Ford’s ultra-high-performance Pro Electric SuperVan has been unveiled at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK. Four electric motors, a 50 kWh liquid-cooled battery and a bespoke control system produce approximately 2,000 PS for sub two-second 0-100 km/h acceleration.
Performance from a purpose-built, track-ready chassis including components from the recently unveiled E-Transit Custom – the first fully electric version of Europe’s best-selling van.
The vehicle offers Ford’s SYNC in-cab touchscreen technology from road-going Ford models.
The enhanced connectivity keeps the driver informed and enables real-time data transmission for remote vehicle management and optimised performance.
The all-electric demonstrator vehicle was developed in secret by Ford Performance and electrified by rally and racing specialists STARD in Austria, with exterior design by the Ford Design team in Cologne, Germany.
Ford’s first SuperVan was revealed in 1971 and featured a mid-mounted engine taken from the Le Mans-winning Ford GT40 to create a Transit Mk.
Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports, says: “We’re bringing SuperVan into the 21st century with 2,000 PS of all-electric power for unmatched excitement and unmistakeable styling inspired by the new E-Transit Custom. But performance isn’t all about horsepower – the Electric SuperVan’s processing power means engineers can use real-time vehicle data to optimise its performance, just like on a top-level racing car.”
Hans Schep, general manager, Ford Pro, Europe, comments: “Ford Pro is all about accelerating productivity for our customers – so why not create a new Electric SuperVan that proves the power of electrification and connectivity. This incredible demonstrator vehicle takes E-Transit Custom’s advanced engineering and distinctive look to a whole new level, and is high-speed proof of the power of Ford Pro’s connected services ecosystem.”
“The chance to be part of the iconic SuperVan story and reimagine what it could be in the 21st century was a dream opportunity,” adds Amko Leenarts, director, Design, Ford of Europe. “The fourth chapter of the SuperVan story is designed to be the fastest, most extreme yet while keeping the Transit DNA. The proportions are a more dramatic version of what we developed for the E-Transit Custom and the front light bar creates a futuristic expression, making the Electric SuperVan the absolute pinnacle of Transit design language.”
In the hot seat at Goodwood is Romain Dumas, the expert driver tasked with testing the Electric SuperVan’s full performance.