2011 Mustang V6 averages 48.5 mpg lapping Bristol Motor Speedway.

The Mustang 1,000 Lap Challenge was designed to demonstrate that a stock production Mustang V-6 could run 1,000 laps and 533 miles on a single of tank of fuel. With the aid of fuel efficient driving techniques by Ford engineers, the Mustang far surpassed its goal of 1,000 laps. What surprised most it that the Mustang turned in an amazing 1,457 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway while averaging 48.5 mpg. While the number does not demonstrate actual mileage that can be achieved in stop and go traffic, it does illustrate what a serious contender the 3.7L Mustang has become. No other car boast over 300 horsepower and an EPA 30+ mpg.

The Challenge team, which included NASCAR star David Ragan and four Ford Mustang engineers, completed the challenge in 17 hours and 40 minutes, showing off the 2011 Mustang V-6’s class-leading fuel economy by averaging 48.5 mpg over the course of the 776.5 miles logged during the Challenge. That distance is more than the two complete NASCAR Sprint Cup events that take place in Bristol every year.

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