The 9.0-liter engine features Mercury Racing’s exclusive aluminum four-valve cylinder heads and dual overhead camshaft valve train. The proprietary V8 cylinder block is further packed with Mercury Racing-designed and specified hardware. A Racing exclusive fuel calibration combined with the Quad Cam Four Valve (QC4) valve train enables the engine to produce 1,100 horsepower at 6500 rpm on 89-octane (95 RON) pump fuel. The engine’s 6000-6500 rpm operating range offers unsurpassed acceleration for its power rating as well as unmatched durability and reliability.
Powerboat P1, which produces the single-engine outboard V-bottom Panther/SuperStock race boat series as well as the AquaX personal watercraft circuit, has joined forces with the Offshore Powerboat Association (OPA) to create the APBA Offshore Championship series. The season kicks off May 18-19 with Thunder on Cocoa Beach, round one of the six race series.
Miss GEICO Racing recently took delivery of their handcrafted 1100 engines. They will soon be installed in their 41-foot Victory catamaran. Crew Chief Gary Stray is very passionate about the new series and the 1100 class. “The new engines look amazing. We can’t wait to get these fitted and tested,” said Gary.
The 1100 powered Miss GEICO makes her public debut at the May 4-5 Fort Lauderdale Air Show where it will compete for bragging rights in a drag race with a plane. After that team GEICO will be full on test mode in preparation for Cocoa Beach.
“The 1100s are mechanically sealed from the factory – tamper proofed if you will. And the engine – based on the same QC4 platform as our 1650s – will prove to be extremely durable and reliable with a low cost of ownership and minimal required maintenance. Two of our 1100 catamaran class competitors – 222 from Australia and Victory Team are running identically rigged 41-foot Victory cats so the racing will truly be a test of driver and throttleman skill. Everyone will be on a level playing field which is very exciting for competitors and spectators alike,” said Gary.
We are committed to see the new APBA Offshore Championship series succeed and grow. This year will be proof of the concept for the new 1100 catamaran class. It will only be time before former Class 1 competitors and others realize low cost of ownership combined with a level playing field equates to a formula for success.
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 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:
I recently had some awesome discussions with defending Super Boat International (SBI) National and World champs Team CMSOffshore Racing regarding their 2016 race season.
To recap, twin Mercury Racing 1650 competition engines powered Wake Effects, a 48-foot MTI catamaran with boat owner/rookie driver Rusty Rahm behind the wheel and veteran throttleman Jeff Harris on the sticks, to win the 2016 Super Boat International (SBI) Superboat Unlimited class world championship Sunday, Nov. 13. The Wake Effects victory is especially sweet as Rahm/Harris also won the Superboat Unlimited class National Championship in September. The world championship was hard fought. Wake Effects finished sixth after being washed down in fierce competition in the opening race. Sister boat CMS #3 finished second.
Team CMS came back with a 1-2 punch later in the week. CMS #3 enjoyed a convincing win with Wake Effects, placing a close second. Wake Effects won the final round, which counts toward double points. The accumulation of points over three days of competition was enough for Wake Effects to capture the world championship. Wake Effects finished nine points ahead of Team CRC Sunlight Supply, another MTI catamaran powered by Mercury Racing 1650 competition sterndrives. CMS #3 rounded out the Superboat Unlimited World championship podium, finishing third overall.
All but one of the eight-boat Super Boat Unlimited field were powered by Mercury Racing QC4v -based engine packages. The engine has transformed offshore powerboat racing and performance pleasure boating with the transition from 2-valve pushrod big blocks, to the 4-valve – direct overhead camshaft valve train featured on the QC4v.
“Erik Christiansen has done a great job leading the Mercury Racing organization. I appreciate his engineering skills for one – the QC4v he created is a great motor. I own a bunch of them – for race and pleasure,” said Team CMS owner Bob Bull.
“His passion for racing and what he does for a living are contagious. You can see it from the guys building the engines all the way through management. That passion and spirit is why Mercury Racing is head-and-shoulders above the competition,” Bob concluded.
“MTI and Mercury Racing go 1-2-3. Win on Sunday – sell on Monday,” said Marine Technology, Inc. founder/owner Randy Scism.
“In racing, we put the product through much more abuse than what they would ever face in the hands of the consumer. R&D in our world stands for “Reck & Destroy.” And that used to be expected back in the day – prior to the introduction of the Mercury Racing QC4v engine platform. It truly has changed everything,” said Randy.
Today, performance is about so much more than top-speed. It is now defined by reliability, durability and an intuitive design that relates to consumer friendliness – all qualities the Mercury Racing QC4s deliver in spades,” Randy said.
“The QC4vs put the pleasure back into performance boating. Customers – new to the sport and those who have returned from days of old — are blown away at how consumer friendly the engines are. They appreciate all facets of the QC4v experience – from docile docking manners to incredible fuel economy, durability, reliability and overall performance. It is no different than jumping into your Lexus,” Randy concluded.
Randy was instrumental in changing the game for competitor Chris Cox of the Envy race team. Chris and throttleman Herb Stotler pilot Envy, a Mercury Racing 1650 powered 50-foot Mystic catamaran. Chris decided to repower the boat, replacing Stotler race engines with Mercury Racing 1650s after discussions with Randy Scism and Team CMS owner Bob Bull. Randy said Chris was ecstatic with the experience. “He had a permanent smile for the entire week,” Randy said.
“Key West was an extraordinary experience. It was the first time we finished every race. It was a pleasure to not have to wrench on the motors all week,” said Chris.
“It’s a new experience going from full-out racing to idling back to the dock with engine run quality and shifting as smooth as a luxury automobile. Docking the race boat is no different than my Verado-powered pleasure boat. That is something unheard of with our previous propulsion,” Chris said.
“We left Key West for the OPA worlds the following week. We won on Sunday – nearly lapped the field. I would have never been able to leave one site for another without rebuilding the engines in the past. Our investment cost per lap, which includes testing and racing – is way down from our past experiences. We went from a hauler full of spare parts, to fitting all required parts in the trunk of my car,” said Chris.
“In order to finish 1st – first you must finish,” said rookie Superboat Unlimited Competitor Rusty Rahm. Cat Can Do, a Sterling engine powered cat that runs on Ethanol, gave Wake Effects a run for its money in the Superboat Unlimited National championships.
“They ended up failing to finish. The durability and reliability of the Mercury Racing QC4vs reinforced the importance to finish each race you endure,” Rusty said.
An analogy to Rusty’s accomplishment would be a NFL pro football player winning the Super Bowl and being named MVP his rookie year. Rusty is humbled by the comparison.
“All of the credit goes to MTI and Mercury Racing for providing an incredible ride. I’m looking forward to getting back in the boat for the 2017 season,” Rusty concluded.
Jeff Harris’ first race boat was powered by a 175 h.p. Mercury outboard. For 37 years, Jeff’s powerboat racing career has always been tied to Mercury. In the late ‘90s, Jeff approached Super Cat racing with the same methodology he had used in past. Relying on Mercury power at a time when the class was dominated by competitive power.
“My experience was that I could rely on running the engines as is from Mercury. I didn’t touch them. I would focus on things I could tweak, such as props and boat set-up,” said Jeff. He did that with great success, culminating with winning 12 of 14 races during the 2005 Super Cat race season.
“That same process pays off in spades with the 1650s. In the old days, if you tested too long, you usually didn’t finish the race. You had to schedule your run time – knowing the engine durability was limited. Now, with the QC4vs, it is common to have more time in testing than the race itself. This is a huge advantage, enabling us to fully prepare for the race. We don’t have to worry about the engines so we can focus on the boat set-up. This makes my job much easier,” Jeff said.
One of the biggest changes Jeff has experienced since running the QC4v 1650s is the reaction from fans.
“In the past, they would be focused on power and speed. How much power? How fast does it go? Now the common question is, ‘is that a race boat or pleasure boat’? They are amazed how smooth the engines idle and shift into and out of gear as we dock the boat after running 180 mph lap speeds around the race course,” said Jeff.
“Mercury Racing products are backed by passionate – techy individuals who care as much about performance, reliability and winning as much as I do. That hasn’t changed in my 37 years of racing,” Jeff concluded.
As the CMS Offshore Crew Chief, Gene Greber is the one that keeps everything together. He has a monumental task – managing a two boat – two time world champion team.
Gene has a long time relationship with Randy Scsim. He worked with Randy and Gary Stray for eight to nine years when Randy managed the Victory Team in the Middle East. Gene then moved on with Stray as crew chief for the GEICO race team. He did that for 1-1/2-2 years before moving into his current roll with CMS.
“I love the QC4s. Give them air, water and fuel – and they will treat you right. They are highly dependable. In fact, last year we went undefeated on one set of engines. They had full out – high rpm running for 90 miles per race or eight hours of race time plus testing and shoot out runs. We changed them out for Key West- not because we had to but because it was the worlds and we didn’t want to take any chances, Gene said.
“When dialed-in – there really isn’t anything out there that can touch them. They are so dependable and fail safe – it really comes down to human error if something goes wrong.”
Mercury’s new 115 Pro XS fourtroke earned its “Extra Special”status capturing UIM Class 3A and 3B World Championships last week in Tvedestrand, Norway. The engine, released as a consumer model earlier this year, proved its dependability and reliability when rough seas challenged crews and their equipment. The engine joins an existing fleet of low emissions two-stroke Mercury 115 Pro XS-powered competitors as well as those powered by competitive low-emissions two-stroke outboards.
The third and final race of the 3A World Championship was a ‘nail biter’ – right down to the finish. Most thought Paul Etasse’s competitive low emissions two-stroke outboard -powered Phantom 19G Team Slaver had done enough to secure the 2016 title. Paul, who had a 300-point advantage going into Race 3 over his closest rival, Jack Bobin (Motorvated Racing), only needed to finish fifth to clinch the championship. Motorvated Racing is an identical hull as Team Slayer with exception to power. Doug Ashley Marine, a UK Mercury supplier, rigged Jack’s Phantom with the new Mercury 115 Pro XS. Read more