Last year, Ford attempted -- and succeeded -- to drive a new 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid more than 1000 miles on one tank of gas. This year, the folks at the Blue Oval are trying to drive a brand-new 2011 Ford Mustang V-6 1000 laps on a single tank at Bristol Motor Speedway in order to prove its fuel efficiency.
“We all know how much fun it is to drive a Mustang, but in today’s market, it’s also about fuel economy,” said Jaimie Allison, director of Ford’s North American motorsports activities. “By going 1000 laps on one of NASCAR’s most popular tracks, we expect to show that Mustang can be mean and green.”
The Mustang V-6 is no stranger to Bristol -- it served as the pace car during the Food City 500 at the track this past weekend -- but this event will truly test the car’s green mettle. 1000 laps at Bristol roughly equates to 533 miles. Assuming the Mustang achieves its EPA-rated 31 mpg highway figure, it has an estimated range of 496 miles on a single tank (16 gallons) of fuel. In order to extend that range an extra 40 miles, the car will need to average at least 33 mpg.
Consumers won’t be able to pilot the car around the track on June 23, but Ford is giving them a chance to be involved with the stunt. Ford is holding a competition to guess how many laps the Mustang will make on a single tank of gas. A winner -- randomly drawn from those who guess correctly -- will receive a brand new 2011 Mustang V-6. Register your guess at www.Mustang1000LapChallenge.com.