NASCAR is all about speed, I mean, how else could you have a car run between 140 and 180 MPH all day long, put them on a banked oval. The current NASCAR speed record was set by a 1987 Ford Thunderbird with NASCAR driver Bill Elliot behind the wheel at Talladega Super Speedway, and stands today at 212.089 MPH. Another blue oval badged car will be attempting to break that record, this time using an alternative fuel. Bill Elliot with have another shot behind the wheel, this time in a Mustang FR500C running on E85.

The combination of an FR500C and the Mustang Cobra Jet engine has already proven itself to be fast, the combination clocked a 252 MPH top speed run in Bonneville. But the salt goes on for miles; Elliot will have to remember to turn right every so often so he doesn’t take flight thanks to the 33 degree banking.

Press release after the jump.



Brian Wolfe, Director, Ford Racing Technology hands the key of the first FR500CJ off the production line in Livonia, Mich. to the first buyer Brent Hajek of Ames, Okla.
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AMES, Okla., May 6, 2009 – Brent Hajek already has a passion for living, but that passion burns brightest when he’s talking about racing, racing history and his love of all things Ford. Fortunately for fans of Ford, Hajek’s passion has prompted the Ames, Oklahoma native and owner of Hajek Motorsports to pursue his own place in racing history.

Hajek Motorsports has been around since the 1970s, and over the years Brent Hajek has amassed an impressive collection of historical race cars, predominantly Ford, that once carried some of the biggest names in racing.

Those vehicles include a NHRA Gas Ronda ’66 Ford Mustang, Bob Glidden’s ’88 Ford Thunderbird, Parnelli Jones’ ’63 NASCAR Mercury Marauder, David Pearson’s ’69 Ford Torino Talladega, and Bill Elliott’s ’87 Ford Thunderbird, which is the all-time NASCAR speed record holder.

For Hajek, a successful oilman and a farmer, owning motorsports history wasn’t enough. He wanted to make his own racing history.

"It all changed when I first saw the Mustang FR500C," said Hajek. "That car was amazing and it really got me thinking about how we could really accomplish some cool things if we put our minds to it. The FR500C has won championships and it has won high profile races, but I felt like it hasn’t received the credit or attention it deserves. So I decided it was time to chase some of these records and to make a little history. I started talking with the guys at Ford Racing and they have been incredibly supportive of our efforts."

Last August, he took an E-85 converted Mustang FR500C to the Bonneville Salt Flats in search of the land speed record for an Ethanol powered car. Forced to run in the unlimited fuel class, his E-85 Ethanol powered Mustang posted an initial run of over 252 mph. A mechanical failure didn’t allow the team to make the validation run, but the 252 mph run earned their car the unofficial designation by some as the ’fastest production Mustang on earth.’

On Wednesday, May 13, Hajek Motorsports will embark on its next challenge, with technical support from Ford Racing, when they attempt to break the 22-year-old NASCAR speed record held by Bill Elliott. Elliott himself will pilot Hajek’s E-85 Mustang FR500C, which has been reconfigured to NASCAR specs, at Talladega in an attempt to break his 212.089 mph qualifying lap from 1987 at the same track. FIA officials will be on site to verify the attempt and to validate the record.

Hajek Motorsports and Ford Racing hopes to continue the success from Hajek’s last Ford Racing-related program. It was Hajek who eagerly accepted the challenge of taking delivery of the first 40th Anniversary Mustang FR500CJ, better known as the Mustang Cobra Jet. With only a month to prepare, he entered four Cobra Jet’s for the NHRA season opener in Pomona, Calif. Not only did his team meet the deadline, but Hajek’s Cobra Jet driven by John Calvert duplicated the success of the original CJ’s by winning its debut race at the NHRA Winternationals.

"Brent and his team typify the high level of enthusiasm and dedication we see from a lot of our grass roots racers and private teams that campaign Ford cars and trucks in a wide variety of series every week," said Brian Wolfe, director of Ford North American Motorsports. "Hajek Motorsports has set their focus on breaking a variety of racing records and, although they are a private team, we are glad to aid them with engineering and technical support in their quest to make motorsports history while driving a Ford."

"It got to the point where I was running out of cars to collect so I decided I better create some new classics," said Hajek. "Nobody has ever taken the same car to Bonneville and Talladega, so we decided to be the first to do it. I have always thought that the only person who should break Bill Elliott’s NASCAR speed record is Bill Elliott, so next week will be pretty exciting for everyone involved."

The Hajek Motorsports E-85 Mustang is currently at Bill Elliott’s race shop in Dawsonville, Georgia, going through final preparations. Early next week, the team will scrub tires and do initial testing, in anticipation of breaking the record on Wednesday afternoon.

Source: Autoblog

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  (421) posted on 05.17.2009

Certainly, this is not just about gunning the NASCAR with speed it is about promoting the E85 series engines

  (78) posted on 05.17.2009

Gunning down Nascar with an E85 platform series...well we could see how this high octane burning engine will perform this season.

  (116) posted on 05.17.2009

Sure thing is this E85 can reduce the consumption of gasoline second thing is the Mustang can run faster.

  (79) posted on 05.16.2009

You are right there Pal, if this E85 Mustang will gun down the Nascar, it is not only hiting the environment concern but also the fact that Mustang fans have more reasons to celebrate

  (137) posted on 05.16.2009

Let us not get so dragged towards the issue of the alternative fuel, let us remember it is still about NASCAR and this E85 series Mustang with its high octane combustion means it is capable of gunning down thev race. We all have to wait will it does.

  (318) posted on 05.16.2009

The point here is yes there must be plenty of sources for bioethanol, but equestion is at what cost. It may be good for third world countries if the bioethanol technology will be adapted to fuel thier economy, but a rising demand for it may also depleat the renewable resources that we know.

  (231) posted on 05.16.2009

The Japanese sight-seing bus runs in regular cooking oil. But of course if these alternative fuel will be used it would mean higher demand on the ethanol production. So more crops will be used not for human consumption but for fuel production.

  (289) posted on 05.16.2009

I think ethanol blends is very common in the US. The most common blend is 10% ethanol and 90% petrol (E10). Vehicle engines require no modifications to run on E10 and vehicle warranties are unaffected also. Only flexible fuel vehicles can run on up to 85% ethanol and 15% petrol blends (E85).

  (177) posted on 05.16.2009

FYI: The principle fuel used as a petrol substitute for road transport vehicles is bioethanol. Bioethanol fuel is mainly produced by the sugar fermentation process, although it can also be manufactured by the chemical process of reacting ethylene with steam.Ethanol or ethyl alcohol (C2H5OH) is a clear colourless liquid, it is biodegradable, low in toxicity and causes little environmental pollution if spilt. Ethanol burns to produce carbon dioxide and water. Ethanol is a high octane fuel and has replaced lead as an octane enhancer in petrol. By blending ethanol with gasoline we can also oxygenate the fuel mixture so it burns more completely and reduces polluting emissions.

  (180) posted on 05.16.2009

I’d go with Michelle6r this time. We have to give it room for improvement. Imagine 20 years ago, no one would have taught that someday, cars would run on vegetable oil.

  (182) posted on 05.16.2009

Bioethanol is relatively new. So maybe we should give it a chance. Maybe in a few years time, what you want would be feasible.

  (177) posted on 05.16.2009

You’re right whitemamba! I would be more interested if its wholly running on vegetable oil. It could have made more buzz and become more environment friendly.

  (182) posted on 05.16.2009

For scooby2, there is variety crops where starch can be transformed to bioethanol. Many agricultural farms from third world countries have been transforming their products to the production of bioethanol instead of food. The question now is, would this be of help to the third world countries or will it just aggravate poverty.

  (314) posted on 05.16.2009

Goodluck to the Mustang FR500C running on E85. I hope bioethanol will not fail the Mustang fans!

  (231) posted on 05.16.2009

Excuse me if I am not that excited. I really wanted them to announce they were gunning down NASCAR with E85-Mustang that runs on straight vegetable oil

  (421) posted on 05.16.2009

This alternative fuel means bioethanol right? So we all know that ethanol have the capacity to boost the speed performance,but how about the source...are there enough

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