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Superlight Tunnels

ThunderCat Racing USA

Known as ThunderCat Racing around the world, Superlight Tunnel Boat races are unlike any other race event in the APBA. These catamaran-style inflatable boats can race in rough waters that other categories could never dream of participating in. Want to see some air time and crazy maneuvering? Look no further. Each boat in this series carries a specifically designated driver and co-driver, with the driver handling the throttle and steering while the co-driver shifts his or her weight around the boat to keep it stable. Join the Fun - Race SLT.

Classes

All Superlight classes (Bandit, Outlaw and Experimantal Class) shall be offered at all Superlight Tunnel Boat events. Classes may be run together but are scored separately. 

Bandit
Experimental
Outlaw

Bandit

Engines: Stock Nissan/Tohatsu 50HP; Nissan/Tohatsu 40HP, Mercury 40 HP four-stroke or short shaft two-stroke, OMC 40 HP, Yamaha 40 HP (6H4), E-Tec 40 HP or 50 HP two-stroke, Mercury 50HP (44 c.i.d.)

Minimum Ages

Driver - 16

Co-Driver- 14

Minimum Weight: For the entire boat as raced (crew, gear and clothing) 700 lbs.

Thundercat USA Boat Racing
Statistics
Straightaway Record: 
58.178 MPH
Previous Season National Champion: 
Michael Green

Experimental

Experimental Class (X-Class) is for those boats that do not comply with the Superlight Tunnel Engine Technical Rules.


Engines: Shall not exceed 1000cc's and have shiftable gearcase (forward, neutral, reverse), tiller arm, and use pump gas only. 

Minimum Ages:

Driver - 17 

Co-Driver- 14

Thundercat Boat Racing
Statistics
Straightaway Record: 
67.130 MPH
Previous Season National Champion: 
John Heuninck

Outlaw

Engines: Mercury 40 HP 2 stroke, Mercury / Mariner/ Sea-Pro 50/55/60 HP (EO) 51.8 c.i.d., Mercury / Mariner 60 HP (59.1 c.i.d), Mercury 60 HP four-stroke with no minimum weight, Nissan / Tohatsu 40/50 HP (50d) (40d), Johnson / Evinrude 40/50 HP (DP-39m), Yamaha 40/50 HP (6H5) (6H4)


Minimum Age:

Driver: 17

Co-Driver- 14


Minimum Weight: For the entire boat as raced (crew, gear and clothing) 730 lbs.; 780 lbs. for Outlaw class with a 51.8 or 59.1 c.i.d. Mercury/Mariner motor.

Super Light Tunnel Racing
Statistics
Competition Record: 
56.497 MPH
Straightaway Record: 
66.413 MPH
Previous Season National Champion: 
No National Champion