The 2011 Ford Mustang will be used as the official pace car for the short-track Bristol Motor Speedway Nascar event. Rather than seeing the 2011 Mustang for the second time in a 5.0-liter V8 trim, we will be seeing the 3.7-liter V6 economy version running the high banks of Bristol on March 21st.

PaddockTalk notes that this Mustang will be the most fuel efficient to date and will be showing off its 31-mpg and 305-horses at the Food City 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Event.

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According to Mustang Brand Manager, Fritz Wilke, “This is a Mustang that delivers the power and fuel economy customers want...To get 305 horsepower and 31 miles per gallon has never been done in a production vehicle, in fact this new Mustang could do an entire 500 lap race on one tank of gas.” Even more interesting is that it provides that 305-horses and 31-mpg on a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Many factors and changes go in to the excellent performance of the new 2011 Mustang. What is most attributed to the extra horses is the Ti-VCT system. The acronym basically describes another sort of variable valve timing throughout the revolution range. Ti-VCT also improves fuel economy slightly. Piston cooling jets and a die-cast aluminum block add durability and efficiency to the 3.7-liter V6.

The 2011 also incorporates a nice cold-air induction system and dual exhaust which lets the Mustang breathe freely to 7,000rpm. Ford also adds a deep sump-oil pan allowing customers a 10,000-mile range between oil changes. The car is designed as a consumer friendly car with muscle car blood. Along with having track presence at Bristol Motor Speedway's short track, Ford will be providing personnel at the track on the event weekend. Paddocktalk claims that Ford will be hosting 15,000-square feet of display, driver appearances, and question and answer sessions.

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