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Ford hypermiles Mustang V-6 to 48.5 mpg

The Ford Mustang V-6 is setting records at the Bristol Motor Speedway. However, these records are measured in MPG, not MPH.

The Ford Mustang V-6 is setting records at the Bristol Motor Speedway. However, these records are measured in MPG, not MPH.
06/23/10 Bristol, Tn. - Tim Duerr, Ford Racing Marketing Manager, throws the checkered flag as NASCAR driver David Ragan crosses the start/finish line completeing the one-thousandth lap in the Mustang 1000 Lap Challenge in which a 2011 Mustang V6 attempted to complete 1000 laps or 533 miles at Bristol Motor Speedway on a single tank of fuel. With a quarter tank of fuel remaining on the one-thousandth lap, the decision was made to continue running the V6 Mustang until it ran out fuel.
Paul Webb
The Ford Mustang V-6 is setting records at the Bristol Motor Speedway. However, these records are measured in MPG, not MPH.
The Ford Mustang V-6 is setting records at the racetrack. However, these records are measured in MPG, not MPH. Ford

Since it became the first vehicle to deliver both 31 mpg and 305 horsepower, Ford has really been emphasizing the efficiency of its new 2011 Mustang V-6. The automaker's latest stunt, dubbed the Mustang 1,000 Lap Challenge, was an attempt to demonstrate that a stock production Mustang V-6 could run 1,000 laps (533 miles) around Bristol Motor Speedway on a single of tank of fuel. When the dust settled, the Mustang not only completed the challenge, but had actually gone on to complete 1,457 laps (776.5 miles) before the tank ran dry, averaging an impressive 48.5 mpg.

We're sure that you're picturing the fuel-sipping Mustang blasting around the oval track at a decent clip, but that's not necessarily the case. The Mustang averaged a mere 43.9 mph during the 12-hour and 26-minute test, a ridiculously slow speed for a track that's normally host to Nascar races that exceed 100 mph. Heck, that's a ridiculously low speed for most North American interstates.

The constant low cruising speed, made possible by the oval track's lack of obstructions, combined with the fuel efficient driving techniques of Ford's team of drivers--which included four Ford engineers and David Ragan, driver of the No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing--were necessary in order for the Mustang to meet the 1,000 Lap Challenge. The conditions aren't what you'd call "real world," but that makes it no less of an impressive feat in our eyes.