The 2014 Riley Technologies Daytona Prototype racing car powered by a Ford 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine set three new speed records at Daytona International Speedway, the automaker announced. The biggest achievement was beating a 1984 record for the fastest single lap around Daytona.
Twenty-five-year-old driver Colin Braun managed to hit 222.971 mph in a single lap around Daytona International Speedway, beating the 26-year-old record of 201.364 mph set by Bill Elliot in a Ford Thunderbird. In addition, Braun set new records for standing ten-mile speed (210.018 mph average) and standing ten-kilometer speed (202.438 mph average).
The Riley racing car is powered by a Ford 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine that is based on the same unit employed by countless Ford and Lincoln street vehicles. It has been extensively modified for racing use, although exact power outputs have not been revealed. For reference, the 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor performance truck extracts 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque from the standard engine. For the record attempt, the racing car was modified even more: Roush Yates Engines helped tweak the Ford engine, while Continental Tires supplied harder, lighter, low-rolling-resistance rubber for the high-speed run.
Michael Shank Racing will campaign the Ford EcoBoost-powered car in the 2014 United SportsCar Championship, which begins in January at Daytona. After the record run, the team immediately began reconfiguring the car and testing it on the Daytona road course.
Ford currently offers the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 in the Ford F-150, Ford Explorer Sport, Ford Flex, Ford Taurus SHO, Lincoln MKS, and Lincoln MKT.