It's not the first time Ford has participated in the Daytona Prototype class as an engine supplier, but in revealing this new EcoBoost V6-powered Riley Technologies prototype for the new United SportsCar Championship, Ford is making a statement: "We want to show Ford EcoBoost's capabilities as an engine that provides both performance and fuel economy, on and off the track," says Jamie Allison, director of Ford Racing.
SRT's factory-backed racecar, the Viper GTS-R, debuted and raced at Le Mans and in the American Le Mans Series last year, but more recently SRT introduced the Viper GT3-R for private race teams. Ben Keating, who runs the highest Viper-volume dealership in the country, was the first customer to buy one. Keating has assembled quite the team to compete in the United SportsCar Racing (USCR) series, which combines the ALMS and Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series into one for the 2014 race season.
We love the 5.0-liter V10 from BMW. Besides having an affinity for any engine with more than eight cylinders, the torque-happy five-liter sounds like straight glory and is happy to induce all sorts of tail-wagging fun from the outgoing M5. That doesn't mean there's not room for improvement, however. The minds at Dinan have taken the time to put the engine through the standard performance ringer by boring and stroking the block to a full 5.8-liters, dropping a set of performance cams into the hea