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Ford EcoBoost one day out from record speed run attempt at Daytona

Oct 8, 2013, 8:28 PM EDT

The new EcoBoost livery (Ford photo) The new EcoBoost livery (Ford photo)

Although the 2013 GRAND-AM Rolex Series season is in the books, preparations for 2014 in the merged Tudor United SportsCar Championship are well underway.

One new element of the merged series, in the Prototype class, will be the debut of Ford’s new 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost® racing engine for Daytona Prototypes. A direct-injected, twin-turbo engine may shake up the status quo in DP and Michael Shank Racing is the first team to confirm its use. Shank, a racing lifer, fielded two cars in 2013.

On Wednesday, the new engine will be put to the test from the off because the team is attempting a record speed run at Daytona International Speedway. Colin Braun will be on hand to pilot the team’s DP with the new engine and try to break the mark held by Bill Elliott, a 210.364 mph lap, in 1987. For reference, Braun wasn’t even born yet when that record was set.

“It’s really a privilege to have an opportunity to put your name in the record books like this,” Shank said in a release. “It is almost inconceivable that this record has stood for such a long time, so it’s pretty special to be involved. We worked a long time to develop our relationship with Ford to be in a position to take on projects like this. Anytime you can get in the record books, it is a great opportunity and just builds on what this company has done.”

Shank’s team won the 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2012 with Ford power, and drivers Ozz Negri, John Pew, AJ Allmendinger and Justin Wilson. The team will run at least one and possibly two DPs in the Prototype class in 2014.

  1. grimmic - Oct 8, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    I think I remember the speed record that Elliot set being 212.809mph

    • bmcgrath2 - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      I think Braun is going for the Daytona speed record, which the post doesn’t clearly state.

      • Tony DiZinno - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        Yep, it’s the Daytona oval speed record attempt. Apologies for not clearly stating.

        It’s not going to be close to the closed-course speed record though, which Gil de Ferran set in a Team Penske IndyCar 241.428 in qualifying at Fontana in 2000.

      • bmcgrath2 - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:56 PM

        Wow 241 MPH? That’s all huh?

        Seriously, imagine how fast de Ferran reached on the Fontana front-stretch on that lap. 250mph? 260mph?

  2. wallio - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Didn’t Marc Donahue break 230mph in a Penske Can-Am car? Or was that at Dega?

    • bmcgrath2 - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      Not sure. I could be wrong, but they might be running the oval with the Ford DP to try to break the DIS average MPH lap record. Donahue might have gotten up to 230 MPH on a certain section of the track, but he might not have averaged a 210 MPH lap.

  3. wallio - Oct 9, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    http://www.exoto.com/s/1/ProductDetails.aspx?Language=en&CategoryId=171&ProductId=1908

    It was Dega and it was “only” 224. But they testes at Daytona, so there’s that anyway lol. Let’s see if the ecoboost can do that.

  4. worknman24hours - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Look at the rcustom racing car Ford built to break Bill Elliots record that had stood since 1987 and check out the internet pictures of the Ford Thunderbird Stock car that Bill Elliot set the record in.

    It took balls of solid diamond titanium to drive that racing stock car that fast.

    Salute to the new Ford crew for the new record but a serious salute to Mr.Bill Elliot for an amazing record lap around Daytona in 1987 in a flying ,sliding ,skating brick.

    Not taking anything away from the people who built that Ford Thunderbird Stock car either-it must have been one hell of a thrill to drive.

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