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2011 Ford Mustang V6 hits 49mpg in 1,000 lap challenge

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.

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Brothers Performance open dyno days

What better way to recognize a worthy collective than to give back when they spend a lot of their time and resources providing valuable support.  That’s precisely what Brothers Performance will be doing with the launch of their “Saturday Show Up and Show Off / Dyno Club Day” events at both their Temecula, CA and DeLand, FL facilities.  Performance enthusiasts of the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Corvette, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, SVT Lightning, and many other performance machines are welcome to join up with their clubs to fall in the ranks of filling up a Saturday packed with free dyno runs, discounts, and a club packet (including a hat or a t-shirt).

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2010 Camp Steeda recap

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to catch a hot lapping session, you aren’t alone.  If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to participate in one, yeah, you have no strange company here and there.  All we can tell you is that in order to make it happen, you have to guts up and make it to a local track hotspot and either tear it up in your own Ford Mustang or beg for a shotgun spot to soak it up.

The guys and gals at Steeda made up a fantastic track event just recently at the 2010 Camp Steeda Driving event, presented by Track Guys at Sebring.  There are few tracks that are ever-present in a boy racer’s mind and this is exactly one of them.  The 3.7-mile course is one of the most car & driver taxing ones in any circuit, yet with a proper driver and car, can often times be the most enjoyable.

If you have any idea of what the track experience is like, you know exactly what I’m saying and you can feel it as I do.  If you don’t have a clue what a track weekend is like, then keep reading; the Steeda folks know how to put on a good show–no doubt.  Enjoy!

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Steeda 2010 racing season update

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Alright.  Spring has sprung and most every track across the nation has started hosting hot lap sessions, either professional in scope or honed in on the weekend warrior in all of us.  The official 2010 racing season is in high gear and there are many Ford Mustang racers out on the track this year.  Steeda Autosports has been helping supply many of these team cars with their top-end performance products for over 21 years and the results are proven–Steeda’s equipped teams have one more races and set more records than the competition…combined.  Reaching SCCA American Sedan Racing, NASA Camaro-Mustang Challenge Series, and the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge, Steeda has been sponsoring and tweaking Mustangs to the top podium positions season after season.

Check out more specifics on some of the individual racing teams’ trials and triumphs so far this season in the Press Release following.

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CDC Weekend Warrior to compete in 2010 Gumball 3000

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The “Undefeated” Team from Classic Design Concepts (CDC) is set to put their SEMA special to the test in the 2010 Gumball 3000 rally race.  The “Weekend Warrior” Ford Mustang , which we saw enter the stage at SEMA, is no stranger to being a dualistic track and street terror.  “The concept behind the Weekend Warrior, which we unveiled at SEMA in 2009, was to build a street legal Mustang that could also double as a track car,” said George Huisman, president of Classic Design Concepts.

The Weekend Warrior Ford Mustang is well-poised to take on the field, with add-ons including, but not limited to: Ford Racing parts, upgraded rubber on all 4 corners, Baer braking, and Maximum Motorsports suspension components.

Take a good look at the laundry list of goodies CDC has thrown onto the Weekend Warrior Mustang and wish the “Undefeated” Team from CDC good luck in the Gumball 3000 rally!

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Royal Purple Forum Wars – StangNet vs My350Z

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UPDATE:  The episode is up!  –>  http://www.theforumwars.tv/

What happens when spirited rivals are finally pitted to race against each other?  What happens when there’s sanctioned speed with the cameras rolling?  A damn good time, that’s what.  On April 5th, 2010, SPEED TV will show the full episode of the Forum Wars TV spot featuring StangNet.com against My350Z.com.  Rob Krider takes the wheel of a 2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT outfitted with Hoosier Tires, Carbotech Brake  pads, and I/O Port Racing Supplies harnesses.  Rob’s been a Ford Mustang lover for some time, with his collection ranging from a 1992 Mustang 5.0 LX notch police interceptor to a 2001 Mustang Bullitt in which he autocrossed & drifted at various SCCA events.  Over the years, he’s always counted on the StangNet site and community for a lot of his setup & technical advice on all of his Ford Mustangs.

Stay tuned to SPEED to see who comes out on top!  Until April 5th arrives, we’ll have to get by on the teaser video after the jump…

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1-off ROUSH Mustang slated for Barrett-Jackson

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ROUSH Performance is ready to rock n roll and ring in spring.  Thank goodness; we thought winter would never die.  Here comes a hot “Back in Black” & “Red Hot Chili Pepper” adorned special edition Ford Mustang, named aptly the Barrett-Jackson Edition ROUSH Mustang.  This concept car has been brought to life for debut for the  April 1st-3rd auction at Barrett-Jackson – Palm Beach and is based upon the 2010 Mustang platform with additional units to round out the production count from the 2011 Mustang pinnings.  If you aren’t able to check out the auction in person, then stay tuned to the SPEED channel to keep up to date with how far this no-reserve ROUSH Mustang auction goes.
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Ford Mustang V6 1000-lap challenge at Bristol

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It looks like the Ford crew is once again set to put their chips on the table and walk the talk very soon.  We’ve seen and heard full well the power, refinement, and efficiency standards the 2011 Ford Mustang has brought about; on June 23rd, the V6-equipped Mustang will be put through the paces at Bristol Motor Speedway (Tennessee) and take part in a 1000-lap challenge.  Big deal, right?  Well, it just might be–the 2011 Mustang V6 will be placed on the track for the lap count trial, but will only receive one tank of fuel.  So, on a half-mile track, this means the new fuel-sipping pony car by Ford will have to achieve over 500 miles on a single fueling.

Ford has set up a contest (www.Mustang1000LapChallenge.com) to help promote the excitement behind the event and allow for contestants to guess just how many laps they believe the Mustang V6 will go before running dry.  For the lucky ducks that guess the lap count spot-on, Ford will then randomly select one person who will take home their very own 2011 Ford Mustang V6.  Not bad at all!

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The heat is on – Mustang 5.0 Fever sweepstakes

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A triumphant trio of Ford Divisions (Motorcraft, Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center, and FordParts.com) have been working on something sweet.  Something to really sink your teeth into.  Something to get everyone even more excited about the return of the 5.0 in the 2011 Ford Mustang GT.  In case you’ve been under a rock, the 5.0 of tomorrow is a tweaked-out V8 pumping out 412 hp & 390 ft-lb of twisty torque; plenty to bring smiles about, especially since the car is also able to achieve a class-leading highway fuel economy rating of 25mpg.

So what’s going on?  What does Ford have in store for 0ne lucky fan?  Keep reading to find out!

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2010 Steeda Stampede North recap

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About a month ago, the first annual Steeda Stampede of Valdosta stormed the South Georgia Motosports Park with some serious Ford Mustang racing and show.  Each fall, an event dubbed the Steeda Stampede is held in Florida, so this time around, the Steeda folks decided to double the fun in 2010 and have a spring event as well.  Judging upon the huge success of this initial event, it’s sure to be a repeat affair come next year.

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