Mercury Racing puts up Big Numbers at LOTO

Bob Bull’s 48 MTI with twin 1350s was clocked at 186 mph to earn the Manufacturer Cat Top Gun award. Photo credit: Speed on the Water.
Mike Fiore sets a 99 mph single engine production vee bottom speed record in the 565 powered SV29 Outerlimits. Photo credit: Naples Image.

Outerlimits’ Mike Fiore was the first person I called upon seeing the Lake of the Ozarks (LOTO) Shootout results.  Mercury powered Outerlimits won four classes. Mike won the NV2F1 (single engine production vee bottom) class with a top speed of 99 mph in Mike Everson’s 565 powered SV29. A Bravo One XR Sport Master coupled to a 32″ Lab Finished Maximus propeller put the power to the water.

“It’s really impressive if you think about it. The new 565 provides the same performance as the 600 SCi, Mike said. Mike continued, “We were 15 mph faster than the next boat in our class. That is huge – particularly given the 565 is naturally aspirated”

Outerlimits was well represented at LOTO. Photo credit: Speed on the Water.
Joel Begin and Mike Fiore flying through the traps in Joel’s 1350 powered SV52 Outerlimits. Photo credit: Naples Image.

Outerlimits also had the fastest  production twin engine vee bottom. Joel Begin, with Mike on the sticks, drove his 1350 powered SV52 to 138 mph for the Professional V Top Gun title. Other Outerlimits titles included Glenn Kennedy’s 125 mph run in his 1075 SCi powered 43 and Jeff Henry’s 109 mph run in 700 SCi powered 44. As expected, Mike is pumped. “There were 20 Outerlimits there between those based at the Lake and those who travelled from across the country for the poker run and shootout,” Mike said. “I’m also pleased with how Doc Janssen’s SV29 Super Vee Lite race boat turned out. I could not have done a better job choreographing the Super Vee Lite drag race between Doc’s new SV29 and his Watch Your Back Fountain [both with 525 EFI power]. That paid for the trip in spades,” Mike concluded.

Bob and Randy rollin’ at 186 mph in Bob’s 48 MTI powered by twin 1350s. Photo credit: Naples Image.
Randy Scism inspects the Mercury Racing CNC Cleaver propellers on Bob Bull’s MTI prior to their 186 mph record run. Photo credit: Speed on the Water.

SBI Superboat World Champion Bob Bull, with Randy Scism on the throttles, drove his 1350 powered 48-foot MTI 186 mph to capture the Manufacturer Cat Top Gun title. This run was with Bob’s pleasure boat, not his full-race MTI.

“We had a lot of fun. The motors ran great. The boat ran real good, considering it is loaded with amenities including an iPad system and air conditioning.” Bob said. He drove the boat from his place on the lake to the course. “It would be like driving a drag car to the track. We cruised over at 140 mph, did our 186 mph passes and cruised back at 140 mph. No big deal,” said Bob.

John “KAP” Caparell had the fastest catamaran in MCO3S2 (twin engine stock outboard class), piloting his beautiful OptiMax 300XS powered Doug Wright  to 113 mph!

The power behind Kap’s record setting 113 mph run. Photo credit: Speed on the Water.
Kap’s Doug Wright cat crossing the finish line at 113 mph! Photo courtesy of John “Kap” Caparell.

“It was a wild ride – in many ways! The boat ran great – it has more in it. I ran 113 and the engines weren’t even bumping the rev limiters,” said Kap. People were impressed. Fellow competitors and the public are amazed they are bone stock engines, given those speeds with a 32-foot boat. “You got juiced up boxes, heads, what makes that thing go? were some of the comments I heard”, said Kap.

Fastest outboard pontoon at LOTO: 112 mph South Bay with triple Mercury Pro Max 300X outboards. Photo credit: Naples Image.

Kap concluded our phone conversation by saying he is new to the performance marine industry. He is learning you can advertise and blog all you want – but the performance boating market is all about relationships. The true value is from the friendships you make from getting out and participating in a sport we all enjoy.  I couldn’t agree more.

Breaking news….Brad Rowland had the fastest pontoon at LOTO.  His triple Pro Max 300X powered South Bay reached 112 mph for an all-new outboard pontoon speed record.










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    1. Hi Jeff:

      The Bravo One XR Sport Master sterndrive was validated as an option for our 520, 540 and 600 SCi engine packages. We did test Bravo One XR drive options (std. & Sport Masters) with the 662 SCi. Wee were not comfortable with drive endurance under the 662’s torque loads.


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