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Pros Go Four the XS!

Mercury’s new 115 Pro XS fourtroke earned its “Extra Special”status capturing UIM Class 3A and 3B World Championships last week in Tvedestrand, Norway. The engine, released as a consumer model earlier this year, proved its dependability and reliability when rough seas challenged crews and their equipment. The engine joins an existing fleet of low emissions […]

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MPP for Three!

Here’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 […]

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MAX5 Street Party!

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. Performance prop  guru Scott Reichow is on […]

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Brian’s FS Experience

Brian Huinker called me recently for prop advice on a boat he and his nephew bought together. Brian is a Technical Application Manager for Mercury Marine. Brian and his nephew Mike Huinker bought an Alumacraft Trophy 195 with a 200 Pro Verado. With his work – Brian travels with an assortment of tools and props to […]

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Historic 400 ROS Victory!

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 […]

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Fishin’ with a Mission!

There is nothing better than getting a call from a customer who is ecstatic with the the performance of our products. Eli Delany, a longtime customer and tournament angler, called recently to share results he is experiencing with Pro Finish Pro Max props on his OptiMax 250 XS powered 21′ Stroker DC bass boat. Eli, […]

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Dominance Down Under!

Photos courtesy of Kim Baldwin. 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 […]

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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 […]

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Patrol Master

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 […]

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Anything Else is Just a Toy!

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. 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 […]

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When in Doubt – Trim it Out!

With 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. The integrated boat speed-based engine trim system specifically for performance applications where the gearcases are running partially surfaced. […]

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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 We’ve released  yet […]

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Houston? We Have a Solution!

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 Pro Finish Rev 4 XP provides “Extreme Precision” when dialing […]

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Team RG87 Crowned Class 1 V World Champs

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 […]

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Mercury Racing Powers MTI to Triple Crown Championship

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.   “The goal all […]

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Meet the New Boss!

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 […]

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Mercury Racing Powers Team Abu Dhabi to Class 1 World Championship!

American offshore racing veterans Gary Ballough (driver) and Johnny Tomlinson (throttles) piloted Abu Dhabi #6, a MTI catamaran powered by twin Mercury Racing Class 1 Race sterndrives, to win the 2015 Class 1 World Championship! The season finale event took place on the teams’ home waters as part of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the final event […]

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SEMA 2015

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 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 […]

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Revised. Refreshed. Rejuvenated.

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

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Prop Slip? We Have an App for That!

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 […]

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QC4v Jet King

Spencer King Photos Courtesy of MT Actions Photography  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 […]

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Overachiever!

I recently experienced Skater’s new 318 catamaran. What a sweet ride! It is the first new Skater to be factory rigged with our hot new Verado 400R ouboards. Our Product Integration Manager Mike Griffiths invited Skater to bring the boat to Fond du Lac to have it dialed in. The engines are one of the first […]

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Cat Nip!

The Verado 400R has fueled the resurgence of the outboard performance boat market. Multiple outboard (two or more) installations capable of speeds in excess of 85 mph require the use of an external rear tie bar assembly to keep the motors parallel and equalize loading.  Factory Installed Tie Bar Kit 400Rs destined for go fast duty on catamaran […]

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Dialed-In to the XS!

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 […]

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A Case for Prop Protection

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 […]

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Race to ECO!

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 […]

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Performance Revolution!

I’m excited to share some awesome news regarding our Lab Finished Revolution 4 props. New 20-inch, 22-inch and 24-inch pitch offerings expand the range from 19-25-inch in one inch increments. The new models are producing exceptional results with the Mercury Verado 350 and our Verado 400R outboards. Multi- engine (trip, quad or quint) stepped bottom performance center consoles […]

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OptiMax Diesel – Reporting for Duty!

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 […]

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Rouen is Black as Day!

Photos Courtesy of Henri Thibault. Click to enlarge. 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 […]

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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 […]

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Personality is Key with this QC4v!

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 1550 features an advanced control system which enables the operator to switch engine power level via an electronic […]

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Rumor Mills R Black & White

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. […]

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FS Miller

My good friend Steve Miller recently bought a 2014 Lund Pro-V 2075. Steve is the Senior Category Manager for Mercury Marine. He was heavily involved with the Verado from day one and also on the ground floor of the 150 Fourstroke launch as well as the launch of its 75-115 siblings. He knows the products […]

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All Charged Up at SEMA

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. 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 […]

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Runway 9-27 : The Road to SEMA

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 […]

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Get Your Race Gear Here!

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 […]

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No Sweat with Zero Effort!

Our new Zero Effort Digital Controls are the latest generation of an innovative, modular design first introduced by Kiekhaefer Aeromarine in the the 1980s. Kiekhaefer developed them to withstand the harsh environment of offshore racing. Often imitated, the versatile design has evolved through time with advancements in engine propulsion technology. The new controls provide an intuitive […]

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Hush the Magic 520!

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 […]

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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 […]

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Outerlimits Sets Vee Bottom Kilo Speed Records

Congratulations to Mike Fiore, Brian Forehand, Joe Sgro and Dr. Michael Janssen in establishing all new Unlimited Vee Bottom and SV Single kilo speed records. The American Power Boat Association sanctioned the special event records for Outerlimits Powerboats. I first learned of the initial record via a Speed on the Water post early Monday. Brian (Forehand) […]

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Bravo I FS Performance Update

I just received this fantastic video from professional Musky angler Jim Saric – the Musky Hunter.  My friend Steve Miller followed up with Jim a year after first loaning him a 22″ Bravo I FS for his Verado Pro 250 powered Ranger 620VS. We could not have asked for better testimonial. Others have shared similar […]

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New Look – New Products

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 […]

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The Glorious Story of Little Red

Happy New Year! 2014 is Mercury Marine’s 75th Anniversary. The year will be filled with a variety of exciting events to celebrate our company’s rich history. Mike Butler’s restoration of “Little Red,” a historic Mercury Twistercraft tunnel race boat, is the first in a series of stories I’ll be posting throughout the year in celebration […]

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Got Wheels?

We are excited to unveil our concept QC4v crate engine this week at the 50th annual SEMA show. The A multitude of configurations are possible, fom basic long block form to ready to run engines.  The project has to be one of our best kept secrets ever. This is our first  SEMA show and there […]

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FS Deck Boat

I just got some great news from Mike Griffiths – our resident product integration expert. Mike has been helping me dial-in an assortment of props for various applications. Mike and I tested props with anglers during Mercury’s National Walleye Tournament in Fond du Lac earlier this summer. Mike claims he is not an outboard guy, […]

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Aussie Assault!

Give it up for the Australians and their total domination of the 2013 Water Ski Racing World Championships! The event, held in Tenerife, Spain, concluded Sunday after four rounds of racing. Mercury Racing propulsion was the power in front of all six class world champions. As you can see, conditions were more ideal for an […]

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LOTO 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 […]

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Huron Heroes

“M for Mercury! M for Miss GEICO! M for Magnificent!” Those were the first words from Gary Goodell upon my congratulatory call to him Monday morning regarding Miss GEICO’s convincing win last weekend in Port Huron. OPA’s bracket race rule, with a speed cap of 135 mph, puts a spotlight on driving skill and acceleration. […]

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Bravo I FS Performance Update

Man – I love this time of year. Things are humming here at Mercury Racing. In fact – I’m so jammed – I really shouldn’t be taking the time to write this. I just couldn’t wait to share the latest news regarding our Bravo I FS propeller. I recently provided  22-24″ pitch FS wheels to […]

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Thunder in Paradise!

Kevin Skiba and I just returned from the 10th annual Boyne Thunder poker run. It is rare to come off of any travel feeling refreshed. But this event was refreshing – in many ways. As I had mentioned in my previous post, Boyne City is very close to my home town of Sault Ste. Marie. […]

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Boyne Thunder

Photos: Naplesimage 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 […]

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In with the Outlaws!

We’re getting stoked to head south tomorrow for the 6th Annual Texas Outlaw Challenge poker run. We’re excited to check out this unique venue. Traveling with me is our National Sales Manager Kevin Skiba and prop guru Scott Reichow.  Tad Whitten is delivering our poker run village displays featuring our 1650 RACE and 565 sterndrives, […]

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Rinker Wins Maple City Grand Prix

Photos: Paul Kemiel Photographics Defending 2012 F1 High Points Champion Terry Rinker won the inaugural Maple City Grand Prix Sunday, June 2, in LaPorte, Indiana. The race was round two of the 2013 US Formula 1 Powerboat Tour. “It was great to win a race in my home state,” said Terry Rinker. “I had family, […]

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“Fluke” Encouter

I began my career with Mercury Racing in 1988 as a Product Support Specialist. I traveled throughout the country supporting stock outboard and  Formula 1 tunnel boat racing. St. Louis was the Indy 500 of outboard tunnel boat racing. Racers and fans from around the world would converge on George Winter Park to watch hometown […]

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Vital Fluids

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 […]

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CLEAN POWER FOR THE EUROPEAN UNION

This is the 5th in a series on design features of Mercury Racing’s  Quad Cam, four valve sterndrive engine. As I mentioned in The Valve Train That Could, valves exist to get air in and exhaust out. Well, the exhaust isn’t finished just because it’s past the intake valves. It’s got work to do: It’s […]

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Clean Power for the European Union

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 […]

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Bravo for Go Fast Charters

It’s been a year since we introduced the Bravo I FS outboard propeller. It was originally developed for single engine four stroke outboard applications. We’ll, it didn’t take long for the word to spread regarding the prop’s performance. Folks running multiple four stroke outboard rigs started asking for right and left-hand rotation sets of the […]

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Pro Max Prop

I 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 […]

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Erik’s Reality

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 […]

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Fast Mercs – From Toronto to Miami

It’s show time! The Toronto International Boat Show opened last night and runs for the next nine days. The Mercury booth features a beautiful OptiMax 200XS SST powered tunnel race boat that is sure to draw people into the booth. Tammy Wolf, a driver with the all female team who competed at the 2012 24 […]

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Sound Bites from Paradise – Part 2

Happy Holidays from all of us at Mercury Racing. I hope you had a joyous Christmas with family and friends. For those of who may have missed our Facebook Holiday Countdown, Check it out! MercFan has to have the coolest Christmas tree on the planet! It’s hard to believe 2013 is a only few days […]

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Mercury Racing Honors Fred Kiekhaefer

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 […]

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Sound Bites from Paradise

It’s been just over a month since the running of the 20th annual Key West Poker Run. Kevin Skiba did a nice job of summarizing the activities in his November 16 post.  American Performance Television (APTV) captured on board excitement of participants enjoying the run in their Mercury powered boats. Dealers, boat builders, owners and […]

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Musky Hunter

At Mercury Racing we’re really pumped with the performance of our new Bravo I FS props. With some help from my angling friends, the application of the Bravo sterndrive prop on four stroke outboards was an instant success. We first focused on the single engine applications. Long time friend and coworker Steve Miller, Senior Category […]

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Refreshed to the Core!

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 […]

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Key West Poker Run Recap

Whew! I’m just getting back to a “normal” schedule after last week’s Key West Poker Run. It was a great event. We had people at the Mercury Racing truck from the moment we unloaded our 1350 and 565 display engines through the 10:00 p.m. closing time. It was non-stop action Thursday through Saturday. It’s always […]

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20 Years of Poker Run Fun!

It’s hard to believe the 20th Annual Key West Poker Run is upon us. We are proud to return as Presenting Sponsor of this historic performance boating event. Dave Vehrs (whose full-time job is building high performance NXT1, NXT6 and M8 drives) just texted me to let me know he has arrived safe and sound […]

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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. […]

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565: How’d We Do That – Part 2?

Mercury Racing’s 565 – with digital throttle and shift (DTS), better fuel economy and more grunt – prompted questions. Part 1 answered “How’d you do that?” by reviewing the 565’s torque and power. Part 2 continues to answer: We’ll discuss 565 fuel and DTS. Fuel Economy. Miserly fuel consumption is a hidden benefit of digital […]

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565: How’d We Do That – Part 1?

Mercury Racing’s 565 – with digital throttle and shift (DTS), better fuel economy and more grunt – prompted more than a few questions. Mostly variations of: “How’d you do that?” We agreed to blog and provide some answers. In Part 1, I’ll discuss about torque and power. Part 2, fuel and DTS. Torque. How big […]

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99 Psycho Clowns Sweep Round 1 of Australian Water Ski Championship

I think of Stealers Wheel’s song, “Stuck in the Middle With You”, whenever I come across news regarding Australia’s 99 Psycho Clowns water ski racing team. The Mercury 1350 powered team dominated Round 1 of the 2012 Australian Water Ski Championships, Sunday, September 16. The race was held on Bramble Bay, North of Brisbane. In […]

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OptiMax JP

One of my posts in our Virtual Tour series focused on consumer outboards. For the government, we build a “stealth” outboard that is rarely seen:  the OptiMax JP.  Developed for the U.S. Department of Defense, this multi-fuel engine runs on JP5, JP8, kerosene and Commercial Jet A aviation fuels — the same “heavy” fuels used in […]

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Rinker Romps OPC Nationals…Again!

Photos: Paul Kemiel Photographics Terry Rinker swept three of 10 classes at the 27th annual Outboard Performance Craft (OPC) National Championships. The event, held on the Kankakee River, is sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association (APBA). Terry repeated his 2011 performance by claiming both SST 120 and F1 OPC National Championships. He also claimed the […]

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Mercury Racing puts up Big Numbers at LOTO

Outerlimits’ Mike Fiore was the first person I called upon seeing the Lake of the Ozarks (LOTO) Shootout results.  Mercury powered Outerlimits won four classes. Mike won the NV2F1 (single engine production vee bottom) class with a top speed of 99 mph in Mike Everson’s 565 powered SV29. A Bravo One XR Sport Master coupled […]

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OptiMax Powers Johnsson to UIM Offshore 3C Championships

Race and lifestyle photos courtesy of Lauri Lampén. Union International Motonautique (UIM) crowns an Offshore 3C Champion for 2012: it’s Marcus Johnsson – again! Lauri Lampén sent us a message recently regarding his friend Marcus, winner of the UIM Offshore 3C European Championship: “Marcus is the king of the 3C class. He’s won…three UIM world […]

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565 Fuel Economy: Impressive. Most impressive!

Now here’s something noteworthy: 3.2 MPG on 89 octane pump gas! This is real-world, family boating experience in a new 29 Outerlimits vee bottom with Mercury Racing’s 565. Mike Everson is the proud, new owner of this beautiful rig. And he lives near us! So, we invited Mike to Fond du Lac for some data […]

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“We took MONSTER TORQUE with us!”

It was 5:12 am when my first email of the morning arrived: “Leaving the dock now. We took MONSTER TORQUE w us.” It was Stuart Hayim signaling the start of his around Long Island record run. Stuart’s brand new 42 MTI was powered with Mercury Racing 1350’s, M8 drives and 5-blade CNC Cleaver props. And […]

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Virtual Tour – Part 7: Cleaver Revolution

Continuing from Virtual Tour –  Part 6: Propellers…we’ll review the evolution of surface piercing propellers, culminating with our amazing CNC Sterndrive Cleavers. I first reviewed my classic literature collection for information regarding the evolution of surface piercing propellers. Copy from the propeller section of  a 1972 Hi-Performance Mercury/MerCruiser Accessories catalog references our change from bronze […]

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OptiMax Powers Fairchild to SST 200 UIM/APBA World Championship

Photos: Paul Kemiel Photographics Reigning SST 120 World Champion Chris Fairchild won the 2012 SST 200 UIM/APBA World Championship Sunday, July 22. The championship consists of four heats of racing at the PNC Trenton Roar on the River outboard tunnel boat race, an annual event that takes place on the Detroit River in Trenton, Michigan. […]

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Virtual Tour – Part 6: Propellers

Continuing from Virtual Tour Part 5: Sterndrives, Transoms & Accessories…we will visit the Mercury Racing Propeller Department’s finishing area. People are fascinated with propellers. The response to Scott Reichow’s Prop School blog series proves people are craving to learn more. Our visitors are a bit surprised when they enter Racing’s propeller finishing area. I think […]

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Virtual Tour – Part 5: Sterndrives, Transoms & Accessories

Continuing from Virtual Tour – Part 4: Horsepower Highway…we will follow the assembly of Mercury Racing sterndrives, transoms and accessories. Sterndrives Mercury Racing offers a variety of sterndrives fit for virtually any application. Bravo One XRs are enhancements of existing designs while NXT1, NXT6 and M8 drives were designed and developed in-house for Mercury Racing […]

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Virtual Tour – Part 4: Horsepower Highway

Continuing from Virtual Tour – Part 3: Outboard Production…we will follow the assembly of Mercury Racing big blocks – those based on GM’s 502 c.i. platform. Horsepower Highway “Horsepower Highway” is where our 525 EFI, 565, 600 SCi , 662 SCi and 700 SCi sterndrive engine family is built. One technician hand builds each engine from a […]

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OptiMax Roars in Bay City; Rinker Wins F1

Photos: Paul Kemiel Photographics Mercury OptiMax powered boats swept the Formula 2 competition at the 25th annual Dow Bay City River Roar Sunday, June 24. A total of 13 boats lined up for the 30-lap final on the Saginaw River in Bay City, Michigan. The race was round two of the 2012 Formula One P.R.O.P. […]

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Virtual Tour – Part 3: Outboard Production

Continuing from Virtual Tour – Part 2: Quality, Paint, and Quad Cam Production…we will follow the assembly of a Mercury Racing OptiMax 300XS outboard. 2-Cycle Outboards Consumer, government and race outboards, featuring Mercury’s low-emissions, direct fuel injected 2-stroke OptiMax powerheads, are assembled at Mercury Racing’s factory in Taycheedah, Wisconsin. Consumer models include the 3.0 Liter […]

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Virtual Tour – Part 2: QC, Paint & QC4v

Continuing from Virtual Tour – Part 1: Intro.… we will visit Mercury Racing’s Quality Control and Paint Line.  We’ll end up in the 4-Cycle Race Shop where technicians build our exclusive quad-cam, four valve sterndrive engine family. Lets go! Quality Control Wherever we can, quality control (the discipline) is built into our production processes. Got […]

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Three Months Out: a 565 Update!

It’s been a few months since the Miami introduction of Mercury Racing’s 565 horsepower, 8.7 liter engine. I thought I’d check in with the “early adopters” for their impressions. I suspected I would be pleased; I was right. The universal highlights: 1)   exceptional top end performance, 2)   unexpectedly good fuel economy! 3)   seductively smooth shift […]

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Mercury Sweeps Rouen!

The 49th annual 24 Hours of Rouen endurance powerboat race concluded 4 p.m. Rouen, France time Monday, May 28. This year, Mercury dominated the event — powering the top nine finishers: Mercury powered the top five in Class 3 (mostly Mercury S3000 race engines with a sprinkling of Evinrudes). Merc owned all of Class 2 […]

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Women Attack Rouen!

An International, all-female team will compete for the first time in the 48th annual 24 Hours of Rouen endurance powerboat race, May 26-28.  Olympic Team Rouennais (OTR) drivers include Bimba Sjoholm of Sweden, Marie-Line Hericher of France, Norwegian Mette Bjerknaes and Canadian Tammy Wolf.  The ladies’ attack vessel will use a Mercury OptiMax 200XS SST […]

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Virtual Tour – Part 1: Introduction

“Welcome to  Mercury Racing.  Nice to Have You Here!” is the first thing most visitors hear upon entering the reception area of our Fond du Lac, Wisconsin headquarters. For over 15 years, I’ve welcomed visitors from all parts of the globe who come for a personal tour of our operations. It’s fun to meet people […]

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Aussie Optis

Guy Williamson from our Australian office sent me exciting news recently regarding our OptiMax 200XS SST race outboard. The latest generation of  the low emissions 2-stroke made a big impact at its Australian Formula Powerboat GP debut. The second round of the national series was held April 28-30 on the Clarence River in Grafton, Australia. […]

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Friends in a Storm: Desert Storm at 159

Somehow, still images don’t quite convey the atmosphere of a poker run. My last post, just after Desert Storm, (and Rick Mackie’s just before) described the breadth of the activities. We posted some photos of the new boats, both on display and in the water. Nevertheless, there’s nothing quite like going on board and feeling […]

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Boiling Water in the Desert

I had a blast at Desert Storm this year. (Or should I say “once again this year!”?) The first West Coast showing of our new 565 was at the Havasu Boat Show just last week — and we had one on display at Desert Storm’s street party and another in a 24 Nordic!  And in […]

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Rendezvous in Havasu

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 […]

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Bravo on the Bayou

I’m fortunate to annually represent Mercury Racing at the Bass Master Classic in the Mercury booth. This year, a fisherman named Rick asked me if there was a Mercury prop that would work for him. He had recently purchased a 2012 Triton 19XS powered by an OptiMax Pro XS 200. Rick was frustrated with the […]

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Ethanol and Older Outboards

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 […]

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Hi-Performance Boat Operation – Part 3: Prep & Drive

In my previous post (Part 2) regarding high performance boat operation, I reviewed basic information on rigging fit and function. Now its time to head to the ramp. While the boat is still on the trailer, walk around for a visual inspection of the hull.  Next, climb aboard for a visual inspection of the interior […]

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Protect Your Investment

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. 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, […]

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Hi-Performance Boat Operation – Part 2: Rigging Fit & Function

Spring is a great time for newbie and veteran performance boaters alike to get familiar with their craft. For starters, you should review your owners manuals — really, you should — and review the key components of your new boat. Performance boats vary widely in propulsion and size. Outboards come in 20, 25 and 30-inch […]

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Hi-Performance Boat Operation – Part 1: Introduction

With Spring in the air, the timing is right to review the basics of high performance boat operation to ensure you and your passengers have a safe and enjoyable Summer on the water. We include a Guide to Hi-Performance Boat Operation with every engine we ship. We encourage new and current owners to review the […]

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Islamorada Poker Run Fun!

  Florida Powerboat Club’s (FPC) Miami to Islamorada poker run follows the world’s best boat show. It’s unusually interesting because of that timing: Many of the Miami Show boats make their first outings with Stu Jones’ club. I counted eight show boats on Thursday’s wave. OK, poker runs are about the fun, relationships and a […]

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Fred’s Window on the Miami Show

What a couple of weeks! For me, the Miami Show is about the best activity one can still call work. We rolled out Racing’s new, 8.7 liter, digital throttle and shift, 565 hp propulsion package. That gave me plenty of excuses to hang out with customers of Mercury, Cigarette, Dave’s Custom Boats, Formula and Nor-Tech. […]

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Breakout Show!

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 […]

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Lovin’ Up Our Classic Big Block

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, […]

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Bravo I FS

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 […]

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Team Mercury – Part 3: Earl Bentz

“My racing days hold many fond memories for me. Being part of the Mercury Racing Team made it possible for a young country boy from South Carolina to go places, do things, and meet people from all over the world that would have otherwise never happened.” wrote Earl Bentz, regarding his time driving for Team […]

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Clean Power for Future Champions

We are pleased to have been awarded the 2011 Environmental Award for Economic Feasibility and Sustainability by the Union International Motonautique (UIM). The award nominations were announced January 21 during the UIM press conference at the Dusseldorf Boat Show. We were one of four companies recognized for our proactive efforts in protecting the marine environment. Mercury Racing […]

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Team Mercury – Part 2: Reggie Fountain

“That boat was a rocket sled!” said Reggie Fountain about his first boat with Team Mercury. Reggie began racing in 1954. He was 14. He started in B class hydros and runabouts. When I asked about engines, “I’ve always used nothing but Mercury’s….My first race engine was a Super 10 Hurricane with Quincy straight pipes. They were […]

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Team Mercury – Part 1: Bill Seebold

A recent discovery of classic photos of the Team Mercury outboard tunnel boat race team rekindled my curiosity of the outboard factory war era when Mercury and OMC (Outboard Marine Corporation – parent company of the Johnson and Evinrude brands at the time) battled for bragging rights (and sales) across the globe. I thought it […]

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Slowest 1200SCi Ever!

Old Mercury Racing engines never die. They just get recycled. I was going through my photo archives and stumbled upon this special project from a few years ago. A customer paid to have a cosmetic refresh, but no mechanical work!!??? An odd request, until I discovered why: The only fuel it would see from now […]

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Our Colors Are Your Colors!

Mercury Racing’s color options provide unique combinations for your boat’s theme. Seeing what others have chosen for color options or customization can be inspiration for your Mercury Racing engine application. You can go mild; you can go wild. It’s your canvas! It’s your taste. Your choices from our palate include: Standard QC4v (1350 & 1100) […]

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Racing’s Elves Are Humming!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas around Mercury Racing. All our elves are racing to beat the year end clock. There is so much hardware in progress that you can hardly see the little Christmas tree! (Here’s last year’s.) A mix of 1,100 and 1,350 horsepower QC4v packages and other big blocks are […]

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RetroJet

Chris Fairchild is a busy guy. His passion is powerboat racing. He’s been racing tunnel boats for over 20 years.  He not only races his own boats in F1 and SST 120 classes, he also builds and repairs race engines and gearcases. He manages to do this in addition to his “real job” of building […]

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On Their Own Plane

I was going through my literature archives the other day and came across a copy of the original Kiekhaefer Aeromarine, Inc., K-Plane Trim Tabs sales brochure. I’ve always respected the quality and functionality of Kiekhaefer’s literature.  I  thought a blog post regarding the history of K-Plane trim tabs would be of interest. More importantly, it will serve as a […]

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Let it Snow!

For some reason the colder weather and recent snow flurries has me reminiscing about Mercury Snowmobiles. Remember those? The infamous “lead sleds” (Mercury’s early and very heavy snowmobile – appropriately nicknamed) and legendary Sno-Twisters (when Mercury got it light and right)? Fred Kiekhaefer can expound more on the history: Fred has first hand experience with engineering, development and […]

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Now What?

There’s another monster quad cam four valve platform motor going together in the engineering lab at Mercury Racing. Engineering tech, Charlie Reiter is getting a pointer from R&D engineer, Steve Wynveen.  These guys, and the rest of the engineering team, are always up to something interesting! Could they be discussing another variant of Mercury Racing’s […]

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Calm Before the Storm

Here we go. The Holidays are upon us. I’ll be busy in the coming weeks wrapping up projects including the 2012 Mercury Racing Wall Calendars (shipments are set for next week), finalizing 2012 marketing plans and attending to other unfinished business. For me, the Holidays are the calm before the storm. I try to enjoy time with family and friends. […]

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Fred’s Key West Adventure!

What started as a spectacular week in the Florida keys was clouded by tragedy: the deaths of Bob Morgan, Jeff Tillman and Joey Gratton because of individual boat blow-overs while racing in SBI’s Key West World Championships. Very sad and they will be missed. Heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of these gentlemen from […]

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Destination: Key West

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: Dave Vhers […]

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Fort Lauderdale 2011

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 […]

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It’s Showtime!

The Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show is underway. Fred Kiekhaefer is there visiting with our boat builder partners and our customers on the “performance dock” at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center. I’m encouraged with the number of new boats being unveiled at this show. Of particular interest to me is the outboard center console market. Everyone is getting into the game. Some exciting products are coming from Cigarette, Deep Impact, […]

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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 […]

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Prop School – Part 6: Slip

Response to my Prop School series has been been gratifying. It has generated a lot of good discussion (online and off) regarding  propeller design, function and application. One of the most common questions is about prop slip. It is the most misunderstood of all propeller terms. Propeller blades work like wings on an airplane. Wings carry the […]

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“Step right up!”

There are “tuners” out there that offer supercharger kits for Mercury Racing 525 EFI engines (and others). Some of these kits reportedly boost horsepower and torque as much as 50 percent. They reprogram our engine controller to override its logic and limits. Yes, there is more power to be had – for a time. We […]

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Hello Handsome! Part 2: Methods.

                                                                Inspiration. There are a multitude of tools in a stylists arsenal. Before any of them can be used, we have to agree to […]

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Hello Handsome! Part 1: How?

Two years ago, I received a call from Skip Braver, owner of Cigarette Racing. He had just received the first 1350 for his AMG Cigarette: “I don’t want your head to explode, but that is one, handsome engine. Just gorgeous!” Thanks, Skip. Flattering. But how did “handsome” happen? Function. First, beauty is deep in the […]

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Prop School – Part 5: Blade Efficiency

    Rotation. Propellers come in both right and left-hand rotation. Standard rotation for both outboards and sterndrives is right-hand: the prop spins clockwise when in forward gear.  Left-hand props spin counter clockwise.  Left-hand props are typically used with multi-engine applications. The counter-rotation prop works to balance (or reduce) the torque effects from the right-hand prop. Most twin […]

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Rinkers’ Romp!

Photos: Paul Kemiel Photographics Terry and Rob Rinker enjoyed a historic Labor Day weekend in Kankakee, Ill. The father/son outboard tunnel boat racers claimed four out of ten titles at the 26th annual Outboard Performance Craft (OPC) National Championships. The event, held on the Kankakee River, is sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association (APBA). Kankakee is prerequisite for any driver […]

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Pump Gas Rules at LOTO!

First, the shootout format (for those who are unaware): Enter the one mile course at 40 mph. At the drop of a green flag, accelerate as fast as possible to the highest speed you can reach by the radar gun one mile away. Sounds simple. Hats off to Canadian, William Tomlinson, and his 6,000 hp […]

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Who Knows What Evil Lurks…?

Skater soon will. This monster 1350 – lurking in the darkened, after-hours hallway of Racing’s dyno lab – is one of the second “official” pair going Pete’s way this week. Peter Hleden’s technicians have successfully completed Mercury Racing training and are now T.E.A.M. (Total Engine Application Management) accredited to install 1100 and 1350 packages at […]

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Walleye Prop

You may wonder how we go about testing props. We have a number of our own outboard and sterndrive boats that we use for initial testing. Nevertheless, I’m a firm believer of getting feedback from those who use the product everyday in the real world. Recently, I wanted feedback on performance differences between our Lab […]

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Prop School – Part 4: Blade Cup

Cup is a curl formed or cast into the trailing edge of a propeller blade.  When done correctly, The face of a cupped prop blade is completely concave. Cupping is most beneficial on blades which are surfacing, either from transom height (X-dimension) or trim angle. The cup retains water on the blade for a longer period of time, enhancing thrust […]

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Prop School – Part 3: Blade Rake

Rake is the angle of a propeller blade face relative to its hub. If the blade face is perpendicular to the hub, the prop has zero-degree rake. As a blade face slants back toward the rear of the prop, blade rake increases. Rake is either flat (straight) or curved (progressive). Most lower horsepower (“lower” by […]

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OptiMax Powers Fairchild to SST 120 UIM/APBA World Championship

Photos:Paul Kemiel Photographics I first learned Chris Fairchild won the 2011 SST 120 UIM/APBA World Championship Sunday, July 24, in a voice mail  from my photographer buddy, Paul Kemiel. The championship consists of four heats of racing at the PNC Trenton Roar on the River outboard tunnel boat race, an annual event that takes place on the […]

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Prop School – Part 2: Terminology

Continuing from Prop School….Part 1… Here, I will explain basic propeller terminology and fitment. Diameter: In “prop speak,” diameter is the distance across a circle made by the blade tips as a propeller rotates.  The proper diameter is determined by the power that is delivered to it and the resulting prop RPM. Type of application […]

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Prop School – Part 1: Introduction

I’m Scott Reichow. I manage Mercury Racing’s propeller department (see my previous post, Bravo for Outboards? YES!). Working in performance boating is exciting: It’s fast paced. Propulsion systems and hull designs are in continual evolution. Our customers are generally astute, technically oriented and often quite colorful characters. We’re all performance freaks! We’re all continually learning. […]

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Oddities & Rarities – Part 3: Race Power

Maybe this should be “Part 3 through # n” — since few things are odder or rarer than “one-offs” tried in pursuit of a speed record or race victory. Still, some stand tall above others in sheer audacity. Here are some outboards with an identity crisis. Because of the high power to weight ratio of […]

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OptiMax Powers Kris Shepard to Bay City F2 Victory

Photo Credits: Paul Kemiel Photographics Kris Shepard of Antioch, Illinois, driving his Mercury OptiMax 200XS SST race outboard Hoffchild hull, won the 30-lap Dow Bay City River Roar Formula 2 race Sunday, June 26.  The race was round two of the 2011 Formula One P.R.O.P. Tour tunnel boat racing series. See my blog, Shaun Torrente Wins […]

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Shaun Torrente Wins Bay City River Roar

Photo Credits: Paul Kemiel Photographics The 24th annual Dow Bay City River Roar tunnel boat race, round two of the 2011 Formula One P.R.O.P. Tour, concluded Sunday, June 26. And like the past 23 years – this year didn’t disappoint.  Bay City, Michigan  was one of my favorite stops when I followed the series’ with […]

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Oddities & Rarities – Part 2: Bass Boat Power

In Part 1, Rick explored “odd power” for the good guys of our military. Here, I’ll share some odd power experiments for peace-time fish hunters. 377 Super Scorpion. A unique boat featured on the water at Mercury’s 2001 Orlando dealer meeting was a Super Scorpion 377 bass boat.  The joint project between Mercury Racing and […]

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Oddities & Rarities – Part 1: Military

Fred Kiekhaefer and I were talking about some of the unique projects Mercury Racing has been involved with over the years.  I thought you would find our odd projects and rare products interesting as well. Turbine. The experimental Mercury turbine outboard was built in alliance with Marine Turbine Technology (MTT) , LLC of Franklin, LA. The engine featured a Rolls […]

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The Little Engine That Does!

I am excited about the growing popularity of Mercury’s 60 EFI FormulaRace outboard.  The engine, which is built at Mercury’s outboard manufacturing plant in Suzhou, China, was originally designed for the Mercury FormulaFour outboard tunnel boat racing series:  That Scandinavian series, featuring one-design 14-foot tunnel race boats powered by a production Mercury 60 h.p. four stroke, was  originated […]

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Memorial Day – A Time to Reflect and Appreciate

Happy Memorial Day! The U.S. holiday brings with it a flood of emotions. First and foremost, it is a time to remember those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. The holiday also marks the start of summer. And this year – God knows – summer can’t come soon enough. In Wisconsin – we can […]

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“We Made It!” …for a Good, Long While.

UPDATE UPDATE… (January 2012). Bonnier killed PB again. Jason has moved on to join Sportboat Mag and Matt Trulio’s SpeedOnTheWater.com. I’ve had enough of Bonnier. Good people land on their feet. Poor ownership lands on different parts of their anatomy. UPDATE! Now (June 2011), Bonnier has said they’re relaunching Powerboat. They’ve rehired Jason Johnson. Maybe […]

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The Loss of Powerboat

My childhood experiences of spending summers on the water — and being exposed to Mercury powered boats from an early age — has a lot to do with my long career here at Mercury Racing. If I wasn’t out enjoying the product on the water, I would read (and dream about) the boat I would […]

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1350s in Nordic 43 Enforcer!

Randy Davis, owner of Nordic Boats, idles by Card Stop #2 during the 2011 Desert Storm Poker Run. This was the maiden voyage of Randy’s new Nordic 43 Enforcer catamaran – and, clearly, he was both impressed and delighted. It is powered with Mercury Racing’s 1350 engine and M8 drive packages. As nice as this […]

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Alpha Male-Ness Without All The Barking

Mercury wants (and is required) to have exhaust and noise emissions compliant propulsion. By being responsible citizens (you and us), our freedom on the water can continue. Global regulations have caused larger marine engine manufacturers to invest millions of dollars in research and development. In that work, Mercury developed an on-board microprocessor that controls all […]

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Half-Rouen!

Photos Compliments of Gregoire Auger 24 “Half-Hours” of Rouen is in books. The race concluded 4 p.m. Rouen, France time Sunday, May 1. Mercury dominated the 48th annual event, winning overall, as well as Class 3 and Class 2. (See Same Planet, Another 24 Hours) for class designations. Mercury powered boats swept the top 12 positions and powered 22 out […]

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1350 McCulloch Boulevard!

The 2011 Desert Storm Poker Run is over. And man, what a show it was. We arrived Wednesday in time for the Desert Storm open house party at Oregon Custom Marine (OCM). OCM is a Frisini Motorsports dealer selling Spectre, Sonic and Frisini Motorsports boat brands. We had a great time. We caught up with old friends and […]

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Same Planet, Another 24 Hours

As I write this, the 2011 Desert Storm Poker Run is in full swing. Another form of performance boats will gather later this week across the Atlantic ocean for the 48th annual 24 Hours of Rouen endurance powerboat race in Rouen, France.  The world’s most grueling outboard powerboat race begins 4:00 p.m. Rouen time Saturday, April 30. […]

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Desert Storm! Hoorah!

In less than 24 hours we’ll be boarding a plane for our trek to Lake Havasu City, Arizona for the Desert Storm Poker Run. When you live in Wisconsin – you need a full day of travel when your destination is… well, just about anywhere. We fly into Phoenix and then drive 3-1/2 hours to Havasu. […]

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Bravo for Outboards? YES!

For those of you who may not know me, I manage Mercury Racing’s propeller department. We offer a wide variety of high performance outboard and sterndrive props. I oversee production and manage our prop offerings. My most enjoyable responsibility is helping customers solve their unique propeller issues. I’ve been getting great feedback regarding our Bravo I XS […]

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Building a Batch of Champions

Outboards. Outboards. Outboards everywhere! Mercury Racing’s factory floor is a buzz of activity. We’re busy with a large build of low-emissions 2-stroke OptiMax 200XS SST (Super Stock Tunnel) and ROS (Race Offshore) outboards. A majority of the direct-fuel injected engines are headed to Europe for race venues in Sweden, Italy and France. Complete engines and conversion kits are being built. […]

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On The Road Again

The Mercury Racing truck is back on the road! Dave Vehrs, one of our drive technicians who has extensive over the road trucking experience,  is the driver. Dave left Fond du Lac Sunday. His destination? Lake Havasu City, Arizona for the Lake Havasu Boat Show, April 8-10 and the Desert Storm Poker Run, April 27-30. Dave plans to arrive in Lake […]

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LA Boat Show Recap

Brad Halpin and I recently returned from the Los Angeles Boat Show. (Brad is one of Mercury Racing’s technical experts who is responsible for helping boat builders learn to properly install Mercury Racing propulsion; I’m a sales guy.)  Mercury Racing products, including the all new 1100 sterndrive, were on display in  Mercury’s booth. Boat builders featured Mercury Racing outboards and […]

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Application Dependant – Part 2

Outboards for larger single and multiple engine boats (continued from Application Dependant – Part 1) In my previous blog, I focused on smaller, single engine outboard applications where power-to-weight is a very important factor.  Here, I will discuss larger, single and multi-engine fishing and sport boats. Let’s start with the larger single engine boats. If […]

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Application Dependant – Part 1

Its boat show season and one of the most common questions we get from consumers is what type of engine is best for their boat. These questions are mainly in regard to outboards versus sterndrives or inboards. Not sure why – although I can take a guess and say it is due to the large […]

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Education (and Tuition)

Sometimes education comes unexpectedly. When special designs or capabilities come together in a unique new way, surprises can occur. This just happened: In preparation for the Miami International Boat Show, MTI was testing one of its 48 Race/Pleasure catamarans powered with Mercury Racing’s 1350s and M8 drives. Dry sump. I’ve written before about the purpose […]

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“Thumbs Up, Miami!” from Fred K

I would like to personally thank all those who came to Miami and visited Mercury Racing – in our Convention Center booth, at our customers’ displays, or on the water at Sea Isle Marina. From what you’ve told me, you like our new 1100 package. Me too.

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Racing’s Miami Experience

The 2011 Miami Boat Show was a great success. Almost everyone in the industry was upbeat. Deals were made, boats were sold and Mercury Racing propulsion was featured in numerous boats at the show – including eight 1350 powered boats! We hit the ground early on Thursday, Feb. 17, opening day. Fred Kiekhaefer got things rolling with a 10:15 a..m. […]

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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.”) Ta dah!: Our 1,100 horsepower, twin turbo V-8 is here! Like the big guy, it’s a 9 liter, all aluminum, close […]

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50 Years of Racing merCruisers – Part 2

Racing MerCruisers: 1988 – 2010 (continuing from 50 Years…Part 1) First, a relevant side bar: In 1985, a Swiss businessman and offshore racer, Hugo Seger, approached Kiekhaefer Aeromarine (KAM) to design a racing drive. He had tired of his drive failures. We agreed to a deal: KAM would design a drive, he would pay as […]

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50 Years of Racing merCruisers – Part 1

2011 is the 50th anniversary of the merCruiser sterndrive. More important to those of us with the speed-on-the-water gene, it is also the 50th anniversary of racing with merCruiser sterndrives. So, here is the first part of the chronology, 1961 – 1987,  and a pictorial flashback: the evolution of the Mercury Racing and Kiekhaefer sterndrives. […]

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Miami is almost here!

I’m getting all excited. In less than a month, the Miami International Boat Show will open its doors! In my opinion, Miami is the best high performance boating venue in the world. It’s a chance for me to escape Wisconsin’s winter and catch up with my industry friends and many of our customers. And there’s […]

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Refreshed & Rejuvenated

Is your propulsion system in good shape and ready for another season? Now is the time to check over your equipment. If your engines have reached a maximum of 150 hours, now is the time for a refresh to insure a hassle-free 2011 boating season. We introduced the Factory Fresh engine refresh program in 2006 as a service for […]

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“You Must Have Had Help!”

I’ve had some time to reflect over the Holidays. It was cold and snowy here, so I began dreaming about boating in Florida or Lake Havasu with our new QC4v, 1350 hp engines. Inevitably, that leads me to thinking of the incredibly talented people at Mercury and Mercury Racing who made it happen. Sad how […]

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A Nordic New Year!

Dressing up for New Year’s Eve? In the first ever pair in our Super Silver color option, the QC4v block and cam covers look all formal and serious (but no bow ties, just flowing Ms) for the dawn of 2011. These stunning appointments for Nordic will not only look sharp, contrasted with rich carbon fiber, […]

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Happy Holidays!

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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T.E.A.M. Builders

Those of you that have read our posts on the new 1350 sterndrive engine have probably noticed Fred Kiekhaefer’s references to T.E.A.M., an acronym for Mercury Racing’s Total Engine Application Management program. We introduced the  T.E.A.M. process in 2004 with the launch of our 1075 SCi sterndrive package. It requires training boat builder or dealership […]

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Dave’s 1350 Experience

Dave Hemmingson is stoked. His company, Dave’s Custom Boats (DCB) in El Cajon, California is the first West Coast OEM boat builder to experience our new 1350 sterndrive engine packages. See Fred Kiekhaefer’s post Halloween Party at Dave’s where he documents the October 27 shipment of the DCB engines. Mike Griffiths, one of our installation […]

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Dry Sump. Pump it up!

I am pleased to bring you the 4th in a series on the technology of our 1350 engine. Efficiency. The purpose of dry sumping is efficiency: Put enough oil in the right places to lubricate and cool moving components, but not so much as to produce drag. Then, more power comes out. The term, “dry […]

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Dyno Mighty!

We have an amazing dynamometer laboratory at Racing. The lab is how we know you’re getting the performance and durability you expect. It is independently certified to International Standards Organization (ISO) requirements. Each day, our dynos are put to work: verifying production engine output (video below), validating components, improving quality, reducing emissions or developing power. […]

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Racing Blue and Nor-Tech, Too!

The first pair of color optioned 1350s are going together for a special Nor-Tech customer. This set is Racing Blue metallic with Super Silver manifolds. They scheduled to be on our dynos before Thanksgiving. They’re matched with Racing Blue M8 drives. The transom assemblies are complete. We started assembling the drives today (November 18). I […]

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Sterndrive Losses? Less Than You Think!

Tremendous effort goes into good boat set-up. My conversations about set-up too often turn to power consumed by a drive train,or generated by an engine, and always… propellers. The goal is efficiency – accepting some sacrifice for boat control. Really, your goal is the euphoric joy and adrenalin rush of high performance boating! My goal […]

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Go Digital: Drive by Wire!

This is my third in a series about the technology we’ve applied in our new 1350 hp engine. Computer. It all starts here: The embedded brain of Mercury Racing’s QC4v has ten times the power of our previous PC09 box. That computing power enables far more capability — not just fuel, spark and boost bypass […]

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Economy of Scale

The more we share (lean on) automotive technology and production volume, the more affordable our products can be. The marine industry is tiny compared to the car and truck world. The high performance market is even smaller. To put it in perspective, GM supplies almost the entire marine industry for a year – performance and […]

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Halloween Party at Dave’s!

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 […]

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Pro Finish

New Pro Finish, 5-blade, CNC Cleaver propellers for sterndrives, were officially released Friday, October 1. They have already been making waves on race courses and in boat builder tests. These highly polished props fill the need for a durable propeller with stamina for Big Fat Monster Torque and surface piercing impact of the Mercury Racing’s […]

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Big Fat Monster Torque!

This is my second in a series on design features of Mercury Racing’s QC4v engine. Torque on our new 1350 is Monster! It rises fast, from 700 rpm idle, and is flat at 1,370 lb-ft from 2,500 to 5,250 rpm and generating 1,350 peak horsepower, before tailing off toward a red line of 6,500. On […]

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MTI Spooled Up!

I just got off the phone with Randy Scism at Marine Technology, Inc., (MTI). They first tested Bob Bull’s Mercury Racing 1350 powered MTI 48 Race/Pleasure Thursday, October 21 near the MTI facility. Mercury Racing Product Integration Manager, Mike Griffiths, worked closely with MTI in this, the first install of 1350s in a catamaran and […]

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The Valve Train That Could

This is the first in a series about design features of Mercury Racing’s 1350 horsepower, quad cam, four valve (QC4v) engine. Throughout the series, I will strive to present unavoidably technical content in non-engineering language. Bigger Purpose: The only reason to have a high performance marine engine in the first place is to produce thrust […]

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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 […]

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Why Rev Limits Are… Limits

I am frequently asked, “Why doesn’t Mercury Racing increase peak rpm on its engines?” The desire is understandable: A higher revving engine would carry higher boat speed and improve getting on plane. But it is not that easy… We electronically limit engine rpm on our pushrod sterndrive engines primarily due to valve train dynamics. A cam […]

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Big Grin for MTI

1350 sterndrive production continues with the second pair of engine packages. These are on their way to Marine Technology, Inc., (MTI)  in Wentzville, MO. I spoke to MTI President/Owner Randy Scism this morning (Oct 6) to let him know the engines have “left the building” and to get some details on MTI’s first install of the new […]

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First Production 1350s Shipped!

October 1, 2010 was another milestone in the young life of our all new 1350 sterndrives. The first pair of production 1350 engines are built and about to be shipped to Cigarette Racing. They will replace the pre-production 1350s featured in the Mercedes-Benz AMG inspired 46′ Rider XP. The spectacular boat, unveiled at the 2010 Miami International Boat Show, […]

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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 […]

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