Mercury Racing 360 APX Competition Outboard Brings Four-Stroke Power to Formula One
Mercury Racing has created the next generation of competition outboard for Formula One tunnel boats. The new Mercury Racing 360 APX, a potent four-stroke V8, is designed specifically for boats competing on the UIM F1H2O World Championship. The 360 APX outboard is the first model in a new Mercury Racing Apex Series of outboards designed for closed-course competition, and will be available only to qualified racing teams.
“The 360 APX will usher in a new era of performance for this premier class of tunnel boat racing,” said Stuart Halley, Mercury Racing general manager. “It combines a durable, low-emissions, four-stroke powerhead with amazing performance, and will require much less maintenance than the two-stroke outboard currently in use in the F1H2O World Championship.”
The UIM F1H2O World Championship is the flagship international series of single-seater inshore circuit powerboat racing. The series attracts up to 20 of the world’s leading drivers competing in tunnel-hull catamarans that negotiate hairpin turns at more than 90 mph and top 140 mph on the straights. In 2019 nine teams and 18 drivers from 12 countries competed in the six-race UIM F1H2O World Championship, with American pilot Shaun Torrente, racing for Team Abu Dhabi, winning the championship. The 2020 UIM F1H2O World Championship schedule has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.