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A Mustang That Gets Good Gas Mileage

6-cylinder, 305 horsepower V6 engine + 1,457 laps on a 1/2 mile track = 48.5 mpg fuel consumption.

... from a Mustang. Really?
The 2011 Ford Mustang, which made history when it became the first car ever to deliver more than 30 mpg and 305 horsepower, has set a new record by running 1,457 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway while averaging 48.5 mpg.

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.

“To see a Mustang post average fuel economy of 48.5 mpg while running at Bristol is impressive,” said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. “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.”
Not. Too. Shabby.

Postscript: I would still rather drive one of these Mustangs....

Head nod: Instapundit

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Photo: Paul Webb