Mercury Racing 450R outboards power a big King Mackerel tournament win
The Mercury Racing/Pro Marine USA fishing team led by Capt. Jim Naset won the prestigious Old Salt Fall King of the Beach kingfish tournament on Nov. 9 in Madeira Beach, Fla., with a 40.67-pound King Mackerel. The open tournament attracted 488 entries in five divisions. The four-person Mercury Racing/Pro Marine USA team (co-captain Kevin Hannon and crew Brain Brandano and Rick Cook) won a total of $94,578, including the $60,000 prize for first place in the Open Class and additional winnings in side tournaments.
Capt. Naset runs a 2010 Yellowfin 36 boat recently re-powered with triple Mercury Racing 450R outboards.
The team faced rough conditions on tournament day, with rain falling and five-foot seas offshore fueled by an approaching cold front.
“We cast off at 4:15 a.m. and planned to run about 85 miles offshore, but the seas were big and building and we realized we’d be running four or five hours just to our spot, which would leave us very little time to fish and get back,” recounts Capt. Naset. “So we changed plans and ran to an inshore spot on Tampa Bay, where we had one bite all day long, at 9 a.m. That fish was the winner.”
Like freshwater bass and walleye anglers, competitors in kingfishing tournaments operate under tight time constraints. For the Old Salt Fall King of the Beach event, there was no check-out time but anglers could not drop lines to the water until 6 a.m., and had to be in line for the weigh-in at R.O.C. Park in Madeira Beach at 5 p.m. That weigh-in deadline can make boat speed a critical factor simply because less time spent running to and from the fishing grounds gives the anglers more time to fish, and more opportunity to catch the winning fish.
“We often run 100 miles to the fishing grounds in five-to-seven foot seas, which may take three to four hours,” says Capt. Naset, who has been tournament fishing for 20 years. “This leaves us just about 90 minutes to fish before we need to start the run back. With these new Mercury Racing 450R outboards on our transom, nobody can out-run us in flat water. We’ve got a top speed of about 82 miles an hour loaded. Some of the bigger boats might be faster in rough water, but they are running quads and use a lot more fuel, and sometimes have to load fuel bladders on deck to have enough range. We average about 0.9 mpg in a tournament, compared to 0.6 mpg for the quad boats. This boat with the Mercury Racing 450R motors gets its best fuel economy at around 4500 rpm and 60 mph, which is pretty amazing.”
Capt. Naset previously powered this Yellowfin 36 with triple Mercury Racing 400R outboards, and has realized a dramatic upgrade in performance after installing the triple Mercury Racing 450R package.
“Mercury Racing says the 450R produces 40 percent more torque than the 400R outboard, and we can really feel that power,” says Capt. Naset. “Over the course of a day our boat weight can change by 5,000 pounds. With less torque and a narrower powerband, we’d have to prop the 400R outboards for our heaviest load of fuel, ice and gear. But we can prop the 450R motors for top speed with a light load and still get the loaded boat on plane effortlessly and have the mid-range punch we need to throttle wave-to-wave when it’s rough. We are running 2.5 inches more prop pitch with the 450R motors, which has improved our fuel economy from 0.7 mpg to 0.9 mpg (29 percent).”
The Mercury Racing/Pro Marine USA boat is currently running 25-pitch Mercury Racing Revolution 4® XP props, “but we are still playing with the props as we’ve got about 400 rpm left in the motors,” says Capt. Naset. A set of Shaun Torrente Racing manual jackplate brackets lets Capt. Naset run the motors a little higher than standard transom height.
Capt. Naset also counts on the reliability of Mercury Racing outboards.
“This is really rough duty for any outboard,” says Naset. “We can run 100 miles at 70 mph and then slow troll for hours, running one, two or three motors and constantly shifting them in and out of gear to follow the fish. Many days the motors are never shut down until we get to weigh-in. We rig our boat like a race boat and maintain it like a race boat, and the Mercury motors have never disappointed us.”
By now, most adrenaline-seeking boaters and Mercury Racing fans have heard about the supercharged 450R product announcement. And, while the noise about the news is still loud, there’s even more to share.
The guest experience during Mercury Racing’s 450R introductory event in Nashville included an on-water demo day where boat builders, their customers, media and more captured first glimpses and took breathtaking rides on eight boats powered by the 450R. This Poker Run-style trip on the water began in downtown Nashville, passed through the locks, headed up the Cumberland River, and included three stops on Old Hickory Lake.
At the event’s conclusion at Blue Turtle Bay Marina, poker hands were dealt in exchange for chips collected along the run, and the highest hand was secured by Mr. Mark Tysinger of Hampton, VA. To celebrate the win, Mercury Racing made a $5,000 donation on behalf of Mr. Tysinger to Operation Stand Down Tennessee.
Founded in 1993, Operation Stand Down Tennessee is a non-profit organization that provides Tennessee-based veterans and their families resources focused on transition, employment, housing, benefits, peer engagement, volunteerism and connection to the community. Its goal is to engage, equip and empower veterans and it employs 45 staff members – 65% of whom are veterans. The organization is supported by federal grants, fundraising events and donor gifts such as the $5,00 donation from Mercury Racing.
There’s not much in the on-water speed world that can top and introduction of a company’s fastest, most powerful engine . . . unless it’s a company announcing its fastest, most powerful product launch and pausing to give thanks and support to the men and women who make possible its pursuit of wide-open freedom.
To learn more about Operation Stand Down Tennessee, please visit osdtn.org or call (615) 248-1981.
Roadster Shop swept the Road America Concours d’Elegance event July 20 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, by finishing 1-2 for best builds in the American Muscle class. A total of 18 cars were entered. Concours d’Elegance is a French term that means a “competition of elegance” and refers to an event where prestigious vehicles are displayed and judged.
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 superior performance and durability compared to a standard two-valve design. The Pontiac 2 + 2 was completed just in time for the Nationals. Barry has not yet taken delivery. He is very anxious to do so.
Barry is a self-proclaimed car nut. He has been one all his life. His father being a used-car dealer while Barry was growing up may have something to do with that. Barry got his first car at the ripe old age of 14. His first new car, a 1963 Chevy Impala Super Sport, was purchased at age 16. Barry would purchase his third car, a Pontiac 2 + 2, at 19. It was very similar to his latest Roadster Shop project car.
Barry owned a steel-fabrication business for 40 years. While his career and raising a family limited his street rod hobby, his work continually refined his eye for quality steel fabrication – something he would appreciate at a whole new level in the future with Roadster Shop.
Barry has known Roadster Shop owners Jeremy and Phil Gerber and their father and company founder – the late Neal Gerber – a very long time. In fact, Barry was their first customer. His first car, a 1932 Ford Dearborn Deuce Roadster, was delivered on his 60th birthday. The award-winning ’65 Pontiac 2 + 2 is his sixth Roadster Shop project car.
“Neal and his sons started the business out of what was a very small hot rod shop. In 10 years, Roadster Shop has grown from an unknown entity to the top of their game in the high-end custom-car business. Their mix of old-world hand-craftsmanship with modern technology is unparalleled in the street rod business,” said Barry.
From early childhood, Barry established a pattern in regard to car ownership. He doesn’t seem to hang onto them for more than three years. About a year and a half ago Barry began reminiscing about the Pontiac 2 + 2 ride he had in his late teens. He became obsessed with the process of building cars, which he compares with building a custom home. As he expressed, “The fun is in the building part.”
Barry said the uniqueness of the Mercury Racing SB4 engine sparked an interest as well. He began to wonder what it would be like to stick the naturally aspirated 7.0-Liter small block SB4 in a big, beautiful car. During my phone conversation with him, it didn’t take long for me to realize that, once he commits to something, Barry is full-in with laser focus on every aspect of the build process.
2 + 2 (4 CAM)
Not only is Barry passionate, he has a wealth of automotive historical knowledge as well. He told me Ferrari was the first to use the 2 + 2 moniker. It means 2 seats plus 2 seats – a reference to driver and passenger bucket seats in front, matched with bucket style seating in the back. He also told me Ferrari used V-12 four-cam engines in the ’60s. Porsche also used four-cam engines in the ’60s. Both are rare and very difficult to find today. Knowing the rarity of the four-cam engines was another draw for Barry toward the Quad Cam Four Valve SB4 engine. The 4-CAM moniker on the car pays tribute to the technology. The “4 CAM” Wisconsin vanity license plate pays tribute to the birthplace of the SB4 under the hood.
Back to the Future
In the ’60s, Pontiac was known as the performance arm of General Motors. John DeLorean, creator of the famed stainless-steel DeLorean supercar featured in the Back to the Future movies, was the division CEO. The 2 + 2 was more of a performance sedan, while the GTO was the big seller for muscle-car enthusiasts. One thing that set the 2 +2 apart (well known by Pontiac purists) is the unique eight-lug wheels. Developed in 1960 and in use through 1968, the eight-lug wheels incorporated a one-piece casting that integrated the brake drum at the rear of the wheel. The casting was finned to keep the brake drums cool. Not only were the finned eight-lug wheels functional, they were also a timeless work of art. Even though the GTO stole the show in terms of sales, the larger 2 + 2 held its own. MotorTrend ran a feature article on a shootout pairing the Pontiac 2 + 2 with a Ferrari. The results were very, very close.
Attention to Detail
Barry wanted the car to retain its classic elegance with new technology.
“The mission was to retain the car’s original looks but update every mechanical component to modern standards,” said Barry.
The 2 + 2 is extremely well built – much more perfect than the original could ever aspire to be. The interior, custom built by Avant Garde Design, is an art form on a whole new level. The quality level of fit and finish is impeccable. The interior space, seats, dashboard, trim and headliner are covered in fine leather. The center console is milled out of three-quarter-inch aluminum milled to perfection. You won’t find a single screw in the entire interior.
Roadster Shop re-engineered and rebuilt the complete vehicle to have all the conveniences of a modern automobile. The only original pieces in the car are the door hinges. The chassis, differential, suspension, transmission, wiring, steering column and brakes are all new. The car features a custom Roadster Shop Fast Track chassis and high-performance suspension. The SB4 is coupled to a Tremec T56 six-speed transmission. Roadster Shop even built custom stainless-steel headers and a complete exhaust system. A C & R Racing radiator keeps the SB4 cool as it runs through the gears up to its 8000-rpm rev limit. Even the door latches, while retaining the original aesthetics, are new with modern latching mechanisms. The SB4 styling has been revised with custom powder-blue paint to match the original factory engine color. The spark plug wires and engine cover add to the era-correct aesthetics.
Barry was so enamored with the eight-lug wheels that he had the originals scanned and replicated to perfection. And here’s an interesting fact: The original wheels were 14 inches in diameter and 6 inches wide. The new disc-brake rotors alone are 14 inches in diameter. Massive Pilot Sport 295/35 19 (front) and 335/30 20 (rear) tires are mounted on the all-new wheels.
We are very proud to have our SB4 automotive crate engine the power of choice in these award-winning vehicles. We are anxious to get Barry’s feedback upon his first trip behind the wheel of his teenage dream car restored and resurrected for the modern era.
Nick Petersen and I just returned from the 16th annual Boyne Thunder Poker Run, July 12-13. Nick is our Propeller Specialist and Project Manager. What a spectacular experience on every level!
The event has grown to be one of the most popular poker runs in the country. Boat count has grown from 85 in 2010 to 120 this year. Activities began Friday, July 12 with the annual Boyne Thunder Stroll the Streets event. Our Mercury Racing Experience truck was front and center at the intersection of Main and Lake Street. The weather was just perfect. People traffic through the truck was non-stop throughout the evening. The all-new 450R outboard was the star of the show. The Cold Fusion White Rear Tie-Bar cat model and a cut-a-way display of the same model in Phantom Black were leading topics of conversation and backdrops for social media selfie pics.
The most common question was “how much.” When we responded that MSRP ranges from $53K-$64K, depending on the model, the common response was, “that’s what we thought.” Warranty and fuel requirements were also a hot topic. Consumers and boat builder partners were pleased to learn the 450R runs on 89-octane fuel and is backed by a three-year factory warranty, with up to five years of Mercury Product Protection available.
Nick and I got to participate in the poker run on Saturday with Florida Powerboat Club founder Stu Jones and his family in Project 1080, Stu’s Resto Mod Cigarette 38 Top Gun powered by twin Mercury Racing 540 sterndrives. This was a special treat: It was Nick’s first visit to Boyne, and my first time to do the entire run. We were in the first flight of boats; It was exhilarating to come on plane with a number of like-size performance boats as we progressed down Lake Charlevoix toward Lake Michigan.
The 145-mile run includes card stops in Northport, Elk Rapids, Harbor Springs and Bay Harbor, and a lunch stop in downtown Charlevoix. Lake Michigan served up two to four-foot seas – quite forgiving considering what she is capable of producing.
It was great to see so many of our industry friends supporting the event onsite. Speed on the Water’s Pete Boden was behind the lens, photographing all of the action from a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter. Nor-Tech sales rep Terry Sobo made the trip with a new boat in tow for delivery to an ecstatic customer. American Custom Marine owner and Mercury Racing dealer Mike Knoblock represented us well with the Racing Experience Truck parked in front of his customer-appreciation event Thursday evening, with Racing banners visible for all to see.
Mike capped the event by splashing an all-new Nor-Tech 390 Sport center console with triple 450Rs. The new owner ran with Mike on the 390’s maiden voyage over the Pure Michigan waters. “I can tell it’s fast, Stu said, “that thing passed us like we were standing still.”
It’s always great to hang out with Speedboat Magazine’s Ray Lee and Todd Taylor. Michigan based Skater rep Tony Cutsuries was impressed with seeing the 450Rs in person for the first time.
It was nice catching up with Dan Kleitz of Outerlimits; he’s eternally pleasant and upbeat. Doc Jansen is living the Racing brand – running Wide Open as much as possible in his Dual Calibration 1550/1350 powered Outerlimits. It was fun to see former- offshore-racer-turned-poker-run-enthusiast Rick Bowling and his 1350-powered Gone Again Talon catamaran. It was Rick’s and Ray Lee’s first Boyne Thunder experience, and both were impressed.
The three major benefactors of Boyne Thunder are the Main Street program, Camp Quality, and Challenge Mountain.
The Main Street program’s mission focuses on maintaining a vibrant downtown while preserving its historical heritage and supporting sustainable projects. Some of the projects that people enjoy are Stroll the Streets on Friday nights, the Farmer’s Market every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the year, a pedestrian and bicycle friendly downtown, and façade improvement grants for local businesses.
Since it began, Boyne Thunder has raised more than $500,000 for Camp Quality, a nonprofit organization that provides special experiences and support for children with cancer.
Challenge Mountain is 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.
“What makes Boyne Thunder special is the number of volunteers that pitch in to make the event run smoothly. Most all of the volunteers have a connection to one of the benefactor organizations but come together to work on the event and promote the event’s mission, not their own. Each of our committee members handle various components of the event and work with those volunteers in their areas and with great communication, we have found this business model works for us,” said event organizer and Boyne Thunder Board Chairmen Bob Alger.
Mercury Racing is honored to be associated with events such as this, where the entire poker run event staff is voluntary. No egos. No hidden agendas. Just a community event focused on promoting the sport we love which in turn supports a great cause.
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.
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 excited to get back out on the road with our Mercury Racing Experience truck. The truck got a much needed face lift with an all new wrap promoting our new Mercury Racing brand positioning featuring the Wide Open slogan. The first stop on our 2019 Wide Open Experience Tour is the April 5-7 Lake Havasu Boat Show in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
The Mercury Racing Experience Truck is a rolling showroom staffed with personnel to represent our full line of high performance propulsion products. National Sales Manager Kevin Skiba and Propeller Specialist and Project Manager Nick Petersen will be available to answer questions regarding Mercury Racing products and programs throughout the boat show weekend.
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
The classic hull is updated from helm to stern with modern hardware. Mechanical throttle and shift cables were replaced with Digital Throttle and Shift (DTS). The digital cables transmit real-time data from the engines to the helm and is then displayed on the Mercury VesselView 703 touchscreen monitor. The Mercury Racing Digital Zero Effort Control transmits data back to the 540 sterndrives – signaling driver intent with effortless shifting and instant throttle response.
Stu is now focused on dialing in props. He is starting with a selection of Mercury Racing Bravo I props. He will follow up with our performance propeller specialists, Scott Reichow and Nick Petersen, to ensure he gets maximum performance for the boat’s primary application as FPC’s official pace boat. Stu loads the boat with performance-boating enthusiasts who get to enjoy a first-hand experience of the best poker runs on the water.
The sea trial was the culmination of a project that involved stripping the 2000 model year boat to an empty shell, and updating all aspects of the legendary hull from bow to stern in form, fit and function.
Stu was anxious to share his first-time experience in the Resto Mod Cigarette with us.
“It was an amazing experience, given how the project evolved from a a simple repower to a complete restoration. It is amazing how it turned out. I honestly felt like I was driving an entirely new boat,” said Stu.
Installation of the 540 sterndrives and all rigging was handled by Pat Sullivan and his crew at Performance Marine Trading.
Stu handed over the helm to Pat, a former offshore racer for the initial shake down cruise. Pat eased the Zero Effort controls forward as the 540s quickly brought the Cigarette on plane. The epic vee-bottom handled the ocean swells with ease.
Pat said, “Stu you really have a great package here. The switch from mechanical to digital controls is like night and day. There is no comparison. And beauty of the new power is you don’t really have to worry about anything. These engines are so reliable, you just push the throttles and go.”
The Project 1080 Cigarette will make it’s pace boat debut this weekend at FPC’s Winter Poker Run to the Florida Keys, the first run for the 2019 season.The durable 280S K-Plane trim tabs worked like a charm. Both Pat and Stu grew an appreciation for the intuitive design of the VesselView 703 touch screen monitor as well. The replication of vital engine data on the larger Garmin display was easy on the eyes, providing a constant view of vital functions throughout their 20-minute journey.
Pat and Stu will return to dial-in props to take full advantage of the 540s’ 4800-5400 operating rpm range.
The Project 1080 Cigarette will make it’s pace boat debut this weekend at FPC’s Winter Poker Run to the Florida Keys, the first run for the 2019 season.
Dr. William Fox caught the automotive bug at the ripe old age of 6 when his grandfather built him an electric go-cart. He would study cars and call out their unique features when traveling with his parents. He particularly had a passion for classic cars. His personal goal was to have his dream car by the age of 40. He wanted to have something that was unique, had enough room for the kids and was fun to drive.
Dr. Fox reviewed several classic cars, but his criteria narrowed his search to the Chevrolet Chevelle. He was particularly attracted to the ’66 model – a perfect blend of styling that became an icon for the beginning of the muscle car age. “The knife-like front edge screams muscle. It has just enough of an edge to it yet comes across as a family sedan – a sleeper at the stop light,” said Dr. Fox.
Dr. Fox is having a blast in his dream machine. It’s his daily commute to work. It is a conversation piece at traffic lights, parking lots and drive-throughs. One thing he hasn’t done yet – to the chagrin of his son – is to provide him a ride to school so he can be the envy of classmates and teachers alike. Come on Dad – just once?
We are there in force with factory reps supporting both events. Mercury Racing QC4 sterndrives compete in the Superboat Unlimited class, while the legacy 300XS outboards are featured propulsion for stock outboard competitors. The race format entails three days of racing: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Class championships are awarded to those with the greatest number of points earned throughout the week.
Best Hand Wins
Over 90% of the Key West Poker Run participants rely on Mercury Racing propulsion. That is an impressive stat considering a record 215 boats are registered for this year’s event. The engine mix ranges from our legacy two-stroke 300XS outboard to the Dual Calibration QC4 1550 sterndrive. The 400R is by far the most popular outboard – the power of choice for high-performance catamarans and center consoles.
“It’s truly amazing how the sport continues to evolve with new technology. We could never have imagined Verados from Mercury and Mercury Racing would account for 50% of our poker run fleet!” said FPC founder Stu Jones.
I reached out to Stu to get his input regarding the state of the club and performance boating in general.
“It just keeps getting more and more exciting … as new blood comes to our membership roster, and I continue to meet people from across the country and around the globe.”
“There’s a passion among these people that drives me and keeps me focused on running some of the biggest and safest poker run events in the country. I strive to work with other organizers as well, so we can achieve a common goal of growing our sport and bring new blood to performance boating.”
“Technological advancements have greatly enhanced the user experience. The boats are going farther, skipping fuel stops, and completing the poker run every time. Our attrition numbers for a typical run are down to single digits, which is something that we would never think possible. I’m having a real hard time giving away the broken propeller award because everybody seems to get there now.”
“We appreciate the continued support from Mercury Racing … which recognizes the importance of the sport and the lifestyle that it gives to so many people. Our 26th Key West Poker Run is underway with a fantastic start, beautiful weather in the Keys.”
FPC’s poker run village, located at Conch Republic Sea Food Company will be hopping into the weekend with participants and fans alike checking out the awesome hardware on display from various performance boat builders and associated vendors.
Resto Mod Cigarette
Project 1080, the FPC’s Resto Mod pace boat, is 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 is 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.
Mercury Racing Experience
Our Experience Truck will be packed with exciting product displays and our factory reps will be eager to talk about them. Featured products include the versatile Dual Calibration 1350/1100 sterndrive, the all-new V-8 4.6L 300R FourStroke outboard and 400R cutaway outboard display.
For those of you lucky enough to be in Key West, be sure to stock up on Official Mercury Racing Merchandise – available for purchase at the Racing truck. Merchandise will be sold Thursday through Saturday.
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.
Deemed Project 1080, the restoration with fresh Racing propulsion formalizes our long standing marketing partnership with FPC.
FPC founder Stu Jones is restoring the classic Cigarette from bow to stern with a refreshed cockpit, cabin, flooring and paint.
“I watch some of the custom car shows and auctions on TV, and the term Resto-Mod really stuck out in my head. I just felt like there would be nothing cooler than a classic, straight-bottom Cigarette, with brand new 2018 state-of-the-art hardware and power from bow to stern. This project is so exciting, I feel like a kid again!,” said Stu.
Mercury Racing dealer Performance Marine Trading in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida is performing the installation and rigging of the engines, drives and accessories.Mercury Racing digital Zero Effort Controls will offer smooth throttle and shift response to the 540 sterndrives. A Mercury VesselView 502 monitor will provide vital engine and vessel data. the revised helm will be complemented with an array of digital analog gauges as well.
Mercury Racing dealer Performance Marine Trading in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida is performing the installation and rigging of the engines, drives and accessories.
We are excited to feature Mercury Racing 540 sterndrives in FPC’s official pace boat. We’ve been with Stu and Jackie throughout their 25-year run. We continue to back FPC for their emphasis on providing safe, organized events for our customers.
Project 1080 is set to make its public debut at FPC’s Emerald Coast Poker Run event, August 15-19 in Destin/Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.
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 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.
Greetings from Key West! We are here to support and celebrate the Florida Powerboat Club’s 25th anniversary Key West Poker Run. We are proud to again be the Presenting Sponsor of this prestigious event which has over 180 registered poker teams from around the globe taking the 170 mile scenic tour from Miami to Key West.
“Congratulations to Stu, Jackie and the entire Florida Powerboat Club on 25 years of this signature poker run. You have set the bar for safe, well organized events and we are honored to be affiliated with such a quality organization. We wish you many more years of success;” Mercury Racing General Manager Erik Christiansen.
Mercury Racing Experience
The Mercury Racing Experience Truck is again a featured display in the Poker Run Village.
Factory reps will be on hand to answer questions and provide details regarding our Race to Repower program. Scott Reichow is available to provide advise regarding propeller applications.
Get you Race Gear Here!
Official Mercury Racing Merchandise is available for purchase. Don’t miss out! Quantities are limited. The Experience truck and merchandise tent will be open 3 pm to 10 pm Thursday; 10 am to 10 pm Friday and Saturday.
Greetings from the Las Vegas Convention Center – home of the 2017 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show. We are excited to promote our new SB4 7.0 (Small Block Four Valve) automotive aftermarket crate engine. The SB4 earned two Global Media Awards upon its 2016 SEMA debut. Read more
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!
Mobile marketing trucks for Mercury Racing and Mercury Marine will be on site for the Friday evening “Boats on Main” Block Party, and at the Grand Prix Fan Fest Saturday and Sunday in Centennial Park.
“We have a rich racing heritage with Sarasota, one of the founding U.S. offshore powerboat racing sites,” said Mercury Racing General Manager Erik Christiansen. “We are excited to return in support of the Grand Prix, the community, and of course Powerboat P1.”
“Mercury Marine is thrilled to team up with Mercury Racing to support the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix in 2017,” said Michelle Dauchy, chief marketing officer for Mercury Marine. “The Grand Prix is all about power, and no one in boating knows more about power than Mercury and Mercury Racing. This is going to be a spectacular event for the racers and the crowd!”
“Having a strong brand like Mercury involved with the 33rd Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix is extremely exciting and supports our future growth and global recognition,” said Lucy Nicandri, executive director for Suncoast Charities for Children. “Mercury has been an outstanding partner, not only for the Festival, but also to Suncoast Charities for Children.”
“The Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix is without doubt one of the outstanding weekends of the P1 SuperStock race season. Two action packed days of racing on the 1st and 2nd July right off Lido Beach will be watched by tens of thousands of spectators,” said Powerboat P1 USA managing director Azam Rangoonwala. “Mercury’s support is a testament to the growth of the sport as well as the festival. P1 believes that it’s Grand Prix events are an ideal platform for the marine industry to display their products and engage with the fans on and off the water.”
Mercury Racing Experience
The Mercury Racing Experience truck features an array of high-performance marine engine displays, including a 300XS outboard, the exclusive power for the P1 SuperStock Championship series. The 300XS,featuring a potent V-6 powerhead coupled with a robust midsection 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 ensure that each boat realizes its maximum performance.
The Mercury Edge truck is a mobile testimonial to Mercury’s competitive advantages with a portfolio of recreational products designed to excel in the harsh saltwater environment. Included in the truck’s displays are:
A working simulator of Mercury’s industry-leading Joystick Piloting for Outboards system, including Skyhook digital anchor and Active Trim automatic trimming system.
Cutaway of the speedy 115 Pro XS outboard – a version of the 115hp FourStroke that features extra speed.
Mercury’s industry-leading anti-corrosion protection system, including the technology that allows Mercury to provide the industry’s only three-year anti-corrosion warranty.
Mercury product experts will be available to answer questions regarding all Mercury products.
Also representing Mercury Marine at the festival’s Friendliest Catch – a kids fishing tournament held in conjunction with the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix event – will be Capt. Don Dingman, host of the television series Hook the Future the past 15 years. On Hook the Future, Dingman takes kids fishing around the globe and enables them to experience world-class fishing while instilling the values of being good stewards of our environment. Since 2005, Captain Don also has hosted Kids Fishing Clinics at major boat shows and events across the Southeast U.S.
Race to be Cool!
Mercury Racing and Mercury Marine are combining forces to make this an event to remember. Fans can stop by either truck to enter to win a demo ride in the P1 SuperStock official pace boat or a YETI cooler. Winners of the demo ride will take part in the event by waving the race “start” and “checkered” flags! Also featured at the trucks are a T-shirt giveaway, free sun screen and other promotional items.
The Mercury Racing Experience truck is located just West of the intersection of Querio Street and McCulloch Boulevard in what is one of the world’s greatest collection of high performance powerboats and tow vehicles.
Mercury Racing factory reps are eager to talk about our full range of high performance propulsion, including the all new – naturally aspirated QC4v 860 sterndrive and 400R Carbon Edition outboard.
We will be showing our integrated helm controls and the latest in VesselView touch screen monitors as well.
Propeller Specialist Scott Reichow is educating consumers and industry partners on everything they need to know about Mercury Racing Propellers.
She’s Worth it!
Our Race to Repower promotion, featuring unprecedented deals on 520, 540 and 565 sterndrives, is available for those who are ready to freshen up their favorite hull with new power.
This is the perfect opportunity to update not only power but also user friendly digital controls. Today’s motors offer greater displacement when compared to the 8.2 Liter 500 carb, 500 EFI, 525 EFI and 575 SCi engines they are replacing.) This results with enhanced hole shot, mid range punch and improved overall efficiency and boat performance. Be sure ask our experts about this limited time offer. She’s worth it!
Power Up and Chill Out!
Qualified prospects who take a brief survey while visiting the Mercury Racing truck will get a free Mercury Racing visor. Visor quantities are limited so be sure to get to the truck early. Survey respondents will also be entered to win our grand prize; a custom 30 quart Mercury Racing Pelican cooler with matching 32-ounce tumblers.
Go Boldly with Mercury Racing Merchandise
Mercury Racing merchandise is available to purchase throughout the event. We have a full array of items for guys and gals.
Make sure to snag a souvenoir event T-shirt as well as Race to Repower and QC4v Experience Ts. All are limited quantities. Get yours before they run out!
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!
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.
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.”
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
The legendary Cowes-Torquay-Cowes endurance powerboat race finished Sunday in what will go down as the roughest in the event’s 56-year history. Thirty two to 38 mph winds stirred up 13-19-foot seas – challenging competitors and equipment.
The 190-mile endurance race was created in 1961 by newspaper tycoon and second world war fighter pilot Sir Max Aitken after seeing the Miami-Nassau Powerboat Race that began in 1956. Sir Max proposed a similar race be staged in England between Cowes and Torquay.
Competitors began their journey on calm waters along the Solent, a 20-mile long strait that separates the Isle of Wright from mainland England. Conditions would deteriorate quickly for the 14-boat field as they left the protected waters for open ocean competition. Gale force winds – stirring up 13-19 foot seas – changed the game. Endurance of crafts and crews would be tested to their limits.
Reigning Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Champion Vector MartiniRosso, a Vector hull piloted by Peter Dredge, Simon Powell, Malcolm Crease and Jason McVicar, succumbed to technical issues after enjoying an early lead. Technical issues forced Silverline, (Drew Langdon and Giancarlo Cangiano) out of the running as well. To make matters worse, their stricken boat was then swamped by a rogue wave and sank. Thankfully, no one was injured. The crew was rescued and the boat was towed to safety.
Conditions continued to take its toll on the field. Italian entrant Tommy Racing (Maurizio Schepici and Gabriele Giambattista) and Hendricks 55 (Miles Jennings, Markus and Vincent Hendricks) were the next two competitors forced to retire. This cleared the way for eight-time UIM Class 1 World Champion Steve Curtis, with team mates Richard Carr and Paul Sinclair to power through the rough in their classic Mercury Racing 1350 powered Cougar aluminum vee-bottom hull. The team averaged 58.42 mph to win the Cowes-Torque leg of the event.
Dorian Griffith, Shelley Jory-Leigh and Will Stevens piloted Blastoff Racing, a Fountain hull powered by twin Yanmar diesels, to finish 47 minutes behind the Mercury Racing powered Cougar with Biretta Due, a Belgium Buzzi RIB piloted by Jean-Pierre Neels, Thomas Vandamme, Marijke D’Hondt and Dmitry Schiller finishing 33 minutes behind Blastoff for a third overall finish. Thunderstreak, a 53 year old hull piloted by Robin Ward and Jeff Hall finished fourth but failed to complete the course within the stated 3 hour 51 minute time limit.
Attrition brought the starting field for the trip back from Torquay to Cowes down to to four. The field would swiftly be reduced to three when an oil pressure loss forced Biretta Due out of the competition.
Steve Curtis carefully throttled the Mercury Racing 1350 powered Cougar through the huge seas and to cross the finish line in what was an emotional victory. The British racer, who had won nearly everything in the sport of offshore powerboat racing, had never won the classic endurance event. Teammate Richard Carr has followed the race since a child. Richard has always dreamed of winning the coveted Cowes event. Blastoff pilot Dorian Griffith, who had been striving to finish Cowes-Torquay-Cowes since 2008, realized his dream – with a second place finish.
To endure such rough conditions is a testament to the competitors and the propulsion that carries them through. This Cowes-Torquay-Cowes victory proves the performance, reliability and dependability built into all Mercury Racing products.
It’s party time! The Mercury Racing Experience truck is front and center at the Desert Storm Poker Run Street Party. Our temporary address is easy to remember…1550 McCulloch Boulevard! 🙂 We are excited to once again be a part of the largest performance boat gathering West of the Mississippi.
Performance prop guru Scott Reichow is on site to talk props and reveal our latest wheel, The Lab Finished MAX5.
Satisfy Your Drive
Performance boat builders and dealers are finding the Sport Master gearcase enables them to achieve significantly higher boat speeds by allowing Verado 400R outboards to run at higher transom heights than models fitted with a production style case. To date, maximizing efficiency of the surfacing, low water pickup gear housing had only been limited by propeller slip. Customers have been eager to find a solution to take full advantage of the Sport Master’s capabilities.
The custom five blade MAX5, developed and hand-crafted by the Mercury Racing Propeller Lab, is custom designed for single and multiple Verado 400R Sport Master applications. The Lab Finished prop provides a measurable reduction in propeller slip, (up to a staggering 12% in some applications). In fact, MAX5 props were the thrust behind Nor-Tech Powerboats’ milestone center console performance run, clocking repeatable 101 MPH top-end speeds from their quad Verado 400R powered 39-foot hull.
The 15-inch diameter prop is offered in a pitch range of 23 to 34 inches 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. The stainless steel prop features the Mercury patented Performance Vent System® (PVS). PVS® enables the user to fine-tune the amount of venting needed for quick planing. MSRP is $2048.61.
Come See for a FREE Tee!
We are so pumped about the new prop that we even had a custom promotional T-shirt made. We got a bit carried away with that and well – have a few to give away. Quantities are limited. The MAX5 Satisfy Your Drivepromotion begins at 2 p.m. Stop by the Mercury Racing Experience truck for details.
Steel Wheels Tour 2016
Desert Storm is the opening stop on our 2016 Mercury Racing Experience truck tour. The truck interior got a complete makeover during the long Wisconsin winter. We’re excited to have you stop by and check it out. We have additional display updates in the works. It will be a show stopper for sure!:)
See you in the Desert. We’ll leave the lights on! 🙂
Twin Mercury Racing 400 ROS competition outboards powered Victory Team to win the Fujairah Grand Prix, Friday, April 8 on the Gulf of Oman in Fujairah, U.A.E. The race was round one of the 2016 XCAT World Series. The event is historic in that marks the first official race victory for our venerable 400 ROS competition outboard. 2016 is the first year the new four strokes can compete and earn points in XCAT competition. All but four of the 14-boat field featured 400 ROS power! Read more
We recently received exciting news from our friends at Mercury Australia. Mercury Racing powered boats dominated the Robinvale Euston 80water ski racing event, clinching 11 victories in the Expert classes and an additional six wins in the social classes. The event took place March 12-13 on the mighty Murray River which separates New South Wales and Victoria. Check out race Recap Video.
Don Gulley (driver) and observer Kevin Boylan piloted Merc Force, a Mercury Racing QC4v 1650 powered hull with skiers Jake Tegart and Steven Rowe in tow to take top honors in the Super Class division. It would be the team’s first win in seven years. Ironically, their past win before was also at the Robinvale event. Jessica Pearse, piloting the QC4v 1350 powered 99 Pyscho Clownswith observer Daniel McMahon and skiers Codie Rigg and Steven Berry in tow, finished a respectable second in Super Class.
“It’s been a long time coming. The last time we won was here in Robinvale. I even think we are a little quicker this time around,” Don said.
Record Setting Performance
QC4v 1350s were the power behind two record setting performances. Chris Stevens (driver) and Mark Boyer (observer) piloted Pigs Arsenal, with skiers Sean Stevens and Jack Stevens in tow, to win the Unlimited Inboard Competition. They finished a full two seconds ahead of the previous record for the class.
Merc Force F1, with Trent Souwer and Christian Apps driving and observing and skiers Chelsea Blight and Ellen Jones in tow, sliced a full 11 seconds off the previous record to capture the Women’s Expert category.
Mercury powered boats claimed a clean sweep in the Under 19 Boys Expert event, with Temper 2, Master Forceand Superbad finishing one, two and three – with a two minute gap back to the next finisher. SBR and Agent Orange,both sporting Mercury motors, collected Gold and Silver in the Unlimited Outboard competitions.
OptiMax 300XS outboard power swept the F2 class competition with Enforcer, Top Gun F2 and In Strife finishing 1-3. OptiMax 300XS outboards also scored big in the highly competitive MOC contest with Hardback Racing and Hodge Marine Racing finishing 1-2. An OptiMax 250 SportXS powered Velocity Racing to win the SMOC category.
Mercury Racing also dominated the Under 19 Girls competition with Melt Downand BallisticStill,both sporting OptiMax 300XS power, finishing 1-2.
Korrupt, sporting Mercury Racing 600 SCi sterndrive engine, clinched the competitive 70 MPH competition while OptiMax 250 SportXS outboards delivered No Cash and Southern Force to claim Gold and Silver respectively in the Sub Junior Girls category.
Congratulations to all of the teams in this very impressive showing of Mercury power. I look forward to sharing more good news from our friends down under as the 2016 water ski racing season progresses.
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.
Shortly after my post regarding Team Abu Dhabi winning the Class 1 Offshore World Championship – I had learned another Mercury powered boat had captured the Class 1 V World Powerboat Championship on the same weekend. That is newsworthy on its own. However – what is even more enticing is the boat is a 42-foot Fountain poker run hull powered by twin 700 SCi sterndrives. What’s more, the father and son team of Antonio and Giuseppe Schiano, owners of Hi-Performance Italy – a prominent Mercury Racing dealer in Naples, Italy pilot the boat.
Veteran powerboat racer Antonio Schiano said they had a specific strategy in place to capture the championship. “Consistency ultimately wins races,” said Antonio.
“The first day went great. Chaudron were competitive but they ultimately failed an engine – giving us an advantage in the first race. Bernico also ran well and continued to be a threat in race two after a superior start. We decided to follow and put pressure on them. The strategy worked as they too ultimately succumbed to an engine failure that forced them out of the race,” Antonio said.
“The superior reliability of the 700 SCi sterndrives worked hand-in-glove with our consistency strategy to earn us the championship. We were perfect thanks to the wonderful work of the technicians of Hi-Performance Italy, Rosario Schiano, Vincenzo Guidone, Ciro Guide and Vincenzo Alessio, who prepared the boat and motors,” Antonio concluded.
“The goal all along was to finish 1-2. Jeff and I placed second on Wednesday (race 1). We were taken out early Friday (day 2) when Team CRC rode up on some rooster tails and ended up hitting us in turn 1, resulting with a gaping hole on the port side of the engine compartment,”Johnny said.
“On Sunday, Jeff and I were third going into the first turn. Bob (Bull) and Randy (Scism) (CMS #3) were on the inside and GEICO was on the outside. We were pinched in the middle going through the turn. Once we came out into the rough – Jeff punched and we lever looked back,” said Johnny.
“MTI and Mercury Racing make a winning combination,” were the first words from Marine Technology, Inc., owner/CEO Randy Scism when we spoke this morning.
“Triple Crown champs; Superboat Unlimited National Championship, Superboat Unlimited World Championship and Class 1 World Championship. It’s been an awesome couple of weeks,” Randy expounded. This may be the first time in history Mercury Racing has captured the triple crown.
“We had a great year,” said Team CMS #03 driver Jeff Harris. “We ran every SBI race and the Lake Race at LOTO as well. Throughout the year, the only races Johnny and I didn’t win were the ones Bob and Randy won,” Jeff said.
“The winning boats led every lap. A large part of that is the engines are so darn reliable – lap after lap – race after race. There simply are no issues and thus why the Mercury QC4vs are so dominant,” Jeff concluded.
We’ve Got Your Back
I couldn’t wait to talk to Bob Bull this morning. As you would expect – he was ecstatic. “The motors ran great in the ’52 (CMS #3). They had three races on them from the National Championships and we ran them all week in Key West as well. Good to go. No issues. They are super dependable and deliver a ton of power,” Bob said.
It was this time last year we launched our new Mercury Racing merchandise program. One of the shirt designs the vendor came up with came up with features a sublimated design. The first rendering they shared featured race boats – but the art wasn’t representative of the modern offshore performance boat. I went through my archives and found a perfect overhead shot of a CMS MTI. It’s ironic – the design is a perfect tribute to MTI for their historic Triple Crown accomplishment and to Bob and Team CMS for their winning the 2015 Superboat Unlimited National and World Championships!
Congratulations again to Team CMS and MTI for your historic race season. I’m looking forward to catching up with you over the off season to see what you have planned for next year!
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
Our Product Integration Manager Mike Griffiths recently returned from the Thunder on The Snake jet boat races in Lewiston, Idaho. Mike was there to support a project he had been involved with for a year now; the fitment of a QC4v 1350 in a jet boat. Say what? Yes. Mike and our associates at Mercury Canada successfully installed the first QC4v 1350 coupled to a jet pump.
Spencer King, of Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada is an eight time World Jet Boat Champion. In recent times – turbine powered competitors have taken the upper hand against his 20-foot jet boat powered by a custom built 900 h.p. Ford engine. We’ve experienced a similar trend in offshore powerboat racing. The teams that could afford turbines converted – and were the ones to beat until the QC4v arrived on the scene. I will never forget Key West – I believe it was 2011 – when Bob Bull spanked a well known turbine competitor at the SBI Offshore World Championships. He passed them like they were standing still. We had a 1650 Competition on display in the poker run village. People lined up to sneak a peek and snap a photo. They couldn’t stop talking about it.
Spencer is co-owner of Kingland Ford – an automotive and Mercury Outboards dealer. He knew he needed to update his power. He also felt compelled to go with something with factory support. He contacted his resources at Mercury Canada for suggestions. That’s when Mike got the call. He didn’t hesitate to suggest QC4v 1350 power.
The 9.0 liter engine, running on 91-octane pump fuel, cranks out massive torque (1300 lb. ft. from 2500 to 5500 rpm!) The 1350 and its competition siblings have earned a reputation for both performance and durability in recreational and competitive applications.
The closest 1350 application to Spencer’s is water ski racing in Australia. There – a driver and an observer pilot a 21-foot boat, powered by a single 1350 sterndrive, to 130 mph … with skier in tow! So – in that respect – the install if a 1350 in a 20-foot boat wasn’t a stretch.
Mike committed to the project after discussing it with Spencer and Mercury Canada. Mercury Racing technicians spent the winter converting the engine for jet propulsion. “We took things off the engine that jet boats don’t need. The transmission was one of them,” Mike said.
Spencer purchased a new 22-foot Outlaw Eagle Performance Boat to make room for the 1350. He named it Sunset Shaker. Mike traveled to Outlaw Eagle in the spring to assist with the rigging.
“I went through the process of wiring the boat for the engine, water and fuel,” said Mike. Spencer fabricated a coupler to enable the 1350 to be coupled to an American Turbine jet pump.
Jet boats are piloted by a driver and navigator. Spencer’s navigator is his father Russell King. After testing and dialing-in the rig – Spencer and Russell were ready to race. They selected the 2015 World Jet Boat Championships as their first event. A total of 60 teams, representing the U.S., Canada, Mexico and New Zealand compete for 10 days – racing 550 miles through the rivers of Western Canada.
Out of the box, the 1350 powered SunsetShaker approached 130+ mph speeds. Not bad for its inaugural competition. Still – it wasn’t quite enough to squelch 1,800 h.p. turbine powered competitors capable of speeds in excess of 140 mph. Even with the power gap – they finished an impressive fourth overall.
“It’s a new boat, the engine is new to us, and just finishing these marathons is a feat,” said Spencer.
“He ran for ten days without an issue and a lot of racers took note. We’ve received a lot of inquiries regarding the 1350 following this year’s World Jet Boat Championship,” Mike said.
Spencer’s engine is coming back to Racing where our technicians will work their magic, converting it to a 1550 competition model. While that is being done – Spencer plans to make modifications to the hull – in hopes to reduce weight while enhancing the drive line in preparation for increased power.
I’m looking forward to seeing how he does at the 2016 Worlds. My guess is he’ll have people lined up to sneak a peek of the engine that beat the turbines. 🙂
Photos Courtesy of Henri Thibault. Click to enlarge.
Mercury Racing swept the 52nd annual 24 Hours of Rouenendurance powerboat race. The race concluded Saturday, May 2nd. This was the third consecutive year race organizers diverted from the traditional April 30 start and fourth consecutive year the race was run over a two day period.
Defending champion Philippe Chiappe, with Team Nollet #1 drivers Christophe Larigot, Peter and Nelson Morin won the race overall and Class 3 competition. Chiappe and team drove their Mercury S3000 race outboard powered hull a total of 784 laps to win the event. Russian team TeamNew Star 1, with Mercury OptiMax 200XS SST power, finished a mere one lap behind Chiappe – providing race fans with one the most exciting finishes in recent Rouen history.
Team Navakart Racing #35and TeamNavakart Racing #32 finished 759 and 753 laps respectively for 3rd and 4th overall and 2-3 finish in Class 2 competition. Team Bourgeot Racing Team completed 652 laps to place fifth overall and and second in Class 3 competition. TeamPegase Racing Team and Team Autovision & Tullio Abbate rounded out 3-4 in Class 3 competition. All were powered by Mercury Racing outboards.
The Mercury 60 EFI FormulaRace outboard dominated Class 1 competition, powering Arion Racing to victory with 480 laps completed. Team Magaur finished three laps behind to cinch a second place podium finish. Team Marine Inshore, Team Viking DKC and DEFI 24H Esigelecrounded out 3-5. All were powered by Mercury 60 EFI Formula Race outboards.
It’s hard to believe its been 15 years since I traveled to Rouen and witnessed Team Mercury’s historic race victory with low-emissions OptiMax outboards. Henri Thibault’s incredible photography makes me want to make a return trip to the magical French city on the River Seine to again experience this one-of-a-kind event.
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 2014 SEMA show has been a blast. Once again our booth has a variety of displays that have stopped traffic and been the talk of the show.
We opened the show with the unveiling of our concept Small Block 4-Valve engine. The engine features dual overhead cam shaft (DOHC) four-valve cylinder heads modeled after those used on our exclusive quad-cam, four-valve (QC4v) engine platform. Read more