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Ford has been preaching the gospel of its EcoBoost turbo engines for years, and, now, the American carmaker is putting action to its words as it readies its EcoBoost to break the speed record at Daytona International Speedway next week.

Ford’s race car will be fitted with a 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine that is close to being the same powerplant found within many of its street-ready vehicles. The talking heads at Ford say the October 9th attempt will show the world just how awesome its EcoBoost engines are at being powerful and fuel efficient.

The race itself will be handled by the Ford Racing motorsport unit along with Continental Tire and the Michael Shank Racing team. Ford’s hope is that the car will top the average speed of 210.364 mph laid down by NASCAR champion Bill Elliott way back in 1987, just a few years after the motorcar was invented I believe.

[Image:  Michael Shank Racing]


About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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