|2011 Mustang V6 To Go On A 1000 Lap Challenge
Since first coming off the assembly line 45 years ago, Mustang has always been known for its sheer power and speed. Now another element has been added to that reputation, the best in class fuel economy. One year after the Ford Fusion Hybrid, America's most fuel efficient mid-sized sedan, successfully eclipsed 1,000 miles on a single tank of gas, Ford will put its new 2011 Mustang V6 on a similar quest as it attempts to run 1,000 laps on a single tank of gas at Bristol Motor Speedway on June 23, and you're invited to get involved!.
A team of Ford engineers and celebrities will attempt to prove Mustang's ranking as the most fuel efficient pony car by circling the 1/2 mile Nascar track at least 1,000 times (more than 500 miles!) and highlight the 3.7L V6 model's best in class 31mpg fuel economy.
Fans can be involved in the Mustang 1,000 Lap Challenge by entering a national sweepstakes in which they will guess the total number of laps the Mustang will complete during the challenge. Ford has designed a specific website for fans, who can register their guess at Mustang1000LapChallenge.com between March 21 and June 23, 2010. The grand prize winner will be randomly selected from all those who correctly guess the number of laps completed during the Challenge and will take home a 2011 Mustang V6 coupe.
"We all know how much fun it is to drive Mustang, but in today's market it's also about fuel economy," said Jamie Allison, director, Ford North America Motorsports. "By going 1,000 laps or more on one of Nascar's most popular tracks, we expect to show that when it comes to Mustang, you can be mean and green."
The Mustang 1,000-Lap Challenge will begin the morning of Wednesday, June 23 with a team of Ford test drivers continuously circling the track billed as "the world's fastest half-mile" until the vehicle runs out of fuel with a goal of surpassing 1,000-lap mark. "To go at least 1,000 laps at Bristol means we'll be going twice as far as the Nascar drivers do during their races, and we'll be doing it without a pit stop," said Fritz Wilke, Mustang Brand Manager.
This event is a follow-up to last year's challenge in which Ford Nascar driver Carl Edwards participated in driving the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid a total of 1,445 miles (an average of 81.5 mpg) on a single tank of gas around Washington, D.C.
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