Ford EcoBoost Prototype World Speed Records Homologated by FIA

Michael Shank Racing’s two world speed records at the Daytona International Speedway with the Ford EcoBoost/Riley Daytona Prototype have been homologated by the FIA’s Land Speed Records Commission, the International Motor Sports Association announced last week.
Ford EcoBoost Racing Prototype 1 photo
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Back in October, the race car co-developed by Ford and Riley Technologies set two world speed records for 10 miles from a standing start at 210.018 mph (337.991 km/h) and 10 kilometers from a standing start at 202.438 mph (325.792 km/h), with Colin Braun behind the steering wheels.

Additionally, Braun also broke the track’s 26-year-old speed record with an overall speed of 222.971 miles per hour (358.84 km/h), 12 mph (19.3 km/h) faster than that achieved by Bill Elliot in 1987 during qualifying for the Daytona 500.

"It is pretty cool to have the record run be homologated by the FIA," said Braun. "It was exciting to be right on the edge, and it was much tougher than I expected it was going to be to go break these records. The FIA has incredibly high standards and my hat is off to everyone at Daytona, Ford, Continental Tire, IMSA, and Michael Shank Racing for the all homework they did to prepare for the run with the new EcoBoost motor. It was a pretty exciting day for everyone and it is something I'll always remember. To have it be certified for the record books is a great reward for all the work that went into this."
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