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Factory Billet Returning To The Shootout

Of all the great storylines from the 2017 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Central Missouri, the most compelling was the competition between Factory Billet—a 51-foot canopied Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats V-bottom piloted by Jim Schultz and Mike Faucher and a homegrown 43-foot Black Thunder V-bottom piloted by shootout legend—and soon to be hall-of-famer—Dennis Parvey, and his son, Jason. In two days of top-speed runs on the new-for-2017, three-quarter-mile course, the two teams successively raised the bar on one another before agreeing to call it a draw at 161 mph.

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A V-bottom showstopper is coming back to the top-speed event that helped put it on the high-performance powerboating map. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

For Schultz, who owns the 51-footer powered by twin flexible-fuel 1,950/1,650-hp turbocharged engines built by Faucher, the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout performance put the Factory Billet 100-hour-endurance engine program, which includes three-speed automatic transmissions and an auto-trim system, on the map. Since then, they’ve been fine-tuning their power package, which automatically adjusts engine power output to fuel gravity and octane, and adding new components including Precision Turbo and Engine water-jacketed turbochargers with integrated waste gates and single-piece, three-dimensional printed Inconel headers at their headquarters in Lake Zurich, Ill.

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