Ethanol powered boat wins top prize at Ozarks Shootout

By American Ethanol | September 14, 2015

Washington, D.C. – American Ethanol made a huge splash at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in central Missouri, the largest unsanctioned boat race in the Midwest. More than 100,000 spectators gathered to watch nearly 100 boats race along the one-mile course, but only one boat was crowned as the “Top Gun”—the American Ethanol 51-foot Mystic Powerboats catamaran. The boat was named after its fuel sourced and logged a top speed of 208 mph.

“The American Ethanol catamaran definitively proved that ethanol and marine engines are more than compatible,” said Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy. “The team chose to run on ethanol because the fuel performs better and burns cooler than regular gasoline. Unsurprisingly, the second place boat was also powered by homegrown American ethanol,” Buis said.

The driver of the boat, Myrick Coil, said, “This boat accelerated harder than any boat I have ever been in. It was also the biggest boat I have ever driven. Those two things usually don't go together!"

John Cosker, owner of Mystic Powerboats, added, “All of our hard work leading up to the event paid off when the boat came alive off of the start line and rocketed to a clocked speed of 208 mph. It showed America the power behind American Ethanol.”

The owner of the boat, Don Onken, echoed these sentiments and noted that, “We showcased the potential of American Ethanol at this event, and I’m proud of what we were able to accomplish together. There’s only one thing left to do—figure out how to go faster next year.”