Who wants to call sea-tow?
Just kidding. Interesting...
As of January 1, 2011, all marine propulsion systems previously sold under the Volkswagen Marine brand name will be rebranded and offered exclusively as part of the CMD TDI® series. Over the next 18 months, the CMD TDI Series product will become more and more integrated into the CMD lineup. The agreement also states that CMD and its distribution channel will assume responsibility for service of and warranty administration of all previously sold VW Marine product.
Got to take a spin on this down in Miami back in February, at the boat show (livery is different now, with more of an Audi R10 feel - 'TDI' is much more prominent):
The boat is a Statement Marine 37 SUV that's setup for running the NYC to Bermuda Challenge. They attempted a record last year, but turned in due to weather. The current record is 22hrs, 23min and they were well ahead of pace before retiring last year.
It was an interesting ride - the sound was all turbo and the torque was impressive (twin 4.2's). You could hear a deep rumble, but it was almost entirely turbo whistle. They were claiming 2.2mpg at cruise, which was around 35kts with the props they were running for the Challenge I believe.
Couple of my own cell phone shots (sorry, none of the boat itself):
In the convention center, the TDIs were on display in the Mercury booth. The Cummins guys wanted nothing to do with us in regard to the motors.
Pop out VW badge, insert Mercury badge.
and... other parts of the engine are water cooled.... the turbo is water cooled, the intercooler is a air-water type...
in addition to salt, you have other minerals in sea water that build up in the nooks and crannies that need to be flushed regularly.
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