Back in 1992, when there seemed to be no other way to win a Venice-Montecarlo than with diesel engines, the pilot from Padovano, Sergio Mion, stated that he shared no interest in pursuing that route: He wanted four petrol engines.
With his willingness, Brunello’s pencil and Pierino Crosato’s yard in Treviso, SM Racer was born, a bullet capable of speeds in excess of 120 MPH from the very first day of trials. An exceptional boat for a man out of the ordinary; a combination capable of a first shot overall win at the most fascinating powerboat race in Europe, Cowes.
The overall speed record of this race exclusively belongs to the tenacious Sergio Mion and his co-pilot Beppe Amati, previous winners of this race had seen the calibre of Renato ‘Sonny’ Levi, Sam Griffith, Jim Wyinn, Don Aronow, Tom Sopwith, Ken Kassir and many other names which made the history of powerboating.
To testify the interest that this design awoke in the industry and the normally conservative academic world, Brunello Acampora, the designer of the boat, was invited by the reputable American Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers to present a paper at the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey.
At this meeting he had the honour to have, amongst the public, Professor Daniel Savitsky, who in the tank of the Davidson Laboratory, has developed one of the most famous algorithms for the performance prediction of planing hulls.