The Mercury Racing 520
But the real key reasons are we believe that these engines can provide such strong performance and speed levels from today's OEM engine builders at a more affordable cost than before. Especially in the case of the Mercury Racing 520. Modern hull construction and designs are making today's power boats faster and more stable with less power than before. These power levels are powering numerous boats into the 80-90mph range which makes for some truly exhilarating boating.
From our stand point as an enthusiast, gear head, or horsepower junkie we find the most exciting point of view that these engines represent an amazing foundation to build from. Whether you look at the coming advancements of the LS family of engines what the folks at Ilmor 570 are building with that product or the latest Mercury Racing offerings.
The Ilmor MV8 570
We as boaters did not have that option with the previous 8.1L 496 engine family as that engine was weak and merely a derivative of one of GM's truck engines. But Mercury's choice to built their own platform is going to make the new engines a hit not only because of the fact their an excellent product but that they will be in the future as well.