By AMANDA VINCENT
The Ford Fusions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will look a little different when they hit the track during Daytona Speedweeks at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway next month. A release from Ford Racing announcing the facelift describes the new-look Fusion as “an aggressive-looking new race car, capable of producing 750 horsepower at 9000 rpm under the current (Sprint Cup Series) rules package.”
The look of the Fusions to be fielded in Sprint Cup competition are supposed to reflect the 2017 production version of the car. The latest makeover marks the third major body change for the manufacturer since Ford switched from the Taurus to Fusion nameplate for NASCAR competition. The Fusion has been in NASCAR competition for 10 years.
“There’s no mistaking we’re here to win races and championships, and we believe the new NASCAR Fusion will be a powerful tool in the hands of our teams and drivers,” Ford Performance Global Director Dave Pericak said. “Aerodynamics are more important than ever at the speeds these cars run, so we used some of the best wind tunnel and computational fluid dynamics technology available to create this new Fusion. Fortunately, the Ford design team gave us a great car with which to start.”
The new-look Fusion made its public debut Tuesday at a Goodyear tire test at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, courtesy of Team Penske’s No. 2 Sprint Cup team and its driver, Brad Keselowski. The Daytona 500 will be the first Sprint Cup Series points-paying race for the new car on Feb. 21, but several Ford drivers are expected to compete in the Sprint Unlimited exhibition race, also at Daytona, on Feb. 13.
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