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Sterling 1700 Engine: “Ready for Christmas Time”

On August 4, I reported on the development Sterling Performance’s new 1,700-hp turbocharged engine. At that time, the engine was headed for dynamometer testing. Company principal Mike D’Anniballe told me he hoped to have the engines ready to debut in Bob Bull’s new 48-foot-long Marine Technology, Inc., racing catamaran at the 2010 Super Boat International Key West World Championships in November.

Unfortunately that won’t happen, according to D’Anniballe.

“We were scheduled to run in Key West, but I won’t have two sets of engines ready in time,” D’Anniballe told me early this morning. “We just ran out of time, so he (Bob Bull) is going to run our supercharged 1,500s.

“We should have the 1,700s ready by Christmas, and he’ll run them after the Key West Worlds,” he added.

D’Anniballe said that he was pleased with the results from the dyno testing.

“It went well—me made 1,690 hp and went through like ten drums of fuel,” he said. “Now we just have to tear the motors apart to evaluate them.”