We like carburetors, they are an incredibly efficient, simple and effective system to atomize a mixture of air and fuel into an engine, and that's why they lasted over 100 years. The first patent for a carburetor dates back to 1883, by Karl Benz (yes, of Mercedes Benz fame) and predates even the internal combustion engine. And they have evolved like all systems do when hundreds of engineers spend time perfecting them. The modern carburetor is a far more sophisticated device than the original ones while retaining the simplicity of operation that makes a carburetor so easy to use, own and maintain. Our marine carburetors are custom made by a company that is at the pinnacle of carburetor innovation and production, Quick Fuel Technologies, and they are carefully calibrated by our assemblers for the specific architecture of our engines and the conditions of the marine environment. Our carburetors are the best of this technology and a far cry from the older models which were polluting, gas guzzling monsters. A Medusa engine fitted with a QFT carburetor burns cleanly, efficiently and achieves the same AFR (Air to Fuel Ratio) of an Electronic Injection System at cruising speed, making both equally fuel efficient and capable of the same power output.
And yes, we also like Fuel Injection, it is a more effective way to control fuel economy and the manners of an engine, mostly because all engine parameters can be measured and changed through the ECU unit. But with this capacity to tweak so many factors affecting engine operation comes increased complexity, more running parts, a fuel delivery system that is vastly more prone to failure AND higher operational costs. And while our EFI systems are made by Holley, the same company that provides the fuel injection used on NASCAR, we still stand by our assessment that, for the marine environment, the advantages of EFI over carburetor are so minimal as to be negated by the higher expense.
So, with that in mind, the Medusa owner can choose either system based on other factors, but when it comes to the horsepower and torque figures we promote for our engines, let it be known that either version is capable of achieving those numbers.