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It's Racing Day here at the CATA!

Posted by: Michelle Ferm

Freeway Ford and Ford Motor Company held a seminar at the CATA offices today so that area fleet buyers could meet Ford field service engineers and top technical staff. Of course the focus of the event was Ford's new 6.7-liter diesel engine. But tucked back in the corner was a neat little winged Sprint Car, and, of course, that instantly caught our attention (more on that later).

Kevin Naro who is the Fleet Manager for Ford Customer Service division, said that the reason why they are here today is to support Freeway Ford and promote the new 6.7-liter turbo diesel PowerStroke engine which is in Ford's super duty truck line up. They want to get the word out to the fleet customers that this new engine has a significant increase in horsepower, has a better fuel economy, and lower emissions than diesel engines offered by competitors. He said that, "this engine is a more efficient and effective choice for fleet buyers. The air going out of the vehicle is cleaner than the air that the vehicle is taking in."

The fleet customers had positive reactions to Freeway Ford hosting seminars like these because they say it is more informative. Chanel Caron who is a fleet manager for the City of Elmhurst says that these types of engines do have more horsepower and are better for the environment. He also says that these types of seminars are very informative because fleet buyers don't always have the time to sit down and talk one on one with Ford.

BTW, Ted McAdams, the driver and owner of the racecar, spent a little time chatting it up with yours truly. Ted said the car is sponsored by AER and can reach a top speed of 145 mph on a half-mile dirt track. This particular racecar is nicknamed Kansas because McAdams is originally from Kansas. Of course it has a Ford engine that makes an honest 800 horsepower and weighs just 1300 pounds. That's a power-weight-ratio that's almost 5 times better than the 550-horsepower Mustang Shelby GT500.

Makes you think, what if you put that 6.7-liter PowerStroke V8 into the race car. . .

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