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Ford Focus Electric Pace Car Unveiled

Focus Electric Pace Car 1 at Ford Focus Electric Pace Car Unveiled

You may remember a couple of weeks ago we told you about a Ford Focus Electric that’s going to pace the NASCAR Sprint Cup Richmond 400 on April 28. Well, this is the funny-looking car in question. Ford unveiled the bio sticker-covered Focus pace car at the Virginia State Capitol. It will then went under a heavy charging regiment, so it won’t embarrass itself running out of juice while leading the way for NASCAR monsters.

The Focus electric is currently America’s most fuel-efficient five-seat car offering the equivalent of 110 miles per gallon (MPGe) city, 99 MPGe highway, or 105 MPGe combined.

Focus Electric Pace Car 2 at Ford Focus Electric Pace Car Unveiled

Two Focus Electric vehicles will perform all pace car duties for the Capital City 400. To mark the event, Eric Kuehn, chief nameplate engineer, Ford Global Electrified Programs; Mike Lynch, NASCAR’s managing director of Green Innovation; and Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, drove the cars through the streets of Richmond after the ceremony to Richmond International Raceway, where they were turned over for weekend duty to Dennis Bickmeier, president of RIR.

Focus Electric Pace Car 3 at Ford Focus Electric Pace Car Unveiled

NASCAR’s Lynch pointed out this marks another historic moment in the sport’s history. “The arrival of the 2012 Ford Focus Electric pace car is a strong example of how the innovation cycle around green transportation is accelerating,” said Lynch. “The Ford Focus Electric was held to the same highly demanding standard of any pace car, and more than met the performance requirements.   Seeing it on the track at Richmond International Raceway will be another historic moment for our sport.”

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