The recent Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association Show in Las Vegas saw a first from high-performance marine engine leader Mercury Racing—an automotive-targeted 1,650-hp “crate version” of its QC4v engine on display in a super car in the company’s first-ever SEMA exhibit.
Developed for the high-performance marine world, the quad overhead cam engine is the foundation for the Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin company’s 1,100-, 1,350- and 1,650-hp engines.
"We have been talking about the automotive crate engine project for a good year or so," said Rick Mackie, the senior marketing manager for Mercury Racing. "It has very similar block specifications to the original QC4v platform, but the turbochargers are in a different spot and it comes without the [marine] exhaust routing."
Also on exhibit at the SEMA show next to the QC4v 1650 crate engine-powered car was a Dave's Custom Boats M41 Widebody catamaran powered by a pair of Mercury Racing 1350 engines. DCB company founder Dave Hemmingson was on hand with Mercury Racing representatives to help answer questions.
Flanked by complete Mercury Racing 1350 and 520 engines, a cutaway engine display showed the inner workings of the QC4v engine design. A QC4v crate engine also was featured in SEMA's New Products Showcase. The 9.0L V-8 engine shares all of the attributes of its marine cousin.
The crate engine offers many configurations, from basic long blocks to turnkey, ready-to-run power packages. Mercury Racing also is promoting a wide range of its traditional pushrod engines. These engines, based on a CNC-machined 8.2L (502-cubic-inch) cylinder block, could also serve a variety of markets outside of their typical marine applications.
The day after the QC4v crate engine was unveiled, it earned SEMA’s coveted Global Media Award for 2013, which recognizes companies that manufacture specialty equipment products and accessories that would have mass appeal to consumers throughout the world. The products are voted on by a prestigious group of international journalists who serve as judges. This year, SEMA's Global Media Awards Program included 36 judges from 19 countries.
"We are honored to be recognized by SEMA and the international media for our new QC4v crate engine," said Mackie. "We are excited to explore the various applications for our new product in domestic and international markets.”
Here's a promotional video highlighting Mercury Racing's crate engine project at the SEMA show: