The engines of the day eventually overpowered the IV SSM drive’s capacity. Internals were improved and, in 1987, the V SSM was introduced. But Kiekhaefer Aeromarine, a competitor established in 1970 by Mercury Marine founder Carl Kiekhaefer, introduced the Kiekhaefer sterndrive in 1988, the end-all solution at the time in terms of product design and durability. In 1990 Brunswick Corporation acquired Kiekhaefer Aeromarine and its line of high-performance marine engines, sterndrives and accessories including trim tabs, trim indicators, control systems, and propellers. The two companies were merged and Kiekhaefer Aeromarine owner and president Fred Kiekhaefer, son of the late Carl Kiekhaefer, was named president of the new Mercury Racing division. Mercury Racing was established as a business unit of Mercury Marine in 1992. The Kiekhaefer Aeromarine manufacturing plant was expanded in 1993 and all Mercury Hi-Performance personnel, production and supporting departments consolidated to the newly expanded Plant 36 facility in 1994.