Ford Racing has managed to take down the Daytona top speed record with its newest EcoBoost-powered racecar.

Ford Racing has managed to take down the Daytona top speed record with its newest EcoBoost-powered racecar.

It happened on Wednesday when Colin Braun achieved an overall speed record for one lap around Daytona of 222.971 mph (358.84 km/h) which is a lot more than the previous record established in 1987 by Bill Elliot who hit 210.364 mph (338.55 km/h) in a NASCAR cup car during the Daytona 500 qualifying session.

Colin Braun's new record was possible thanks to a new Ford Racing prototype prepared by Michael Shank Racing and powered by an EcoBoost V6 3.5-liter engine tweaked by Roush Yates Engines. The car will participate in 2014's inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship which represents the result of merging American Le Mans with Grand Am.

Additional details about the record-breaking attempt can be found in the attached press release.

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Ford Racing breaks Daytona speed record with 222.9 mph EcoBoost prototype