News from Team IlmorIssue No. 8

Hello Team Ilmor! 


The end of the year is approaching, and we at Ilmor are still keeping busy!  Between 2012 IndyCar testing and the end-of-season boating events, we've been all over the country supporting Ilmor partners and customers.


This fall has been marked by several highlights, including successful tests of the new IndyCar engine and our 7th Powerboat World Championship with Ilmor MV10 engines. However, there have also been some difficult losses which have affected us deeply. We would like to take a moment to acknowledge the passing of two individuals that have played an important part in Ilmor's history.  


Dan Wheldon, who drove two Ilmor-powered cars to victory at the Indy 500, was tragically killed during the Las Vegas Championship race in October. We extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and team of this talented driver.


Bob Morgan, owner and throttleman of Big Thunder, a 46-foot Skater, was killed after a crash on the first day of racing at the Key West Powerboat World Championships last week. Bob was especially influential in the success of Ilmor's High Performance Marine program as an important early advocate of the MV10 marine engines. We mourn his passing and thank him for his support of our brand.


In the aftermath of these losses, the Ilmor team will continue to push forward, focusing on the new events and products for 2012, and invite you to be a part of our future successes both on land and sea.


With our thanks,

The Ilmor Team


Preview:  The 2012 Chevrolet IndyCar Engine
The 1986 Chevrolet 265A
The 1986 Chevrolet 265A


The 2012 IndyCar program is well underway, and is already proving to be exciting with a very competitive spirit you can feel at every test track. 


Due to a rules update, the 2012 Izod IndyCar Series will make significant changes to the overall series.  Additional manufacturers will be returning to the series after a 5 year hiatus, inlcuding Chevrolet, Honda and Lotus.  Ilmor Engineering is thrilled to be a partner to Chevrolet in this ground-breaking new season.


That's not the only change.  There will also be a complete overhaul of the existing engine and chassis with which each team will race.  The new 2012 engine will be a 2.2L Twin-Turbo V6, with direct fuel injection and E85 capability.  The new chassis, produced by Dallara, will also feature several major updates for a totally new design.


Closed testing on the new engines will continue throughout the winter in preparation for the kickoff of the season on March 25 at the Streets of St. Petersburg Race. Be sure to check back to or for more information on the 2012 IndyCar season.


It's Time to Re-Energize!


For many Ilmor MV10 engine owners, the end of the boating season is here. But we have a way to shake the 'off-season blues' and give you something to look forward to next spring: The exciting Re-Energize program from Ilmor High Performance Marine!


Now is the time to restore your MV10 engines to the power and performance you've come to expect from our world championship winning technology.


The same expert technicians who hand-build each new Ilmor MV10 will disassemble your engine down to the core components. They carefully clean and inspect every part, including non-destructive crack testing, to identify where essential replacements or updates are needed. When the rebuild is completed, the engine will be repainted and polished for a refreshed appearance. To ensure each engine is running smoothly and as designed, the engine is performance tested on our dynos.




Ready for an engine facelift? While your engine is being rebuilt, take advantage of this opportunity to update your engine's appearance and performance with the many exciting upgrades available from Ilmor, including custom color paint jobs, carbon fiber covers, polished aluminum or chromed intake manifolds, new accessory pulleys, and more.


Upgrade your power!  Generation 3 MV10 owners can now upgrade their current 570 or 625 engines to 625 or 7-10 models. This incredible upgrade program allows you to keep your existing headers and mounts, but dramatically increase your engines' power and performance.


The "Re-Energize" Service:*

Cylinder head overhaul

Non-destructive crack test

Engine rotating assemblies, including rod and piston assemblies and bearing kit

New lifters and pushrods

Oil systems overhaul

Fuel systems overhaul

All filters and gaskets

Spark plugs and drive belts

Sea pump rebuild kit

Engine repaint and polish

ECU software update

Dyno test

180-day factory warranty on parts and labor**


Contact your authorized Ilmor service center to get started today! For a listing of authorized Ilmor service centers, visit


Another Powerboat World Championship
The Chaudron Seagull #43, powered by twin Ilmor MV10-570 engines, won the 31st Annual Key West World Championship on November 13. The 13 meter boat, built in Malta and owned by Ukraine Spirit, took part in the Manufacturer Production 3 Class of the Super Boat International 2011 championship series.


For the three days of racing, the Seagull was crewed by Ukrainians Oleksiy Chendekov (pilot), Andriy Lysenko (throttleman) and Dmytro Gerasymenko (navigator).


On Day One, the Seagull took second place, but returned on Days Two and Three with dominating victories to win both the event class and the World Championship. This is Seagull Chaudron's second World Championship powered by Ilmor MV10 engines - the first being the 2009 P1 SuperSport World Championship.


Chaudron Offshore Powerboats are produced by Chaudron Company Limited, a family owned business, located in Malta. For more information about Chaudron, please visit


Congratulations to everyone who made this Championship possible!


A Record-Breaking Race Around Long Island


On September 25, 2011, Joe Cibellis and Joe Sgro set a new record for a powerboat to circumnavigate Long Island.  They completed the 271 mile course in an unprecedented 3 hours and 5 minutes, riding non-stop in their 43' Outerlimits SV powered by twin Ilmor MV10 725 engines and INDY Stern drives.

The previous record was set in 1989. The race is produced by the National Powerboat Association, in affiliation with the Historic Offshore Raceboat Association, Manhasset Bay Marina and Michael Aronow, son of Don Aronow, founder of the race in the 1960s.

Congratulations to Joe Cibellis, Joe Sgro, and the Outerlimits team on their history making run!  For more information about Outerlimits, visit
Viper Motorcycle Steals the Show in the Key West Poker Run Village
The team from Viper Motorcycles joined us at our display in Poker Run Village at the annual Key West Poker Run, produced by the Florida Powerboat Club. 
With two 2011 Diamondbacks in tow, the crowd was enthralled by the sophisticated styling of the bike and the sheer power of the 152 cu. in. Ilmor V-Twin engine.  Interest in this unique bike was very high - it won't be long before we start seeing Diamondbacks all across the country.

To learn more about Viper Motorcycles, 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 250 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


* During inspection, our engine builders may discover that additional components require replacement. Should this occur, you will be contacted regarding these parts and associated charges. We will require your approval prior to continuing with the rebuild. All illustrations and specifications are based on product information available at the time of printing. Ilmor High Performance reserves the right to make changes at any time, without notice, in materials, equipment, specifications, and models. **See Ilmor High Performance Limited Warranty Statement for full coverage details. Warranty subject to all Ilmor advised replacement parts being approved for replacement by customer. For complete details, contact Ilmor High Performance.
In This Issue
Preview: The 2012 Chevrolet IndyCar Engine
It's Time to Re-Energize
Another Powerboat World Championship
A Record-Breaking Race Around Long Island
Viper Motorcycle at the Key West Poker Run
New Gear on the Ilmor E-store!
More Dealers join Ilmor's Service Network
Network with Ilmor fans!

Visit us on Facebook for exciting news, surveys, contests and more!  It's a great way to meet other Ilmor friends and fans.

New Gear on the Ilmor E-store!

The Ilmor online store  now has all new hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and ladies' gear for sale!  Click here to visit the online store or call 734-456-3600 to order by phone.

The Ilmor HP Marine Sales and Service Center Network Keeps Growing

Ilmor High Performance's top priority is providing excellent customer service to our boat manufacturing partners, dealerships and owners.  In our efforts to improve our level of service, we continue to expand our official Sales and Service Center Network, partnering with the best dealerships around the world who sell and care for Ilmor products and customers.  


New Service Centers that have joined the network include: 


Advantage Marine - Sunrise Beach, MO

Capital Marine - Wargrave, Berkshire, UK

Doller Offshore - Ft Lauderdale, FL

FastBoats Marine - Pompano Beach, FL

Hagel Marine - Denmark & France

North Mallorca Marine - Mallorca, Spain

StanCraft Marine Center - Post Falls, ID

Teague Custom Marine - Valencia, CA

Tuff Marine - Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

Voom Voom - Chandlers Ford, UK

Wheels to Waves - New Sarepta, Alberta, Canada 


We look forward to welcoming all Sales and Service Centers that sign up for the program.   Be sure to ask your dealership if they are a Certified Ilmor Sales and Service Center! 


Clearance Engines and Drives!

Or visit the Ilmor online store Clearance Section for more information, and check out our new listings, including a pair of used INDY Stern Drives and Transmissions. 

Blowout Deal!  Brand new, custom painted, MV7-10 show engine on sale for $38,799.  

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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 for use in the upcoming 2012 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!