The crew at Marine Technology Inc. (MTI), along with the driver and throttleman for Team Abu Dhabi, tested the team’s new 48-foot catamaran on Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks earlier this week. Pleased with how the testing went, driver Faleh Al Mansoori and throttleman Rashid Al Tayer can’t wait to show off the new boat, which was commissioned by the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club to race in the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) Class 1 World Championship.
Powered by what is essentially a set of detuned Mercury Racing 1100 engines making 850 hp each per Class 1 rules, MTI is putting some finishing touches on the catamaran, according to Tim Gallagher, sales and marketing director for the Wentzville, Mo., company. The boat—as well as its matching truck and full support trailer with spare engines, No. 6 drives and much more—will be loaded up next week and shipped to Spain, where it will make its debut at the Class 1 race in Ibiza (Sept. 5-7).
MTI owner and founder Randy Scism, who raced for and managed the Dubai-based Victory Team for many years, will be joining the team in Spain and the remaining two races in Italy (Oct. 17-19) and Abu Dhabi (Nov. 29-30). In fact, a few other MTI employees will be part of the Abu Dhabi crew as well.
“All of the testing went well and everyone had a good time running the boat,” said Gallagher, who added that MTI is excited to be part of the international competition. “The team will need to do some dialing in once the boat is overseas, but for the most part everything will be wrapped up and ready to go for the them once they arrive in Spain.”
Speedonthewater.com will provide updates on Team Abu Dhabi’s new MTI as it makes its way to Spain for its first race.
Scism Consulting with Abu Dhabi on New Class 1 Raceboats