Dates have been set for an American Power Boat Association Special Event sanction for an attempt by IMG Performance at the Unlimited Vee Bottom kilo run. The run will be held February 3, 2018, on the Pamlico River near Washington, North Carolina. Testing will take place on February 2, with February 4 reserved as a rain date.
IMG Performance (part of Iconic Marine Group, which produces the Fountain, Baja and Donzi boat brands) is in the process of building a Fountain 40 race boat rigged with twin Sterling Performance engines capable of 1,900 horsepower. For the record attempt, the boat will be manned by Mike Seebold and Ben Robertson, according to an IMG Performance representative, who adds that it will be capable of making a 190 mph run.
The current APBA Unlimited Vee Bottom kilo record of 180.464 mph was set on the Pamlico River in 2014 by Brian Freehand in a 43-foot Outerlimits SV 43 powered by Mercury Racing 1650 engines. The record was previously held by Fountain Powerboats founder Reggie Fountain II and Robertson, who ran 171.88 mph in a Fountain 42 in 2004.
Boating plans to be on site for the 2018 record attempt … stay tuned!