Car manufacturer Infiniti recently provided an update on its QX-56 boat project that it says is designed with the luxury, performance and craftsmanship of its flagship SUV.
Students from the Tennessee Technical Center-Nashville and Nashville State Community College removed the 400-horsepower, 5.6-liter V-8 from the donated Infiniti QX full-size SUV. The students worked with instructors and Infiniti personnel to get it operational outside of the vehicle.
The engine was then sent to a shop in Alabama to be marinized, which involves the fabrication of water-cooled exhaust manifolds and the adaptation of a closed cooling system. That stage is complete.
Meanwhile, at Bracket Marine in Freeport, Maine, a classic wooden 1962 Chris-Craft Holiday is resting upside down in a workshop — stripped of its engine, hardware, wiring, interior and hull planking — and the second phase of the project, restoring and prepping the boat for the ZX56 engine, is under way.