How Many Laps Can a Mustang Pace Car Go? Guess Right and You Win a Mustang

The 2011 Mustang hits showrooms soon, and there have already been thousands of orders placed for the pony car and its new power train. The V6 Mustang is proving especially popular despite the new 5.0 liter V8 engine. Part the of the reason is the V6 engine has over 300 horsepower, and still manages to get 31 MPG on the highway — the first production car ever to do so.

The V6 car paced the Food City 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway yesterday, and today Ford is launching a contest to guess how many laps the V6 Mustang can do around the same track on a single tank of gas. Guess correctly, and you could win a V6 Mustang of your own.

Ford has good reason to be proud of the 31 mpg rating of the V6 Mustang, as it beats all of its rivals in power and fuel efficiency. With a 16 gallon gas tank, the Mustang, on paper, is capable of going about 496 miles. But if you recall last year, NASCAR driver Carl Edwards went over 1,400 miles on a single tank of gas in the Ford Fusion hybrid… albeit with a low average speed of 20 mph. Still, they managed to get over 80 mpg out of the Fusion. Who is to say they won’t get 50+ mpg out of the Mustang, if they stay under 30 mph?

Each lap around the Speedway is 1/2 mile, and the track itself has been billed as the “world’s fastest 1/2 mile”. Not being a race car driver, I cannot attest to this. But I doubt Ford will be driving the Mustang full tilt, and they should be able to easily attain 31 mpg, or even more.

The contest runs today until June 23rd, so get those guesses in!

Check out the full press release on the next page

Source: Ford | The Mustang 1,000 Lap Challenge

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.