Indmar signs inboard engine deal with Ford Motor Co.

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Ford Motor Co. is partnering with Indmar Marine Engines to offer three inboard engine models geared toward the high-performance ski and wake segment.

The automaker’s 6.2-liter V-8 engine will provide power and torque for the increased workloads placed on modern boats, the company said. Indmar will offer three models of varying horsepower and torque.

“The 6.2-liter engine was specifically built for a truck, providing the torque needed to tow heavy weight, which is exactly what today’s high-performance watercraft need,” Indmar Marine Engines president Chuck Rowe said in a statement.

“Our sport has evolved and, with heavier boats, bigger wakes and larger ballast and passenger capacity, the demand on the engine is even greater. We looked at the total market and have spent a great deal of time and research and development dollars to find an engine that will best fit the demands of watersports.”

“Ford has a long history of bringing power to the marine industry and views this effort as a strategic opportunity for the company,” Ford component sales president and CEO Jamy Hall said.

Ford and Indmar made the announcement during the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, which opened Tuesday and continues through Friday at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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