July 8th 2009
V8s can't match this
While V8 engines have some punters salivating for the start of the Dunlop Townsville 400 race, a far more powerful engine, which is put to a far more efficient and purposeful use, can be seen on display at Sunferries Breakwater Terminal till 17 July.
Weighing in at over two and a half tonnes this, 27 litre, V12, which is 2 metres long and 1.2 metres wide, is what powers all the Sunferries' vessels as they carry hundreds of thousands of passengers to and from Magnetic and Palm Islands each year.
The Caterpillar C32 engine has been turning heads at the busy terminal and is used to push the Sunferries' fleet along at 25 knots with a capacity to reach speeds of 33 knots.
Meanwhile accommodation houses on Magnetic are expecting a flow on of crowds from the Dunlop 400, to visit Magnetic Island and, to benefit all those attending the event, Sunferries will be running additional services. The event timetable can be viewed at www.sunferries.com.au.
Sunbus tickets will be on sale from the terminal with event buses meeting ferries at the Breakwater Terminal to transfer passengers to Reid Park.
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