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Ford Mustang Mach-E To Serve As Geico 500 Pace Car At Talladega

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The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, Ford’s first-ever all-electric crossover, will be making its NASCAR debut this weekend when it serves as a pace vehicle for Sunday’s Geico 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

This will mark the second time Ford has had an all-electric vehicle pace a NASCAR event.  The first time came in 2012 when the manufacturer made NASCAR history by having its Focus electric perform all pace car duties for the Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway.

“We have always tried to use our presence in NASCAR to show off our dynamic and innovative vehicle lineup, and that continues this weekend with our all-electric Mustang Mach-E,” said Jeannee Kirkaldy, motorsports marketing manager, Ford Performance. “We feel this car not only stays true to Mustang’s great heritage but carries on its legacy in a modern way that we think fans and our loyal enthusiasts will embrace.”

The Ford Mustang Mach-E has won a number of accolades since it launched late last year, including being named the North American Utility of the Year in January by an independent group of 50 print and broadcast automotive journalists from the United States and Canada as a first-time entrant.

“When I drove the Mustang Mach-E it was instant power and way better than I thought or expected,” said Matt DiBenedetto, driver of the number 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang in the NASCAR Cup Series for Wood Brothers Racing. “It was something that I 100 percent wanted to own for myself or my wife because when you hop in the car it’s nice and quiet, and the throttle response is so instant. It was a blast. It will make a great pace car.”

Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney has won two of the last three Cup Series events at Talladega and is the defending champion of this weekend’s 500-mile event.  Overall, Ford has dominated in recent years at NASCAR’s biggest track, having won nine of the last 11 races, which includes a stretch of seven straight from 2015-2018.

The Geico 500 is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Eastern time and will be televised live on Fox.

We’ll have more NASCAR and Mach-E coverage to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Mustang Mach-E news and ongoing Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. I read at a Mach-E Forum that the maximum speed was 110 MPH. I know that Pace cars don’t have to drive as fast as the racers, so I have set my DVR to record the race Sunday and see how well the Mach-E fares in this race.

    • It looked like on the forum it was more or less a estimate and every website has something different so it sounds like you really have to find out for yourself because Ford and everyone else is only releasing the 0-60 or 0-100

    • is that true? 110mph is max? That means my 80hp ’95 ford contour was faster than this new mustang. definitely not quicker, but faster

  2. It will be on the track at least 3 times, leading to the green flag and the end of stages 1 and 2, and of course there will probably be a few wrecks just for good measure.

    • There was one at lap 63 just before the end of Stage 1 where a Toyota did an illegal maneuver against a Ford Mustang, causing the Mustang to slide and flip. A Mustang won the race.

  3. Y’all better hope it doesn’t catch fire amongst all those high-octane race cars. Perhaps it’s a better idea to use it as a pace car for the formula whatever races where NONE of vehicles make any real car sounds.

    • Search for videos showing the Mache-E assembly and you will see that the battery is excellently protected against fires. It received the IIHS Top Safety Pick after doing the required crash tests. So no Mach-E will be burning like Tesla cars do.

      By 2035 we will be watching local races where all the cars are electric and hear no more engine noises.

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