- A Ford EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 race engine will power a new Daytona Prototype racing car, as Ford promotes its fuel-efficient engine brand in front of racing fans.
- The engine will debut at the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
- Next week, the car will take a shot at the NASCAR speed record of 210.364 mph set by Bill Elliott on the Daytona trioval in 1987.
DEARBORN, Michigan — A Ford EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 race engine will power a new Daytona Prototype racing car, as Ford promotes its fuel-efficient engine brand in front of racing fans.
Ford will introduce its EcoBoost race engine at the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona, the season opener for the newly merged United SportsCar Championship January 25-26.
Michael Shank Racing is the first team to sign on with Ford to use the new power plant, which is part of Ford's EcoBoost line of turbocharged, direct-injection inline-4 and V6 engines that are used in various vehicles in the manufacturer's product line.
The car will be at Daytona International Speedway next week. It will run the 2.5-mile NASCAR oval instead of the 3.56-mile road course in an attempt to break the NASCAR speed record of 210.364 mph set by Bill Elliott in a Ford Thunderbird in qualifying for the 1987 Daytona 500. Colin Braun will be the driver.
The Shank team, based in Columbus, Ohio, will field an all-new Daytona Prototype racecar developed by Riley Technologies in collaboration with Ford Racing's chief aerodynamicist, Bernie Marcus, with Ford production designer Garen Nicoghosian's input regarding design cues from Ford vehicles.
"Ford Motor Company has taken today's Daytona Prototype and injected into it unique Ford attributes and unique Ford design characteristics," said Ford Racing Director Jamie Allison. "This EcoBoost-powered car is obviously adapted for racing applications with racing controls, but ultimately we're running what we're selling and selling what we're running."
The Daytona race will be the debut event for the new road racing series that resulted from the merger of the American Le Mans and Grand American Road Racing series.
"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," Allison said. "We want to show Ford EcoBoost's capabilities as an engine that provides both performance and fuel economy, on and off the track."
Edmunds says: Up and down the spectrum of motorsports, participating manufacturers continue to ramp up the connection between their production vehicles and the equipment that represents their brand in auto-racing competition. This will be a high-profile appearance of the EcoBoost brand.