Some mighty machines have lapped the banks of the Daytona International Speedway over the years: thunderous V8-powered stock cars, Le Mans-conquering Group C prototypes, open-wheel Champ Cars, knee-dragging superbikes... heck, the infield lake has even hosted powerboat racing. But this – this is the fastest car ever to lap the legendary raceway.

What you're looking at is the new Daytona Prototype being prepared by Riley Technologies for the new United SportsCar Championship. The car, released just last week, is powered by a new 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 from Ford's EcoBoost family, and just obliterated the top speed at the track with a blistering 222.971 miles per hour through the traps.

That's enough to annihilate the previous record that was set, also under Ford power, by Bill Elliott while placing his Thunderbird on pole for the 1987 Daytona 500 that he would go on to win. His 210.364 mph record had stood for 26 years until now.

While they were at it, Colin Braun and the team at Michael Shank Racing also took the records for standing starts at 10 miles and 10 kilometers, further cementing their status as the new Kings of Speed at Daytona.
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FORD ECOBOOST V6 ENGINE POWERS COLIN BRAUN, MICHAEL SHANK RACING TO NEW SPEED RECORDS AT DAYTONA

- Ford's technologically advanced 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost® race engine helps set three new speed records at Daytona International Speedway
- Colin Braun drives to new 222.971 mph single lap mark on Daytona tri-oval, breaking 26-year-old record held by Bill Elliott and his Ford Thunderbird
- Michael Shank Racing also sets new standing start 10-mile and standing start 10-kilometer records

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 9, 2013– After 26 years, there's a new King of Speed at Daytona International Speedway.

Colin Braun drove a Riley Technologies Daytona Prototype race car, powered by the new 3.5-liter, V-6 Ford EcoBoost race engine, to a new Daytona single lap speed record of 222.971 mph during a special record run attempt today, topping the 26-year-old speed record of 210.364 mph set by Bill Elliott in a Ford Thunderbird during qualifying for the 1987 Daytona 500.

Braun and the Michael Shank Racing team also set new world speed records for 10 miles from a standing start (210.018 mph average), and 10 kilometers from a standing start (202.438 mph average). All times from today's session are subject to Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) homologation.

Braun, at 25 years of age, wasn't even born when Elliott set the previous speed record. But he knows the significance of what was accomplished during today's speed trials.

"It was a challenging day," said Braun afterward. "There was a lot of work put in by a lot of people to accomplish these records. The power in the new EcoBoost engine was incredible, and it was amazing how fast it came up to speed on the runs.

"Our first run this morning was 209 mph, and it was an edgy drive at that speed. I can only imagine how edgy it was for Bill Elliott doing those speeds in his Thunderbird stock car. But our crew kept working and adjusting on it, and it was a great feeling coming down pit road after the record runs and seeing how happy everyone was."

The new Ford EcoBoost engine was prepared for the record run by Ford Racing engine partner Roush Yates Engines, and Continental Tires did a special tire for the run that was lighter and had less rolling resistance than the standard race tire, along with a harder compound than the tire used for a typical road course race.

Both the new car and new twin-turbo engine will compete in the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship that kicks off with the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.

"It's a very proud day for all of us at Ford," said Allison. "To take a Ford EcoBoost race engine that is basically production technology, and to beat speed records that have been on the books for decades really says something for our new engine and the program we launched last week.

"It's a great way to kick off a new era of EcoBoost and sports car racing for Ford in the 2014 United SportsCar Championship, and we couldn't have done it without Shank and his team, and the team at Roush Yates."

"We've been working on this for probably nine or 10 months," said team owner Michael Shank. "We did a first shakedown of the car and engine last January and we saw the potential even then of what it may do. For someone like me, to come from where I started in racing to be part of this today at Daytona, is just so cool.

"We're so excited about the Ford EcoBoost engine. It's relevant, production technology from Ford coming into a race program, and we need more of that in racing."

"This is an engine project we started probably two years ago," said John Maddox, road racing program manager, Roush Yates Engines. "There has been a lot of hard work by a lot of people to get it to where it is today, but this EcoBoost engine is relevant, state-of-the-art production technology in racing, and it brings with it power and high efficiency in the same package.

"When we broke the track speed record today with it, well, that was big. But to come back and set two world speed records that have been around since 1979 ... well, that's something you can tell the grandkids some day."

Preparation for the 2014 USCC season began almost immediately after today's record run. After switching the car over from an oval configuration, the MSR team took to the Daytona road course for the first test of the new car and EcoBoost engine on the track where it will debut in January.


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      mylexicon
      • 1 Year Ago
      The speed record is a great accomplishment for Ford and Colin Braun. The speed record is basically meaningless for Daytona Prototypes. When the car shows up at 24hr of Daytona, it will be detuned and its performance will be equalized with the other Daytona Prototypes. Michael Shank will drive the car for 24hrs straight, and no one with a brain will care b/c Daytona Prototype racing is about as real as the Jersey Shore.
        JanP
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mylexicon
        The speed record may be meaningless, but DP racing has been good in the last couple of years. The 2013 DP field in Grand Am was bigger than all ALMS prototypes combined (LMP1, LMP2, and the spec LMPC), and there was lots of close racing. The title fight went to the last race. My biggest objection to DP racing were the ugly bodies used before 2012.
      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another reason why Ford is the best domestic engine builder. Ford is also ranked 2nd in the total wins in the world of "World Championship Grand Prix" wins by an engine manufacturer. Even beating out Renault and second to Ford arch enemy, Ferrari. Nicely done.
        mylexicon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        I'm proud of Ford for funding an F1 engine program, but it was Keith Duckworth and other British engineers who designed and built the all-conquering Cosworth DFV.
          IOMTT
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mylexicon
          Exactly. Cosworth were pioneers with DOHC 4 valve head design back in the 60\'s. To be fair, Chevrolet did the same thing with ChampCar with badging an Illmor V8 with the bowtie.
          protovici
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mylexicon
          Correction - I mean to say "mid 1900's."
          IOMTT
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mylexicon
          @protovici, you realize Ferrari as a make did not begin until after WW2. Enzo Ferrari, ran a race team running other Italian makes such as Alfa Romeo after WW1. Ford and Ferrari as makes really did not go head to head until the heated battles in 1960\'s endurance racing. And just add fuel to the fire, the GT40 is basically an Eric Broadley (Lola) design. I give Ford massive credit for finding the right partners, but credit needs to be assigned to those individuals due credit.
        morning_glory1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        And yet GM continues to provide more engines for racing than all other manufactures combined.
          dukeisduke
          • 1 Year Ago
          @morning_glory1
          Quantity does not equal quality.
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @morning_glory1
          Ah, THATS the reason they needed the bailout....mis-directed funds.....
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @morning_glory1
          sorry...low blow...
          protovici
          • 1 Year Ago
          @morning_glory1
          @Morning_GloryHole_Eater - GM builds good STREET engines. Ford has a proven track record in World racing series. Hard to bet bro.
      IOMTT
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would wager an unrestricted Sprint Cup Fusion would be faster than 222. Any takers?
      ImpulseGTO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nobody's beat the record since 1987 because nobody tries. They just took a swing at it for publicity for the ecoboost motor. Ford does anything for attention and especially with that ecoboost.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ImpulseGTO
        yeah...you need to read.........Preparation for the 2014 USCC season began almost immediately after today\'s record run. After switching the car over from an oval configuration, the MSR team took to the Daytona road course for the first test of the new car and EcoBoost engine on the track where it will debut in January...................so anyon ethat races is just after attention?.....
          amerifight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          I don't care...every car co does things for attention. This engine is cool and might be a smart move for Ford, better than beating a dead horse to death by constantly re thinking a single cam v8. I am hoping the ecoboost platform will eventually lead to a tiny turbo v8.
        A P
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ImpulseGTO
        Ummmmm, dont know much about the car biz do you? EVERY car maker wants and needs attention...DUH Why not stick to Better Homes and Gardens?
      Abe
      • 1 Year Ago
      This whole thing is misleading! The Daytona Prototype machines are designed for racing the infield track at Daytona. The Ecoboost car was obviously running the tri-oval course. There are lots of cars capable of racing at those speeds in the ALMS and Grand Am prototype categories. There's nothing special about this car compared to other Daytona Prototypes or ALMS Protoypes. Put a LMP Audi, Pugeot, possibly even a C6R on the tri-oval and it'll race similar speeds.
        ImpulseGTO
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Abe
        Abe is right. There's really nothing special about it. Any of the cars in its class can do the same if it was on the oval. But guess what? THEY DONT RACE ON THE OVAL! So the whole speed run record breaking deal was for marketing and publicity.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ImpulseGTO
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          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ImpulseGTO
          Aaron....doesnt phase me in the slightest, would be nice to see who the culprits are though...along with an edit button...AUTOBLOG?......sure would stop some of the childish spite for sure....
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ImpulseGTO
          this want racing...it was a speed run...how well it does remains to be seen.....however, you seem to forget, this drivetrain has a lot more in common with an off the shelf factory unit than most, and its a development mule which will hopefully inspire trickle down tech to the regular 3.5 eco....
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Abe
        yeah, none of those cars are special in the slightest....
        JanP
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Abe
        Of course the speed record is a minor publicity stunt. You couldn't pay to Audi to come to set a new speed record because they just don't care. However, I think it's fitting that the Daytona Speedway speed record is set by a _Daytona_ Prototype. This particular car is certainly an improvement about other Daytona prototypes, or at least Fords. The old Ford DP engine block were based on 99 V8 from Mustang. In the end, racing Ecoboost is still an improvement because this engine is actually road relevant to Ford. The production engine is used in trucks and Taurus SHO, and the naturally aspirated version in Lincolns, etc. I hope they learn something in the process to make production engines better.
      bubba_roe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Has Ford figured out how to keep their cars from bursting into flames yet?
        morning_glory1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bubba_roe
        Many cars have caught fire Bubba including Toyota's. It's what happens when you put sophisticated electronics, combustible fuel, and a major source of heat and spark in the same vessel. Wake up Bubba.
        Rob8
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bubba_roe
        It's a race car, they sometimes do that Einstein
        ngiotta
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bubba_roe
        I seem to remember Chevy recalling 475,000 Cruze's last year after 30 of them caught on fire. Short memory or just trolling?
        merlot066
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bubba_roe
        Maybe you can ask Mary.Kenna or Aaron or one of your other user names to answer that one for you...
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bubba_roe
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      dan1malk
      • 1 Year Ago
      Modern racecar goes faster than 26 year old racecar.... AMAZING!
      johnb
      • 1 Year Ago
      now, build a production sports car around this motor and be done with it.
      SteveM
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looking forward more and more to the new league. There should be some cool new rides coming out for the 2014 season.
      JayP
      • 1 Year Ago
      What if NASCAR allowed this engine as an option vs the V8? Even a Ecoboost 4 with a weight advantage? I'd pay attention to it then.
        ze_german
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JayP
        Really? There are dozens of other reasons to not like NASCAR in addition to boring engine tech.
      ze_german
      • 1 Year Ago
      Okay, even though it's cool that a new record was set at Daytona, the really amazing part of this post is that Bill Elliot went 210.364mph in a stock car, in 1987.... I'm not a NASCAR fan (I much prefer ALMS/ELMS/WEC, etc.), but that Elliot held the record for so long (especially since he set it with a stocker) is incredible.
        kp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ze_german
        That recorder has been there cause they added restrictor plates in 1988 in order to slow the cars down in an effort to make them safer among other things.
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder, how many washers does that Roush Yates built V6 have in common with the OEM engine?
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        @BipDBo
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          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          here we go...http://www.enginelabs.com/news/a-look-at-the-record-setting-ecoboost-sportscar-engine/
          IOMTT
          • 1 Year Ago
          I would have to guess all moving internal parts and bearings have been given a race shop balance and blueprint job if not outright replacement with high quality race parts. Carillo rods etc. Stock stuff is built to price.
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          Ford only said the block and heads are stock. They didn't even say they were unmodified. That doesn't make it almost the same engine.
          John
          • 1 Year Ago
          The heads are factory castings though I'm not certain if they're ported or stock ports with only upgraded springs & valves.
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          I would say rods, crank etc would all be tweeked in the interest of longevity, BUT that the basic layout is exactly spec....
          • 1 Year Ago
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