American outboard circuit racing took a step towards the future with the recent approval and homologation by the American Power Boat Association of Mercury Racing Apex Series four-stroke outboards for Outboard Performance Class (OPC) competition. For the 2022 racing season, the Mercury Racing 200 APX motor has been approved for the OPC Formula 200 tunnel boat class, and the Mercury Racing 360 APX is approved for the OPC Mod U class. The announcement was made by Sherron Winer, OPC Category Chair, following the January 28 APBA annual meeting.
“Mercury Racing is excited to bring a new level of technology and sustainability to OPC racing,” said Stuart Halley, Mercury Racing general manager.
“These outboards will offer fans a thrilling show and racers outstanding performance with a significant reduction in tuning and maintenance expense, all with a reduction in exhaust emissions that benefits everyone.”
The APBA is the United States sanctioning authority for the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM), the world governing body for powerboat racing. The Mercury Racing 200 APX and 360 APX outboards are also approved for competition outside the United States in the UIM F2 and F1 classes respectively.
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