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On Tuesday, June 23, a group of Ford engineers hit the track at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee in a completely stock 2011 Mustang V6. When Mustangs are on a track, usually the drivers are in search of outright speed, but that wasn't the case this time around. Instead the team of five drivers alternated every hour to see how far they could make the Mustang go on just one tank of gas. The new 3.7-liter V6 in the Mustang is rated at 305 horsepower and 30 mpg on the highway, and the team's goal was to cover 1,000 laps of the 0.533-mile "bull-ring" track.

Twelve and a half hours after they started, the car rolled to stop having covered 1,457 laps at an average speed of 43.9 miles per hour. The 16-gallon tank had been depleted at the rate of 48.5 miles per gallon. Not bad for a 305-hp sport coupe, and as they say, your mileage will vary. A lot.


  • 06/23/10 Bristol, Tn. - Tim Duerr, Ford Racing Marketing Manager, throws the checkered flag as NASCAR driver David Ragan crosses the start/finish line completeing the one-thousandth lap in the Mustang 1000 Lap Challenge in which a 2011 Mustang V6 attempted to complete 1000 laps or 533 miles at Bristol Motor Speedway on a single tank of fuel. With a quarter tank of fuel remaining on the one-thousandth lap, the decision was made to continue running the V6 Mustang until it ran out fuel. �2010, Paul Webb
  • 06/23/10 Bristol, Tn. - Ford Nascar driver David Ragan laps the 2011 Ford Mustang V6 during the Mustang 1000 Lap Challenge, an attempt to drive more than 1,000 laps, or 533 miles, at Bristol Motor Speedway on a single tank of fuel. �2010, Paul Webb
  • 06/23/10 Bristol, Tn. Ford Mustang engineer Seong Park about to take the 2011 Ford Mustang V6 for it's second stint of the day. �2010, Paul Webb
  • 06/23/10 Bristol, Tn. - Ford NASCAR driver David Ragan celebrates after passing the one thousand lap mark in the Mustang 1000 Lap Challenge in which a team of Ford engineers attempt to drive a 2011 Mustang V6 1000 laps or 533 miles around Bristol Motor Speedway on a single tank of fuel. �2010, Paul Webb
  • 06/23/10 Bristol, Tn. Ford Mustang engineer Jonathan Mehl prepares for his first stint in the Ford Mustang 1000 Lap Challenge. �2010, Paul Webb
  • 06/23/10 Bristol, Tn. The stock 2011 Ford Mustang V6 during the Mustang 1000 Lap Challenge at Bristol Motor Speedway. �2010, Paul Webb
  • 06/23/10 Bristol, Tn. A stock 2011 Ford Mustang V6 prior to attempting 1000 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway on a single tank of fuel. �2010, Paul Webb
  • 06/23/10 Bristol, Tn. The stock 2011 Ford Mustang V6 prior to the Mustang 1000 Lap Challenge at Bristol Motor Speedway. �2010, Paul Webb
  • 06/23/10 Bristol, Tn. Ford Mustang engineer Carl Ek packs as much fuel as possible into the stock 2011 Ford Mustang V6 prior to the Mustang 1000 Lap Challenge at Bristol Motor Speedway. �2010, Paul Webb
  • 06/23/10 Bristol, Tn. Ford Mustang engineer Tom Barnes completes the first lap of the Ford Mustang 1000 Lap Challenge. �2010, Paul Webb
  • 06/23/10 Bristol, Tn. The stock 2011 Ford Mustang V6 doing laps during the Ford Mustang 1000 Lap Challenge at Bristol Motor Speedway. �2010, Paul Webb
  • 06/23/10 Bristol, Tn. The stock 2011 Ford Mustang V6 turning laps during the Ford Mustang 1000 Lap Challenge. �2010, Paul Webb
  • 06/23/10 Bristol, Tn. - Ford NASCAR driver David Ragan talks with Ford Mustang engineer and fellow Mustang Challenge driver Tom Barnes during a brief driver change pit stop during the Mustang 1000 Lap Challenge, an attempt to drive more than 1,000 laps, or 533 miles, at Bristol Motor Speedway on a single tank of fuel. �2010, Paul Webb
  • 06/23/10 Bristol, Tn. - Ford NASCAR driver David Ragan signs his name to the sealed fuel door on the 2011 Ford Mustang V6 during the Mustang 1000 Lap Challenge, an attempt to drive more than 1,000 laps, or 533 miles, at Bristol Motor Speedway on a single tank of fuel. �2010, Paul Webb
  • 06/23/10 Bristol, Tn. - Ford NASCAR driver David Ragan hands over the 2011 Mustang V6 to Ford Mustang engineer Carl Ek during the Mustang 1000 Lap Challenge, an attempt to drive more than 1,000 laps, or 533 miles, at Bristol Motor Speedway on a single tank of fuel. �2010, Paul Webb
  • 06/23/10 Bristol, Tn. - Celebrating lap one thousand of the Mustang 1000 Lap Challenge with the Mustang V6 are (l -r), Mustang engineers Jonathan Mehl and Seong Park, Ford NASCAR driver David Ragan, and Mustang engineers Tom Barnes and Carl Ek. �2010, Paul Webb
  • 06/23/10 Bristol, Tn. - The 2011 Mustang V6 on track at Bristol Motor Speedway as part of the Mustang 1000 Lap Challenge in which a group of Ford engineers are attempting to drive 1000 laps or 533 miles on a single tank of fuel. �2010, Paul Webb
  • 06/23/10 Bristol, Tn. - Ford NASCAR driver David Ragan gives a thumbs up as he climbs into the 2011 Mustang V6 as he prepares to surpass the 1000 lap mark on a single tank of fuel in the Mustang 1000 Lap Challenge at Bristol Motor Speedway. �2010, Paul Webb
  • 06/23/10 Bristol, Tn. - Mustang engineer Seong Park is congratulated by Tim Duerr of Ford Racing after the 2011 Mustang V6 finally coasted to a stop on the backstretch of Bristol Motor Speedway after completeing 1,457 laps and averaging better than 48 MPG over the distance of the Mustang 1000 Lap Challenge. �2010, Paul Webb
  • 06/23/10 Bristol, Tn. - Pointing to their signatures on the sealed fuel tank, members of the Mustang 1000 Lap Challenge driving team celebrate after the 2011 Mustang V6 ran out of fuel after 1,457 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway. l-r Seong Park - Mustang engineer, Jonathan Mehl - Mustang engineer, Tim Duerr - Ford Racing, Carl Ek - Mustang engineer and Tom Barnes - Mustang engineer. �2010, Paul Webb
  • 06/23/10 Bristol, Tn. - Members of the Mustang 1000 Lap Challenge driving team celebrate after completing the 1000 Lap Challenge at Bristol Motor Speedway early Thursday morning. The 2011 Mustang V6 logged 1,457 laps for 776.581 miles and an average of 48.536 mpg after running for nearly 18 hours. l-r Tim Duerr - Ford Racing, Seong Park - Mustang engineer, Jonathan Mehl - Mustang engineer, Tom Barnes - Mustang engineer, Carl Ek - Mustang engineer. �2010, Paul Webb

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MUSTANG V-6 AVERAGES 48.5 MPG; RUNS 1,457 LAPS AT BRISTOL ON A SINGLE TANK OF GAS

* The 2011 Ford Mustang V-6 sets a new record by averaging 48.5 mpg on a track while completing 1,457 laps with an average speed of 43.9 mph
* Mustang is powered by a new 3.7-liter V-6 engine that uses advanced engineering and technology to deliver great performance and fuel economy
* More than 51,000 entries were received for the Mustang 1,000 Lap Challenge with 22 entries guessing the winning number of laps
* A team of five drivers, including four Ford Mustang engineers and Ford NASCAR star David Ragan, drove the Mustang during its record run

Mustang 1,000 Lap Challenge

BRISTOL, TN., June 24, 2010 – The 2011 Ford Mustang, which made history when it became the first car ever to deliver more than 30 mpg and 305 horsepower, has set a new record by running 1,457 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway while averaging 48.5 mpg.

The Mustang 1,000 Lap Challenge was designed to demonstrate that a stock production Mustang V-6 could run 1,000 laps and 533 miles on a single of tank of fuel. With the aid of fuel efficient driving techniques by Ford engineers, the Mustang far surpassed its goal of 1,000 laps.

"To see a Mustang post average fuel economy of 48.5 mpg while running at Bristol is impressive," said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. "The new V-6 engine along with the advanced six-speed transmission in the car is a key element in delivering both fuel economy and performance for Mustang."

Ford is committed to being a fuel economy leader in every segment it competes in and Mustang's leads in its class along with other Ford fuel economy leaders like the Ford Fiesta, Fusion Hybrid and new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, America's most fuel efficient luxury sedan.

The Challenge team, which included NASCAR star David Ragan and four Ford Mustang engineers, completed the challenge in 17 hours and 40 minutes, showing off the 2011 Mustang V-6's class-leading fuel economy by averaging 48.5 mpg over the course of the 776.5 miles logged during the Challenge. That distance is more than the two complete NASCAR Sprint Cup events that take place in Bristol every year.

Ragan pushed the Mustang past the 1,000-lap mark at 7:26 p.m., 12 hours and 26 minutes into the Challenge, but the car wasn't close to being out of fuel. Mustang engineer Seong Park was behind the wheel when it finally came to a halt (on the backstretch) of the famed NASCAR track at 12:41 a.m. local time.

Other Mustang Challenge team drivers included Tom Barnes, Jonathan Mehl and Carl Ek, who along with Park, rotated through one-hour driving stints during the event, which took place at the world's fastest half-mile track.

"When we hit 1,000 laps we still had a quarter of a tank of gas left," said David Ragan, driver of the No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing, and the man who drove the 2011 V-6 Mustang past the 1,000 lap mark. "The last driving stint before I passed 1,000 laps I was averaging 43.7 miles a gallon and that is unbelievable. These guys have run the distance of more than two Sprint Cup races at Bristol and they still have fuel left. Congratulations to everyone behind the Mustang and to everyone at Ford, because this 2011 Mustang V-6 is really something special."

A team of Ford engineers prepared for the challenge by implementing fuel efficient driving tips like minimizing the use of air conditioning, steady and consistent driving, avoiding sudden stops/starts and by keeping the RPMs low. The engine in the Mustang is powered by a lightweight, all-aluminum 3.7-liter dual-overhead-cam (DOHC) V-6 engine that uses advanced engineering to deliver its combination of power and economy. Twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) adjusts the valve train in microseconds depending on driver inputs, further contributing to the engine's overall efficiency. The Mustang used in the challenge is a stock production vehicle that can be purchased through a Ford dealer.

"This is beyond our wildest dreams," said Tom Barnes, the lead engineer for the Ford Mustang 1,000 Lap Challenge. "There have been a lot of people who have done a lot of things in preparing this 2011 Mustang V-6 to run the Mustang 1,000 Lap Challenge and have the success we have had today. It was great when we went past the 1,000 lap mark with David, but nobody could ever imagine that we still had five hours ahead of us. This is a fantastic feeling and it shows again what a great car the 2011 Mustang V-6 is."

More than 51,000 consumers registered their guesses for the event at www.mustang1000lapchallenge.com. One lucky consumer that correctly guessed 1,457 laps will be randomly drawn from all correct entries and will win their own 2011 Mustang V-6.


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