No matter your age, odds are pretty good you still have a favorite toy. That one beloved release that lets you automatically tune out the stresses and complications of daily life.
For some folks, this toy of choice might be a race car. For others, it might be a bass boat. Perhaps it’s your motorhome, or maybe, just maybe, it’s simply your favorite old truck.
No matter your device of enjoyment, they all have one thing in common. They need to have a dependable engine.
Whether it’s burning up a dirt track in your hot rod or setting the water on fire in your trusty boat, you want to know for sure that you can count on the durability of the components that go into your power plant.
With an ever-growing product line, Mercury and its Quicksilver brand have stepped up to the plate to offer a wide range of products to meet your power needs. From complete engines to cylinder heads, the company has the gambit covered.
Of course, when most people hear names like Mercury and Quicksilver, they automatically assume the accompanying products are only applicable to marine use. While that might’ve once been true, the companies now have a great deal to offer the general automotive industry.
“We have long designed our marine products for durability and torque production, and over the past few years we’ve begun designing products for various other applications as well,” notes Mike Horak, powertrain director for Mercury Marine. “Whether it be for use in a race car, a recreational vehicle, or a passenger car, we have a strong arsenal of products to offer the public.”
Quicksilver stormed onto the dirt track scene in late 2015 with a pair of brand new crate engines. The first piece they brought to the market was a 357 CT engine, which is comparable to a 350-hp GM crate engine. The second motor was a 383 CT power plant, which falls in between a 350-hp and 400-hp GM crate engine in terms of performance.
While the engines have faced adversity in some areas, due to specific crate engines being required, Horak has heard nothing but great feedback from the racers running the power plants.
“It’s been a battle in some areas because some of the tracks currently limit which crate engine manufacturer that competitors can run,” Horak says. “We’re actively working with many of these tracks to allow our engines to become an option. It’s been a slow process, but I feel like we’re picking up some steam in the process.”
While it’s been a definite challenge for Quicksilver to get some tracks on board with their new program, the good news is racers are loving the engines.
“Racers are loving the power from these engines, and they are definitely loving the price tag,” Horak comments. “They are paying a fraction of the price of their old engines, and the power and durability is as good, if not better, than ever.”
Keeping in mind that not everyone gets a chance to drive a race car, Quicksilver has expanded their powerful and durable product lines to include many other facets.
One of the notable developments for Quicksilver is the vast expansion of their line of iron cylinder heads. Not only do these cylinder heads offer a variety of options for different configurations, but they also utilize the exclusive Black-X Composite Valve Technology.
“Our Black-X Composite Valve Technology has been a game changer,” Horak says. “The valves are engineered with a composite construction of quality stainless steel, using cobalt/chromium seats sealed in a nitrogen hardened black case. This adds another level of corrosion resistance against high-percentage alcohol fuels.”
Quicksilver’s new valves have shown to exhibit a 42-percent reduction in wear.
“The addition of E15 into fuels has been a hot button topic over the past few years,” Horak quips. “As alcohol combusts, it becomes extremely corrosive, and this does serious damage to most engines. In fact, in many cases, only the newest engines are resistant to the damage created by alcohol. By the time you find damage in your old cylinders, most times it’s already too late.
“So, we are now offering a wide range of iron cylinder heads that can be used as replacements. Until now, some of these replacement parts weren’t available anywhere.”
From 3.0L to 8.1L cylinder head assemblies, Quicksilver is really bringing a lot to the table. These cutting-edge products are breathing fresh life into some of our favorite toys.
“Whether it’s helping people motor down the race track, the river, or the interstate, we are focused on keeping our customers moving forward,” Horak says. “A great deal of engineering and testing has gone into our new product lines, and we honestly believe that what we have to offer now is better than anything we’ve ever had before.
“Whether it affects your livelihood or your recreation, we have a product to keep you moving full speed ahead.”
Source: Quicksilver, quicksilver-products.com