Maine students transplanting Infiniti QX56’s engine in a boat

Article by Anita Panait, on December 29, 2011

The 1962 Chris-Craft “Holiday” boat will soon cruise the seas powered by a V8 engine of Infiniti QX56. The hot-rodding of QX56’s engine in the Holiday is a collaboration project of students from Tennessee Technical Center-Nashville and Nashville State Community College with their instructors and some Infiniti personnel. The students have completed the first phase of the project.

After the 400-horsepower 5.6-liter V8 engine was removed from the QX56, it was dispatched to Bracket Marine in Westbrook, Maine for a trial fitting. The engine’s bell housing was also modified so that it could be used with the ZF/Hurth marine transmission.  The project is currently on its second phase. The engine is undergoing “marinization,” during which water-cooled exhaust manifolds are fabricated and a closed cooling system is adapted.

It will then be sent to Infiniti’s engine facility in Decherd, Tennessee, where its horsepower and torque will be tested to make sure it remains at par with factory specs. The engine will go back to Maine, where it will be installed in Holiday’s hull, which is currently undergoing total restoration. Following the restoration, the students will commence the third phase, the reassembly.

They plan to reupholster the boat’s seats with Infiniti QX semi-aniline leather and install an XM NavWeather system and a Bose speaker system similar to an Infiniti QX. The team will also build a custom boat trailer, painted to match a 2012 Infiniti QX56. The hot-rodded Holiday will then be ready to cruise.

The Infiniti QX56 V8 will be the fourth transplanted engine to power the Holiday. Before the QX56 V8, a 431-cubic inch Lincoln plank head marine engine and a pair of 440-cubic inch Chrysler Hemi marine V8s were transplanted in the Holiday.

Infiniti has taken the veil off its Infiniti QX full-size luxury SUV at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This new QX will try to ride on the momentum established by the all-new G sedan by offering an enhanced level of styling, comfort and technology sans any compromise in towing capacity and interior spaciousness.

Mark Igo, vice president and general manager of Infiniti, remarked that just like the new G Sedan, the QX showcases the brand’s philosophy of constant evolution in the luxury segment.

He noted that while the Infiniti QX already dominated its class in the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, the carmaker decided to further the appeal of the full-size luxury SUV with a number of substantial upgrades in terms of interior design, luxury features, technology and performance.

The QX marks the SUV’s first major revision since it was launched in 2004. It is now provided with new front and rear fascias as well as new front fog lamps, new roof rack.

It is also specified with standard 20-inch chromed aluminum-alloy wheels and could be availed with two new exterior colors: Lakeshore Slate and Serengeti Sand. Inside, the new QX features a new instrument panel cluster design fitted with Fine Vision electroluminescent instrumentation as well as an authentic wood grain interior trim. In addition, the interior of the new QX is gifted with standard heated steering wheel (4WD model), a new stone interior and a new third-row power folding seat.

Customers would be delighted to know that the new QX is laden with several technological features like Burr-Brown Digital Audio Converter and 9.5-GB Music Box hard drive and compact flash slot for playing MP3 files, standard Premium Audio System with Bose Speakers and Infiniti Navigation system as well as Intelligent Key.

Also featured as standard is the XM NavTraffic system with real-time traffic information (active XM satellite radio subscription required). Customers may also avail of an Infiniti Mobile Entertainment System that now comes with an eight-inch screen. Infiniti will commence sales of the new QX in April 2007.

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