You know what’s cool? Going fast. You know what’s cooler? Being the fastest. You know what’s the coolest? Being named The Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin.
Mercury Racing’s 450R 4.6-liter V-8 FourStroke outboard has been nominated for the “Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin” contest sponsored by the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. The 450R is one of 150products nominated and wants to earn the top honor. But first, Mercury Racing needs your help to make it to the Top 16!
First-round voting lasts until September 15 and individuals can vote once every 24 hours. VOTE HERE: http://bit.ly/450RCool
The Top 16 products will be announced on September 16 and will face off in a weekly bracket-style voting challenge. The Top 8 will be announced on September 23, the Top 4 Finalists revealed on September 30, and the winner announced on October 8 at the WMC Foundation’s Business and Industry Luncheon at State Fair Park in Milwaukee.
We’ll need your help each week to make it to the next round.
It will be 30 and out for Rick Mackie. In a three-decade career that spanned corporate change and the transformation of the high-performance marine market, Mackie has been a constant presence at Mercury Racing, the point of contact for customers, the public and the media. That era will end on Aug. 16 when Mackie retires from his position as Mercury Racing Senior Marketing Manager.
It has been a long journey for Mackie, who started writing letters to Mercury Hi-Performance as a teenager and noted his 30th anniversary with the company in September, 2018.
“I’ve been near the water all of my life,” said Mackie, who grew up near Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., “and I’ve always been around Mercury. We had Mercury power on our family boats and my brother was a Mercury tech during the summer. As kids he and I built race boats together that were always Mercury-powered. It was almost my destiny to work at Mercury, and for 30 years my dream came true.”
Mackie’s tenure at Mercury Racing even pre-dates the name of the company. Mackie joined the staff at Mercury Hi-Performance at age 26 in 1988. As a product support specialist Mackie drove a van loaded with T-shirts and other merchandise to races across the U.S. and Canada. He later drove the Mercury semi loaded with spare parts to races, or towed a two-seater tunnel boat to events. That role led Mackie to begin working with the media, who often got a thrilling ride in the two-seater, and he began to transition to a marketing communications role. Mercury Hi-Performance became Mercury Racing in 1999 and a stand-alone business within Brunswick Corporation, and Mackie was part of the team that transitioned from supporting racers to creating high-performance sterndrive, outboard, propeller and accessory products for consumers.
“Rick is one of the best-known and respected people in the world of high-performance powerboating and boat racing, and has been for more than 30 years,” said Steve Miller, Mercury Racing director of marketing, sales and service. “Rick has always represented Mercury Racing with the perfect blend of personable humor, product knowledge, and professionalism. He has had a life-long passion for our brand that is simply unparalleled. We are all going to miss Rick tremendously, and we wish him nothing but the best in his well-deserved retirement.”
The Weathertech International Challenge is one of the largest vintage racing events in the United States and features over 400 cars competing in several groups.
Designed, developed and manufactured in-house, the Mercury Racing 32-Valve DOHC SB4 7.0 engine adapts our proven high-performance valve train to a customized LS-based cylinder block that produces a staggering 750 naturally aspirated horsepower. Mercury Racing’s advanced four-valve cylinder head combustion system and dual overhead camshaft valve train provide significantly improved performance and durability compared to a standard two-valve design.
Viewing of the sports cars will be available 6pm-9pm Saturday, July 20. Entrance to the Concours area in Elkhart Lake is free to all spectators.
Our June 18th launch of the all-new Mercury Racing 450R FourStroke outboard in Nashville, Tennessee, was unprecedented on so many levels. In my 30 years of service at Racing, this three-day event was off the charts in terms of scale, quality and exposure.
Activities began June 17th with a reception and dinner for select global marine-industry media at Blake Shelton’s Ole Red restaurant bar. Racing General Manager Stuart Halley and Mercury Marine President Chris Drees addressed the group upon the unveiling. Needless to say, gasps from the crowd were audible upon the drop of the drapes. The crowd was then subdued – listening intently as Stuart presented details of the new product – the result of three years of development by the Mercury Racing engineering team. Stuart concluded his presentation with a video that highlighted some of the boats the media would experience the following morning.
We dodged inclement weather for the most part to get all the demos in. To say the least, all 450R-powered boats – from the sporty cats to the six-engine Cigarette Tirranna – made huge impressions.
Following the mid-afternoon departure Tuesday of our media guests, we switched gears to prepare for the arrival of our boat-builder partners and their guests. Product displays at Ole Red were moved to the main level where Stuart would share the stage with The Royal Hounds – Racing’s outstanding house band for this iconic global launch.
All The World’s A Stage
Kendra Sommer, star of Cruisin’ With Kendra, transmitted all of the excitement of the launch via a live stream on the Mercury Racing Facebook Page. The crowd went wild upon the unveiling and, like the night before , listened intently as Stuart listed and explained the product details. The energy in the room was palpable. I don’t think there was a single individual who didn’t get his or her picture taken with one of the the three 450R product displays. We couldn’t wait for our builders and their guests to experience the product.
Mercury product integration personnel drove the boats up the Cumberland River for an on-water display in downtown Nashville Tuesday evening.
Wednesday morning, guests were shuttled from the hotel to the river for breakfast, where Steve Miller, director of Racing’s marketing, sales & service, presented a mandatory safety meeting prior to their departure.
The first 15-mile leg included “locking through” to Old Hickory Lake where we stopped for lunch at Blue Turtle Marina. A mini poker poker run took place afterward, during which participants on all nine boats made stops to capture collectible Mercury Racing poker chips.
And the Winner is…
Formula Boats guest Mark Tysinger collected the winning hand for the poker run. Mark redirected his $5,000 winnings to Operation Stand-Down Tennessee, a nonprofit veteran’s services organization. Mark also received a framed Nashville 2019 450R commemorative poster.
We want to thank Tennessee Powerboat Club representatives Justin Lucas and Chad Collier for all of their help in organizing our poker run. They were an immense support, volunteering their time in ensuring it was the great success that it was. We want to also thank TPC members who provided their boats and time for our designated poker chip stops.
We enjoyed our time in Nashville. It was great to see our media friends, boat-builder partners and their guests enjoy themselves as they experienced the all-new 450R in music city. I have many memorable moments in my career – this one tops the list.
Greetings from Nashville where we just revealed the all-new 450R outboard. Developed for discerning performance boating enthusiasts demanding unmatched power and performance, the 450R delivers outstanding power density at 450 propshaft horsepower from an outboard weighing as little as 689 pounds (313 Kg).
Literally hundreds of pounds lighter than the nearest competitor, the new 450R delivers industry leading power-to-weight in a compact, efficient and sporty package. Best of all, the Mercury Racing 450R delivers all of its performance on readily available 89-octane (95 RON) pump fuel.
The 4.6-liter V8 FourStroke powerhead is boosted by an exclusive Mercury Racing supercharger to produce 450 peak propshaft horsepower and 40 percent higher torque than the powerful 400R. The carefully considered design and placement of the new supercharger and charge-air coolers allow the 450R to use the same slim-line cowl as the 300R model while incorporating higher flow intake vents.
Like all Mercury Racing outboards, the 450R accommodates 26-inch center-to-center mounting on multi-engine transoms, perfect for optimizing use of transom space on new boats or re-power installations.
The exclusive Mercury Racing Advanced MidSection (AMS) features heavy-duty stainless steel guide plates and stiffened engine mounts that stabilize the outboard and enhance high-speed handling.
An optional rear tie-bar bracket integral to the AMS provides a strong, ultra-light mounting point and uncluttered installation for catamaran and other high-speed applications.
The surface-piercing Sport Master gearcase, designed for boats capable of speeds in excess of 85 mph, features low water pick-ups and a crescent leading-edge for maximized efficiency, and for the 450R application, a stout new one-piece 1.25-inch diameter stainless steel propshaft.
From single-engine performance runabouts to multi-engine catamaran sport boats the Sport Master – in the correct application – will enhance boat handling, speed and efficiency. The available cambered skeg counteracts prop torque for improved performance and handling in single-engine applications.
The 450R is also available with the 5.44 HD gearcase for lower-speed and traditional submerged applications. All 450R gearcases have a 1.60:1 gear ratio for enhanced acceleration and speed.
Mercury Racing Propellers
Mercury Racing propellers are designed to maximize boat performance and handling in any application. Our artisans handcraft each propeller to precision-tuned works of art, customized for specific boat types and performance goals. Each individual propeller is then zero balanced and measured to ensure consistent performance every single time.
Mercury Transient Spark Technology applies pre-programmed timing advance to optimize torque output for stronger hole-shot performance. Adaptive Speed Control with a custom Mercury Racing calibration automatically holds engine rpm regardless of load or condition changes – such as rough water, tight turns, tow sports and lower speeds on plane – to maintain boat momentum with less-frequent throttle control adjustment.
The 450R is compatible with Mercury Racing Zero Effort Digital controls or any Mercury Marine digital control system, which can throttle up to six outboards with a single lever in some applications. Digital throttle and shift technology enhances the high-performance boating experience by providing smooth shifting and instant response while eliminating cable rigging and maintenance.
Optional Joystick Piloting for Outboards (JPO) is available for boats rigged with two to six outboards and provides intuitive, fingertip 360-degree boat control for docking and maneuvering in tight quarters, plus the convenience of Skyhook® sea-holding features and integrated auto piloting.
An available Mercury VesselView offers more systems information and engine data than with any other display system in the boating industry. VesselView can simultaneously monitor the RPM, speed, fuel flow and efficiency, temperature, trim and more on up to six outboards on an intuitive seven or nine-inch touchscreen display.
VesselView also enables Advanced Sound Control, a dual muffler system that can be toggled between an ultra-quiet mode and a deep sport tone with a stirring growl on start-up.
Designed to thrive in the abusive environment of high-performance boating, the 450R was tested, tested and tested again – in the lab and on the water – in a never-ending quest to exceed the highest expectations of the most-demanding customers. Run Wide Open with confidence.
The Mercury Racing 450R outboard is backed by a three-year limited factory warranty and a three-year limited corrosion warranty. Extend that coverage for up to five additional years with a Mercury Product Protection factory-backed extended service plan.
The Mercury Racing 450R is available in Cold Fusion white and the legendary Mercury Phantom Black. Cold Fusion White models are finished with Devil Red Eye cowl accent panels with a white Advanced MidSection (AMS) and gearcase. Black models are finished with Graphite Grey cowl accent panels and matching Graphite Grey AMS and gearcase. Devil Red Eye, Graphite Grey and Carbon Fiber accent panel kits are available to custom-match a 450R outboard to a boat color scheme.
Production of the all-new 450R is underway and customer shipments have begun.
We are pleased to announce Matt Dudarenke of Fond du Lac Wisconsin has been awarded the inaugural Mercury Racing Future Tech education scholarship. The goal of the $1,200 scholarship is to alleviate financial stress of post-secondary education for prospective future Mercury Racing technicians.
Mercury Racing relies on skilled individuals with a strong work ethic and passion to build and service niche products. The Future Tech scholarship will help grow the local workforce by providing the education and tools needed to succeed.
The scholarship is available to high school seniors from a public or private high school within the school districts of Fond du Lac, North Fond du Lac, Rosendale-Brandon, Waupun, Oakfield, Lomira, Campbellsport, and New Holstein. Matt attended Horace Mann High School in North Fond du Lac.
Additional Scholarship Criteria:
Cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or higher
Student must plan to receive education in trade-related field as a full-time student in the semester following high school graduation
Must demonstrate an emphasis in engineering, math or mechanical / technical course work via submission of high school transcript
Mercury Racing Director of Engineering Jeff Broman presented Dudarenke the $1,200 scholarship check at a May 15th award ceremony.
Matt will attend Fox Valley Technical College in the fall where he will pursue a degree in Electro Mechanical Technology.
“We are excited to recognize Matt whose school work, skill set, and future academic plans demonstrate passion for the water and, like Mercury Racing, pursues power and performance,” said Broman.
We are excited to announce the reintroduction of the venerable 700 SCi sterndrive. The supercharged engine was first introduced in 2006 and was a popular offering for single- and twin-engine vee bottom, catamaran and deck boat applications throughout its initial 11-year run.
Although production ended at the end of 2017, demand for the 700hp engine has never waned.
Designed, developed and manufactured in house, the supercharged engine features a CNC-machined V8, 8.2L cylinder block packed with Mercury Racing designed and specified hardware.
The 700 SCi comes equipped with the Mercury-exclusive Propulsion Control Module (PCM) microprocessor. Combining the powerful engine management computer with a screw-type supercharger, roller camshaft, and sequential fuel injection results in impeccable idle quality, instant throttle response and unmatched performance throughout the 4800-5200 rpm engine operating range.
The PCM computer also enables individual cylinder control. The ability to optimize fuel, spark timing and knock control independently for each cylinder enhances engine running quality, performance, fuel economy and durability.
Supercharger boost is variable and automatically adjusted as needed. A boost bypass control valve, electronically activated by the PCM, continuously fine tunes the amount of boost needed to provide consistent horsepower. Under optimum ambient conditions, the boost bypass control valve will open to adjust for the lower boost required to obtain 700 crankshaft horsepower.
When operating in sub-optimal running conditions, the PCM closes the bypass control valve to provide active torque management throughout the engine operating rpm range and deliver the additional boost required to maintain a consistent 700hp.
The 700 SCi’s ability to provide consistent horsepower in any condition or locale eliminates the hassle of re-propping the boat to match conditions and enhances its versatility.
Power to the Water
The 700 SCi comes standard with the Mercury Racing-exclusive NXT1 transmission and legendary M6 surface drive. The innovative transmission design features a Bravo-like cone-clutch mechanism, resulting in smooth shifting characteristics.
We are excited to announce the release of six new 4.6L V8 300R FourStroke outboard models featuring a 1.60:1 gear ratio Sport Master gearcase.
Models featuring the Racing CMS (Conventional Midsection) with a cambered Sport Master gearcase are ideal for lightweight – single engine sport boats, bass boats and flats boats. Rear tie-bar, heavy-duty midsection models are designed for high performance catamaran applications.
Single and multi-engine applications may realize an improved propeller efficiency with the taller ratio.
The new 1.60:1 Sport Master models join our full suite of 300R high performance FourStroke offerings. All 300Rs come with a three-year limited factory warranty with up to five-years of Mercury Product Protection (MPP) available.
The new 1.60:1 300R models are available for order now with shipments beginning in May.
Mercury Racing Propeller Manager Scott Reichow and Propeller Specialist and Project Manager Nick Petersen review our expanded MAX5 propeller offerings.
The Mercury Racing MAX5 propeller, developed and handcrafted by Mercury Racing Propeller artisans, is designed for single- and multiple-engine applications, including the 400R outboard and the 600 SCi sterndrive. The Lab Finished MAX5 provides a measurable reduction in propeller slip (up to 12 percent). In fact, the MAX5 prop is so efficient builders are finding they can run it higher to take full advantage of engines fitted with the race-proven Sport Master gearcase.
Bigger is Better
New 15.25-inch-diameter MAX5 models offer 3-4 percent reduction in slip compared to the 15.00-inch models on select outboard and sterndrive applications that benefit from elevated transom heights. 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 optimal top speed.
The new Mercury Racing MAX5 ST propeller is designed for the 4.6L V8 300R FourStroke outboard with Sport Master gearcase. The shortened exhaust barrel enhances the performance of single-engine bass boats and twin-engine catamarans by keeping the stern planted for a confidence-inspired ride, while the large 15.25-inch-diameter prop stays hooked up at extreme engine heights.
Initial test results are promising. A 300R FourStroke spinning a 31-inch pitch MAX5 ST prop powered a tournament-loaded Bullet 21 XRS bass boat to 97.5 mph with a mere 7 percent slip!
All MAX5 propellers feature the Mercury-patented Performance Vent System® (PVS), which enables the user to fine-tune the amount of venting needed for quick planing.
Mercury Racing is revved up for another big Miami International Boat Show with the release of exciting new products and revised positioning of our iconic brand.
The all-new 1100 Competition engine was an instant crowd pleaser upon its unveiling this morning in the Mercury booth. Developed exclusively for the newly formed APBA Offshore Championship series, the 9.0-liter engine features Mercury Racing’s exclusive aluminum four-valve cylinder heads and dual overhead camshaft valve train. Read more
Check out the latest Project 1080 video. Stu and Performance Marine Trading owner Pat Sullivan discuss the advantages of our Integrated Transom System, an option for the Bravo One XR sterndrive that works well with the Cigarette Top Gun.
The boat was moved from the rigging shop to an aluminum fabrication shop where a custom swim platform will be rigged and built from scratch. While there, the cabin upholstery will be installed as well.
Project 1080 will be on static display in the Cigarette booth at the Key West Poker Run village. The Cigarette booth is adjacent to our Mercury Racing Experience Truck display.
The boat will be flanked with display panels featuring a timeline of the restoration project as well as FPC’s 25-year history along with the history of the legendary Cigarette brand.
Our Experience Truck will be packed with exciting product displays and our factory reps will be eager to talk about them. Be sure to stock up on Official Mercury Racing merchandise – available for purchase at the truck Thursday through Saturday, November 8-10.
We are looking forward to seeing the Resto Mod 1080 Cigarette in Key West.
We are very excited to reveal Roadster Shop’s gorgeous ’66 Chevelle muscle car featuring our SB4 7.0 automotive crate engine.
Designed, developed and manufactured in-house, the 32-Valve DOHC SB4 7.0 engine adapts our proven high-performance valve train to a customized LS-based cylinder block that produces a staggering 750 naturally aspirated horsepower. Mercury Racing’s advanced four-valve cylinder head combustion system and dual overhead camshaft valve train provide significantly improved performance and durability compared to a standard two-valve design.
Roadster Shop is the exclusive SB4 distributor. The Mundelein, Illinois based company has been an automotive aftermarket industry mainstay in performance chassis fabrication and custom car building for over 30 years.
The project started with a call from Roadster Shop customer William Fox. William wanted to build a muscle car, something to compete with any late model European sports car. While reviewing available engine/power options William was intrigued by the new SB4 for its high rpm operating band and naturally aspirated, 750 horsepower.
The SB4 Chevelle qualified as a Roadster Shop “Survivor Series” build; a car that arrives clean in its original condition. The body is stock with the exception of some minor work to the transmission tunnel, and firewall. The paint, which ironically is very close to our Mercury Racing Blue, is original as are the chrome bumpers.
This iconic American muscle car has all the conveniences of a modern automobile. Roadster Shop re-engineered and rebuilt the complete vehicle. All new wiring and plumbing was installed. It features a custom Roadster Shop Fast Track chassis and high performance suspension. The SB4 is coupled to a Tremec/Bowler T56 6-speed transmission. Roadster Shop even built custom stainless steel headers and a complete exhaust system. Massive 345/40/19 (rear) and 265/40/18 (front) tires are mounted on all-new RS OE-2 wheels. A C& R Racing radiator keeps the SB4 cool as it runs through the gears up to its 8000 rpm rev limit.
The interior is updated with sound deadening material, modern instrumentation, cruise control, sound system and power windows. Recaro Expert seats provide support for the driver and passengers to comfortably experience the SB4’s full capabilities.
Roadster Shop debuted the SB4 Chevelle at the Goodguys 2018 PPG Nationals, July 6-8 in Columbus, Ohio. Roadster Shop personnel and fans alike were blown away with the SB4’s smooth idle and user friendly running qualities.
“This is by far the smoothest, cleanest performing engine we have ever used. It feels like its not even trying to make all of that power, almost effortless. The smoothness is noticeable throughout the entire rpm range, from idle to 8,000 rpm,” said Roadster Shop director of business development Josh Henning.
“This package really does a number on your senses. It gives you an organic analog connection to the car with a smooth powerband to create a hybrid muscle car/super car experience like we have never felt before.”
We are excited to see what Roadster Shop has planned next for the SB4. You can be assured it will be the baddest build in its class.
We are excited to announce the Powerboat P1 SuperStock outboard racing series is repowering for the 2019 season with the all-new 4.6L V-8 four-stroke 300R outboard. P1 SuperStock, presented by Mercury Racing, is a one-design, single-engine race series. The new 300R replaces the legacy 300XS OptiMax as the exclusive power for the series’ domestic and international venues.
Designed, developed and manufactured in-house, the naturally aspirated four-stroke 300R shares Mercury Racing’s venerable Quad Cam Four Valve (QC4) sterndrive DNA.
The stout V-8 powerhead provides an astounding 44% in increased displacement compared to the legacy two-stroke 300XS. That, combined with four valves per cylinder and the DOHC valve train, enables the new 300R to generate unprecedented torque and unmatched acceleration from the lower end of the power band up to maximum engine speed. All of this on 87-octane (90 RON) pump fuel while maintaining a comparable weight as its two-stroke predecessor. The weight savings can be attributed to the state-of-the-art powerhead components including composite intake runners.
Two midsection and three gearcase options are available for the 300R. P1 SuperStock will feature 300Rs with the Heavy-Duty midsection with a factory installed rear tie-bar mounting plate and side steering bracket assembly. The Heavy-Duty midsection features solid mounts and robust, forged transom brackets with single ram power trim and a remote trim pump designed to endure the harsh offshore environment. The side steering bracket provides a robust, integrated steering installation.
The surface piercing Sport Master, designed for boats capable of speeds in excess of 85 mph, features low-water pick-ups and a crescent leading-edge for maximized efficiency and speed. All boats are equipped with hand-crafted Mercury Racing Rev 4 XP propellers for precision matched race competition.
The 300R is backed by a three-year factory warranty with up to three years of Mercury Product Protection for a possible six years of warranty when used in recreational boating applications.
P1 SuperStock CEO Azam Rangoonwala said, “The P1 Panther race boat is at the heart of our SuperStock championship and strategic partnerships are an integral part of our business model, so the relationship with Mercury Racing is hugely valued. Embracing the latest technology by upgrading to the 300R outboard will not only increase racing performance but also maintain parity within the series.”
“We are very excited to continue our presenting sponsorship of the P1 SuperStock Championship. Their professionalism and focus is second to none,” said Stuart Halley, Racing’s General Manager.
Steve Miller, who oversees Racing’s marketing, sales and service said, “It is exciting to have our consumer products used in this highly competitive, one-design racing environment. There is no better way to prove their performance and durability.”
We are excited to debut our all-new 250R and 300R outboards.
Designed, developed and manufactured in-house, the naturally aspirated, 4.6 Liter V-8 four-stroke engines share Mercury Racing’s venerable Quad Cam Four Valve (QC4) sterndrive DNA – complete with aluminum four-valve cylinder heads and dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) valve trains.
The four valve heads and DOHC valve train is integrated with Mercury’s proprietary V-8 cylinder block, packed with high performance hardware. The new platform replaces the two-stroke V-6 250XS and 300XS models.
No Replacement for Displacement
The stout V-8 powerhead provides an astounding 53% increased displacement compared with the 250XS and 44% more displacement than the 300XS resulting in 40% higher overall bottom- end torque compared to the legacy two-strokes.
Transient spark calibration boosts torque by 7% for unmatched acceleration. Advanced Range Optimization automatically adjusts fuel delivery for up to 10% improvement in cruise-speed fuel efficiency. All of this on 87-octane (90 RON) pump fuel while maintaining a comparable weight to the legacy two-stroke 250 XS and 300 XS models. Best of all, the new 250R and 300R models are backed by a three-year factory warranty.
Most Versatile Performance Outboards on the Market
The 300R is highest performing engine in its class. The powerhead features custom Racing intake cam shafts and an exclusive short runner intake manifold. An integrated oil cooler keeps oil temps down throughout the 300R’s higher 5800-6400 rpm operating range.
The 300R is available with either mechanical or digital control systems. In addition, two midsection (Tri-Ram and heavy-duty HD) and three gearcase (Sport Master, Torque Master, and 5.44” HD) options ensure compatibility with any boat that needs to go fast.
Factory rear tie-bar models are available for enhanced stability on high speed multiple engine catamaran and offshore center console applications. An optional side steering bracket kit is also available.
The 250R is available with a mechanical control system. It features the Tri-Ram midsection and the surface piercing Sport Master gearcase. Designed for boats capable of speeds in excess of 85 mph, the Sport Master features low water pick-ups and a crescent leading-edge for maximized efficiency.
An optional Graphite Grey accent panel is available as a kit. A paint-ready kit is also available to custom match the engine to the boat.
Happy 50th Birthday to Captain Steve Lamp, owner of Dream Catcher Charters. Captain Steve relies on Mercury products to earn a living. His office space is the beautiful waters off Key West.
Mercury Racing has had a working relationship with Steve for nearly 20 years. He has been intimately involved in the development of a number of our key consumer performance outboards including the OptiMax 200XS, 2.5XS, 250XS, 300XS and 400R.
He has also been our go to person for real world feedback regarding Mercury Racing Propeller performance. Steve also provides field testing data on a number of Mercury Marine engines, control systems and props.
Steve and I first met at Lake X for a 200XS photo mission. His passion for boating in general and Mercury Racing was obvious the instant I met him. It’s rare to have a personal relationship with an individual who not only earns a living with our product but one who is such a passionate brand ambassador.
To this day Steve represents Mercury Marine at the Miami International Boat Show. It is in the show environment where Steve’s experiences and extensive product knowledge truly shine. He has a knack for conveying information in layman terms to the public, highlighting product features that are important for their specific needs. In an instant – he can switch gears and carry on a conversation with members of the media regarding a variety of topics and not miss a beat.
When he’s not in the Mercury booth you will find him on the water providing product demos for Mercury as well as Yellow Fin, the builder of his bay boat and offshore center console.
Steve, we are blessed to have you as a friend and a member of our team. We wish you all the best as you continue your adventures from Mile Marker 50. Throttles down…. The Race Never Stops!
It is with heavy hearts we say farewell to our leader and General Manager Erik Christiansen. Erik is leaving Mercury Racing to work for a privately held company outside of the marine industry.
Erik has over 20 years of service with Mercury Marine. He started his career in the Mercury engineering department where he was instrumental in the design and development of the Verado outboard. He transferred to Mercury Racing Engineering in 2002.
He immediately made his mark by making improvements to Racing’s big block sterndrive family of the day. He transformed the 1050 SCi into the 1075 SCi, 850 SCi, and 1200 SCi consumer sterndrives and the Class 1 competition engine. He also spearheaded development of the 600 SCi sterndrive and Racing’s first dual calibration sterndrive, the 1200/1025 SCi. Erik was also involved with the development of Racing’s first Verado outboard, the 350 SCi .
Erik’s true legacy was the development of the QC4 (Quad Cam Four Valve) sterndrive engine family. The demand for larger, heavier boats with automotive creature comforts such as large screen monitors, high-end stereo systems and air conditioning called for reliable, higher power propulsion.
The automotive based big block engines were limited in producing reliable power output, primarily due to the push rod valve train. The duty cycles for marine engines is incredibly harsh. They are under a constant load at a high operating RPM. Offshore use is even more challenging.
I’ve conducted many tours of the Racing manufacturing floor over the years. I always like to tell Erik’s QC4 story when we arrive in the area of the plant where they are produced.
Erik was passionate about the Verado engine design and its Dual Over Head Cam valve train. The story goes he would spend his lunch hours sketching a sterndrive engine with a DOHC valve train and thinking, “This would make a killer sterndrive.”
The QC4 platform revolutionized the performance boat industry upon its 2010 release. Erik would soon after be promoted to Director of Engineering.
He would again rise within the organization with his promotion as General Manager upon Fred Kiekhaefer’s departure at the end of 2012. Racing continued to release game changing products under Erik’s leadership over the last five years. These included the 520, 540 and 565 sterndrives, the Verado 400R outboard and the dual calibration QC4 1550 /1350 sterndrive. Erik was the drive behind Mercury Racing’s return to offshore race dominance, both domestically and internationally. He also spearheaded the repower of the XCAT series from the legacy 2.5 EFI 2-strokes to the fourstroke 400 ROS.
The QC4 product family continues to expand with the recent addition of the naturally aspirated 860 consumer model and the Torque Monster 1750 competition model.
Erik was behind the wheel in driving Mercury’s 2013 return to the automotive industry with the debut of QC4 aftermarket crate engine. The QC4 1350 is the power within the award winning 1970 Dodge Charger deemed, “Tantrum.” Three years later Erik would again revolutionize a given engine platform with QC4 engine influence. The 750 h.p. SB4 engine features a scaled down version of the durable QC4 valve train on a 7.0 Liter LS cylinder block packed with Racing specified components. The engine is available through our distributor Roadster Shop.
Erik mentioned his main career goal while at Racing was to make an impact and leave the company in little better shape from when he started. Mission accomplished.
Thank you Erik for all you have done for Mercury Racing and the marine industry. We wish you and your family all the best in your new venture.
Our Pro Finish Bravo I LT propeller, originally designed for single outboard multispecies, bay boat and deck boat applications, is known to provide superior hole shot, on-plane efficiency and fuel economy under a load.
Sam Maisano from Go Fast Charters has enjoyed great success with our Bravo I FS propeller. Sam recently repowered his 32-foot Donzi ZF center console from 300 to 350 Verados. He contacted me to get some guidance on propeller selection. Sam’s boat is often under a load with passengers and gear and thus we thought it may make sense to see if the Bravo I LT could enhance his ride.
We sent Sam a set of 24″ pitch Bravo I LT props. The results have been phenomenal. When compared to the FS, the LT has a longer exhaust tube with a flare at the end. The flared tube provides more stern lift, which settles the bow for a more level ride. Sam and his customers are enjoying improved handling and a dryer, more comfortable boating experience.
The Bravo I LT has allowed Go Fast Charters to utilize their higher-horsepower engines without sacrificing fuel economy and range. At 56 mph Sam uses 40 gallons per hour (gph) with the FS as opposed to 38.8 gph with the LT. Through mid-range speeds, the story is the same. At 4200 RPM, Sam gained almost 3 mph (40.6 to 43.2 mph) while realizing a fuel consumption savings of 1.5 gph.
In addition to better performance, Go Fast Charters has proven the durability of Mercury Racing propellers when they are properly maintained. On his first pair of Bravo I FS propellers, Sam logged 995 hours with zero failures! In 2016 alone, Sam put 555 hours on his one-off set of LT propellers, and continues to use them.
With the advent of the new counter rotation Bravo I LT for dual engine applications, Go Fast Charters will blow customers away with the performance offered by their well-tuned Mercury and Donzi combination.
We are excited to be out of the cold and into the heat of the action at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show. We just launched an all-new QC4 sterndrive and we are expanding selected lines of our high performance outboard propellers.
The all-new Dual Calibration 1350/1100 is the latest generation of Mercury Racing’s exclusive QC4 (quad cam four valve) engine platform and shares many of the features that come with the Dual Calibration 1550 – including the high styled carbon fiber top and front covers.
Passport to Anywhere
Power output is controlled via interchangeable electronic key fobs at the dash. The engine pumps out its advertised one thousand three hundred and fifty horsepower on 91 octane fuel when the 1350 horsepower fob is engaged. Engaging the 1100 horsepower fob reduces the octane requirement to 89 or rec 90 to allow operation in areas where premium fuel availability is unknown. Both fuel calibrations provide maximum torque and efficiency and are designed to optimize engine performance at each power level.
Consumers are responsible for making sure they have the correct fuel grade in their tank when running in 1350 mode. Be sure to review our post “Don’t Knock It!” regarding the importance of using the required minimal octane fuel for your engine.
The electronic fobs work off Mercury’s Theft Deterrent System (TDS). The power specific key fobs provide the operator visual cues via an interactive VesselView display. One key fob controls the horsepower output of multiple engines within the boat. The Theft Deterrent System disables the vessel when an assigned electronic key is not engaged. The net result is a fully integrated control system with unique, switchable engine calibrations.
Available for immediate delivery, the 1350/1100 engine enhances consumer value by offering essentially two engines in one; both backed by a 1-year limited factory warranty. Suggested retail price for the engine packaged with the M8 sterndrive is $216,605. Having the peace of mind to explore new destinations without worrying about fuel availability is priceless.
Our boat builder partner Marine Technology debuted their all-new 43-foot catamaran featuring dual cal 1350/1100 power. It features a new G7 deck and MTI’s world champion hull design. It is available for demo rides for qualified prospects out of slip #223 on the Mercury dock; Pier #2 at the in-water show.
Our role at Mercury Racing is to maximize engine and boat performance – regardless of the application – race or pleasure. We are constantly looking to enhance the boating experience by offering specific propeller models custom fit for specific applications. Our recent work has resulted in the expansion of the popular Bravo I LT, Bravo I OC and Revolution® 4 XP propeller lines.
Bravo I LT
Propeller performance isn’t all about top speed. It entails a variety of other attributes including hole shot, on-plane efficiency and fuel economy under a load. The Pro Finish Bravo I LT outboard propeller provides all of these. Above everything else, the Bravo I LT offers an optimized ride quality. The flared exhaust tube lifts the stern. This brings the bow down for a more level ride. The result? Improved handling and a dryer, more comfortable boating experience.
The addition of new counter rotation models expand the Bravo I LT’s application from right-hand rotation, single engine outboard bay boats and multi-species hulls to multi-engine outboard center consoles. Bravo I LT propellers are available in a pitch range from 19 to 29 inches in both right-hand and left-hand rotation.
Bravo I OC
Originally designed for high powered, twin outboard performance catamarans, the four blade Bravo I OC is enhancing performance of 400R outboard powered flats cat boats as well. A shortened exhaust barrel settles the stern, providing a natural bow lift for reduced drag and enhanced speeds. Four new right-hand rotation pitch offerings (22.5, 23.5, 24.5 and 25.5-inches) expand application of the OC into the niche single engine catamaran flats market in Texas as well. These go-fast cats will benefit from the smooth hole shot and increased top speeds from the Bravo I OC. Right-hand rotation pitch offerings range from 22.5 to 33-inches. Left-hand rotation models are available in 28-inch to 33-inch pitch offerings.
Rev 4 XP
The Mercury Racing® Revolution 4® XP propeller provides extreme precision when dialing in multi-engine, stepped bottom performance center consoles (twin, triple, quad, and quint installations) and single-engine bay boats. The standard length exhaust tube, in addition to reducing the time-to-plane, also provides stern lift for maximum hull performance and an improved ride in a variety of conditions.
New pitch offerings (13-17 inches in one-inch increments) support 150 h.p. to 400 h.p. Verado outboard powered center consoles, work boats and houseboats. The Rev 4 XP pitch range extends from 13-inches to 26.5-inches.
Mercury Racing propellers are available from an authorized Mercury Outboard dealer or Boat Builder. Suggested retail pricing for each of the three models is as follows:
In addition to the awesome 43 MTI – we also have all new 400R outboard hulls in our slips. The Hustler 39 Shot Gun is an all-new hull sporting triple 400Rs. The open cockpit layout provides seating for 10 people and innovative creature comforts such as power reclining seats and a state-of-the-art carbon fiber T-Top.
Nor-Tech’s 452 Super Fish takes offshore center console design to an all-new level with not two, not three, not four but count em’….five 400R outboards strapped across the back. This bad boy is guaranteed to stop traffic all weekend – and that’s a good thing! 🙂
The Miami Boat Show runs today through Monday, February 19. Be sure to visit our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels for updates throughout the show.
We are pleased to announce we have partnered with Roadster Shop of Mundelein, Ill., for the distribution of our SB4 7.0 (small-block, four-valve) automotive aftermarket crate engine. The announcement comes one day prior to the opening of the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The show runs October 31 through November 3.
The 32-Valve DOHC SB4 7.0 engine adapts Mercury Racing’s proven high-performance valve train to a customized LS-based engine that produces a staggering 750 naturally aspirated horsepower. Mercury Racing’s advanced four-valve cylinder head combustion system and dual overhead camshaft valve train provide significantly improved performance and durability compared to a standard two-valve design.
Roadster Shop has been an industry mainstay in performance chassis fabrication and custom car building for over 30 years. It produces innovative, performance-based vehicle-specific chassis & suspension components for top tier street rods, trucks and pro-touring muscle cars. The Mercury Racing SB4, available for immediate delivery, offers Roadster Shop customers a turnkey, fully calibrated high-performance engine package.
“Being avid powerboaters for three generations, we are extremely familiar with Mercury Racing’s offshore marine products and the incredible rigors they are built to withstand while maintaining top-level performance. We are excited to partner with a company that can provide that level of durability in a 750 HP automotive engine package,” said Jeremy Gerber, Roadster Shop vice president of operations.
Roadster Shop owner Phil Gerber agreed.
“We are excited to partner with Mercury Racing on bringing the SB4 engine to the hot rod industry.” “The SB4 is an incredibly unique package that fits perfectly with the direction of high-end custom cars being built today. This engine will certainly be a game-changer and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of it.”
The feelings from Mercury Racing are mutual.
“We are excited to partner with Roadster Shop,” said our General Manager Erik Christiansen. “They are highly respected and passionate veterans of the automotive aftermarket industry. Our capabilities are complementary and we appreciate their approach to providing innovative, high-quality products and services.”
Roadster Shop’s C07 Central Hall booth features a Mercury Racing SB4 engine is fitted in their all-new RS4R – a full independent front suspension, 4WD chassis developed for 1966-77 Ford Bronco SUVs. Designed and developed in-house, the custom chassis offers 12″ travel in the front and 13″ in the rear. Dual rate springs, combined with 2.5″ Fox Factory series twin tube bypass shocks and coilovers optimize ride quality and overall performance.
The RS4R is configured to accept Coyote/6R80 or LS/4L80 drive train packages with an Atlas 2 Speed transfer case. The design allows the use of 285 series tires and +17″ wheels on all four corners without the need for fender mods.
Be sure to stop by the Mercury Racing Experience Truck to see the all-new QC4 860 sterndrive and 400R Carbon Edition outboard. Factory reps supporting the event include National Sales Manager Kevin Skiba and Performance Propeller Manager Scott Reichow. Mercury service rep Chris Moore is set to answer service related questions. Nick Petersen will complete his Mercury Racing Propeller summer intern experience at LOTO.
Be sure to ask our team about the unprecedented Race to Repower program which features a cash rebate, free DTS rigging kit and Zero Effort Control with the purchase of a 520, 540 or 565 sterndrive engine package. The program offer expires December 31.
The Mercury Racing Experience continues on Thursday with the Marine Technology customer appreciation event. Outerlimits’ customer appreciation event follows on Friday. Our Product Integration Manager Mike Griffiths will represent Mercury Racing at both events.
We have a rich history of producing national and world championship outboard power. The venerable 200XS SST and 200XS ROS have been the go-to power for many a competition racer. However, after many years and many victories, the demand for these products has reached a level where it is no longer efficient for us to produce them as complete outboards. Therefore, the 2018 Program Year will be the final year of production for the legacy 200XS SST and 200XS ROS competition models. We will continue with annual builds of replacement powerheads to support the product that is still in use.
Listed below are part numbers and MSRP pricing for complete engine models as well as both fully dressed and partial powerheads. The powerheads are common for SST and ROS models. The PCM and flywheel cover are not included with either powerhead and thus need to be ordered separately.
Concurrently, we will have a limited production run of the Verado 400 ROS (Race Offshore) competition outboard.
The 400 ROS is specifically designed for offshore competition race boats with catamaran style hulls. It features a shorter midsection designed to reduce the overall center of gravity which significantly improves boat handling and drivibility while powering through race course turns at competition speeds. In addition, the ROS midsection boasts solid racing mounts and features a custom carbon fiber rear cowl.
Engines are available exclusively to competitors repowering an existing race hull or rigging a new one. It is the responsibility of the racer to ensure the 400 ROS is eligible to compete in a given race class or organization.
400 ROS Custom Rigging Requirements:
The electric fuel pump and oil sump for the competition 400 ROS are boat mounted. As such, Mercury Racing has developed special 400 ROS rigging kits which contain the dry sump oil tank (#8M0115428) and the electric fuel pump kit (#840368A1), and these are required to complete the 400 ROS installation (one of each kit per engine).
In addition, the standard dual engine rigging kit (#8M0101415) which contains the DTS Zero Effort system and other necessary harnessing and components is required, and SmartCraft instrumentation must also be ordered separately. Finally, the 400 ROS requires a custom after-market hydraulic steering system and tie bars, and is not compatible with the standard Verado power steering.
The highly custom nature of competition outboards require a longer production lead time than consumer models. Therefore, to ensure you are prepared for the 2018 race season, it is important for you to submit your order to your dealer no later thanOctober 30 along with a non-refundable deposit of 30% of the purchase price. Production, based on confirmed orders, will commence approximately 120 days from the order date.
Competition outboards do not qualify for sales program discounts or warranty. Please note: The remote mounted 12-volt trim pump (#818377A2) is not included with 200XS or 400 ROS engines.
Contact your local Mercury Outboard dealer for a price quote and place your order today!
We are very excited to sign on as the presenting sponsor of the Powerboat P1 SuperStock outboard racing series for the 2017 season. The one-design, single-engine race series features identically rigged 28-foot P1 Panther vee-bottom race boats.
The venerable Mercury Racing 300XS outboard is the exclusive power for the 2017 Spectre P1 SuperStock USA Championship. The low emissions, 2-stroke engine replaces Evinrude E-TEC outboards. The 300XS, featuring a potent V-6 powerhead coupled to a robust mid-section fitted with a heavy-duty swivel clamp bracket assembly and race-proven Sport Master gearcase, is designed to endure the harsh offshore racing environment. Handcrafted-precision matched Mercury Racing Propellers will ensure that each boat realizes its maximum performance.
“The performance of the P1 Panther with the 300XS is outstanding. Acceleration and top speed are dramatically improved, and the tracking and handling is crisp and nimble. It’s like a new boat,” said Spectre P1 SuperStock USA Championship spokesperson Martin Sanborn.
“Partnerships are at the heart of our P1 business and our new alliance with Mercury Racing, the acknowledged leader in the marine high performance industry, is testimony to the growth and stature of the P1 SuperStock series,” said Powerboat P1 USA Managing Director Azam Rangoonwala.
“Our association with Mercury Racing brings a wealth of experience and reliability, and we are confident that this move will generate even greater interest in our national championship,” Azam said.
“Powerboat P1 is a rich part of our racing heritage” said Mercury Racing General Manager Erik Christiansen.
“We are excited to feature our 300XS outboard in this highly competitive one-design racing environment, where setup and skill is key to winning,” Erik added.
The 2017 P1 SuperStock USA Championship season kicks off May 20 in St. Cloud, Fla. The complete schedule is as follows:
We are promoting our Race to Repowerprogram featuring unprecedented deals on Mercury Racing 520, 540 and 565 sterndrive engine packages. We will be providing a review of our new products as well as highlights of the repower program throughout the weekend.
Mercury Racing Experience Presentation Schedule:
Friday, April 7: 2 pm
Saturday, April 8: 1 pm and 4 pm
Sunday, April 9: 1 pm
Attendees, who take a brief repower survey, will be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win a $500 grand prize; a 30 quart Mercury Racing Pelican cooler with four matching 32 ounce tumblers. In addition, a limited quantity of Mercury Racing visors will be handed out at the conclusion of each presentation.
The grand prize winner will be announced Wednesday, April 12.
This is the year to power up your ride with fresh Mercury Racing power. She’s Worth it!
Greetings from Miami! We just unleashed a number of exciting new products at the Miami Boat Show. Two new members have been added to the game changing QC4v sterndrive family. The power range now extends from 860 h.p. to an astounding 1750 h.p.! We’ve also added an exotic model to our popular 400R outboard family. And, a new surface piercing propeller, designed exclusively for 400R consumer performance outboards and the 400 ROS competition outboard, is produced on the same state-of-the-art CNC machines used to mill Mercury Racing’s legendary five and six blade sterndrive cleaver propellers.
All New 860 Sterndrive
Designed, developed and manufactured in-house, the naturally aspirated QC4v (quad cam four valve) 860 sterndrive features Mercury Racing’s exclusive aluminum four-valve cylinder heads and dual overhead camshaft valve train. These quad cam, four-valve heads are integrated with Racing’s proprietary 9.0 Liter V-8 cylinder block, packed with Mercury Racing designed and specified hardware.
The 860 shares all of the high performance running qualities of its turbocharged siblings. Rear-facing ram horn intakes direct induction noise rearward for enhanced power and to reduce cockpit noise for a more pleasant boating experience.
The 860 is backed by an unprecedented 2-year warranty for recreational boating.
400R Carbon Edition
We are very proud to reveal the 400R Carbon Edition, an exotic high performance Verado outboard featuring contemporary layered surfacing sculpted out of lightweight carbon fiber composite.
Carbon Edition 400Rs share all of the industry leading performance characteristics and creature comforts of its Phantom Black and Cold Fusion White 400R siblings, while providing a an even higher level of luxury with this bold, aggressive visual treatment.
CNC Outboard Cleaver
Designed exclusively for 400R consumer performance outboards and the 400 ROS competition outboard, the precision machined five blade CNC Outboard Cleaver Propeller is designed to maximize top-end speed on performance hulls powered by 400R and 400 ROS outboards fitted with the Mercury Racing Sport Master gearcase.
Game Changing Power for Offshore Powerboat Racing Competitors
Our new QC4v 1750 Competition sterndrive raises the bar of offshore powerboat racing. Producing an astounding one thousand seven hundred and fifty horsepower, the most powerful engine ever produced by Mercury Racing offers massive torque for unmatched acceleration and top-end speeds.
The 1750 sports a bold new color package which differentiates it from its consumer QC4v siblings.
Miami marks the public debut of an all new Mercury Racing Propellers display. The state-of-the-art display represents our full range of high performance outboard and sterndrive props. The show also marks the public debut of an all-new video. The Artisans features the talented men who who handcraft each Mercury Racing propeller to precision tuned works of art. An enhanced Mercury Racing Propellers website is coming soon as well.
Bold New Sterndrive Graphics
Bold new sterndrive graphics for the full line of XR, M6 and M8 drives are represented on our in booth static displays.
An all new cut-a-away QC4v 1550 sterndrive display is sure to be a conversation piece throughout the show.
Race to Repower
Our Race to Repower promotion continues through June 30. A program Point of Sale poster on prominent display next to the 540 sterndrive engine display.
MPP For Three!
Our MPP For Three! extended coverage program continues in support of all 400R models. The program expires July 1.
Whew! I’m spent and the show has just begun! Be sure to follow our Facebook live broadcasts through Saturday!
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.
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.
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.
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 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 750 horsepower at 8000 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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. Edelbrock, booth #22643 Central Hall, is displaying the SB4 cylinder head they cast for us.
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
Bold new Mercury Racing graphics, emphasizing the horsepower rating and the latest Racing word mark, provide a powerful new look for our classic 250 XS and 300 XS outboards. They continue to show steady demand amongst performance enthusiasts from performance bass to catamaran hulls. In addition, their combination of high power and torque with ultra-light weight make them excellent for repowering older performance boats. Both models are well proven with documented success as performance leaders in their respective categories.
Record Breaking Speed
The 250 XS holds a colorful past. The low-emissions 2-stroke was a game changer the moment it was released. It outperformed competitive 250 horsepower engines in a variety of categories including fuel economy, mid-range acceleration and top speed. The 250 XS also holds an APBA Pro Stock Bass World Kilo Speed Record.
250 XS models come exclusively with the legendary Sport Master gearcase. Designed for lighter weight hulls capable of speeds in excess of 85 mph, the Sport Master features a crescent leading edge housing with low water pickups. This enables the 250 XS to run at elevated transom heights for maximum engine rpm, hydrodynamic efficiency and top-end speeds.
The 300 XS is our most successful 2-stroke consumer performance outboard. Not only does it outperform all competitors at the same horsepower node – it does it no matter what the application.
Models are available in 20-inch, 25-inch and 30-inch mid sections. A custom designed exhaust adapter plate with built-in appendages for mounting after-market steering wing plates enable the 300 XS to be used safely on high-speed multi-engine catamaran and vee-bottom boats. Offshore models come standard with a heavy-duty swivel/clamp bracket assembly and trim cylinder. The race-proven remote mounted trim pump provides a quicker trim-out speed and enhanced durability.
A multitude of gearcase options are available for virtually any application. Models fitted with the 20-inch mid-section are available with the Torque Master II and Sport Master gearcases. Both feature purpose-built housings packed with race-proven heavy-duty components. Applications include single-engine bass, flats and bay boats as well as catamaran and vee-bottom sport boats. The Torque Master II is designed for use on heavier hulls that rely on power trim to generate extra lift.
The Torque Master II and Sport Master gearcases are available with 1.62:1 or 1.75:1 gear ratios. The Torque Master II, designed for single engine applications, is available in right-hand rotation only.
New for the 2017 program year is the adaptation of the 1.75:1, Verado 4.8 gearcase. The gearcase, standard on 25” and 30” offshore models, is designed to withstand the rigors of the tough salt water environment and is ideal for performance center consoles. 300 XS models fitted with Verado gearcases are available in right-hand and left-hand rotation.
Performance Propeller Manager Scott Reichow has a variety of propellers designed specifically for 250 XS and 300 XS applications. Popular performance props include the Pro Max, Lightning E.T., Bravo I XS, Bravo I OC.
The low emissions 2-stroke 250 XS and 300 XS outboards continue to prove their durability and reliability. Both are backed with a two-year standard factory warranty with three years of optional MPP (Mercury Product Protection) coverage available.
A number of boat manufacturers have responded to angler requests for larger and more stable hulls. The changes have resulted with the consoles moving forward, changing the center of gravity and weight distribution. The mounting of trolling motor batteries in the front of the boat affects planing performance and bow lift as well. The new hull designs, while user friendly in terms of fish ability come with a price in terms of overall engine performance.
It didn’t take long before I started getting calls from customers asking for help in enhancing the performance of their single engine outboard powered bay boats and multi-species hulls under heavy loads. Our trusty Bravo I FS was no longer the viable option for these applications. Read more
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 comprehensive factory coverage, which is transferrable to a subsequent owner, making it easier for them to sell their boat and upgrade to a newer one.
Up to 2 years of additional MPP coverage is available for purchase through an authorized Mercury dealer. 400 ROS competition outboards, which are sold without a warranty, are exempt from the program.
Consumers will receive detailed information regarding the extended 400R warranty coverage upon product registration.
We’re pleased to offer this added protection so that our 400R consumers can extend their enjoyment of the intuitive design, revolutionary performance, efficiency, and reliability of our flagship outboad.
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.
While 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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
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 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
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 in multi engine, stepped bottom performance center consoles (trip, quad, quint) and single engine bay 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
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.
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,”
“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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
The star of our revised website is the all new QC4v Refresh page. We’ve done many things internally to streamline the popular service. We thought it was time we tout the benefits of our QC4v Refresh program.
I’ve provided numerous tours of our facility over the years. Visitors are always impressed with the passion and attention to detail our employees put into everything they build. We wanted to convey that work ethic and passion that sets our refresh program apart from all others. Dan Koch expresses it best in our new QC4v Refresh video.
We’re excited about the refinements to our QC4v Refresh Program. Now is the time to pull your engines and refresh them for the 2016 season.
The Mercury Racing Prop Slip Calculator App, available for both Apple or Android devices, 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.
I use the slip calculator daily when assisting customers with propeller questions. It is a great tool that provides much more information than just slip. Results for each of the five fields can be derived by populating the other four. Following are a few examples of what this powerful app can do.
Let’s look at a single engine OptiMax 250 ProXS outboard powered hull. When communicating with customers, I always first ask for baseline information such as the pitch of prop they are running, gear ratio and engine RPM at wide open throttle. Using the app, I can plug information I’m provided (pitch, gear ratio, engine rpm and speed) to first determine slip.
Now – after getting some additional information, the customer informs me the rig is under a heavy load and thus he is looking to increase RPM for enhanced hole shot and mid range acceleration to carry the load. Let’s see what happens when we drop the propeller pitch by two inches. Typically, one inch change in pitch affects engine speed by 150 RPM. In this case – dropping two inches of pitch will increase engine speed by 300 RPM. I plug in the new RPM and pitch size into the app – leaving everything else the same. The engine is running at the upper end of it operating range. This will provide the added thrust needed for the enhanced hole shot and mid range performance the customer desires. Note the top end speed drops by 2 mph.
The customer sometimes runs under lighter loads and he is concerned with it being so close to the rev limit using the smaller wheel. Lets see what happens when we go back up one inch in pitch. I go to the app and change the pitch to 24 and decrease the engine speed by 150 RPM. I again select Actual Speed and find a gain of one mph in top end speed.
Let’s see what happens when we go down one-half inch in pitch. Knowing the engine speed will increase 75 RPM, I change the RPM to 5925 and pitch to 23.5 and select the Actual Speed button.
Top speed is comparable to what is achieved with using the 24″ pitch prop. The higher engine RPM will enhance the hole shot and mid range performance. There is enough of a gap between the actual engine speed to the upper engine operating range to allow for occasional light load applications without worrying about hitting the rev limit. This is the prop I would recommend for this application.
Here I wanted to share a couple of examples. The first is regarding a boat originally equipped with twin 800 h.p. engines coupled to our dry-sump M6drives. The customer has supplied us with gear ratio, engine RPM, pitch and speed. By inputting our known data, we find the slip to 12.83%.
The customer then decides to have his engines rebuilt and updated to 1,000 H.P. He would like to know the pitch size he could run with the updated engines.
Running a conservative calculation we can expect a 10% increase in speed (1.10 x 103 mph) for a total of 113 mph.
The new engines need to rev to 5800 rpm. I plug 5800 into the App and change mph to 113. Keeping everything else the same and select pitch, which changes to 35.42″ pitch. Here, I would suggest he start out by running his existing 36-inch pitch cleavers. He can break the motors in and then check wide open throttle to see if he can get to the recommended 5800 RPM. If he gets there and finds he has more throttle – he can consider higher pitch props.
Using the old general rule of thumb, it takes 10 additional hp for a gain of 1 mph – for both single and multiple engine applications. Remember – this is the old rule of thumb. In this case – we bumped the power from 800 to 1,000 h.p. or 200 h.p./10 h.p. = 20 mph.
Let’s see what the results are with that. When I change the speed to 123 mph in the slip calculator the pitch comes in at 38.55-inch. Now the customer needs to make a decision to go up to either 38-inch or 39-inch pitch props.
For this example I wanted to share an example of an air entrapment vee-bottom hull and the how it affects propeller performance. The subject boat is a 42-foot Fountain equipped with twin 525 EFI sterndrives. The customer provides me with the baseline information. He tells me his is running 34-inch pitch Lab Finished Bravo I props with a 1.50:1 gear ratio. The 525’s turn 5200 RPM at wide open throttle. His slip is high at 22% – resulting with a top speed of 87.05 MPH.
Stepped hulls such as that featured on the Fountain aerate the water just forward of the propeller blades. This creates slip as the propeller is not large enough overall – or in blade area specifically – to grab clean water. Here I would suggest the customer switch from the four blade Lab Finished Bravo I to the five blade Lab Finished Maximus. Let’s go to the app and see if what we find out.
I know from experience the pitch will go down two inches when switching from the 4 blade Bravo I to the larger 5 blade Maximus. I also know the the slip will go down to approximately 12%. I plug in the constants; 5200 RPM, 1.50:1 gear ratio, and revise the pitch to 32-inches and plug in the 12% slip. The resulting top speed calc is impressive and representative of what the Fountain with 525s is capable of producing. The customer is pleased to learn he will gain five MPH when switching to the Maximus. He’ll also gain that speed in the mid-range offering a great cruising speed.
I hope these examples provide a sense of the various calculations you can perform with our new app. Remember, the calculator is a tool to help us better understand a number of variables. It provides a base from which to test the results for your particular application.
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 offerings enable bass boat and center console bay boat owners to Dial-In their engine RPM for maximum power and efficiency. The new models include 22.5″, 24.5″, 26.5″, 28.5″ and 30.5″ pitch sizes – complimenting the expansive 22 inch to to 31.5 inch pitch range.
The Bravo I XS has proven to be one of our most versatile props. It’s a natural for 2-stroke applications and now – with the Mercury patented Performance Vent System®, it is delivering unprecedented performance on single engine four stroke applications as well.
Bravo I XS Part Numbers:
Get your rig Dialed in the XS. See you authorized Mercury dealer today!
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 our five and six-blade CNC Cleaver propellers used with NXT1, NXT6 and M8 sterndrives. Featuring a durable double walled composite construction, the reusable case protects props from shipping damage. All new Mercury Racing CNC props are shipped in the new case.
If you want to protect your current inventory of Mercury Racing CNC props – you can purchase the new case from your local Mercury Racing dealer or OEM boat builder. The part number is 8M0107970. Retail pricing is $368.75.
The propeller is secured in the case by a nylon dowel and receiver. The prop hub sits snugly on a receiver in the center of the base. High density foam, mounted on the dowel, fits between the propeller hub and top cover. The dowel – secured on the top half fits within the receiver to interlock the propeller in place. The top and bottom halves of the case are secured by four steel locking clasps.
Form Follows Function:
Multiple recessed channels within the composite top and bottom covers enhance impact resistance for protection during shipments and when transferred from a tow vehicle to the boat.
Embossed ribs on the top cover fit securely into slots on the bottom cover which enables the cases to be stacked securely. A durable, spring loaded carrying handle retracts into a recessed area when not in use.
I’m looking forward to hear what you think about our new case. I think you’ll agree it is worth the investment.
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 helpful for those who need an option when the available pitch range is greater than one inch from one to the next. Being able get the engine to run as close as possible to its max rpm operating range will enhance overall boat performance and fuel economy.
Based on the award winning Mercury Enertia ECO propeller, The ECO XP is particularly helpful in spooling up Mercury Verado 300 and 350 and Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboards to their full potential on recreational bay boats and offshore center consoles.
Our propeller techs customize blade cups to offer 16.5”, 18.5”, 20.5” and 22.5” pitch sizes to compliment the Mercury Enertia ECO line which ranges from 17” to 23” pitch in two inch increments. The ECO XP features the Mercury patented Performance Vent System® (PVS). PVS® enables the user to fine tune the amount of venting needed for quick planing. The standard length exhaust tube, in addition to reducing the time-to-plane, also provides stern lift for maximum hull performance and an improved ride in a variety of conditions.
I’m anxious for you to give our new ECO XPs a spin.
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 shared with our OEM boat builder partner MAPC (Maritime Applied Physics Corporation), is the talk of the show. Read more
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
The 1550 features an advanced control system which enables the operator to switch engine power level via an electronic key fob.
The Race key fob turns the engine into a pure bred race machine – pumping out one thousand five hundred and fifty horsepower on 112 AKI race fuel.
The Pleasure key fob is selected when a more leisure ride is in order, creating 1350 h.p. on 91 octane (98 RON) fuel. Both fuel calibrations provide maximum torque and efficiency and are designed to optimize the engine performance at each power level.
The electronic fobs work off of Mercury’s Theft Deterrent System (TDS). The Race/Pleasure key fobs provide the operator visual cues via an interactive VesselView display.
One key fob controls the horsepower output of multiple engines. The Theft Deterrent System disables the vessel when an assigned electronic key is not engaged. The dual calibration enhances consumer value by offering essentially two engines in one; both backed by a factory warranty.
This is not just a “valet key” where the engine is detuned; this is a fully integrated control system with switchable engine control. The technology greatly enhances the boater’s experience by providing the option to switch to pump gas when in areas where 112 AKI fuel is not available or when full race performance is not desired.
Two in One
The dual calibration enhances consumer value by offering essentially two engines in one; both backed by a factory warranty.
The 1550 is the latest generation of Mercury Racing’s exclusive QC4v (quad cam four valve) engine. Designed and developed in-house, the QC4v design has revolutionized the recreational sport boat industry.
The 9.0 liter quad cam four valve (QC4v) cylinder block and head design, combined with SmartCraft Digital Throttle & Shift (DTS), provides big power with luxury-car-like drivability. With the dual calibration of the 1550, you get both a race boat and a high performance pleasure boat.
Power to the Water
The 1550 is available with robust M8R drive and the Pro Finish 5-blade 1550 CNC Cleaver propeller.
Factory Backed Warranty
The 1550 is backed with a 10 hour warranty at the 1550 power level (at 2000 RPM or above) or 1 year, whichever comes first.
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.
The 400R features a custom cold air induction system for improved air flow and power development while significantly reducing intake noise for improved sound quality.
An all-new water cooled supercharger is designed to reduce intake temperatures and significantly increase air density. This enables the engine to generate unprecedented torque and unmatched acceleration all the way from the lower end of the power band up to the 7,000 rpm maximum engine speed. Electronic knock control enables the engine to safely run on 89 octane (95 Ron) fuel when the recommended premium 91-octane (98 RON) fuel is not available to maximize performance. Read more
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 added in the near future. Dealers also have an option to co-brand sportswear with their business logo.
Shop now to take advantage of a 10% discount on all goods. The discount promotion expires November 14. Check back soon and often as merchandise will be added on a regular basis.
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 adopters of the engine package. They are also the first OEM boat builder to install the potent engines with joystick control. A Formula 400FX used to demonstrate joystick 520 maneuvers at the Miami Boat Show had standard through transom exhaust fitted with aftermarket mufflers. For our traditional sport boat crowd – they had a nice exhaust note. For those looking for enhanced performance without all the rumble – it might have been a bit much.
We took note, no pun intended, and went to work to create an X-haust Noise Reduction system designed specifically for the 520. The system will appease our friends at Formula and a variety of our OEM boat builder partners, dealers and consumers looking to take advantage of the 520’s performance value. It will also be adopted in European Union countries where the engine is certified in meeting the stringent RCD (Recreational Craft Directive) exhaust emissions standards. Read more
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 time for the season, I’m pleased to announce the official release of two new props that expand the versatility of our popular Mercury Racing Bravo and Maximus propeller lines.
Bravo for Outboard Cats!
Newly released this week is our all-new Bravo I OC (Outboard Catamaran) prop. The Pro Finish Bravo I OC was designed specifically for high powered outboard catamaran hulls. The new Mercury Racing Bravo features a total of eight PVS vent holes for fine-tuned performance.
The Bravo I OC diameter is cut down to 14.75″ and features a pitch range of 28″ to 35″ (even and odd) sizes and left and right hand rotation. A shortened exhaust barrel settles the stern to minimize drag while reshaping the blade maximizes performance with the new diameter. The prop has been tested on 28-foot to 32-foot Skaters, Talon, DCB, Spectre and Doug Wright hulls. It outperformed three and four blade cleavers in both acceleration and top-end speed (medium to heavy loads).
Bravo I OC part numbers and MSRP pricing:
Pro Finish Bravo I OC – 14.75” Diameter
Designed for sterndrives and big horsepower outboards, the Pro Finish Maximus ST (short tube) propeller is available in 24″ to 34″ (even) pitch sizes in both left and right-hand rotation. It too features a cut-down diameter (15.6” to 15.3”) and a shortened exhaust tube for enhanced performance. The Maximus ST is rated for up to 600 h.p. Dave’s Custom Boats of El Cajon, California helped validate this latest generation of our high performance Maximus line. DCB’s Dave Hemmingson and Tony Charimonte liked the STs so much they asked if they could use them for the Desert Storm Poker Run Shoot Out. They installed 32″ STs on Terry and Sandy Everson’s beautiful M29. The boat is powered by twin 565s coupled to 1.35:1 Bravo One XR Short Sport Master drives with Integrated Transom Systems (ITS). Terry and Sandy won their class in the shootout; bumping the rev limiter at 115 mph! Tony said, “the 565s pull so hard – we could have used 34″ pitch STs.” “We really like what Mercury Racing has done with the latest generation Maximus props,” Tony said. DCB is building a new M31 which will again feature the stout 565 sterndrives and Maximus ST props. We’re anxious to get the numbers on that one as well.
Maximus ST part numbers and MSRP pricing:
Maximus ST Propeller – 15.30” Diameter
Maximus ST Propeller – 15.60” Diameter
We’re very excited to offer these two new props. I’ve received a number inquires regarding both. Outboard cat owners are excited to bring new life to their performance hulls powered by our classic 2.5 EFIs or the epic OptiMax 300XS. The Maximus is waking up both four stroke outboards and sterndrives on a variety of applications. I look forward to hearing from you regarding these or any of our Mercury Racing props. Be safe and have a great summer!
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 on display in the Mercury booth feature the new branding. As usual, we have a number of exciting new products at the show.
Our all-new 8.6L 540 sterndrive replaces the 8.2L 525 EFI. It outperforms it’s sibling in a variety of fronts. A 21 cubic inch displacement advantage enables the 540 to provide 13 percent more torque for enhanced hole shot and an additional 50 ft-lb of peak torque. It also delivers superior fuel efficiency and range compared to its 525 sibling. All this power and efficiency comes from 87 posted octane (R+M)/2, or 91 RON (global) pump gas. Digital throttle & shift replace mechanical cables – providing the operator with an intuitive control experience. The 540 complies with both EPA and CARB emissions requirements.
Also being debuted is the new Bravo One XR Sport sterndrive. The new Sport gearcase is two inches shorter than a standard Bravo or Sport Master. The gearcase shape provides enhanced hydrodynamics compared to the standard length Sport Master. Dual water pickups increase water flow for enhanced cooling in a variety of applications. The 540 on display in the Mercury booth features the new drive coupled with an integrated transom sytem (ITS). Cigarette Racing has a pair of 540s in their gorgeous 38 Top Gun VIP edition. Read more
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 we’ve received thus far, the engine package is destined to be the power behind a variety of recreational boating applications including runabouts, sport boats and cruisers. Did I mention pontoons?
Based on the 8.2L cylinder block – the 520’s cylinder bores are punched out to 4.560″ for a total of 8.6L of displacement. The larger displacement, combined with Mercury Racing cylinder heads, multiport fuel injection and an electronic throttle body results with more torque than the 525 EFI and nearly 100 additional horsepower over MerCruiser’s 430 h.p. 8.2L MAG HO. All from 87 posted octane (R+M)/2 or (91 RON) (global) pump gas!
The 520 is our first sterndrive to be backed by a two year limited factory warranty. Robust valve train components including a hardened camshaft are used for enhanced durability. Performance cam profiles, combined with larger valves, pack more air through the engine for greater power and torque. Greater displacement, combined with enhanced airflow, results in unprecedented mid-range punch and consistent pull through the engine rpm operating range. Read more
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 our family ski trips to Boyne Mountain. I’m looking forward to heading back to my old stomping grounds to witness this popular run. I spoke to event promoter Mike Knoblock recently. He said the event has a maximum capacity for 85 boats, and they’ve reached that limit. He is ecstatic with the growth they have experienced over the past nine years.
Event organizer and Main Street director Hugh Conklin said, “What has made Boyne Thunder special is its relationship with Camp Quality, a nonprofit organization that provides special experiences and support for children with cancer. Since it began, Boyne Thunder has raised more than $220,000 for Camp Quality, and it has become an important part of the camp’s success.”
A new Boyne Thunder partner this year is Challenge Mountain, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching and improving lives for the mentally and physically challenged through outdoor recreation. All donated dollars to Challenge Mountain go directly to support winter and summer programs including skiing, biking, canoeing, kayaking and sailing. Mercury Racing is honored to be associated with events such as this, whose main goal is to give back to the community and enrich the lives of those in need.
Boyne Thunder kicks off Friday evening with a street party. The poker runs starts 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The 140 mile run over the waters of Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan includes card stops in Northport, Elk Rapids, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor, and a lunch stop in downtown Charlevoix.
Quite a few of our industry friends are attending. Jay Nichols, who provided the wonderful 2012 Boyne Thunder pics featured here, is coming after much pleading and prodding from me and buddy Ron Szolack. Matt Trulio will be on hand to provide Speed on the Water readers his first had account of event highlights. Nor-Tech sales rep Terry Sobo will be making a return trip as will Michigan natives Wayne and Joe Schaldenbrand. They are bringing a fleet of Sunsation boats. Michigan is also home to Douglas Marine. There will be plenty of Skaters to wow spectators, I’m sure. We hope to catch up with Peter Hledin while we’re there.
We look forward to seeing old friends and making new friends in our neighboring state.
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 oil types and weights. Same goes for the drives and lubes. Over the years, our two-stroke outboards have evolved from carbs to electronic fuel injection to OptiMax low-emissions direct fuel injected technology. Similarly, our higher horsepower sterndrives have evolved from traditional 2-valve, push rod engines to a quad cam, four valve engine of our own design. Oil and lube requirements have evolved along with the products. Read more
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 the availability of the 565, 600 SCi, 662 SCi and 1100 sterndrive engine packages to all countries that fall under the EU’s RCD. EU certified models are identified with the CE mark. OEM boat builders must certify that their boats conform to the RCD noise requirements.
I first met go faster.de owner Andy Groeber back in 2004 when we first came out with the 1075 SCi. I would catch up with him over the following years on his annual trek to the Miami Boat Show. Andy is an exclusive Nor-Tech dealer just South of Munich. He has had a lot of success with the 662 SCis. He is excited to have the EU certified 565 and 1100. Andy sees the 565s being popular for the Nor-Tech Monte Carlo and 39-foot sportboats.
“No hassle boating is a key message for both the 565s and 1100s. The 1100s are wonderfully efficient. They have a very good reputation in the field with fewer breakdowns and less maintenance required than anything else in the past,” said Andy. They will open doors to sell high-end cats and vee-bottoms to customers who may not have bought them in the past due to maintenance needs, Andy said. “Customers in this power range would have previously had triple diesels with sub par performance. The big power and torque capabilities of the 1100 will be a natural for big family cruisers as well,” Andy concluded. Read more
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 Max name was perfect for our new prop and it’s intended applications.
We needed a prop to help lighter weight hulls get up on plane faster and improve top end speeds. The Bravo I XS is the solution for 2-strokes carrying heavier loads. The Bravo I FS is the prop for four strokes with heavy assignments (single and multiple engine rigs) as well. The new Pro Max fills the gap for OptiMax ProXS and 300XS and Verado Pro FourStroke outboard applications on hulls with natural bow lift.
Outboard drag racing veteran Glenn Reynolds, owner of Reynolds Racing and Marine, helped validate the prop for us. Glenn ran it on an Allison XS-2003 GrandSport with the new Mercury 150 Four Stroke. He also provided an OptiMax 250 ProXS powered Bullet 21XD bass boat. Glenn and his team are ecstatic with the Pro Max. “We experienced jacket rabbit acceleration. Both boats were on plane in 1-1/2 seconds!,” exclaimed Glenn. The Allison didn’t realize any change in top-end speed due to the engine height restriction with water pickup location on the stock 150 gearcase.
“The Bullet, benefiting with a high performance Torque Master gearcase, improved on both hole shot and top-end speeds,” said Glenn. “We did back-to-back tests comparing the Pro Max with like size Pro E.T.s as well as a variety of other props. The Pro Max outperformed everything on the ramp. We love it!,” Glenn concluded. Read more
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 over the next two years. In fact, he’s at the show. If your there, be sure to stop by the Mercury booth and say hello. Erik and our staff of sales, service and engineering personnel are there to support the brand as well.
I decided to forgo the show this year to be with my son. I’ll miss seeing everyone and the exciting new products being unveiled. Jay Nichols has ensured me he will keep me abreast of the action via his acclaimed photography.
Some of you may be aware of the rumor mill started a while back when Powerboat Nation posted a story speculating we were going to release a 1700 h.p. engine. The story featured a dated 1350 model shot. Erik squashed all rumors when he unveiled the all-new 1650 RACE sterndrive. Based on our exclusive quad cam, four valve 1350, this monster features new pistons, larger turbos and requires 112 AKI race fuel.
So there, PB Nation. You were correct in that – yes – we did release a higher power engine based on our exclusive quad cam, four valve engine platform. You were off on the power and color, however. And no, this is not your father’s poker run engine. It is a race engine that is sold, without warranty, to qualified powerboat racing professionals. I’ll make sure you get a press kit:) Read more
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 be leaving Mercury Racing at the end of the year. He will continue representing our brand at boat shows, poker runs and other events. He also will provide consulting services for Mercury through 2014. Fred and his wife, Carol, are moving to Colorado where she will continue diabetes research with the Barbara Davis Center near Denver.
Erik Christiansen has been named General Manager of Mercury Racing. Erik, a 15-year employee of Mercury, was our Director of Engineering for the past four years and lead the development of the QC4v 1350 and 1100 sterndrive engine packages.
Fred has many cherished memories throughout his dynamic career. Certainly he is going to miss the daily interaction with his friends at Mercury Racing. Fred said, “I’ve spent more time with you folks than anybody else. You people are my friends. I may be moving on, but don’t think I’m abandoning my friends. Besides, I need you to take care of my investment here!” Read more
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 engine inspection and refresh by the skilled craftsmen who built them originally. Unique to the QC4v refresh program is the option to purchase either a new long block assembly or a certified refreshed core long block. The long-block core exchange program reduces the amount of time an engine is in for service. Engines receive a complete dynamometer run prior to being sealed and released as Certified Factory Fresh. Refreshed QC4v engines enjoy a limited warranty on all refresh parts purchased by a customer – including the long block assembly. The refresh warranty is the same as Mercury Racing’s one year Parts and Accessories Warranty. Factory Fresh QC4v warranties can be transferred to a new owner if the boat is sold.
The refresh process begins with an inspection of the condition of the engine long-block. This determines the core-exchange value. Once the core value is assessed, the rest of the engine is inspected to determine what is needed. A refreshed long-block is a solid foundation from which our craftsmen work their magic. Every aspect of the upper engine – from fasteners to critical components (fuel, electrical systems and closed cooling systems) – are inspected and updated as needed. The refresh process includes rebuilding of the sea pump, replacing all belts, exhaust gaskets, seals, hoses, spark plugs, fuel filters, oil & oil filter, and other miscellaneous hardware.
Additional parts may be replaced due to corrosion or other factors. These may include exhaust manifolds and turbocharger assemblies. If any of these conditions exist, the customer is informed and provided an estimate of related charges. Read more
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. The Performance Dock will be stocked with a variety of go-fast gems. Cigarette Racing will again be the epicenter, with Nor-Tech, Formula and Statement Marine among the performance builders featuring their latest wares. Douglas Marine is displaying in Ft. Lauderdale for the first time. They will be showing their beautiful 412 catamaran with twin 1100s. The show will also feature the return of Baja with their debut of the all-new 30 Outlaw GT. Stu Jones and the Florida Powerboat Club (FPC) will ensure all are entertained and catered to Friday eventing in their annual Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show Bash.
Speaking of FPC, We are busing preparing for the 20th Annual Key West Poker Run. We are again title sponsor and look forward to being on-site at the Poker Run Village with our mobile marketing truck and crew. Mercury Racing sportswear will be available for folks wanting to get a jump start on their Christmas shopping for both naughty… and nice :). Mercury Racing engines will again be the power to beat at the Key West Offshore World Championships, happening at the same time as the poker run. And, before you know it, the Miami International Boat Show will be upon us; seems we always have something exciting there! Read more
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 Repower and West Coast Technical Area Manager Michael Scott.
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 10% ethanol) became widely available several years ago, the nation’s largest recreational boat owners group, BoatUS, has received hundreds of calls and emails complaining about boat engine problems. The majority of complaints concern older outboard motors, those made before about 1990. BoatUS’ Seaworthy magazine asked Mercury Marine’s Ed Alyanak and Frank Kelley, who between them have over 60 years of experience, to find out what’s made these decades-old outboards more susceptible to ethanol’s well-known problems and what owners can do. Read more
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, tear resistant and waterproof nylon shell. Red webbing highlights the outer edge. The silk screened Mercury Racing logo resists absorption of oil, grease and other contaminants.
The interior is lined with a tough ballistics material. The puncture resistant lining encases a marine grade padding to help protect the prop from impact. Read more
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 Kiekhaefer followed with his unveiling of our all-new 565 sterndrive. Both engine’s were very well received. From that point on – the show was a non-stop-go.
We had two free-standing static 565 engine displays at the show – one in the Mercury booth and one in Dave’s Custom Boats (DCB) booth.
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, broadened the torque curve and increased output to 565 horsepower at 5,000-5400 rpm.
Mercury Racing’s new 565 runs strong on 89 octane pump gas (RON+MON)/2. It employs dual throttle bodies and electronic fuel injection flowing through a new cylinder head which we designed with improved valve angles for better flow and more precise air and fuel distribution.
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 well. In fact, I just couldn’t wait any longer to talk about our new outboard prop.
You may recall my post regarding the Bravo I XS. We took the proven Bravo One sterndrive prop, added big one-inch vent holes in the hub and did some other tweaks to make it a big performer on low-emissions OptiMax outboards. Read more
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.
Dave Vhers (see On The Road Again) left Fond du Lac Saturday for Key West in the Mercury Racing mobile marketing truck. The truck will be set-up in the Poker Run Village with exciting product displays including a 1100 sterndrive, a 525 EFI with the Stage 1 X-haust Noise Reducer system and a Mercury Racing Propeller/Accessories display. We will debut our new Power & Propulsion full-line product catalog at the event as well. Poker run participants will receive a variety Mercury Racing branded items in the official event “goody bag.” Read more
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 video interview with Wealth Magazine aboard Cigarette’s new, 39 center console fishing boat.
Cigarette’s European dealer, Marcel, always the gentleman, was politely grilling me about 1350 emissions and noise. “When may I have [QC4v] for the European Union market?” Easy questions; difficult answers: “It is difficult meeting low CO emissions of the European Recreational Craft Directive…blah, blah… But we’re working…blah, blah…” Seriously, we are working to comply with the EU RCD with the QC4v platform, but that’s all I will say for now.
Center consoles seemed to appear everywhere. The trend looks more intended for catching a good time than a big fish. Susan Patterson was eager to show off her new 44 Concept center console fish boat. Concept had (arguably) the most fishable of the new center consoles.
While both Cigarette and Concept center consoles’ lounge areas were comfortable, none had more relaxing ones than Trond Schou’s new Nor-Tech. With a 10 foot beam, the foredeck lounge area can accommodate two people taking a nap — and seven people watching them sleep.
Sunsation’s new 36 vee bottom displayed one of the most beautifully detailed engine rooms – brimming with twin 700 SCi power — whether the hatch was open or closed (through plexiglas hatch ports).
It was a good, fun boat show! Then the sky opened for two days.
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 Show marks the start of 2012 boat show season in the USA. The last hooray for offshore performance boaters before the onset of Winter is the 19th Annual Key West Poker Run presented by Mercury Racing. As always, racing in Key West will be exciting! And, before you know it, the Miami Boat Show will be upon us; seems we always have something new and exciting there!
So much to schedule! What better way to keep track of events in the new year than with a 2012 Mercury Racing Wall Calendar? Our 12-month calendars feature a large, 17″ x 22″ format with action-packed photography of Mercury Racing outboard and sterndrive powered boats. (Mercury dealers can order the calendars in bulk direct from Bankers Advertising Company. Download the order form here. Custom dealer imprinting is available at no charge for orders of 100 or more. The nominal custom imprint fee will also be waived if dealers opt for the same imprint used on previous calendar purchases.) Read more
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!:Our1,100 horsepower, twin turbo V-8 is here! Like the big guy, it’s a 9 liter, all aluminum, close cooled, quad-cam, four-valve engine. It begins production in April.
The 1100’s benefits are pretty straight forward: Compared to our 1075 SCi, it has a little more power and a lot more torque; compared to our 1350, it has a little less of each. However, our new 1100 has over 1,100 lb-ft of torque on tap – in a wide RPM band all the way from 2,500 to 5,250! That’s more torque than our 1200 SCi engine! It delivers 1,100 horsepower at 6,500RPM (red line). It requires less gasoline – less of it and lesser octane: It takes 89 (R+M)/2, mid-grade pump gas (the 1350 takes 91; the 1200 SCi takes 110 race gas!). The 1100 complies with EPA and CARB exhaust gas emissions limits. Maintenance requirements are less frequent, too. This is ideal power for offshore vees and cats.
Even with all its technology, our 1100 is offered at a price favorably comparable to Mercury Racing’s 1075 SCi. As good as our 1075 SCi is, it is out-performed in every metric by our newer technology. Therefore, the 1075 is discontinued. So too, is our 1200/1025 SCi dual fuel engine. Of course, refresh and service parts will continue for our SCi platform. Also, our 850 SCi through 525 EFI will remain in Mercury Racing’s product line.
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 2,500 rpm and up to 5,250 rpm – and held it through a grueling heat soak cycle. Sounds harsh, and it is, but this is just a normal day for a production engine expecting to leave Mercury Racing for a new home.
Every recreational and racing engine is run through a test sequence on one of our dynamometers. Each engine, from 525 to 1350, must pass both torque and power standards on a boat load simulation. Dave’s newest engines did so with a smile and style. Read more
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 no charge for orders of 100 or more. The nominal custom imprint fee will also be waived if dealers opt for the same imprint used on previous calendar purchases. Read more
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