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Ilmor Marine Reaches 10,000 V-8 Engine Milestone


Ilmor Marine, LLC marked the production of its 10,000th marine V8 engine, a MV8 6.0L, with a celebration today at its Mooresville, N.C., headquarters. The news was announced in a press release from the company.

Representatives from Ilmor, Penske Corporation, GM Marine, ZF Marine and other key partners and suppliers were present for the starting of the 10,000th engine by Miles Atkins, the Mayor of Mooresville. Also present were Thom Dammrich, the president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Preston Curtis of Congressman Robert Pittenger’s Mooresville office.


(From left) Mooresville Mayor Miles Atkins, Ilmor president Paul Ray and Ilmor Marine Engines operations director Rick Noell were on hand today to celebrate the company’s 10,000th engine.

“Today is the culmination of nearly a decade’s worth of effort on our recreational marine engine series, which began well before our first MV8 was built in 2010,” said Paul Ray, the president of Ilmor Engineering, in the release. “Reaching the 10,000th MV8 engine is entirely thanks to the extraordinary efforts of our engineering, production and support teams, who have collectively made Ilmor a significant player in the marine industry.”

Ilmor Marine is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ilmor Engineering, Inc., and operates in a state-of-the-art 50,000-square-foot marine engine assembly and test facility that’s been open since July 2010. The plant manufactures Ilmor’s series of inboard GM Marine-based V8 (MV8) engines. Ilmor Marine is also the exclusive engine supplier to MasterCraft Boat Company.

“We congratulate our engine partner, Ilmor Marine, on this significant milestone,” said Terry McNew, the president and chief executive officer of MasterCraft Boats, in the release. “MasterCraft is committed to being best-in-class by building boats that are superior in quality, innovation and performance. Ilmor has been a key partner in delivering on that promise by providing cutting edge and reliable high-performance engines exclusively for MasterCraft. We look forward to our future with Ilmor’s team and putting another 10,000 engines in MasterCraft boats.”