Hello all, I guess I'm new to the board.
I thought I'd poll you offshore powerboat endurance racers about titanium connecting rods. I'm hearing totally conflicting things about them, such as they break, or they don't break, back and forth and so on. I'd sure like to be able to figure out if they are suitable or not for an endurance engine that is supercharged, with the rods capable of handling 1000HP (I expect 800-850 in reality, but prefer rods that will live with no undue fears). I'm guessing that perhaps titanium rod technology has advanced over the old days, just like aluminum rods, with better alloys, better manufacturing processes, and better heat-treat processes. But before spending a wad on ti-rods, I really need to hear from those who are using or have tried them.
So, anyone here successfully (or unsuccessfully) using titanium rods? If so, what engine application exactly? How long have you been using the same set? RPM they see? Other specs of the engine? Type fuel? Manufacturer of the rods? How about bearing wear or bearing life? Any other things that should be discussed?