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Ford Mustang gets 776 miles on tank of gas

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Ford Mustang gets 776 miles on tank of gas


In the wee hours this morning, a Ford team at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee finished seeing how far they go on a single tank of gas in a new 2011 Mustang. Answer: 776.5 miles before it ran dry.

That's a lot farther than the 1,000 laps totalling 533 miles that they had hope to beat. The Mustang, the first car of more than 300 horsepower to exceed 30 miles per gallon on the highway, managed a Prius-like 48.5 mpg

But before you head down the highway, bear in mind that the test was carefully managed by soft-footed engineers who averaged only 43.9 miles an hour over the 17 hours that the test took. If you try it yourself with your new Mustang, you might get a few honks on the interstate at that speed.

"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," said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. Ford achieved its superb EPA rating without a hybrid engine in the Mustang, even though it makes the Fusion Hybrid and MKZ Hybrid.

The Mustang rounded past the 1,000-lap mark at 7:26 p.m. Wednesday, 12 hours and 26 minutes into the challenge, but the car wasn't close to being out of fuel:

Mustang engineer Seong Park was behind the wheel when it finally came to a halt on the backstretch of the NASCAR track at 12:41 a.m. ET.

Other Mustang Challenge team drivers included Tom Barnes, Jonathan Mehl, Carl Ek, who along with Park each took one-hour driving stints during the event, which took place at the world's fastest half-mile track.

"When we hit 1,000 laps we still had a quarter of a tank of gas left," said David Ragan, driver of the No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing, and the man who drove the 2011 V-6 Mustang past the 1,000 lap mark. "The last driving stint before I passed 1,000 laps I was averaging 43.7 miles a gallon and that is unbelievable."



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2011 Ford Mustang V6 runs 776.5 miles on one tank, 48.5 mpg [w/Video]

by Sam Abuelsamid (RSS feed) on Jun 24th 2010 at 12:33PM

On Tuesday, June 23, a group of Ford engineers hit the track at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee in a completely stock 2011 Mustang V6. When Mustangs are usually on track the drivers are in search of outright speed, but that wasn't the case this time around. Instead the team of five drivers alternated every hour to see how far they could make the Mustang go on just one tank of gas. The new 3.7-liter V6 in the Mustang is rated at 305 horsepower and 30 mpg on the highway, and the team's goal was to cover 1,000 laps of the 0.533-mile "bull-ring" track.

Twelve and a half hours after they started the car rolled to stop having covered 1,457 laps at an average speed of 43.9 miles per hour. The 16 gallon tank had been depleted at the rate of 48.5 miles per gallon. Not bad for a 305 hp sport coupe and as they say, your mileage will vary. A lot.



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so true.

and the prius' battery would have died by then and all that battery and electronics would be extra weight

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