Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] has just updated its Fusion sedan for the 2017 model year and that means the version of the car competing in NASCAR needed to be updated as well. Today we have our first look at the new Ford Fusion that will compete in the 2016 season of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series.
While the Fusion NASCAR Sprint Cup car shares little in common with its road-going sibling, at least mechanically, the new design has been applied faithfully to the body of the race car. The inspiration was the new Fusion V6 Sport variant, which sports a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 good for 325 horsepower. In contrast, the Fusion NASCAR Sprint Cup car packs a 750-hp V-8.
Beyond the new exterior, a new digital dashboard system has been installed in line with NASCAR’s latest regulations. Teams can switch between 16 different preset screens to display information and see information via bar graphs, numbers or your standard gauges and needles.
The car will be taking to the track for the first time today as part of a test session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Its first race will take place during next month’s Daytona Speedweeks while its first official points race will be the Daytona 500, also next month.