• Mar 21st 2010 at 8:33PM
  • 27
2011 Ford Mustang V6 – Click above for high-res image gallery

While true Ford Mustang fans will really only care that the new powertrains being introduced for 2011 produce substantially more power than before, Ford is equally interested in promoting their improved fuel economy. We already know about the new V6's 19 mile per gallon city and 31 mpg highway ratings from the EPA. On June 23, Ford will take a V6 Mustang to Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee and attempt to run over 1,000 laps on a single tank of gas. Bristol is one of NASCAR's old school half-mile bullrings, so that means over 500 miles on a tank.

A crew of Ford test drivers will circle the track until the tank runs dry, hopefully topping the 1,000 lap mark. During the run-up to the event people can go to www.Mustang1000LapChallenge.com and guess how many jelly beans are in the jar how many laps the Mustang will complete before it's running on fumes. Of those who guess correctly, Ford will randomly draw the name of one person who'll win a 2011 Mustang V6. Hats off to Tim for the tip.

[Source: Ford]
Show full PR text

DEARBORN, Mich., March 21, 2010 – Since first coming off the assembly line 45 years ago, Mustang has always been known for its sheer power and speed. Now you can add another element to that reputation – best-in-class fuel economy.

One year after the Ford Fusion Hybrid, America's most fuel-efficient mid-sized sedan, successfully eclipsed 1,000 miles on a single tank of gas, Ford will put its new 2011 Mustang V-6 on a similar quest as it attempts to run 1,000 laps on a single tank of gas at Bristol Motor Speedway on June 23, and they're inviting consumers to be involved.

A team of Ford engineers and celebrities will attempt to prove Mustang's ranking as the most fuel-efficient pony car to date by circling the half-mile NASCAR bullring at least 1,000 times – more than 500 miles – and highlight the 3.7L V-6 model's best-in-class 31 mpg.

Fans can be involved in the Mustang 1,000-Lap Challenge by entering a national sweepstakes in which they will guess the total number of complete laps that Mustang will complete during the Challenge. Ford has designed a specific website for fans, who can register their guess at www.Mustang1000LapChallenge.com between March 21 and June 23, 2010.

The grand prize winner will be randomly selected from all those who correctly guess the number of laps completed during the Challenge and will take home a 2011 Mustang V-6 coupe.

"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."

The Mustang 1,000-Lap Challenge will begin the morning of Wednesday, June 23 with a team of Ford test drivers continuously circling the track billed as "the world's fastest half-mile" until the vehicle runs out of fuel with a goal of surpassing 1,000-lap mark.

"To go at least 1,000 laps at Bristol means we'll be going twice as far as the NASCAR drivers do during their races, and we'll be doing it without a pit stop," said Fritz Wilke, Mustang Brand Manager.

The V-6 Mustang will be no stranger to Bristol by then, having been selected to serve as pace car for this weekend's Food City 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event.

This event is a follow-up to last year's challenge in which Ford NASCAR driver Carl Edwards participated in driving the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid a total of 1,445 miles (an average of 81.5 mpg) on a single tank of gas around Washington, D.C.

I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.

    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is very creative advertising. Imagine that, actually pulling you in to focus on the product rather than thinking they need some celebrity to sell you a wishful lifestyle.

      Myself, I think the Mustang can get 41 mpg at the optimal speed. There will be very little wind disturbance being the track is in a bowl. Then they can run all the way on the inside lane to reduce the distance traveled on each lap.

      Of course I entered ! My lap estimation is 1xxx. You didn't think I would give away the winning number!

      Even if I don't win, some smashed 3.7 V6 will be coming to a junkyard near us. That will be the new engine of choice for drivetrain swaps in smaller chassis classic cars, especially older Euro cars. That would sit real nice in my Volvo 1800ES. Lighter than the original cast iron 4 cylinder and can set it back further because it is only 3 to a bank. I would even want it in an automatic, imagine that! That 2400 pound car it would probably get 40 mpg, turn 13s in the quarter, and tear up a road course.

      • 5 Years Ago

      2010 Toyota Tundra 4.6L Regular Cab 4x2

      310HP V-8, 26.4 gallon tank x 20 mpg hwy = 528 miles = 990 laps

      ...and you can do it without even touching the gas pedal.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's with the two pictures of some random wires in the gallery?
      • 5 Years Ago
      16 gallon tank / 1000 laps * 0.5 miles = 31.25 miles per gallon

      Its a real exciting race!!!!! /sarcasm
      • 5 Years Ago
      I see the Mustang haters are out in force.
      Lets see an import with 300hp from the factory do it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool, but sucks its required to have junk mail sent to you :(
        • 5 Years Ago
        I unchecked the first box and hit submit and I was like... ohh you son of a....

        anyways 1023 FTW
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its good to know that the new v6 has other appeals other than great looks. it now has a great engine with great fuel efficiency. The time I bought my first mustang (04 mustang) the v6 was not even on in my options and now with this one, the v6 has a 40% chance that I could chose it over the GT.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oooh. I almost cared....
      • 5 Years Ago
      The track is technically .533 miles long so if you want 1000 laps it has to go 533 miles. which puts it a gallon short. although they know the optimal speed and RPM to run the car so i can imagine they will make it without any major problems. I wouldn't be surprised if they pull off 33 mpg to complete the 1000 laps.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey FORD there sold in CANADA as well Guess that is are thanks Cant enter the contest Typical of the Big 3
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not eligible, but I would put in 1189. Maybe I'm an optimist.
      • 5 Years Ago
      paul34 - too late : http://www.offtopicblog.com/
      haha sorry, I had to check...
    • Load More Comments