The Mercury Timeline
1947 - “Full-Jeweled Power:” anti-friction ball, roller and needle bearings in all major bearing locations -- connecting rods, crankshaft, driveshaft and propeller shaft.
1949 - First forged aluminum clamp brackets for secure transom mounting.
1952 - Splined propeller drive eliminates shear pin for attaching propeller to shaft.
1957 - The two-cylinder, 10-hp Mercury Mark 10, incorporates such outboard firsts as “Jet Prop Exhaust,” underwater exhaust through the propeller hub, and slanted lower-unit design to help eliminate snarling on vegetation.
1961 - MerCruiser is introduced with the first production sterndrive propulsion system over 100 horsepower.
1966 - Thunderbolt CD ignition, the industry’s first capacitor discharge ignition system, delivers up to 40,000 volts of starting power.
1967 - MerCathode corrosion protection is introduced. It’s the most advanced corrosion protection available.
1969 - Bearing-quality steel: High-grade steel alloy – the same as in precision ball and roller bearings – is used for gears, crankshafts and connecting rods.
1970 - Perma-gap spark plugs reduce fouling and virtually eliminate tune-ups.
1973 - First power ported pistons: An extra fuel charge just before combustion improves performance.
First factory-installed power trim system.
First cam-turned piston improves piston durability and increases engine life.
1984 - Exclusive Electro-Deposition Painting (EDP) is introduced. Critical components exposed to corrosion receive the best protection available.
1986 - The Bravo One sterndrive is introduced, handling more power with improved durability.
1987 - Mercury brings Electronic Fuel Injection to the boating industry with the premier of the Mercury® Laser XRi and Mariner Magnum® EFI.
1993 MerCruiser introduces its first counter-rotating twin propeller sterndrive -- the Bravo Three.
1994 Mercury introduces a new 225hp outboard. The 3.0 litre block makes the 225 the lightest, most compact engine in its class.
1994 MerCruiser introduces its second twin-prop sterndrive, the surface-piercing Blackhawk.
1995 Mercury and Mariner introduce their first four-stroke outboards, in 9.9 and 50hp configurations. These engines are noted for their smooth, quiet operation, fuel efficiency, low maintenance, and reduced emissions.
1995 MerCruiser celebrates the production of two million sterndrives.
1996 200 DFI is the world's first direct-injected outboard.
1996 Mercury sets six APBA outboard bass boat speed records. Establishes "Low emissions" category with 200DFI.
1997 The Mercury OptiMax second generation of low-emissions, direct fuel injection outboard, is unveiled at the 24 Hours of Rouen endurance race. The two OptiMax-powered entries finish ahead of all competitive brands.
2002 - Mercury OptiMax outboards set new world speed records in all Pro Stock bass boat horsepower categories.
Mercury Digital Throttle & Shift Control brings digital precision and reliability to throttle and shift functions.
2004 - Introduced in 2004, the supercharged FourStroke Verado revolutionized the outboard industry. Combining awesome power, unbelievably low sound levels and an unmatched driving experience, Verado set new standards for outboard performance.
2005 - The 225hp OptiMax ProXS outboard is introduced and is an immediate success on bass fishing circuits. The ProXS represents the collaboration between Mercury Racing and Mercury Outboard engineering.
Mercury 225 Sport XS Model is introduced – custom built by Mercury Racing.
Mercury Racing introduces the 600 & 850 SCi sterndrives.
2006 - Mercury introduces the 250hp OptiMax ProXS.
2007 - Mercury expands on the OptiMax Pro XS lineup with the introduction of a 175hp model along with the launch of the Fury line of propellers, featuring our exclusive X7® alloy.
Mercury Racing® introduces the all-new EU662 SCi NXT1® sterndrive engine package to meet EU RCD exhaust emissions standards.
Mercury Racing® also introduces their most powerful consumer sterndrive engine package, the 1200 SCi.
2008 - Mercury Racing introduces the Verado 350 SCi outboard.
2009 - Mercury extends its OptiMax ProXS lineup with 115hp and 200hp models.
2010 - The 150hp OptiMax Pro XS is launched at the 2010 Bassmaster Classic.