5.0-litre V8 Powered Ford Mustang Enter Eco-Driving Contest

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Ford has chosen its 5.0-litre V8 muscle car Mustang to take part in this year's MPG Marathon. The convertible version of the Mustang is just one of Ford's entries in this annual fuel economy challenge.

In terms of performance, this V8 monster produces 415bhp and 530Nm of torque. The car is capable of doing 0-100 km/h in 4.8 seconds, but this marathon is not the venue for Mustang to demonstrate its performance.

Everyone will be focusing on this Mustang's 20mpg (14.1l/100km) average fuel consumption figure.

Jerry Ramsdale, the event organiser said, "The great thing about the MPG Marathon is that it's as much about driving style as it is about eco vehicles.

"By entering a car like the Mustang and showing the world how much the crew can improve the fuel economy over the standard MPG figure, Ford is demonstrating how even the most performance-oriented of cars can be fuel efficient if driven in a responsible, eco-friendly manner."

The V8 muscle car will be driven by former Ford works rally crew Andy Dawson and Andy Marriott - former winners of the same event with Ford back in 2012 in a Fiesta ECOnetic 1.6 TDCi.

Kevin Griffin, Ford UK sales director said, "Since right-hand-drive Mustangs arrived here for the beginning of the year, over 3,000 have been delivered to proud new owners - two-thirds of them with 5.0-litre V8 engines.

"They powered Mustang to the top of the sales charts as the UK's top-selling high-performance sales car. But a high power rating need not necessarily mean excessive fuel consumption - as this year's MPG Marathon is set to demonstrate."

The event is held on Oct 18-19, 2016 in England. The competitors will try to achieve the highest possible MPG figure while driving to different venues - including Silverstone race track.

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