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Ford Racing’s 2011 Mustang GT Sets Half-Mile Speed Record

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Published on May 11, 2016 with No Comments

When the Ford Racing team comes to visit the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn., it’s usually to race or compete against NASCAR’s finest with a squad of race-setup Ford Fusions. That made for a notable difference then when the team brought David Ragan—who usually pilots one of those aforementioned Fusions in the Sprint Cup Series— out to Bristol recently for an attempt to break the then world record for fastest half-mile closed-course lap in a production car. Ragan’s car: A 2011 Mustang GT modified by Ford Racing specifically to show off new performance technologies. Ragan’s mission: Accomplished, with the Mustang GT ripping off a record-setting circuit of Bristol in just 19.451 seconds, at a speed of 98.947 mph.

Those numbers might not seem all that impressive at first glance, but keep in mind that the previous record was achieved on a Yamaha Superbike.

As for Ford’s new half-mile hero, it came off the assembly line fitted with standard GT performance enablers like the Blue Oval’s new 5.0-liter V8. Boasting twin independent variable valve timing, an aluminum block and cold-air induction system, the powerplant is good for 412 hp and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. But it wasn’t quite good enough for Ford Racing. So, the performance group also added a Ford Racing Whipple supercharger kit that helped the engine unleash another 212 horses, a Ford Racing FR3 handling pack and a Brembo brake kit for added stopping power.

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