So often, the driving force behind results at Ford Racing lies with its heart – the genuine desire of every member of the team to not let anyone else down. That’s what you don’t see.
Such was the case with the debut of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, where it took an unprecedented level of teamwork between Ford Motor Company, Roush Yates Engines, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) and Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian (MSR) to get the new engine ready for the ultimate test. Seventy percent of the prototype’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine is stock production pieces.
After three months of intense preparation and two years of development, all three Ford EcoBoost-powered prototypes led laps at the engine’s first 24-hour endurance race, the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
In all, the EcoBoost engines logged 6,678.56 miles (or 1,876 laps) in the race known for being an around-the-clock sprint.
It wasn’t easy.