It’s no coincidence that Ford was all about performance at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, trotting out the 450 horsepower 2017 Raptor, a stripped-down Shelby GT350R, and the 600 horsepower GT supercar. The Blue Oval’s emphasis on performance is paying off for both its production cars and racing program, as Ford won the 24 Hours of Daytona this weekend with EcoBoost power.
Chip Gnassi Racing took the checkered flag at the Rolex 24, with drivers Scott Dixon, Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray and Tony Kanaan leading the EcoBoost-powered Daytona Prototype to its second win since entering the fray last year. 2014 was mostly a learning year, though the team top cap off its season with a victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring, second in importance only to the Rolex 24. Ford is serious with its racing ambitions, with the Rolex 24 representing its fourth victory in the series so far.
The Blue Oval has been getting increasingly involved with motorsports in the past few years, supporting efforts with Formula Drift, RallyCross, and of course NASCAR. Ford’s increasing emphasis on being a global automaker means it needs to look outside of the racing interests of the average American, such as the TUDOR championship and the World Endurance Challenge, where the aforementioned Ford GT will probably end up competing. Its predecessor, the GT40, was created for the sole purpose of beating Ferrari at Le Mans, after all.
Does Ford’s EcoBoost-powered Daytona Prototype have the staying power it takes to win the 2015? So far, so good.