The gang at Ford Motor Company and their various corporate partners can't seem to keep their minds off of speed. This is perfectly normal, of course, when a bunch of gearheads all get together under the same roof.
Earlier this month the Ford Racing EcoBoost Daytona Prototype smashed the Daytona Speedway lap record as well as the standing ten-mile and standing ten-kilometer world speed records. The Michael Shank Racing car recorded a lap speed of 22.971 mph, crushing the old mark of 210.364 mph set by Bill Elliot in 1987 during Daytona 500 qualifying. The old record set by Elliot (in a NASCAR Ford Thunderbird) was something of a legend in racing circles, as it has stood for 26 years. The car, driven by Colin Braun, set the 10-kilometer mark of 204.438 mph and the 10-mile speed of 210.018 mph.
The Rousch Yates-prepared 3.5 V6 twin turbocharged engine uses the production-based block and heads. Ford has been quiet about horsepower figures, but considering the stock power plant pushes out 365 horsepower we can expect between 500-600 out of the racing engine. Not bad for a truck-based V6.
The prototype vehicle will be introduce to the racing world in January 2014 at the Rolex 24 hours of Daytona. If the car can hold up to the rigors of endurance racing the gang at Ford will be smiling all the way back to the showroom.