One story always leads to another. Here’s what I mean: I just finished interviewing Ian Hawkins, the general manager of Ilmor Marine, for an article I’m writing for the next issue of Powerboat magazine about a 30-foot Skater catamaran with twin 710-hp Ilmor engines that has been retrofitted with Ilmor’s Indy drives. It is the first boat to be retrofitted with drives—they were designed for the 725-hp Ilmor Gen IV engine and 710-hp engine is a Gen III unit—and the project was a collaboration between Douglas Marine/Skater and Ilmor.
“They’re going on a 28 Speedster with supercharged TCM 800EFI engines,” Teague explained.
When the installation is finished, the cat will function as a “test bed” of sorts for the Indy drives.
“We want to see just how much horsepower they can take, and for how long,” said Hawkins.