DAYTONA 2018- Ford Chip Ganassi Racing has won back-to-back IMSA GTLM titles at the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Ford EcoBoost-powered Ford GT also broke a distance record for the race that has stood since 1982.
One year after their team car, the No. 66 Ford GT, won the event, drivers Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and Scott Dixon combined to earn the title for themselves. After leading most of the race, the No. 66 Ford GT team of Joey Hand, Dirk MÃ¼ller and Sebastien Bourdais finished p2.
The win was historic for team owner Chip Ganassi, who reached the 200 wins mark among all his teams when the No. 67 Ford GT crossed the finish line. It was the 11th global Ford GT win for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, including those earned in IMSA and the FIA World Endurance Championship.
â€œThis has been a historic weekend,â€ said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates. â€œI am so proud of the Roush Yates Engines and Ford Performance teams for building the winning twin turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 engine that powered the Ford GT to their 1st win today. This is a milestone day for Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines winning in both IMSA and NASCAR seriesâ€.
Roush Yates Engines and Ford Performance engineering teams have partnered together to develop the optimal engine package for the twin turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 race engine, by leveraging the fuel economy and performance technologies of the production twin turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 engine. This engine coupled with the Ford GT aerodynamics package contributed to the overall vehicle performance.
The Ford factory supplied car is powered by a 3.5 liter Twin-turbocharged Ford EcoBoost V6 engine generating a power output of 647 hp (482 kW; 656 PS) and 550 lbâ‹…ft (746 Nâ‹…m) of torque. The engine shares many components with the F-150's 3.5 L V6 engine including the cylinder heads, block and dual fuel system. Notable differences include larger turbochargers, aluminum intake manifold, a custom dry sumped lubrication system, unique camshafts and higher strength rotating and timing drive components. At the time of introduction, the Ford GT had one of the highest specific power outputs of any production car.
According to Ford, "the GT will exhibit one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car," courtesy of its lightweight carbon fiber construction. Underpinning the GT is a carbon fiber monocoque bolted to aluminum front and rear subframes covered in carbon fiber body panels. The car also has a race inspired pushrod suspension system, active aerodynamics, and dihedral doors. The windshield of the vehicle is made of Gorilla Glass manufactured by Corning, which is also used for manufacturing smartphone screens. The Gorilla Glass is used to reduce the weight of the vehicle by allowing for a thinner windscreen with the same strength as a normal glass windscreen.. The GT employs a four-stage external dry sump oil pump and has an oil capacity of 15.3 quarts.
Production began in December 2016, with a planned production rate of one car per day at Ford's new, low-volume assembly facility at Multimatic in Markham, Ontario, Canada until October 2020. The cars produced for the 2017 and 2018 model years are reserved for selected buyers, the cars produced for the 2019 model year are for buyers who passed over in the initial selection process, and the cars produced for the 2020 model year are for normal customers.
The Factory produced GT is capable of accelerating from 0â€“60 mph (0â€“97 km/h) in 2.8 seconds, 0â€“100 mph (0â€“161 km/h) in 6 seconds, and can attain a top speed of 216 mph (348 km/h).
Roush Yates Engines in partnership with Ford Performance started on the quest to design, test and build the twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 race engine. Starting from the street production platform and enhancing it to compete against the likes of Ferrari and sustain the grueling 24 hour endurance race reaching speeds of over 180 mph (compared to 125.38 mph in 1966) was something the combined team had to solve. â€œThe team was able to blend the fuel economy and performance technologies of the twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 race engine and couple it with the Ford GTâ€™s aerodynamics to make the optimal road racing performance package,â€ stated Wade Riesterer, Technical Manager of Road Racing.
About Roush Yates Engines
Roush Yates Engines is a leading edge engine development company, with 3 state-of-the-art facilities based in Mooresville, NC; which include Roush Yates Engines, Roush Yates Performance Engines Group, focused on road racing and Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions, a world class manufacturing center. The companyâ€™s core business includes designing, building and testing race engines.
Roush Yates Engines in partnership with Ford Performance is the exclusive engine builder of the NASCAR FR9 Ford V8 engine and twin-turbo EcoBoost Ford V6 race engine that powers the Ford GT â€˜Super Carâ€™.
With the unparalleled culture of winning and steeped in rich racing history, Roush Yates Engines continues to follow the companyâ€™s vision to lead performance engine innovation and staying true to the companyâ€™s mission, provide winning engines through demonstrated power and performance.