Ford Ecoboost-powered racing car smashes speed record at Daytona

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 11, 2013

Three new speed records were set at the Daytona International Speedway by the 2014 Riley Technologies Daytona Prototype racing car powered by a Ford 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine. Its most major achievement was breaking a1984 record for the fastest single lap around Daytona. Colin Braun, who is 25 years old, was able to reach 222.971 mph in a single lap around Daytona International Speedway.

It’s better than the record set by Bill Elliot in a Ford Thunderbird of 201.364 mph. Furthermore, Braun was able to break the record for the standing ten-mile speed (210.018 mph average) and standing ten-kilometer speed (202.438 mph average). Powering the Riley racing car is a Ford 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine that’s based on the same unit used by numerous Ford and Lincoln street vehicles.

It received extensive modifications for racing use. However, the exact power outputs were not disclosed yet. In comparison, the 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor performance truck with a standard engine produces 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. The racing car that sought to beat the record received even more modifications.

Roush Yates Engines aided in modifying the Ford engine. Meanwhile, Continental Tires provided harder, lighter, low-rolling-resistance rubber. Michael Shank Racing will lead the campaign the Ford EcoBoost-powered car in the 2014 United SportsCar Championship that starts this January at Daytona. After beating the record, the team instantly started to reconfigure the car and test it on the Daytona road course. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 is currently available in the Ford F-150, Ford Explorer Sport, Ford Flex, Ford Taurus SHO, Lincoln MKS, and Lincoln MKT. [source: FOrd]

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