Ford challenges itself to 1,000 lap race in new V6 Mustang

If you’re the first car company to create a 300+ horsepower car that still gets 30+ mpg on the highway, what do you do?  If you’re Ford, you take that car to Bristol Motor Speedway, in Tennessee.  Then, you get your test drivers to line up and take turns driving the V6 Mustang around the 1/2-mile track until it runs out of gas.  The goal: 1,000 laps or more before running out of fuel.  By my calculations, the Mustang’s 16 gallon tank x 31 mpg = 496 miles.  They’ll lose a bit every time they switch drivers, but if they keep the speeds down, they could eke out a bit more, so I’m going to guess that they will make their goal of 500 miles in 1,000 laps, and go 1,001 laps before running out of gas.  The challenge is set for June 23rd, but in the mean time, you can go to Mustang1000LapChallenge.com to put in your best guess, for a chance to win a 2011 V6 Mustang.

by John Suit

Source: Ford

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