Ford Riley Prototype EcoBoost-Powered Race Car Unveiled
Ford’s new competition engine, a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6, will make its official track debut at the 2014 24 Hours of Daytona (January 25-26) in a Riley Technologies prototype that was designed with aerodynamic support from Ford Racing.
But before running at Daytona, the new Ford Riley prototype will be used in an attempt to beat the track’s top speed record, which stands at 210.3 mph since 1987. Michael Shank Racing, Ford Racing and Continental Tire will team up to try and set a new benchmark on October 9.
"At Ford Racing, we really put great emphasis on racing production-based vehicles as well as production-based technologies," says Jamie Allison, director of Ford Racing. "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."
❐ Check out the Ford Riley EcoBoost prototype photo gallery