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 is a lot to see. We brought an exotic supercar fitted with a turbocharged QC4v 1650 crate engine. The car is complimented with an equally exotic DCB M41-Wide Body catamaran sport boat powered by twin 1350 sterndrives.
An immaculate cutaway crate engine display shows the brilliantly engineered inner workings of the QC4v engine design. That is flanked by a complete QC4v 1350 and 8.2 Liter 520 sterndrive engine displays. A complete QC4v crate engine is featured in SEMA’s New Products Showcase.
This isn’t Mercury’s first road trip. Our late founder Carl Kiekhaefer revolutionized NASCAR from 1955-57. Mr. Kiekhaefer dominated the sport by winning 80% of the races he entered and capturing three national championships. The innovator changed the sport forever with many firsts. His crew was the first to wear matching uniforms and practice pit stops.
His Chrysler 300 race cars were fully decorated with the legendary Kiekhaefer Mercury Outboards “sponsor” logos. His was the first team to use enclosed car haulers with matching graphics. Mr. Kiekhaefer also introduced many technical innovations, such as the modern pleated paper air filter during his quest for checkered flags. NEXTEL Cup cars still use wide base rims that can trace their origin back to Mr. Kiekhaefer’s road racing R&D.
In 1990, General Motors approached Mercury Marine to produce the all-aluminum, 5.7-liter LT-5 engine for the Chevrolet ZR-1 Corvette. GM came to Mercury MerCruiser for its expertise in the design and manufacturing of aluminum engines for the marine environment. The ZR-1 was a world-class sports car in its day. The quad-cam, 32-valve V8 produced 405 horsepower at 5,800 rpm. The Wette Vette promotional project featured a ZR-1 Corvette with LT-5 powered Baja in tow. The pair were show stoppers, generating press throughout the globe.
We are very excited about our SEMA debut and the potential for automotive applications of our popular marine engines. Check back for a video feature on our opening day activities.