To prove its fuel efficiency, Ford will attempt to drive a brand-new 2011 Ford Mustang V6 to accomplish 1000 laps on a single tank at Bristol Motor Speedway.
If you recall, Ford successfully drove a new 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid more than 1000 miles on one tank of gas. Jamie Allison, director of Ford's North American motorsports activities, said that while everyone knows the fun factor in driving a Mustang, today's market is also about fuel economy.
He said that the company wants to emphasize how the Mustang can be "mean and green" by being able to do 1000 laps on one of NASCAR's most popular tracks.
The Mustang V-6 has served as the pace car during the Food City 500 at the track this past weekend.
Ford sets out to challenge the car's capability in running 1,000 laps at Bristol (about 533 miles). If the Mustang does achieve its EPA-rated 31 mpg highway figure, it means that it has an estimated range of 496 miles on a single tank (16 gallons) of fuel.
The car would have to average at least 33 mpg it wants to extend that range an extra 40 miles. Since customers won't be at the track on June 23 to monitor the testing, Ford is giving them the chance to be involved by holding a guessing competition on the number of laps the Mustang will make on a single tank of gas.
From those who are able to guess correctly, a winner will be randomly selected. This winner gets a brand new 2011 Mustang V-6. You may submit your guesses at Mustang1000LapChallenge.com.