DEARBORN, Mich., – Ford recently rounded up NASCAR superstars to race the new Fusion EcoBoost®. The twist: They were asked to hit the top miles per gallon, not miles per hour, with the winner nearly reaching the half-century mark.
It was a hot day in August, with each driver hoping to beat the others and Fusion’s projected 37 mpg highway rating.
New racing sensation and 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne fought off his Ford Racing teammates to win the race, called the Ford Fusion EcoBoost NASCAR Miles Per Gallon Challenge. Bayne achieved 46.9 mpg as he and all of the drivers used the car’s advanced fuel-saving technology to easily top its projected highway rating.
Despite the best efforts of Sprint Cup Chase contender Greg Biffle, former champ Matt Kenseth and 2011 Chase runner-up Carl Edwards, Bayne “coasted” to victory in the new 2013 Ford Fusion with 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine despite being dubbed the underdog.
“The guys were telling me this may be the only trophy I’ll ever ge...