At the moment, Brendan Alvarez is somewhere in the middle of Texas about halfway between his home in Sarasota, Fla., and tomorrow’s destination—Lake Havasu City, Ariz. Alvarez, of PSI Racing, is hauling his revamped 2008 Eliminator Boats 25 Daytona catamaran to the Desert Storm Poker Run and plans to have the 25-footer, which he sold in 2014 and repurchased in 2016, on display at the event’s massive Street Party on Thursday.
Brendon Alvarez’s Eliminator is going to be on display at the Desert Storm Poker Run Street Party. Photos courtesy Brendan Alvarez
Not only is Alvarez excited to show off the 25 Daytona with its interior that was redone about a year ago at the Eliminator facility in Mira Loma, Calif., he can’t wait to see many of his friends and let everyone who has been waiting to see the boat in person take a closer look. He recently finished the install of the boat’s new in-line six-cylinder turbocharged PSI Racing engine, and while he’s yet to run it up to a top speed or spend much time testing the boat, he said it feels faster.
“Honestly the boat feels great, it definitely feels like it has more power thanks to some of the updated electronics we’re using,” said Alvarez, who added that he’s not planning to participate in the Desert Storm Poker Run Shootout on Saturday, but that he’s contemplating taking the boat to the late-August Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Missouri, which is where he ran the single-engine rocket up to 134 mph in 2013. “I haven’t been able to spend too much time in the boat—I’ve taken it up to 90 mph so far at about 20 pounds of boost. In the shootouts I run about 35 pounds of boost and since every five pounds of boost equals roughly 200 horsepower, the boat should be faster than it was before. And whether the course is a mile or three-quarters of a mile doesn’t matter to me because the boat gets to top speed on a mile-long course well before the finish line.”
With assistance from Mike Fountain of Fountain Race Engines, Alvarez said he has a more up-to-date turbocharger on the new engine and has been working closely with Haltech Engine Management Systems on a new ECU that provides better engine control as well as an advanced fuel sensor that allows the engine to run on fuel ranging from E85 to standard pump or race gas.
“I’ve had so many people tell me they want to see the boat—well if you’re going to be in Havasu over the next week or two, I’ll be there with it,” Alvarez said. “I’m going to stick around for all of Desert Storm then hang out with a few of my buddies during the week and through the following weekend. There are a bunch of us with Eliminators who are planning to get together. It should be a fun trip.”
Check out the slideshow above for a more images of the revamped 25 Daytona and read the stories below for further information.