Intent on promoting the class-leading fuel economy of its new 2011 Mustang with the 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine, Ford has announced plans for a unique econo enduro at one of NASCAR's top short tracks. The goal is to see if a Mustang V6 can run 1000 laps or more around Bristol Motor Speedway, aka "the world's fastest half mile," on a single tank of gasoline. Given the car's 16.0 gallon fuel capacity and its EPA rating of 31 mpg on the highway, the theoretical limit is 496 miles. However, since Bristol officially measures out to 0.533 miles, the distance bogey actually is 533. However, with a bit of applied econo-optimization techniques, finding a way to make up the difference somewhere along the way hardly seems out of the question.
The 2011 Ford Mustang V6 is no stranger to Bristol, having served as the pace car for this weekend's Food City 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup event. However, expect speeds for the June 23rd Mustang 1000-lap Challenge to be a tad less racy. Ford has confirmed that the team of pilots for this endeavor will consist of various in-house engineers and celebrities, but gave no other details.
To make things a bit more interesting for those not behind the wheel, Ford also announced a national sweepstakes that will allow one lucky entrant who correctly guesses the exact number of laps the car will complete before running out of gas an opportunity to win a 2011 Mustang V6. Complete details are available at Mustang1000LapChallenge.com and registration will remain open until June 23rd.
"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."