WASHINGTON, N.C.—With passes of 179.500 mph and 181.422 mph moments ago during a "special event" kilo run, Brian Forehand and Joe Sgro eclipsed the V-bottom kilo record Forehand set yesterday in a 43-foot Outerlimits owned by Sgro and powered by twin Mercury Racing 1650 engines to a stunning 180.470 mph. Yesterday's mark was 172.876 mph.
The fastest pass of the morning for the 43-foot Outerlimits V-bottom with twin Mercury Racing 1650 engines was more than 181 mph.
"It felt great," said Forehand, who throttled and drove with Sgro in the cockpit of the canopied offshore raceboat.
"The boat was rock steady, super fast and looked like it could go a little more," Sgro said. "It showed no signs of being out of control or dangerous. I think if you could pack it with more power, it could go even faster."
"It's pretty freakin' cool," said Mike Fiore, the owner and founder of Outerlimits in Bristol, R.I. "This took 10 years of patience and letting some of the insults roll off our backs to finally reclaim the V-bottom speed record. Step one was to survive and stay in business. Step two was to put the right team together. If it weren't for Mercury Racing and Brian we wouldn't have done this."
Said Erik Christiansen, the general manger, of Mercury Racing: "It sure made staying an extra day worth it."
Added Dave Scotto, who supplied the 1,650-hp engines for the boat, "I couldn't be happier for Mike and Mercury Racing."
Brian Forehand, Mike Fiore and Joe Sgro moments after the record-breaking efforts of Forehand and Sgro.