve engine as well. Check back for details on this hot number.

Runway 9-27: The Road to SEMA.
Runway 9-27: The Road to SEMA.

We are very excited to be back at SEMA. For those of you lucky enough to go – be sure to stop by our booth – #34221 – Upper South Hall. For those who can’t make it, be sure to check back for show updates. we’ll also be posting to FacebookTwitter, YouTube and Instagram.

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    1. The DOHC head conversion for the LS is still in development and is only for the automotive market at this time. Stay up to date on the progress of this and other exciting new products from Mercury Racing by continuing to follow our blog and social media pages.

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