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Fiat and Sunseeker join forces in P1 Powerboat racing

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May 1, 2007

Sunseeker's XS2000 in racing trim

Sunseeker's XS2000 in racing trim

May 2, 2007 In a deal that reflects the maturing of the P1 Powerboat World Championship, Sunseeker have secured a deal to use Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT) engines in their 2007 title quest. This agreement is the first of its kind in Powerboat racing and is usually only seen in the Formula One arena, which shows how much the P1 championship is taking off as a sport.l to use Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT) engines in their 2007 title quest. This agreement is the first of its kind in Powerboat racing and is usually only seen in the Formula One arena, which shows how much the P1 championship is taking off as a sport.

The partnership with FPT will provide a significant advantage to the Sunseeker Sales Group powerboat team, Team Sunseeker, in its attempt to secure the SuperSport Class title in the 2007 UIM Powerboat P1 World Championship. The boat, a Sunseeker Challenger which is a race version of the Sunseeker XS2000, will be equipped with twin 5.9 litre FPT NEF 400 turbo diesel engines, capable of a constant power of 480hp at 3000rpm.

Equipped with quality marine components to guarantee high performance, the engine features FPT’s latest light-weight engine construction technology in a compact package. It exhibits remarkable fuel efficiency and a power-to-weight ratio that realises the possibility of higher speeds. The smooth power delivery, together with outstanding torque characteristics and low emissions, makes the engine an outstanding choice for professional powerboat racing.

The Sunseeker Challenger, with its new engines, will make its debut in Malta at the first race of the series, from 4–6 May in the SuperSport Class. Throughout the Powerboat P1 Championships, which take place from May until October in a number of top European destinations, FPT will provide technical support and back-up to ensure that Team Sunseeker has the best opportunity possible to claim the P1 title.

Congratulations to these two companies on their agreement and we wish them all the best in the P1 championships. For further information, visit www.fptpowertrain.com.

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