Same Planet, Another 24 Hours

2010 24 Hours of Rouen Class 3 and overall race winner.

As I write this, the 2011 Desert Storm Poker Run is in full swing. Another form of performance boats will gather later this week across the Atlantic ocean for the 48th annual 24 Hours of Rouen endurance powerboat race in Rouen, France.  The world’s most grueling outboard powerboat race begins 4:00 p.m. Rouen time Saturday, April 30. Rouen tests man and machine as boats run non-stop for 24 hours on the Seine River.

Mercury 60 EFI FormulaRace four strokes compete in Class 1 competition in Rouen.

The race features three classes of outboard powered tunnel hull race boats. Class 1 competition features engines with a maximum displacement of 850 cc (60-80 h.p.). This class is populated with Yamaha 2-stroke outboards. The Mercury 60 EFI FormulaRace four stroke competes in this class and is been a top contender in previous events.

 Class 2 features engines with a maximum displacement of 2000 cc (130 h.p.-200 h.p.). Mercury SST 120 and OptiMax 200XS SST race outboards typically dominate this class.
An OptiMax 200XS SST powers the 2010 Rouen Class 2 winner.

Class 3 features engines with a maximum displacement of 3000 cc (250-300 h.p.). The Mercury 2.5 Liter S3000 race outboard wins this class almost every year — occasionally behind a Mercury OptiMax. Mercury has powered more podium finishers in the history of Rouen than any other outboard manufacturer.

Follow hourly updates via the official 24 Hours of Rouen website. We will post updates on Rouen, as available, on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Watch for blogs with race details next week.

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2 thoughts on “Same Planet, Another 24 Hours”

  1. Where can I get the specs (weight, hp, etc.) for the Optimax 200XS SST. I live in Southern California and am considering building a race boat. Thanks.

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