FEV Customer Seven Marine Receives 2016 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show® Innovation Award
FEV North America, Inc. served as development partner for the award-winning Seven Marine 627 SpectraBlade outboard motor
Auburn Hills, Mich., Feb. 22, 2016 – FEV North America, Inc. (FEV), an FEV Group company, congratulates Seven Marine, a technology and innovation leader in the marine outboard motor industry, on receiving the 2016 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award. FEV served as a technology partner to Seven Marine in the development of the 627 SpectraBlade outboard motor. Dr. Patrick Hupperich, president and CEO of FEV North America, Inc. made the announcement.
"FEV offers world-class design, development testing, and integration services. Our customers include developers of engines, both large and small, and in a variety of industries. They recognize our level of expertise and our ability to work confidentially and engage us as a partner in their projects,” said Hupperich. “FEV is continuously finding new opportunities to apply our knowledge and capabilities in new and innovative ways. We are proud to have been a partner with Seven Marine on this award-winning motor.”
Rick Davis, president and CEO of Seven Marine, LLC said “FEV has been our longstanding engineering and certification partner. They combine high levels of engineering expertise and experience, which helps Seven achieve fast time to market without sacrificing reliability and durability. Employing their world-class test and certification facilities, Seven is ensured the highest quality test results and rapid engineering and development of our award winning new 627 horsepower outboard motor. We have been honored to partner with FEV and look forward to future collaborations.”
FEV has been a strategic development partner with Seven Marine on a variety of projects, including its initial industry leading, 557 horsepower motor. Now, it has worked with the company to increase that motor’s output by 70 HP, offering enhanced performance potential through innovative, marine-specific High Turbulence Combustion Technology.
FEV was an integral development partner for the 627 motor, particularly with respect to optimizing power, emissions and fuel economy. FEV supported Seven Marine with the optimization of the under-cowl airflow, necessary due to the high power of the motor. The 627 engine is the most powerful outboard marine motor in the world.
To optimize the airflow, FEV used its proprietary airflow simulation tools. In addressing the fuel economy and emissions challenges of such a powerful motor, FEV utilized its advanced engine test cells in order to calibrate the motor to meet stringent EPA and CARB 3 Star emissions requirements, while still offering high power with excellent fuel economy.
The Innovation Award was presented to Seven Marine at the 2016 Miami International Boat Show during the Industry Breakfast on Thursday, Feb. 11. The Innovation Award programs honor manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products for the boating industry to the market. Members of Boating Writers International, who provide knowledgeable, unbiased opinions, conducted the judging. Winning products are selected based upon the following criteria:
- Have innovative distinction from other products currently manufactured in the marine industry.
- Have substantial modification or adaptation to the marine market if the product is an extension from a non-marine or general market.
- Provide benefit to the marine industry and /or consumer.
- Provide practicality of use.
- Are cost effective.
About Seven Marine
Seven Marine was founded in 2010 by a team of proven innovators with decades of experience in the marine marketplace. Every engineer and technician has been hand-picked for their expertise, ingenuity and accomplishments, and the entire team is focused only on making the most powerful and technologically advanced, highest-performing outboard motors on the planet.
About FEV Group
The FEV Group is an internationally recognized powertrain and vehicle engineering company that supplies the global transportation industry. FEV offers a complete range of engineering services, providing support across the globe to customers in the design, analysis, prototyping, powertrain and transmission development, as well as vehicle integration, calibration and homologation for advanced internal combustion gasoline-, diesel-, and alternative-fueled powertrains. FEV also designs, develops and prototypes advanced vehicle / powertrain electronic control systems and hybrid-electric engine concepts that address future emission and fuel economy standards. The company has expanded its engineering capabilities to include full vehicle systems and now offers broad expertise in electronics, telematics and infotainment system engineering. The FEV Testing Solutions division is a global supplier of advanced test cell, instrumentation and test equipment. The FEV Group employs a staff of over 4,000 highly skilled specialists at advanced technical centers on four continents. FEV North America, Inc. employs over 450 personnel in its North American Technical Center in Auburn Hills, MI.