Mercury’s amazing new 150 FourStroke is easily the most tested engine ever built by Mercury Marine, the world’s largest manufacturer of recreational marine engines.
From the very start, the new 150 FourStroke was designed and built to be the most reliable and durable 150 hp FourStroke on the planet – an engine that will start easily, run consistently and last longer on any body of water anywhere in the world.
“The only way to see if we had succeeded was to run the engine through the most severe testing schedule we’d ever devised – or even heard of,” said Steve Miller, Mercury’s Senior Category Manager.
“It was pretty torturous. We wanted to make sure it could handle really harsh commercial roles so the boat would wear out before the engine – even under commercial conditions.”
So after the Mercury 150 FourStroke survived extensive indoor testing – including the equivalent of hitting a 20-foot log at 40 mph – six un-branded test engines were sent around the world to tackle some of the toughest jobs on the water:
The engines were tested across a calendar year and in total notched up more than 8,500 hours operating in hard-core commercial situations.
Satellite technology allowed Mercury to track the engines on GPS and continually monitor a full range of performance parameters, including rpm, oil temperature, fuel flow, fluid pressures and voltage.
“All the testing took place under normal operating conditions,” Steve said. “And it completely validated the years which went into creating this engine. The engine passed with flying colours, it’s the toughest thing out there.”
In fact, the water taxi operator was so impressed, as soon as the test engines were removed for inspection he bought two new 150 FourStrokes to replace them.
Amazingly, the peerless durability of the new Mercury 150 FourStroke is only one of its many outstanding features.
“As you’d expect, the new Mercury 150 FourStroke has been embraced by boat owners worldwide,” said Nicholas Webb, Mercury’s Director of Outboard Product (Australia, New Zealand, Pacific).
“When we launched it in this region the demand was outstanding because people could see it’s an amazing engine.
“It’s an awesome performer and, because of its unbelievable durability, it’s going to easily handle anything thrown at it for many years to come.”