Ford has revealed their new Daytona prototype which is to compete 2014 during the Tudor United SportsCar Championship series. The championship the result of mixing two other North American racing series, the Rolex Sports car Series and the American Le Mans Series and is based in the United States and Canada. The Tudor Unites racing series is organized by International Sports Association (IMSA).
The manufacturer`s goals feature a continuous development of `product-relevant technology into racing` , therefore the 3.5 liter V6 EcoBoost engine will parade its performances during the 25th and 26th of January in the 2014 Rolex 24 endurance race. Jamie Allison, Ford`s Racing director stated that: `We’re proud to bring a direct-injected, twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine to the United SportsCar Championship in a field of competitive V8-powered entries. We want to show Ford EcoBoost’s capabilities as an engine that provides both performance and fuel economy, on and off the track.`
The engine is a mixture of direct injection and high efficiency and Ford describes it as an engine for the future.
Ford did not reveal details regarding the engine`s actual performances but informed that it was thoroughly tested before obtaining the green lights for participation in the championship. Endurance tests were performed at the Dynamometer Lab in Dearborn, Michigan and the carmaker worked together with Rush Yates Racing Engines `s specialists to make sure that the vehicle is fully ready for racing in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship Series.
Before the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona, Ford will also attempt to break the 210.364 mph (338.548 Km/ h) lap record set by Bill Elliott (NASCAR champion) in 1987. The attempt is programmed for the 9th of October and is the result of Ford Racing, Michael Shank Racing and Continental Tire`s merging forces. Fans will be able to continuously monitor the attempt`s progress on Ford Racing`s Twitter channel.
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