2011 Ford Mustang to Attempt 1,000 Miles on a Single Tank at Briston Motor Speedway

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2011 Ford Mustang to Attempt 1,000 Miles on a Single Tank at Briston Motor Speedway
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Ford is looking to turn “the world’s fastest half-mile” into the world’s slowest and most fuel efficient half-mile as the automaker plans to drive 1,000 miles on the Bristol Motor Speedway oval track in the new 2011 Mustang. Aiming to promote the car’s best-in-class 19 mpg city and 31 mpg highway fuel economy figures, the 305-hp V6 Mustang will take to the track on June 23.

This marketing gimmick follows after a similar test for the Ford Fusion Hybrid when it debuted. The hybrid managed an incredible 1,445 miles on just one tank of gas – a feat which took 69 hours to complete.

“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.”

To help promote the 1,000-Lap Challenge, Ford has launched a website where you can enter and guess the total number of laps the Mustang will run. Entries can be made from March 21st to June 23rd and the winner will take home a brand new 305-hp V6 Mustang.

See the link below to enter:

www.Mustang1000LapChallenge.com

Official release after the jump:

PRESS RELEASE

FORD SET TO TAKE 1,000-LAP CHALLENGE AROUND BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY ON ONE TANK OF GAS IN 2011 V6 MUSTANG 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.

  • Cahd

    This is incredibly stupid. No one buys a Mustang for the MPG. Abusive HP has only one purpose: to be used. If you want MPG, buy a Hyundai Accent.

  • jzEllis

    yeah i have to agree, who cares, whether you buy a GT or a v6 the lure of a Mustang is the pwr and supposed sportyness. high mpg doesn’t really equate into that.

  • scott

    MPG does matter more than you think. It deals with the government with Gas guzzler tax. Would you want a car that gets 5 MPG or a High HP car that can get great gas mileage on a long road trip and have HP on tap when wanted? Thats a no brainer to me. Ford has hit a home run on this one! keep up the great work FORD! The best car company all around!

  • Ron S

    I have a 42 mile one way rural commute.

    I’d rather not be bored by an econo box but I have to spend $$$ to get to and from work.

    Driving a 300 HP Mustang that gets MPG approaching 30 MPG sounds like an intelligent proposition.

    PS… I must be “nobody” as I currently own a 2007 4.0 Mustang with a V2 Si trim Vortech supercharger. 337 HP and I still get 23-24 MPG highway and again……. It’s my daily driver and MY money……

    BMW does not sell it’s vehicles in Europe on performance alone. With insane fuel prices many drivers choose to drive an economical BMW that also happens to be an excellent performing vehicle.

    A focus RS would be an option I’d consider if Ford would bring it to the USA in a 2 door version but I’m not holding my breath for Ford to make a smart decision like that.