With a Ford Mustang winning 15 races along the way, the Blue Oval recently wrapped up its fourth manufacturers’ title in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series. Yet even after corralling all that success, the automaker’s championship only came after Brad Keselowski made a spectacular late-race run to win the final event of the season: With just five laps remaining in the Ford EcoBoost 300, held at the Homestead-Miami Raceway, Keselowski and his Ford Mustang were all the way down in 10 th place and awaiting the start of live action after a yellow flag. That’s when the excitement really started, according to Keselowski: “We got the right restart and made our way through. I am going to have to watch the in-car camera because that was one hell of a ride for 10 laps. Be glad there wasn’t a passenger with me because they would have been screaming the whole way, I know I was.” Also winning Nationwide races in a Ford Mustang this season were: Joey Logano, Keselowski’s Penske Racing teammate, with three wins AJ Allmendinger, who won two events, both on road courses Sam Hornish, winning one race and finishing as runner-up in the overall Nationwide drivers’ standings Trevor Bayne and Ryan Blaney, who also won one race apiece this year “That was an amazing performance by Brad and the entire Penske team to make this happen. What an amazingly close battle it was today,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. “To watch Brad come from that far back in the pack to clinch the manufacturers’ championship was just amazing. I couldn’t be more proud of everyone that helped Ford get to this moment tonight.” Source: https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2013/11/16/ford-wins-nascar-nationwide-series-manufacturers-championship.html Written by Charles Krome. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.
Ford engineers have been creating a new generation of engines that utilize advanced technology. As a result, engines are becoming smaller, more fuel-efficient, yet they’re more powerful than ever before. As fuel-efficiency and emissions become a major concern world-wide, all automakers are working to transform automobile engines, without boosting costs. Ford is leading the way with its EcoBoost engine , featuring twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) and direct injection to maximize efficiency and power. “From Fiesta to Super Duty, Ford has invested a record amount in new engines, transmissions and cutting-edge technologies to meet our commitment to lead or be among the leaders in fuel economy in every segment in which we compete,” said Joe Bakaj, Ford vice president of powertrain engineering. New Ford and Lincoln models not only produce more horsepower per liter, but they are also offering class-leading fuel economy. Four vehicles carry an EPA-certified rating of 40 mpg or higher — an industry best. Even the rugged Ford F-Series pickup has benefitted from this new generation of smaller engines. “Most everyone who has driven the EcoBoost F-150 has been converted,” explains Jim Mazuchowski, Ford V6 engine manager. “Once our customers move past the idea of ‘only’ having six cylinders, and begin to think of our EcoBoost V6 as a gas-powered engine with diesel-type capability and characteristics, the excitement begins to build. Twin turbochargers and direct injection give the EcoBoost F-150 the broad, flat torque curve that makes towing with a diesel so effortless – and hard acceleration so much fun.”