The world of motorsports is in the midst of a big push to become more consumer product relevant. Racing organizers realize that if motorsport is to continue forward, it must serve the greater good.
That’s why 2014 Formula 1 car will all be powered by four-cylinder hybrid powertrains, to use racing research and development to improve consumer cars. This stands in stark contrast to NASCAR, however, which still features carbureted engines.
Looks like Ford has taken a page from Formula 1 and included 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, similar to one powering some of its production cars, under the skin of its latest Daytona Prototype racecar.
“This engine is the future,” said Doug Yates, CEO, Roush Yates Racing Engines in a prepared statement. “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.”
“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,” added Jamie Allison, director at Ford Racing.
Although the Daytona Prototype car is slated for a racing debut at the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona, Ford will first send the EcoBoost-powered racecar to break the “World Center of Speed” lap record. Last set back in 1987, Ford Thunderbird went 210.364 mph piloted by NASCAR champion Bill Elliott.
“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.”
Update: Driver Colin Braun set new 222.971 mph single lap mark on Daytona tri-oval track, breaking 26-year-old record held by Bill Elliott and his Ford Thunderbird
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