Ford Racing 2011 Mustang GT sets production car world record
Ragan, who makes a living driving the UPS-sponsored #6 Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ripped around the half-mile Bristol oval in just 19.481 seconds at a speed of 98.497mph.
Just how fast is that? The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series raced at Bristol this past weekend and the rear of the qualifying field made it around the track in around 15.5 seconds with speeds around 120mph. That means that the 2011 Ford Mustang GT used for the world record run was able to make a trip around the famous half-mile track less than 4 seconds slower than a fully-prepped NASCAR race car. Keep in mind that the 2011 Ford Mustang GT driven by David Ragan was fully street legal with all of the amenities that you would find in any other production 2011 Mustang GT.
In order to give the 2011 Ford Mustang GT a little better chance of setting the world record for production cars, Ford Racing added their Ford Racing/Whipple supercharger package that ups the power from the standard 412 to 624. Helping the 2011 Mustang to handle the extra power and the high-banked race track, Ragan’s car was equipped with the Ford Racing FR3 handling package which adds adjustable dampers, lowering springs, an anti-roll bar kit, jounce stoppers and a strut tower brace. While these items make the 2011 Mustang GT far from stock, these are packages available from your local Ford dealership so while using only Ford parts, Ragan and his 2011 Mustang GT set the record.