Preserving its strategy to introduce product-relevant technology into racing, Ford announced earlier this week plans to bring its 3.5 liter V6 EcoBoost engine to the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series.
The racing-adapted boosted six-banger will make its racing debut at the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona January 25-26, running the entire 12-race season, and will power a new-look Daytona Prototype car created with Ford corporate design influence. The Michael Shank Racing team will be the first team to put EcoBoost power behind its DP car.
Ford Racing is looking forward to demonstrating the capabilities of Ford’s EcoBoost engines, which provide both performance and fuel economy on and off the track, according to Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing.
The new-look Riley Technologies Daytona Prototype car that will cradle the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost at Daytona will contain Ford production vehicle design cues created by lead Ford production designer Garen Nicoghosian with aerodynamic support from Ford Racing chief aerodynamicist Bernie Marcus. These cues will be noticeable on the front grille, the streamlined design o the race car’s profile, as well as on unique identifiers in the rear.
The Motrolix Take
How cool is it to start seeing actual full-production engines in world-class super race cars, especially when said engines are of the Ford EcoBoost variety? Here’s to a successful year to the Michael Shank Racing team and their EcoBoost-powered DP car.