Ford Motor Company is set to re-enter the marine market following a deal with Indmar Marine Engines, a manufacturer of gasoline inboard marine engines. Ford and Indmar Marine Engines announced the agreement at the 2013 SEMA show. Jamy Hall, president and chief executive for Ford Component Sales, remarked that Ford “is pleased to be working” with Indmar Marine as it plans to re-enter the marine market.
Hall remarked that Ford “has a long history of bringing power to the marine industry and views this effort as a strategic opportunity for the company.”
Ford’s 6.2-liter V8 engine, which powers F-150 SVT Raptor and F-Series Super Duty trucks, will have enough power and torque necessary to meet the increased workload demanded from marine vehicles. Indmar Marine Engines will introduce three models featuring differed horsepower and torque – having more than enough power to pull the most avid water-skiers and wake boarders.
Indmar Marine Engines has been manufacturing gasoline inboard marine engines and has several multiple advanced manufacturing facilities in the United States. It operates distribution centers in Tennessee and California. It also supplies engine for some of the famous high-performance boats used by watersport enthusiasts across the United States.
Chuck Rowe, president of Indmar Marine Engines, said that Ford’s 6.2-liter V8 engine -- specifically built for a truck to provide the torque necessary to tow heavy weight -- is exactly what high-performance watercrafts need. He noted that watersport has evolved, and heavier boats, bigger wakes and larger ballast and passenger capacity mean greater demand on the engine. He added that they have spent “a great deal” of time, research and funds to find an engine that will “best fit the demands of watersports.”
Ford is showing 57 custom vehicles at the 2013 SEMA Show, including several versions of the 2014 Ford Fusion. One of these custom vehicles is the 2014 Ford Fusion from Full-Race Motorsports.
Full-Race Motorsports boosted the power output of the four-cylinder power plant – rated at 240 hp -- on the 2014 Ford Fusion SE sedan to 400 hp. This was achieved by replacing the stock turbocharger with a bigger one from Borg Warner.
Full-Race Motorsports also equipped the 2014 Ford Fusion SE with a cat-back exhaust and cold-air intake system. In addition, the Fusion SE received 21-inch wheels, larger brakes, lower suspension and custom grille and body panels. Inside, the 2014 Ford Fusion from Full-Race Motorsports received custom leather seats by Katzkin as well as a 7-inch Android-based touchscreen tablet in the dash.