Ford has announced plans to enter the 2011 Mustang V6 in the 1,000-Lap Challenge at the Bristol Motor Speedway.

Ford has announced plans to enter the 2011 Mustang V6 in the 1,000-Lap Challenge at the Bristol Motor Speedway.

While the engine sounds like an odd choice, this isn't your ordinary race. The Mustang will attempt to go 533 miles (1,000 laps) on a single tank of fuel. No easy task, but the 305 hp (227 kW / 309 PS) 3.7-liter V6 is rated at 31 mpg highway.

To help promote the event, Ford will hold a contest which will give one lucky contestant a 2011 Mustang V6 coupe for correctly guessing how many laps the car will complete at Bristol.

According to Jamie Allison, director of Ford North America Motorsports, "We all know how much fun it is to drive Mustang, but in today's market customers also care about fuel economy. By going at least 1,000 laps on one of NASCAR's most popular tracks, we expect to show that when it comes to Mustang, you can have both performance and fuel economy."

Check out the press release for additional information.

2011 Ford Mustang V6 prepares to do 533 miles on single tank