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.
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.
Coverage Of The 2018 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout
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Factory Billet Update: Dyno Testing With New Components
Fully Dressed Factory Billet Engine Headed To PRI Show
Inside SOTW Mag: Factory Billet’s New Power Paradigm
Lake of the Ozarks Shootout: Day Two Highlights
First Impression: Factory Billet Bullet