Look for the vaunted engine builder’s dominance in Super Boat International’s premiere class to continue during next week’s world championships. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
Unless something bizarre happens, Sterling Performance engines will power the 2017 Super Boat International Superboat-Class World Champion next week in Key West, Fla. On numbers alone with defending 2016 class champ Performance Boat Center, WHM Motorsports, STIHL, Cleveland Construction, M-CON and Pro Floors Racing running twin 750-hp carbureted powerplants from the Milford, Mich., engine company, the odds in Sterling’s favor are overwhelming.
Loving dark horses as much as the next guy, I’d love to see Randy Sweers’ Salt Terminator/Autonation/FB Marine Group team running Frank McComas-built Superboat-class engines pull off a stunning upset. But even Sweers, a veteran offshore racer and true realist, admits that’s unlikely.
How did Sterling Performance Engines come to so thoroughly dominate the power market in the Superboat class? The answer is simple—and historical.