News from Team IlmorIssue No. 6
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Hello Team Ilmor! 


Summer is here, so you're sure to find Ilmor team members at the track and on the water!  With the IndyCar season in full swing, boat races and poker runs every weekend, and record-breaking water sports tournaments around the world, Ilmor is making big news wherever we go. 


This month's issue updates you on the latest news from Ilmor's exciting summer schedule, and highlights the successes of our partners, teams and customers worldwide. 


As always, we invite you to visit our website,, to learn more about Ilmor's history, technologies, services and product lines.  For additional Ilmor news, check out the "Community" page, updated with the latest events, "Team Ilmor" information and links to our active social networks.  Don't forget to spread the news about Ilmor with your friends and fellow high-performance fans.


We look forward to seeing you at one of the many Ilmor events this summer.  Thank you again for your ongoing support of the Ilmor brand. 


Kind regards,

The Ilmor Team


News from the IndyCar TrackIzod IndyCar Logo

We are halfway through another exciting IndyCar season, our last as supporting partner to Honda Performance Development. 


Over the past few months, we have seen some amazing races, including the heart-stopping race at the 100 year anniversary of the Indianapolis 500.  Our congratulations to 500 race winner Dan Wheldon, and the other race winning drivers this season: Dario Franchitti, Will Power, Mike Conway,  and Marco Andretti.


Be sure to follow the action at the upcoming races, including Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday, July 10, and Edmonton Indy on Sunday, July 24.   For more information about the race teams and drivers, as well as event broadcasting information, please visit Additional event details are available on the IndyCar website or on Ilmor's event calendar.


Goodwood Festival of Speed

Every year, England's Goodwood Festival of Speed pays tribute to some of the most influential race cars in motorsport history.  Each car is individually selected to best represent that year's special theme, and then painstakingly restored to their original race specifications and appearance. 



On July 1-3, historical

IndyCar winners from the past 100 years arrived for a special IndyCar exhibition.   Among this year's selections were several Ilmor-powered cars, including the record-breaking 1994 Mercedes-Benz 500I pushrod engine, driven by one of Ilmor's founders, Mario Illien. 


To see photos from this amazing event, and to learn more about Goodwood's motorsport history, click here.


Ilmor High-Performance Marine News

This spring and summer have been a whirlwind of high-performance marine events all around the country.  Ilmor-powered boats have been demonstrating our power and performance at events like Jacksonville River Rally Poker Run, Lake of the Ozarks Support the Troops Poker Run and Flight Club SkaterFest in Detroit, Michigan.   


We'd like to extend congratulations to the team from Sunsation at this year's Texas Outlaw Challenge.  Craig Mytelka's Sunsation F4, powered by twin Ilmor 725's and INDY drives, won its class in the official event Shootut. 



Ilmor was also the 

title sponsor of the

New Jersey Performance Powerboat Club's Atlantic City Poker Run.  Ilmor was well represented with boats participating in both the in-shore and off-shore events, including Joe Cibellis' Outerlimits and Chuck Sprague's "Bat Boat."


We look forward to seeing Ilmor boats at all the major Poker Runs for the rest of the season.  If you are an Ilmor owner and participating in an upcoming event, be sure let us know and to send us pictures.  We will post them on our Facebook site and share your news with Ilmor fans around the world.


Making Waves: MV8 Marine Engines


The team at Ilmor Marine has been making news this spring and summer.  In May, we built our 1000th MV8 engine at our Mooresville facility.


Additionally, our MV8 6.0L engine is now certified to meet the very stringent BSO emissions standards for use on Lake Constance (Bodensee) in Switzerland, Germany and Austria.    


As of July 1, Ilmor is the sole supplier of engines to our partner MasterCraft Boat Company, and we've been powering their boats and athletes in major events around the world.  At last month's LA Night Jam in Baton Rouge - the USA's most exciting night-time waterski tournament - an Ilmor 6.0L pulled MasterCraft athlete and world record holder Freddy Krueger to win the men's Pro Jump event, jumping an astounding 240 feet! 


Ilmor will also be a sponsor of the Global Invitational waterski tournament on July 9-10 at Millennium Park in Grand Rapids, MI.  The tournament will feature athletes from all over the country, competing in various events, including slalom, barefoot, and jump.  The official tournament boats will be MasterCrafts powered by Ilmor MV8 engines.  For more information about this event, click here.


Later this summer, Ilmor will be a sponsor of the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation World Championship events. The Wakeboard World Championships will be held in Milan, Italy while the WaterSki World Championships will be in Dubna, Russia.  Both tournaments will feature MasterCraft boats powered by Ilmor MV8 engines.  To learn more, please visit the official IWWF website.


NASCAR Nationwide Update

Ilmor is very excited to announce that we will be partnering with NDS Motorsports of Georgia, Vermont for three road course events on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule, including Road America, WI (6/25), Watkins Glen, NY (8/14) and Montreal, Canada (8/20).


NDS Motorsports have competed successfully in NASCAR K&N Series, ARCA and Canadian Tire Series, and were excited for the opportunity to compete in the Nationwide Series road racing events. The Ilmor team was equally thrilled to help power their talented young driver, Canadian Andrew Ranger, to on-track success.


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For the June 25th Road America event, NDS raced a brand new Dodge Charger (#53), powered by an Ilmor-developed Dodge R5 engine.  By the end of the practice rounds, NDS was well inside the top ten among a host of top team driver and team combinations.


Road course races are always action-packed, and Road America was no exception. Although he qualified in 21st position, Andrew showed his full potential by racing clean and hard into the top ten, reaching as high as third position before finishing in sixth place. This was a fantastic first Nationwide Series showing for Andrew and the NDS team, as well as for Ilmor's first entry in the series in 2011.


Be sure to tune in for the upcoming races at Watkins Glen and Montreal!


Viper Motorcycle's New Home

Viper Motorcycle Company is nearing completion of its new world headquarters in Auburn, AL. Their 63,000 sq. ft. plant, located on 17 acres, can produce 900 bikes per year, and is capable of up to 10,000 units per year upon further expansion. 

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During the construction, Viper Motorcycle will continue manufacturing a run of Diamondbacks, powered by the Ilmor-designed 152 V-Twin, to bring to Auburn for the opening ceremony.  We look forward to celebrating this very important moment of Viper Motorcycle's history later this summer. 


For more information about Viper Motorcycle, their products and dealers, please visit


About Ilmor

Ilmor Engineering was founded in 1984 when engineers Mario Illien (IL) and Paul Morgan (MOR) reached out to Roger Penske with a plan to build a better engine for the IndyCar racing series. Since then, legendary drivers like Andretti, Unser, and Castroneves have all driven cars powered by Ilmor engines.  Ilmor now has over 240 IndyCar race wins, 17 Indianapolis 500 victories, 44 Formula 1 wins, and two Formula 1 World Championships. Ilmor continues to design and manufacture engines for IndyCar, NASCAR, ARCA, USAC Midget, and Desert Truck.


In 2003, Ilmor applied its expertise to the marine industry, and created a completely unique engine for high performance powerboats based on the 8.3L Dodge Viper V-10. In 2007, Ilmor expanded its competitive tradition into powerboat racing, winning three consecutive World Championships in Powerboat P1 racing and capturing an APBA / SBI (USA) Championship in the P1 class with manufacturing partners Fountain Worldwide and Chaudron Powerboats.


The positive response to Ilmor's products and customer service has resulted in Ilmor becoming a major supplier of powerboat engines and drives to boat makers all over the world, paving the way for product expansion. In 2008, Ilmor began designing a series of inboard GM-based V-8 engines, each with unique Ilmor developed parts for durability, efficiency and performance. In 2010, Ilmor opened its state-of-the-art 50,000 square foot marine engine assembly and test facility in Mooresville, North Carolina, specifically committed to managing the long term growth of our marine products.


Ilmor still follows the same principles put in place by its founders: innovative solutions, precision engineering and manufacturing, high quality, reliable products, and unrivaled customer support.


To learn more about Ilmor, visit us at


In This Issue
News from the IndyCar Track
Goodwood Festival of Speed
Ilmor High-Performance Marine News
Making Waves: MV8 Marine Engines
NASCAR Nationwide Update
Viper Motorcycle's New Home
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Race to WIN with Ilmor power!

Become a part of race-winning history. Ilmor has opportunities for teams to lease or buy our successful, powerful and reliable Ilmor-developed Dodge R5 engines for ARCA, Nationwide Series or Camping World Truck Series use in the 2011 season. 


Contact us for deals and details on these engines that proved the most reliable and led the most laps in the ARCA series in 2010. 


Call us at 734-456-3600 or email!



Re-Energized Engines Win the Day!

Last weekend, the Fountain Talladega #62 won the Manufacturer's P1 class at the SBI 27th Annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival.   The #62 "Me" boat is powered by freshly Re-Energized Ilmor High-Performance MV7-10s, racing just days after being refreshed at our factory.  


We encourage all race teams and recreational boaters to learn more about our Re-Energize program for enhanced performance and life-extending maintenance.  

For more information, contact us at 734-456-3600 or email
Ilmor's E-Store Coming Soon!

The Ilmor online store will be opening this summer!  Shop for engine parts, Kart mounts, or your favorite Ilmor gear and apparel.  

Can't wait until it opens?  Call 734-456-3600 or email to order your gear or parts today!