Ford is proud to have a new engine that will hit race tracks worldwide. Called the EcoBoost, the 3.5-liter V6 will debut at the Daytona International Speedway during the “World Center of Speed” Oct. 9, 2013. Michael Shank Racing, with Colin Braun behind the wheel, will be the first team to power a car with the all-new race engine.
With Colin Braun behind the wheel, the Michael Shank Racing team will attempt a record run speed test at Daytona International Speedway Oct. 9. The “World Center of Speed” had its last record of 210.364 mph lap laid down Feb. 9, 1987, by NASCAR champion Bill Elliott. The Nicoghosian designed car will take the track October 8, weather permitting, at 8 a.m. to start building up speed for the record attempt.
“It’s really a privilege to have an opportunity to put your name in the record books like this,” Mike Shank, the team owner, said. “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.”
The EcoBoost engine is set to race in an exclusive 2014 Riley Technologies Daytona Prototype car. The designed body features a new look with Ford production cues and aerodynamic support. The car will be set to race in the upcoming 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Designed by lead Ford production designer Garen Nicoghosian and from Ford Racing chief aerodynamicist Bernie Marcus, this car is sure to give the EcoBoost that extra speed necessary to win.
“At Ford Racing, we really put great emphasis on racing production-based vehicles as well as production-based technologies,” Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing, said. “We’re 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. We want to show Ford EcoBoost’s capabilities as an engine that provides both performance and fuel economy, on and off the track.”
“This engine is the future,” says Doug Yates, CEO, Roush Yates Racing Engines. “This Ford EcoBoost engine includes all the newest technologies – direct injection, turbocharging and high efficiency. We’re looking at taking it to the next level through this sports car racing program.”
To see the Daytona Prototype car, powered by the all-new EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6, take on its first race, be sure to check-out the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona Jan. 25-26. If you can’t get time for that first race, the car will be a part of the entire 12-race season.