On Tuesday, April 29, with passes of 179.500 mph and 181.422 mph, Brian Forehand and Joe Sgro raised the V-bottom kilo record that Forehand had set the day before in an Outerlimits 43-footer owned by Sgro and powered by twin Mercury Racing 1650 engines.
The new record speed, averaged between two passes over the 1000-meter course on the Pamlico River in Washington, North Carolina, was a stunning 180.470 mph. The previous day's mark had been 172.876 mph.
"It felt great," said Forehand, who throttled and drove with Sgro in the cockpit of the canopied offshore raceboat.
"The boat was rock steady, super fast and looked like it could go a little more," said Sgro. "It showed no signs of being out of control or dangerous. I think if you could pack it with more power, it could go even faster."
"It's pretty freakin' cool," said Mike Fiore, the owner and founder of Outerlimits in Bristol, R.I. "This took 10 years of patience and letting some of the insults roll off our backs to finally reclaim the V-bottom speed record. Step one was to survive in business. Step two was to put the right team together. If it weren't for Mercury Racing and Brian, we wouldn't have done this."
Said Erik Christiansen, the general manger, of Mercury Racing, "It sure made staying an extra day worth it."
Added Dave Scotto, who supplied the 1,650-hp engines for the boat, "I couldn't be happier for Mike and Mercury Racing."
For more on this, read the full story of the record set on April 28 at speedonthewater.com, and check out news of the kilo record in the Super-V class. For background on how these record events are set up, check out Kilo Runs 101.