Although the American company went to great extent to establish the EcoBoost name as a synonym to the latest fuel-saving powertrain technology, there’s still power inside, as it recently demonstrated, establishing a new speed record at Florida’s legendary Daytona speedway.
A prototype race car that employed a tuned up version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 went on and posted a single lap speed record of 222.971 mph (358.837 km/h) on the big Daytona oval, managing to overshadow a running 26-year-old record set by NASCAR champ Bill Elliott as he was qualifying for the 1987 Daytona 500 – coincidentally in another Ford model, the 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 completed the Daytona circuit in just 40.364 seconds. Besides that, he also managed to sett several other records before he decided to head back into the pits, including a world speed record for completing 10 miles from a standing start, at an average of 210.01 mph, as well as a 10-kilometer record of 202.438 mph.