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That should impress people at the loading dock.
The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan is a custom race truck designed as a showcase for the brand’s electrification efforts.
The outrageous machine debuts this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK
It will be driven during the event by the double champion of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Romain Dumas.
The vehicle is the fourth in a line of SuperVans dating back to 1971, when Ford wrapped a Transit body around the chassis of one of its Le Mans-winning GT40 race cars (as featured in ‘Ford v Ferrari’) to promote the new Transit.
A new one followed in 1984 based on Ford’s endurance racing car of that era and a third in 1994 which was powered by the Formula 1 Ford Cosworth V8.
The new SuperVan is a collaboration between Ford Performance and Austrian racing car manufacturer STARD, which started with the chassis of an E-Transit Custom electric van, but replaced just about everything else.
The SuperVan features a composite body with styling cues that echo the Ford GT race car, including its tapered greenhouse with flow-through bodywork and large rear diffuser.
Everything is supported by a space steel structure and the interior is stripped down except for the driver’s controls and a large touchscreen like those of the Ford Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning.
The powertrain consists of four electric motors with a combined output of 1,973 hp (2,000 hp or metric horsepower), a 50 kWh battery and power controls capable of handling high power scenarios.
“We’re bringing SuperVan into the 21st century with 2,000PS of all-electric power for unrivaled excitement and unmistakable styling inspired by the new E-Transit Custom. But performance isn’t just about power – processing power of the Electric SuperVan means that engineers can use real-time vehicle data to optimize its performance, just like on a top-level race car,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports.
The SuperVan’s programming includes a variety of drive modes that alter its characteristics for dirt track driving, drag racing, drifting, and more, and even includes a “tire wash” setting that locks the brakes at one end. while the other does a burnout.
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The production version of the E-Transit cannot do this. It’s a rear-drive minivan with 266 hp and a range of up to 126 miles per charge that starts at $51,880 in the US.