Originally Posted by Wild
Actually we kinda have some of that data:
POWERBOAT MAG PERFORMANCE TEST RESULTS
Weight as tested 10,500 pounds
Price as tested $795,000
Engine, cubic inch/horsepower (2) Sterling Performance 825 HP
Propeller Hering five-blade 18" x 32"
Acceleration zero to 15 seconds 62 mph
Top speed at rpm 109 mph at 5,900
Manufacturer contact 401-253-7300, www.outerlimitspowerboats.com
To power the 42' Lightning, which had two steps (about 1-inch tall) and a modified V-pad keel in its hull, the builder went with blown and intercooled 1100 HP motors from Cobra. Mercury Racing No. 6 drives with 1.3:1 reductions and Mercury 18" x 31" four-blade stainless-steel propellers were mounted on the transom.
The combination was a winner. The 42' Lightning ran 121 mph and, in doing so, was the fastest V-bottom at our 2004 Performance Trials.
The 42' Fountain with 1650 HP would be pretty close. Of course what they bring on race day is a totally different machine. It's a dragster.
So Rio Roses got 160 MPH with T-1300's if I recall. A stock 42' Fountain boat with 1100's gets 120 MPH so you can see the kilo run boat is a raceboat from the get go. 1300's would push a stock 42' Fountain to around 130 MPH. So Rio is lighter, higher X dimension and obviously not a showroom boat. Now a stock 42' Fountain with T-1500's would go 140 MPH. So Rio with 3000 HP is a 170 MPH boat but he is taking out 1500 pounds too so that makes it a 180 MPH boat.
The thing is if Fiore is using a production boat with a canopy to make his speed then he has the fastest hull available to the general public. Reggie's boat would be a custom racing machine. Is Fiore going with a basicall stock hull and stripped down cabin deal? It would be nice to have some details to go on otherwise you don't really know what is racing what.
I would love to know the following for each boat:
Power and dyno tests
Stock or race hulls?
Props dia and pitch
Drive type and any mods
Don't you wonder about that kinda stuff too?