By Matt Trulio
Outerlimits Releases First Mercury Racing 1650-Powered V-Bottom
The stand-up cockpit 52-footer ran 150 mph in trials at Outerlimits.
Renowned for building some of the world’s fastest custom pleasure boats, Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats has completed and delivered a V-bottom powered by staggered Mercury Racing 1650 Race engines.
The stand-up cockpit 52-footer—a Super Leggera 52 or SL 52 in Outerlimits nomenclature—is the first V-bottom, race or pleasure, to be outfitted with the twin 1,650-hp mills since the company introduced them at the 2013 Miami International Boat Show. The engines are based off the same game-changing quad overhead-cam, twin-turbocharged platform as Mercury Racing’s 1100 and 1350 engines, but are mapped differently and run on 112-octane racing fuel.
The SL 52, which went to an owner in Canada, reportedly reached 150 mph in testing at Outerlimits.
“With the right props it may have a few more miles per hour in it,” said Dan Kleitz of the Bristol, R.I., custom V-bottom and catamaran company.
When Mercury Racing introduced the 1650, company literature stated that they would only be sold to “qualified race teams” such as Miss GEICO, which received the first production set of 1650s that currently power the popular catamaran on the offshore racecourse.
“It’s a race engine that runs on 112-octane fuel and has no warranty,” said Rick Mackie of the Fond Du Lac, Wis., high-performance marine engine company. “Once we sell an engine to an OEM (original equipment manufacturer), we can’t control where it goes, but I want to emphasize that the engine has no warranty and is designed for racing on 112-octane fuel. The onus for whatever happens to it is completely on the owner.”
While rigging and setup of the 52-footer took longer than anticipated, everyone at Outerlimits reportedly is pleased with the results. “It’s a beast,” said “Kleitz. “It goes from 70 to 120 mph in matter of seconds.”
For more information, visit Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats.
- Matt Trulio is the co-publisher and editor in chief of speedonthewater.com, a daily news site with a weekly newsletter and a new bi-monthly digital magazine that covers the high-performance powerboating world. The former editor-in-chief of Sportboat magazine and editor at large of Powerboat magazine, Trulio has covered the go-fast powerboat world since 1995. Since joining boats.com in 2000, he has written more than 200 features and blogs.
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