The ultimate Mustang 1,000-Lap Challenge is over and the guys at Ford are more than pleased by the results achieved with its astonishing 2011 Ford Mustang V-6: 1,457 laps on a single tank at Bristol Motor Speedway while averaging 48.5 mpg.

This monstrous test was created to demonstrate in full the extraordinary combination of high-end performance and fuel efficiency, typical characteristics of the all-new 2011 Ford Mustang V-6. But instead of the first targeted 1,000 laps and 533 miles on a single of tank of fuel, the V-6 pony ride far surpassed that goal and recorded the staggering 1,457 laps and 776.5 miles.

Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer, shared: "To see a Mustang post average fuel economy of 48.5 mpg while running at Bristol is impressive. The new V-6 engine along with the advanced six-speed transmission in the car is a key element in delivering both fuel economy and performance for Mustang."

The successful Mustang Challenge team was created from the NASCAR star David Ragan and four Ford Mustang engineers, as well as the 2011 Ford Mustang V-6. The new pony ride wasn't fitted with any additional enhancements but its lightweight, all-aluminum 3.7-liter dual-overhead-cam (DOHC) V-6 engine that uses advanced engineering to deliver its combination of power and economy. It is the same stock Mustang ride that can be purchased from any Ford dealer across the US.

"This is beyond our wildest dreams," said Tom Barnes, the lead engineer for the Ford Mustang 1,000 Lap Challenge. "There have been a lot of people who have done a lot of things in preparing this 2011 Mustang V-6 to run the Mustang 1,000 Lap Challenge and have the success we have had today. It was great when we went past the 1,000 lap mark with David, but nobody could ever imagine that we still had five hours ahead of us. This is a fantastic feeling and it shows again what a great car the 2011 Mustang V-6 is."

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