Mercury Racing Brings Smart Craft To Performance Outboards

2002 OptiMax 200XS and Pro Max 300X Models Feature New Controller Area Network

 

Fond du Lac, WI – Mercury Racing consumer performance outboards continually give birth to new achievements in power, innovation and sophistication. The 2002 OptiMax 200XS and Pro Max 300X outboards, equipped with the state-of-the-art SmartCraftTM Controller Area Network (CAN) electronic control system, continue the tradition of high performance advanced marine propulsion systems from Mercury Racing.

The next wave in boating, SmartCraft Integrated Marine Technology from Mercury links power, controls and internal and external sensors to provide precise data on all boat functions at a glance. The system monitors a variety of vital engine functions including fuel flow, fuel range, fuel used, and RPM, along with water depth, trim angle, water pressure and battery voltage. Boat functions monitored include fuel tank levels and water and waste tank levels.

For 2002, OptiMax 200XS and Pro Max 300X models come standard with the SC1000 System Monitor and hardware that use a single data cable to connect an assortment of SmartCraft System gauges for both single and multi-engine applications. In addition, the optional SmartCraft System Speedometer accepts data from National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) GPS connections for read-out of highly accurate boat speeds.  Both the OptiMax 200XS and Pro Max 300X feature the SmartCraft Engine GuardianTM system which monitors over 40 sensors for early indications of problems that could lead to engine damage. And, if a problem does occur, the system takes corrective action to reduce the risk of damage, and get the boater home safely.

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OptiMax - 200XS

The OptiMax 200XS consumer performance outboard, earned its ‘XS’ advanced performance designation after winning and smashing several records at the  2000 ’24 Hours of Rouen’ endurance powerboat race. This race-proven winner demonstrates the extended operating range and durability of Mercury’s 2-cycle direct fuel injection, low-emissions technology.

Professional flats angler Steve Lamp has realized the high performance attributes of this lightweight performance outboard. The switch from a larger 3.0 Liter EFI outboard to the compact 2.5 Liter low emissions OptiMax 200XS allows Lamp to carry less fuel. Saving 100 lbs in fuel in addition to the lighter weight of the compact 2.5 Liter 200XS. Says Lamp, “As only a flats guide will know, polling a boat is hard work. My boat, being 400lbs lighter from all the modifications with the new engine, is a huge difference to say the least. Not only has the motor cut back on fuel consumption, it also draws less water – allowing me to get into prime fishing spots without losing a single performance characteristic.”

All 2002 OptiMax 200XS models are equipped with a digital SmartCraft Controller Area Network (CAN) electronic control system. The CAN electronic control computer processor optimizes fuel, spark timing and knock control for each cylinder independently, enhancing engine running quality and performance. The processor also operates an electronic multipoint lubrication system. The reliable system delivers precise amounts of oil where and when it’s needed.  And, if that were not enough, the Engine Guardian System monitors over 40 indicators to forewarn of possible problems that could lead to engine damage. The CAN computer processor also drives SmartCraft System Monitor and accessory System Gauges. The SC1000 System Monitor and accessory System Tachometer calculate fuel flow and range. Additionally, both drive optional single-function analog style System Link gauges.

The compact 2.5 Liter 200XS powerhead, designed and developed by Mercury

 

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Racing, spins up to 6500 rpm for maximum horsepower and overall performance. Sport boaters and anglers alike enjoy an improvement in fuel economy over standard 2-cycle performance outboards, gaining up to 80 percent greater range when trolling and up to 45 percent greater range when cruising along with reduced emissions levels. The engine exceeds 2006 U.S. EPA and 2004 California Air Resources Board (C.A.R.B.) emissions standards.

The OptiMax 200XS is available with the 15” (381 mm) short shaft or 20” (508

mm) standard center section. The 20" center section models are available with a right-hand rotation 1.87:1 gear ratio Torque Master or Sport Master gearcase. The 15" short shaft models feature the heavy-duty offshore swivel/clamp bracket assembly, single-ram trim cylinder and the 1.87:1 Sport Master gearcase with either right-hand or left-hand rotation.

 

OptiMax 200XS -  Key Features

 

·        Compact 60 degree vee, 2.5L (153 CID) powerhead delivers unmatched power, performance, durability and reliability.

·        SmartCraft Controller Area Network (CAN) electronic control system provides maximum power and fuel economy.

·        A unique 2-stage direct-injection system atomizes fuel into small, uniform particles, resulting with a complete and instantaneous combustion.

·        Comes standard with the SC1000 System Monitor and hardware that enables a single data cable to connect an assortment of SmartCraft System gauges for both single and multi-engine applications.

·        SmartCraft SC1000 system monitor and optional system link gauges provide real-time, up-to-the-minute data, including fuel flow, fuel range, fuel used, RPM, water depth, trim angle, water pressure and battery voltage.

·        The 60-amp belt driven alternator is the most powerful in its class.

 

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·        Electronic multipoint lubrication system delivers precise amounts of oil where and when it’s needed.

·        The SmartCraft Engine Guardian system monitors over 40 sensors for early indications of problems that could lead to engine damage.

·        Race-derived exhaust chest and tuner for enhanced power.

·        Torque Master and Sport Master gearcases feature a heavy-duty propshaft for enhanced durability.

(Editors: See page 9 for information on 2002 outboard gearcases)

 

OptiMax 200XS Specifications:

Propshaft Rated Horsepower                             200 (149kW)

Full Throttle RPM Range                             6000-6500

Cylinders                                                          V-6 (60º vee)

Displacement                                                    153 cu. In. (2507cc)

Bore                                                                 3.50” (89 mm)          

Stroke                                                              2.65” (67 mm)

Induction System                                     Direct Fuel Injection

Ignition                                                 Digital Inductive

                                                                        (SmartCraft Compatible)

Alternator System                                     Belt-driven 60 amp

                                                                        (846 watt) w/

                                                                        Voltage Regulator

Gear Ratio                                                        1.87:1

Fuel/Oil Ratio                                                   Electronic Multipoint

Recommended Oil                                            Mercury Premium Plus (TC-W3)

Recommended Fuel                                          92 Octane (R+M)/2 (98 RON)

Rotation                                                           Right Hand^

 

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Shaft Length                                                     15” (381 mm),  20” (508 mm)

Weight                                                             400 lbs. (181 kg)

Warranty                                                                      *

 

*One-year limited warranty for recreational boating and three-year limited corrosion

   warranty. One-year limited Mercury Product Protection Plan available. (Mercury

   Product Protection is not available for triple engine applications.)

^ Left-hand rotation available on 15” (381 mm) short shaft models only.

 

Pro Max 300X

The world’s most powerful consumer outboard; the Pro Max 300X is the power

of choice for both professional anglers and recreational boaters seeking its high power-to-weight ratio, reliability and durability.

            Wylie Nagler, 2000 Southern Kingfish Associaton (SKA) angler of the year, relies on the awesome power of the twin Pro Max 300X outboards powering his 31-foot Yellow Fin tournament hull to get him to the trophy fish on the highly competitive SKA circuit. A veteran offshore powerboat racer, Nagler says the first 30-40 minutes of each tournament is comparable to an all-out offshore powerboat race. “Running ahead of the pack, with an 8-10 mph advantage, makes a big difference. Getting 6-10 extra minutes of fish time can make all the difference between winning and losing.” In a recent Ft. Myers Beach, FL tournament, Nagler held a 40-minute lead over the nearest competitor on a course that was 135 mile – one way. Nagler is so impressed with the power and durability of the 300X that he would like to see it used for offshore powerboat racing.

Starting with a production 3.0 Liter OptiMax cylinder block, Mercury Racing technicians hand grind the cylinder ports and exhaust chest to maximize exhaust efficiencies for enhanced power and overall performance. A custom exhaust tuner, designed by Mercury Racing, helps keep engine power consistence throughout the 6800

 

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rpm operating range. The SmartCraft CAN electronic control computer processor optimizes fuel, spark timing and knock control for each cylinder independently, enhancing engine running quality and performance. The processor also operates an electronic multipoint lubrication system. The reliable system delivers precise amounts of oil where and when it’s needed.  And, if that were not enough, the Engine Guardian System monitors over 40 indicators to forewarn of possible problems that could lead to engine damage.

Pro Max 300X models are available with the 20” (508 mm) heavy-duty center section and standard integral power trim or the heavy-duty offshore swivel/transom bracket assembly and single ram trim cylinder. Pro Max 300X models equipped with a

standard swivel/transom bracket assembly feature integral power trim pump and trim cylinder. Pro Max 300X models equipped with the offshore swivel/transom bracket

assembly features a heavy-duty single ram trim cylinder and externally mounted trim pump.

The 1.75:1 gear ratio Torque Master gearcase is available with the 20” standard

trim package while the 1.62:1 Sport Master gearcase is available with offshore

models. The 1.75:1 Fleet Master gearcase is standard on the 25” 300X.

 

Pro Max 300X  - Key Features

·        SmartCraft Controller Area Network (CAN) electronic control system provides maximum power and fuel economy.

·        Comes standard with the SC1000 System Monitor and hardware that enables a single data cable to connect an assortment of SmartCraft System gauges for both single and multi-engine applications.

·        SmartCraft SC1000 system monitor and optional system link gauges provide real-time, up-to-the-minute data, including fuel flow, fuel range, fuel used, RPM, water depth, trim angle, water pressure and battery voltage.

 

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·        Powerful 60-amp charging system operates electronic accessories without draining the battery.

·        Electronic multipoint lubrication system delivers precise amounts of oil where and when it’s needed.

·        The SmartCraft Engine Guardian system. The onboard computer processor provides additional value to the consumer by providing the ability to monitor over 40 sensors for early indications of problems that could lead to engine damage.

·        Race-derived exhaust chest and tuner enhance power.

·        Torque Master and Sport Master gearcases feature a heavy-duty propshaft for enhanced durability.

·        Torque Master and Fleet Master gearcases feature dual water pickups (mounted on

the bullet and strut) for improved cooling, enhancing engine durability and overall performance.

(Editors: See page 6 for information on 2002 outboard gearcases)

 

Pro Max 300X Specifications:

Propshaft Rated Horsepower                             >300 (224 kW)

Full Throttle RPM Range                             6100-6800

Cylinders                                                          V-6 (60º vee)

Displacement                                                    185 cu. In. (3032cc)

Bore                                                                 3.63” (92 mm)          

Stroke                                                              3.00” (76 mm)

Induction System                                     Electronic Fuel Injection

Ignition                                                 Digital Inductive

Charging System            60-amp (846 watt) w/Voltage Regulator

Gear Ratio                                                        1.62:1 (SM) 1.75:1 (TM) or (FM)

Fuel/Oil Ratio                                                   Electronic Multipoint

 

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Recommended Oil                                            Mercury Premium Plus TC-W3

Required Fuel                                                   92 Octane (R+M)/2 Unleaded

Rotation                                                           Left or Right Hand (SM) (FM), RH (TM)

Shaft Length                                                     20” (508 mm) or 25” (635 mm)             

Weight                                                             467 lbs. (212 kg)

Warranty:                                                         *

* One-year limited warranty for recreational boating and three-year limited corrosion

   warranty. One-year limited Mercury Product Protection Plan available. (Mercury

   Product Protection is not available for triple engine applications.)

 

2.5 EFI Series

 

For nearly 30 years, Mercury Racing has been perfecting the very best in race-derived performance outboard engineering. That continuous process of evolution is no

better reflected than in the 2.5 EFI series. A remarkable example of how powerboat racing technology can be adapted for consumers, these 280 h.p. dynamos are proof positive that Mercury Racing engineers can wring more horsepower per pound and cubic inch from an outboard than anyone else.

Speed starved sport boaters appreciate the aggressive race-inspired cylinder porting that enables 2.5 EFIs to run at 7500 rpm while durable NiComÒ-plated aluminum

cylinder bore liners enhance heat transfer – keeping the engines cool throughout the operating range. The 2.5 EFI features a digital electronic ignition system and a powerful 60-amp belt-driven alternator. The 44-amp charging capacity makes running a variety of electronic accessories worry-free. A lightweight flywheel extends crankshaft snout and upper crank bearing life, especially when used in rough water conditions. 2.5 EFI Series pistons feature rings that are placed lower for cooler, more dependable running at high rpm levels. High performance cylinder ports allow more fuel in to keep pistons cooler as well, enhancing engine durability and reliability.

 

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2.5 EFI production begins in the machine shop where machinists drill oiling holes in the lightweight, top guided connecting rods and hand-grind cylinder block exhaust ports and chest to exact tolerances. Each engine is hand built from the bare cylinder block to the Sport Master gearcase. Center sections are painted  ‘phantom-black’ on a state-of-the art paint line. The polyurethane enamel, used on all Mercury Racing products, protects the outboards with a tough, durable finish. Every engine is run on a dynamometer before it leaves the factory. Vital signs recorded include horsepower throughout the RPM range, fuel consumption and peak power.

 

2.5 EFI Series - Key Features

·        Four-bolt center main cylinder block/crankcase enhances torque retention, improving the stability of the crankshaft and reduces bearing wear.

·      O-ring sealed cylinder heads replace the traditional head-gasket heads, providing greater head stability, less cylinder distortion and improved engine cooling.

·        Durable NiCom-plated aluminum cylinder bore liners provide better heat transfer throughout the cylinder block.

·        Carbon fiber, single-stage reeds have two to three times the life of dual-stage fiberglass reeds and produce comparable power.

·        Seven-petal intake system, fed by six individual fuel injectors, ensures

quick starting and optimal engine performance throughout the 7500 rpm operating range.

·        Solid engine mounts improve engine response and overall boat performance at higher speeds.

·        Digital electronic ignition system

·        Powerful 60-amp belt-driven alternator. The 44-amp charging capacity makes running a variety of electronic accessories worry-free

 

 

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·        Sport Master gearcase feature a heavy-duty propshaft for enhanced durability.

 

2002 Hi-Performance Outboard Gearcases

 

Sport Master Gearcase

 

A heavy-duty propshaft enhances the durability of  2.5 Liter and 3.0 Liter Sport Master gearcases. The Sport Master, featuring a satin-finished aluminum housing,

provides superior hydrodynamics enhanced by a race-proven torpedo shape featuring less frontal area which reduces drag and provides increased water flow. A three-slot, low-water pickup design reduces the ingestion of weeds and other debris. Right-hand rotation Sport Masters have a built-in torque tab on the skeg to reduce steering torque, improving control and overall boat performance.

Counter-rotation Sport Masters, featuring a straight skeg, are available on selected 2002

OptiMax 200XS,  2.5 EFI Series and Pro Max 300X 20" (508 mm) offshore center section models for dual or triple engine applications.

The Sport Master gearcase is designed to operate at transom heights of 27” to 30” (685 mm to 762 mm).  2.5 EFI models come standard with the 1.87:1 gear ratio Sport

Master gearcase. Pro Max 300X offshore models come standard with the 1.62:1 Sport Master.

 

Torque Master Gearcase

 

The Torque Master gearcase, designed for boats with heavier loads, features a built-in torque tab on the skeg for reduced steering torque. The Torque Master’s strut-mounted water pickups are lower than production gearcase housings, allowing outboards to be run at elevated transom heights of 25” to 27” (635 mm to 685 mm), resulting in reduced drag and improved performance.

 

 

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Three-liter Torque Master’s feature dual water pickups (mounted on the bullet

and strut) for improved cooling. The 2.5 Liter Torque Master gearcase comes standard with a satin finish housing and a 1.87:1 gear ratio. The 3.0 Liter Torque Master, available on the 2001 Pro Max 300X, comes standard with a painted housing and 1.75:1 gear ratio.

 

Fleet Master Gearcase

 

The Fleet Master gearcase, similar in design to the Torque Master, features a

painted housing for offshore applications. Fleet Master gear housings feature dual water pickups (mounted on the bullet and strut) for additional water flow and cooling. Internal components are designed for submerged operation and are built to withstand the corrosive saltwater environment. All 3.0 Liter gearcases feature a radial discharge stainless water pump for improved engine cooling.

 

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