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This should impress the people at the loading dock.
The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan is a custom racing truck designed as a showcase for the brand’s efforts in electrification.
The scandalous car will make its debut this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK
It will be driven to the event by two-time Le Mans 24 Hours champion Romain Dumas.
The vehicle is the fourth in a line of SuperVans dating back to 1971, when Ford wrapped a Transit bodywork around the chassis of one of its Le Mans-winning GT40 racing cars (as featured in “Ford v Ferrari”) to promote the new Transit.
A new one followed in 1984 based on the Ford endurance racing car of that era and a third in 1994 powered by the Formula 1 Ford Cosworth V8.
The new SuperVan is a collaboration between Ford Performance and Austrian racing car maker STARD, which started with the chassis of an E-Transit Custom electric van, but replaced pretty much everything else.
The SuperVan features a composite body with some styling elements reminiscent of the Ford GT racing car, including its tapered greenhouse with flow-through body and large rear diffuser.
It’s all backed up by a steel spaceframe and the interior is stripped down except for driver controls and a large touchscreen display like those on the Ford Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning.
The powertrain consists of four electric motors with a combined power of 1,973 hp (2,000 hp or metric horsepower), a 50 kWh battery pack and power controls capable of handling high-power scenarios, such as acceleration to 60 mph in less than two seconds.
“We’re taking SuperVan into the 21st century with 2,000PS of all-electric power for unmatched thrill and unmistakable style inspired by the new E-Transit Custom. But performance isn’t all about power – the processing power of the SuperVan. electric means that engineers can use real-time vehicle data to optimize performance, just like on a high-end racing car, ”said Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports.
The SuperVan’s programming includes a variety of riding modes that modify its characteristics for track driving, endurance racing, drifting, etc., and also includes a “tire cleaning” setting that locks the brakes to 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-wheel drive van with 266hp and a range of up to 126 miles per charge starting at $ 51,880 in the US