Peter Caughey is known as the ‘Jet Sprint King’ and with 7 world championships and 11 New Zealand Championships over a 27 year time frame, who could argue? Earlier this year Caughey captured his 11th national championship when he dominated the final round at Wanaka in April. In the midst of Cyclone Cook, Caughey battled the poor air pressure which resulted in a loss of around 100hp to snap up a classic victory.
Caughey is also the owner of Sprintec Boats, building many of the top hulls in the sport and delivering them to clients both in New Zealand and overseas. ENZED, the boat that Caughey has been campaigning for a number of years, has recently been fitted with a naturally aspirated 570ci Small Block Chev. Producing over 1000hp, this engine is the only one of its kind in the world and has been the catalyst for Caughey’s strong performances throughout the second half of the 2016/17 season. It is unusual for teams to change engines in the middle of a season; however Caughey notes that the change of power plant leaves the team in good stead for the next World Championships.
While Caughey is the man behind the wheel at events, it is a team effort that ensures the boat hits the water each race weekend. Based in North Canterbury, the support crew consists of a crew chief, technical support, social media and PR managers as well as a jet unit guru. After each victory, Caughey is quick to acknowledge the immense support from those around him.
The 2017/18 New Zealand season doesn’t start until the 4th of November; however it would take a very brave man to bet against Caughey taking out an unprecedented 12th national championship. Stay tuned to the ENZED Website where we will keep you up to date with Caughey’s 2017/18 campaign.