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Old 01-28-2007, 10:49 PM
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will team schwartz be in attendence??
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Fountain team faces new challenges

New engines seen as key to setting new kilo world record

By LAWRENCE KEECH, Staff Writer

When Al Solaroli first aligned himself with Fountain Powerboats to showcase his new race engines, there were more than a few skeptics.

Five months later, there’s little doubt the turbo-driven engines perform well, perhaps a little too well.

As if 1,000 extra horsepower and four to eight times the fuel mileage is not enough for engineers to contend with, the engines have nearly doubled the torque load created by previous engines, resulting in a new series of challenges.

“The biggest problem we have now is the technology is no where near where we are right now,” Solaroli said after a Friday-morning test. “Right now we’re having an electrical problem. The electrical technology for marine applications is — well it’s like comparing a Model T to a Porsche. They’re not even up to where today’s cars are.”

Solaroli said he has taken it upon himself to develop a new electrical system. That is the least of his worries with the kilo world-record attempts less than two weeks away.

Transmissions for the race boat were not designed to take the 2,800-pounds-per-foot of pressure exerted by the new engines.

“The crash boxes in these drives want to separate under the pressure,” Solaroli said. “These are not like commercial drives, which are straight drives and can handle the torque.”

Solaroli and his engineers have attempted to modify a drag-boat transmission to handle the load, despite intentionally limiting the 4,300-horsepower-capable engines to 3,000 horsepower. That creates the problem of getting the boat up on plane.

“It’s like having a six-speed car with a manual transmission,” David Knight, Fountain Powerboats president, said. “You start off in first to get the car rolling, then shift gears as you build speed. These boats only have one gear. It’s like trying to start off in sixth gear.”

The first test, despite the electrical problems shutting down one engine, produced speeds of 100 miles per hour.

“That’s pretty good considering the other motor wasn’t turning and we were dragging that dead weight,” Solaroli said before he talked about the transmission issue and noting that the crash box remains a back-up option.

The drawback to that option is a lower engine-to-propeller power ratio and reduced speed, he said.

Fountain Powerboats founder and CEO Reggie Fountain said the crash box only offers a 1.5:1 ratio. The other power-train option provides a higher ratio and includes an overdrive, which would provide more top-end speed.

But even the crash-box transmission should results in speeds faster than the existing world record of just over 171 miles per hour, Fountain said.

“The boat will easily got 180-185,” he explained. “We’re going to go our there and add 5,10 maybe 15 miles per hour to the record, but the thing to remember is that we already have the record. We’re just trying to up our own record.”

If everything goes according to plan, the 47-foot boat is capable of 200 miles per hour, Solaroli said.

Fountain is less optimistic.

“We’re not going to push it,” he said. “If we get to 185 without pushing it, we will go for 190. If I’m not pushing it, we may go 195 or higher. That’s a decision I’ll make that day, on the water, once we’re going.”

“We’re dealing with potentially dangerous stuff here and I’m not going to push it beyond where I feel safe,” he said.

Fountain also stressed the safety issue, adding that his youngest son may likely be driving while Fountain works the throttles for the world-record attempt, which is set for Feb. 8-10.

Aside from a new record belonging to father and son, another milestone could be achieved.

Typically, Fountain said, race engines for world-record attempts have used alcohol to produce extra horsepower. With the Solaroli engines already producing far beyond what has been previously achievable, Fountain will be using regular gasoline. Adding alcohol to the fuel “would be too dangerous,” Fountain said.

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This thread should get good.
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[QUOTE] The first test, despite the electrical problems shutting down one engine, produced speeds of 100 miles per hour.
“That’s pretty good considering the other motor wasn’t turning and we were dragging that dead weight,” [QUOTE]

Impressive or Stupid.
Why would lean on the throttles up to 100mph when you know one of your engines is dead.

Its the equivalent of bragging your Porsche does 100mph with two flat tires.
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Old 01-29-2007, 04:56 PM
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there are some statements i wouldnt completely agree with.

Reggie saying he wont push it unless hes comfy with it, i DO agree with good for him.

but everything aside, if they get the electrical and drive/crash/gearbox/tranny issues (quite a tall order) fixed up,

this should be quite an engineering feat to see.

(bytheway Tantrum, nice analogy)
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Old 07-16-2007, 05:21 PM
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In researching Mr. Solaroli, I found your forum. Interesting discussion, particularly the previous thread on "new engine technology or hocus pocus."

Concurrent with all that, Mr. Solaroli sold CET to Infinite Networks Corporation, that fell apart, and he ostensibly bought it back. He then announced an automobile racing venture, purchased three Porsches (two were paid for an delivered). Some doubt has been raised about those ventures, as I think there has been about the experiences with Fountain Boats.

What has happened with the Fountain Boats thing? After a couple of mechanical failures I have been able to find mentions of, it has dropped out of sight. Fountain's web site makes no mention of it, and I understand that might be very unusual for the company and its owner.

There is a two part series of reports on Solaroli's dealings out there...

Part 1: http://lastturnclub.com/index.php?op...d=147&Itemid=1

Part 2: http://lastturnclub.com/index.php?op...d=148&Itemid=1

And, recently an SEC filing that is less than complementary.

SEC report: http://lastturnclub.com/index.php?op...d=157&Itemid=1

Can anyone update me on the Fountain Boat deal? Is this something that Reggie Fountain would be willing to answer?
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The Kilo maybe on in Aug. at the factory. They had the engines running well and had trans. failures, not good in a record att. Word is the new tranys are in and the testing will start. Only time well tell. Good Luck
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the kilo is aug 3, 4, 5, of 2007 . bill you comeing up for it . let me know bill give me a holler 336 344 1610 . thanks robbie .
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Im confused...why would they want to run in the sticky heat of August?
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