Ford’s Retired V6 Mustang Motor Gets Second Life in Futuristic Racer

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Mustang-Powered Revolution

British track day monster has 350 horsepower, weighs only 1,653 pounds and uses a six-speed sequential transmission.

Some ponies end up being put out to pasture after serving their tour of duty, whether as a plow horse tilling the soil for the last time, or a champion thoroughbred finishing his storied career. The 3.7-liter Cyclone/Duratec V6 was among those old horses spending time in retirement, having been replaced in the Mustang by the 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four.

It looks like the old V6 still has some life left in it, though. The Drive reports the former Mustang engine now powers a new race car by British startup Revolution Race Car.

Mustang-Powered Revolution

The new Mustang-powered racer, which has no official name yet, uses the 3.7-liter with a six-speed sequential transmission used in the insane rally cars of FIA’s World Rally Championship series. The engine puts out 350 horsepower, and will last some 100 hours or 6,200 miles on the track before needing a rebuild.

Mustang-Powered Revolution

Founded by Radical co-founder Phil Abbott (whose RXC race car also uses the Mustang’s retired 3.7-liter V6), Revolution’s mission is make Le Mans-style prototype racing more affordable. The car’s starting price is $130,000, and it weighs 1,653 pounds. Combined with the V6, this is one car that is set to fly around the track for those with bigger pockets than most of us.

That said, it’ll be awhile before this Mustang-powered race car comes over to the United States. Revolution’s racer will be part of a one-make series anchored around tracks in Great Britain, concluding with a support race in Portugal in the European Le Mans Series. A continental Europe series is in the offing, centered in France. We can’t wait to finally see this fine-lined British brute use all-American power for the win.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth about Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive expert is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected]

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