Mercury's OptiMax wins Outboard of the Year Award by UK's Motor Boat & Yachting Magazine

FOND DU LAC, WIS ----Motor Boat & Yachting, England's biggest selling powerboat magazine, has presented Mercury's OptiMax its Outboard Engine of the Year award.  The awards announcements are published in the magazine's February, 2001 issue.

The editors of Motor Boat & Yachting, which also has strong circulation throughout the rest of Europe stated, "The Mercury OptiMax range of outboards is currently wiping the floor with two-stroke opposition, and with good reason. Fine results in endurance racing (the Rouen 24 Hours) have proved that OptiMax engines are light, powerful and practically bulletproof."

The OptiMax also made an impression when used in a "Round Britain" endurance challenge. A 225 hp OptiMax-powered RIB inflatable completed the 1,800-mile Round Britain record run while consuming 50 percent less fuel than a conventional two-stroke.
The range of OptiMax engines for 2001 includes the 225, 200, 175, 150 and 135 hp models.

The engine that set performance records while winning the 2000 '24 Hours of Rouen' endurance race in Rouen, France, is also now in production by Mercury Racing for high performance boating applications. The high performance OptiMax 200XS, set records for the most laps completed (837) and the fastest average speed (129.052 kilometers per hour) at Rouen.
It was the second award presented to Mercury in as many months for not only performance, but for its leadership and commitment towards protecting the marine environment.

In late November, Mercury was awarded the 2001 Environmental Leadership Award from the Bluewater Network, a U.S. environmental organization working to protect public waters, lands and ecosystems. Bluewater Network has been one of the most vocal critics of the marine engine industry.

The presentation was made to Mercury, the world leader in marine propulsion and a division of the Brunswick Corporation, for taking the lead in the development of the OptiMax ultra-low emissions engines and for its commitment to sell only the low-emission direct fuel injected (DFI) and four-stroke engines in the United States and Canada beginning in the 2006 model year.
The Mercury 135 OptiMax is a primary example of this commitment. It's the first and only DFI two-stroke outboard to achieve certification at the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) Ultra Clean 3-Star exhaust emissions level --- one of the most stringent state EPA administrations in the nation.

OptiMax, which offers up to 45-percent fuel efficiency over conventional two-stroke outboards, is the only proven direct fuel injection technology using a two-stage direct injection system. It's the cleanest burning and most fuel-efficient two-stroke outboard on the market.

Fuel is injected into the combustion chamber of each cylinder, using a reliable 80-psi charge of compressed air. The atomization of fuel in smaller-sized droplets gives OptiMax greater fuel economy, better running quality and lower emissions. In addition, test engineers found advantages over competitive brands using single-stage systems that rely on standard mechanical injectors, forcing them to inject fuel at higher liquid pressures of up to 700-psi. The engineers found that OptiMax had a faster top speed, quicker acceleration and greater miles per gallon at both maximum fuel economy settings and at wide open throttle.

All OptiMax engines include a two-year limited warranty and a three-year limited corrosion failure warranty.

Headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill., Brunswick Corporation is a global marketer and manufacturer of leading consumer brands including Mercury and Mariner outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser sterndrives and inboard engines; Sea Ray, Bayliner and Maxum pleasure boats; Baja high-performance boats; Boston Whaler and Trophy offshore fishing boats; Life Fitness, Hammer Strength and ParaBody fitness equipment; Brunswick bowling centers, equipment and consumer products; and Brunswick billiards tables.