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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry Strawn View Post
    We should all hope Mercury is more successful in this venture than they have been in getting racers to abandon their antiquated "dirty" SST120 race engines which have been out of production for years and start racing the new Optimax race engine.


    The reason mercury hasn't been that successful with the optimax is because it is NOT a race engine, it's a fishing motor, and a very expensive and heavy one at that.

    I'm not saying they will never work, I just think the 120 motors are better suited for racing and will continue to be our bread and butter until the day we can no longer find any parts for them, which probaly won't be anytime soon.....

    One more thing, I'm not 100% positive, but I'm pretty sure the 120 motors have only been outta production for a couple of years....

    Sorry to hijack!

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    Carlos - I was just spoofing Mercury's press release language about the 60 as applied to exactly the same situation in 120. And I think everyone agrees these are heavy and expensive engines better suited to fishin' than racing.

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    I was just pointing out that the un-succesful replacement of the 120 was because the motor they decided to go with just wasn't a racing motor. It was just something they had on a shelf and said "hey, we can throw a speedmaster on there and race em!"

    As long as this new 60 motor is a purpose built race motor, which it seems to be, and it's affordable, this new idea should thrive.

    Lets just pray Mercury makes this one easy to race and cheap to maintain!

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    I am not 100% sure, but the Merc 60 they race in SL 60 is a standard
    production 4 stroke.
    The only difference is the 15" shaft, instead of 20"
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    Mercury Racing website says it is a production powerhead and gearcase on a new 15" midsection.

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    sorry to jump in late but looking for more info on the SL 60's and the who what and where here in the US.....as ussual I think you guys in the mid west will get first bite .....but hey I can hope....

    My $.02 is that for what i heard ( around 12k) you can get a NEW turn key boat and not worry about the extra expence of blowing the thing up it sounds like it might fit my needs...which is being a beginer racer...hell I could spend that on a gayliner

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    If you want to change something you need to make changes...............Thats an idea many in our racing community have a hard time understanding.

    Hows that for a reason why things dont and wont work???? The small tunnel classes havent seen a new motor designed for the class in 20 years!!!!! We should be all jumping for joy and celebrating!!!!!!!
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    From Rick Mackie at Mercury Racing.

    Ron:

    Fred Kiekhaefer asked that I respond to your request for 60 EFI FormulaRace outboard information.

    Attached is the press release and photo.




    Racer Price is $7,475.00
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