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Ford EcoBoost smashes records at Daytona

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Ford EcoBoost Daytona Prototype

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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