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Posted by on May 1, 2014 in High-performance, Powerboat Racing, Powerboating, US |

Outerlimits V-Bottom Sets Kilo Run Record

Joe Sgro and Brian Forehand break the Kilo record one day, and on the next day break it again, running past 180 mph.

On Tuesday, April 29, with passes of 179.500 mph and 181.422 mph, Brian Forehand and Joe Sgro raised the V-bottom kilo record that Forehand had set the day before in an Outerlimits 43-footer owned by Sgro and powered by twin Mercury Racing 1650 engines.

In the early morning light of April 29: The fastest pass for the 43-footer was more than 181 mph.  Matt Trulio photo.

In the early morning light of April 29 on the Pamlico River in North Carolina: The fastest pass for the 43-footer was more than 181 mph. Matt Trulio photo.

The new record speed, averaged between two passes over the 1000-meter course on the Pamlico River in Washington, North Carolina, was a stunning 180.470 mph. The previous day’s mark had been 172.876 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,” said Sgro. “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  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.”

For  more on this, read the full story of the record set on April 28 at speedonthewater.com, and check out news of the kilo record in the Super-V class. For background on how these record events are set up, check out Kilo Runs 101.