Chip Ganassi Racing switched to a Ford EcoBoost powered Riley Daytona prototype for the 2014 TUDOR United Sports Car Championship season. After nearly three months of intense preparation, all three EcoBoost-powered cars made their racing debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, marking the start of a new Era for Ford Racing.
The EcoBoost Daytona Prototypes use a version of Ford’s 3.5 liter EcoBoost engine, which is 70 percent stock. The three 600 horsepower Prototypes all led the race at different times, despite Ford never having tested the engines over a 24 hour race period before.
Both the #1 and #2 cars suffered mechanical failures, and were forced to retire from the race with just 2 hours left to go. The #60 Michael Shank Racing car, despite suffering transmission issues early on in the race, finisihed 12th in its class. Between them, the Ford EcoBoost cars racked up 6, 678 miles over the course of 1, 896 laps.
Ford Racing will be looking for a better result out of their 3.5 liter Ecoboost powered prototypes by the time the next race of the season, the 12 Hours of Sebring, comes around in March.