Ford has disclosed plans to bring its 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost racing engine to the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series. The 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost racing engine beneath the hood of a new-look Daytona Prototype car will have its debut at the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona on Jan. 25-26, 2013 and will participate in the entire 12-race season.
Michael Shank Racing will be the first team to fit the EcoBoost racing engine inside its DP car. Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing, remarked that they place “great emphasis” on racing production-based vehicles as well as production-based technologies.
Allison added that they are proud to bring a direct-injected, twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine to the United SportsCar Championship in a field of competitive V8-powered entries, adding that they want to show Ford EcoBoost’s capabilities as an engine that provides both performance and fuel economy, on and off the track.
Doug Yates, chief executive of Roush Yates Racing Engines, remarked that the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost is “in the future” as it includes all the newest technologies – direct injection, turbocharging and high efficiency.
He said that they are looking at taking the engine to the next level through this sports car racing program. The 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost will sit under the hood of a new Ford-inspired Riley Technologies Daytona Prototype. The DP’s body features improved Ford production vehicle design cues as created by lead Ford production designer Garen Nicoghosian, with aerodynamic support from Ford Racing chief aerodynamicist Bernie Marcus.
“It’s really a privilege to have an opportunity to put your name in the record books like this,” says team owner Mike Shank. “It is almost inconceivable that this record has stood for such a long time, so it’s pretty special to be involved. We worked a long time to develop our relationship with Ford to be in a position to take on projects like this. Anytime you can get in the record books, it is a great opportunity and just builds on what this company has done.” [source: Ford]