EQUIPMENT

Primary Hull (T-6)

The newest of the former Miss Budweiser hulls, the T-6 (“Turbine 6”) was built in Seattle by Hydroplanes, Inc., as the 2000-04 Miss Budweiser.

  • Hull number 0001
  • Built: 2000 by Hydroplanes, Inc.
  • Race Wins: 16
  • National Championships: 1 (2013)
  • World Championships: 4 (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014)

Secondary Hull (T-5)

The second-to-the last built former Miss Budweiser hulls, the T-5 (“Turbine 5”) was built in Seattle by Hydroplanes, Inc., as the 1996-2004 Miss Budweiser.

  • Hull number 9601
  • Built: 1996 by Hydroplanes, Inc.
  • Race Wins: 2
  • National Championships: 1 (2006)
  • World Championships: 1 (2009)

Display Boat

Our current display hull is the same boat that we first broke into racing with, as sponsor of then-team-owner Chad Sanderson’s U-5. It’s a former Fred Leland U-99 hull that was built in 1992 as the Brake Shop. It also ran as the Appian Jeronimo, among numerous other sponsor names. This hull ran as our backup boat for the Tri-Cities and Seattle races in 2008 after an accident in Detroit caused significant damage to the T-6.

  • Hull number 9299
  • Built: 1992 by Fred Leland
  • Race wins: 0
  • National championships: 0

Mack Transporter

  • We have two of these Mack race support trucks that we use to transport the hydroplanes, as well as our tools, equipment, engines, gearboxes, as well as spare parts.
  • Both of the transporters has an air conditioned office/”condo”area for owner’s work, team operations, as well as changing area for driver J. Michael Kelly.
  • These trucks provide all of the equipment the team needs for machining, repairing, and maintaining parts right in the pits, should that ability be needed by the team.
  • Both trucks were part of the Miss Budweiser equipment purchased by U-5 Racing in 2006.

Lycoming T55 L-7 Turbine Engines

  • U-5 Racing Team has a healthy supply of Lycoming Turbine engines. These are surplus engines from U.S. Army Chinook helicopters that have been refurbished for use in unlimited hydroplanes.