Evan J. Smith
January 1, 2014

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NMRA Adds Coyote Modified Class to Its Heads-Up Drag Racing Program

MM&FF recently learned that Coyote Modified will be NMRA's newest heads-up drag racing category in 2014. The largest all-Ford national event series is taking aim at one of the hottest segments in the high performance aftermarket, the Coyote 5.0L powerplant. "As the biggest Ford drag racing series, we have a commitment to the racers and sponsors to grow sportsman, heads-up drag racing, and adding Coyote Modified is a big step forward," said NMRA Tech Director Dave Werremeyer.

Coyote Modified will attract boost and nitrous-infused Coyote-powered cars. Coyote Modified has been built with special attention on aftermarket manufacturers, late-model tuner shops, and, of course, the sportsman drag racer. This heads-up eliminator is a stripped down category when compared to a previous NMRA mid-level power-adder class. The goal is to have few barriers to entry and let the power adders dictate the mechanical limits instead of a long list of specs. This new theme will generate a wide range of competitors that can enter, which can include everything from street cars to purpose-built racecars.

"Last year we launched the first-ever sealed crate engine program in drag racing history with the popular Strange Engineering Coyote Stock," explained Werremeyer. "That class is awesome with over 25 Ford Racing engines sold, and we are looking at full fields in 2014. The official preliminary rules can be found by contacting the NMRA at nmrarules@promediapub.com.

Fords Rule at NHRA U.S. Nationals

Ford performance was alive at the popular NHRA U.S. Nationals held Labor Day weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. There were over 20 class winners in the Stock and Super Stock ranks, with quite a few Cobra Jets taking home a Wally, including Mike Ficacci driving the Bongiovanni Racing CJ (along with team owner Anthony Bongiovanni in Super Stock), which was featured in MM&FF.

"We strive to continue delivering the best parts and most comprehensive contingency programs in NHRA racing to support our teams as best as possible," said Jesse Kershaw of Ford Racing. "Congratulations to our many class winners and thanks to everyone who competes in a Ford."  

Fox-Only '79-'93 Mustang Performance Magazine—On Sale Now!

Each year the MM&FF team puts together a special newsstand-only issue, and for the second year in a row we've gone all-Fox. The cover is graced with Chris Gish's 7-second twin-turbo beast, and inside you'll find loads of cool features, dream Mustangs, and all the Fox tech you can handle. We've got you covered, from a complete IRS install, to an affordable 306 build that produced great power and amazing torque. Be sure to get a copy today!

Ford to Debut New EcoBoost Race Engine at 2014 24 Hours of Daytona

As part of its continuing strategy to introduce product-relevant technology into racing, Ford announced plans to bring its 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost racing engine to the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series. The new engine, which will debut at the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona Jan. 25-26, and run the entire 12-race season, will power a new-look Daytona Prototype car, created with Ford corporate design influence. Michael Shank Racing is on board as the first team to put EcoBoost power behind its DP car.

"At Ford Racing, we really put great emphasis on racing production-based vehicles as well as production-based technologies," says Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. "We're proud to bring a direct-injected, twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine to the United SportsCar Championship in a field of competitive V-8–powered entries. We want to show Ford EcoBoost's capabilities as an engine that provides both performance and fuel economy, on and off the track."

"This engine is the future," says Doug Yates, CEO of Roush Yates Racing Engines. "This Ford EcoBoost engine includes all the newest technologies—direct injection, turbocharging, and high efficiency. We're looking at taking it to the next level through this sports car racing program." A new Ford-inspired Riley Technologies Daytona Prototype car will accompany the 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost at Daytona. The car's body features enhanced Ford production vehicle design cues created by lead Ford production designer Garen Nicoghosian with aerodynamic support from Ford Racing chief aerodynamicist Bernie Marcus.

"Ford Motor Company has taken today's Daytona Prototype and injected into it unique Ford attributes and unique Ford design characteristics," says Allison. "This EcoBoost-powered car is obviously adapted for racing applications with racing controls, but ultimately we're running what we're selling and selling what we're running."

While the new engine will make its competitive racing debut at the highly anticipated 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona, it will actually hit the Daytona track for the first time October 9.

In a joint effort between Michael Shank Racing, Ford Racing, and Continental Tire, the 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona championship team will aim to set a new track record at the World Center of Speed by eclipsing the 210.364-mph lap laid down Feb. 9, 1987, by NASCAR champion Bill Elliott, who pushed his Ford Thunderbird to the top of the speed charts in qualifying for the Daytona 500.

To prepare for the record run and upcoming season, the EcoBoost engine has recently undergone endurance testing at Ford's Dynamometer Lab in Dearborn, Michigan, specifically at the specialized 17G cell. Production and racing engineers from Ford and specialists from Roush Yates Racing Engines have collaborated to ensure the engine is ready for the season.

"The key about this dyno cell is that it's dedicated to motorsports, but it's within Ford's dynamometer facility," says David Simon, Ford Racing engine engineer. "We can do full vehicle simulation in racing conditions, in a way some of our other cells aren't capable of doing. It's very, very specific to high-performance racing engine programs." Race fans can follow the progression of the record run attempt on Ford Racing's Twitter channel (@FordRacing) and Facebook page.

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