What happens when you mix a group of die-hard Ford engineers, a renowned oval track, and a bone-stock 2011 Ford Mustang V6? You get some fine folks out to make a mark in history and put their hooves to the pavement, making history for the legendary pony car. Most of the time, a Ford Mustang rider is out for pure speed, cornering, lap times, or straight-line bursts of adrenaline. This time, on June 23rd, 2010, a team of Ford fanatics were out for one thing and one thing only; economy. Wait. What?
Yes, the 1,000 mile lap challenge held at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee pitted a base 2011 Mustang against, who else, but itself and its own design & engineering specifications. The goal: see just how far the V6 Mustang could go on just one tank of fuel. Well, after over twelve and a half ours after the green flag, the Mustang covered 1,457 laps with an average speed of 43.9 mph and the 16-gallon fuel tank was sipped at a miserly 48.9 mpg. That’s right, folks–the new Mustang V6, sporting 305hp, was able to eek out compact and sub-compact fuel economy numbers…in a sterile environment. Either way, who cares? This just goes to show how well Ford and its team have it together in this latest pony car installment.
Keep reading to catch the official Ford press release as well as a video clip showing some highlights of the 1,000 lap challenge.