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Ford reveals EcoBoost-powered Riley prototype for Daytona 24

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Ford reveals its EcoBoost V6-powered Daytona Prototype racecar.

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.

In addition to supplying the 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6, Ford had its production designer Garen Nicoghosian give the racecar brand-inspired design cues with support from Ford Racing chief aerodynamicist Bernie Marcus.

The car is scheduled to compete at next year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 25-26, but before that, Michael Shank Racing is working with Ford at another goal. Driving his Ford Thunderbird, NASCAR champion Bill Elliott set the track’s top speed record at 210.364 miles per hour during a qualifying run for the Daytona 500 – way back in 1987 — and Ford thinks it’s about time for that record to fall. What better time the introduction of this new Ford-powered Daytona Prototype? Michael Shank Racing plans to use the twin-turbo V6-powered racer to beat Elliott’s record, and it expects to begin prepping for the top-speed run on October 9. Scroll down for the full press release below on Ford’s latest race effort.

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