Although the American company went to great extent to establish the EcoBoost name as a synonym to the latest fuel-saving powertrain technology, the technology is not without power, as it recently demonstrated, by establishing a new speed record at Florida’s legendary Daytona speedway.
A prototype race car using a specially modified 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 turned in a single lap speed record of 222.971 mph (358.837 km/h) on the big Daytona oval, besting a 26-year-old record set by NASCAR champ Bill Elliott while qualifying for the 1987 Daytona 500 – coincidentally in a Ford Thunderbird.
“It was a challenging day,” said driver Colin Braun of his record run in the EcoBoost Daytona Prototype. “There was a lot of work put in by a lot of people to accomplish these records. The power in the new EcoBoost engine was incredible, and it was amazing how fast it came up to speed on the runs.”
At nearly 223 mph, Braun lapped the Daytona circuit in just 40.364 seconds. And he wound up setting several other records before pulling back into the pits, including a world speed record for 10 miles from a standing start, at an average 210.01 mph, as well as a 10-kilometer record of 202.438 mph.
The real test will come next year when the Roush Yates-build Daytona Prototype has to go up against a field of competitors, as it will be entered in the new Tudor United SportsCar Championship which next year combines the old American LeMans and Grand Am race series.
by Aurel Niculescu
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