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The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan is a custom race truck designed as a showcase for the brand’s efforts in electrification.
The outrageous machine is making its debut this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK
It will be driven at the event by two-time 24 Hours of Le Mans champion Romain Dumas.
The vehicle is the fourth in a line of SuperVans that dates back to 1971, when Ford wrapped a Transit bodywork 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 the Ford endurance racing car of that era and a third in 1994 that was powered by the Formula 1 Ford Cosworth V8.
The new SuperVan is a collaboration between Ford Performance and Austrian race car manufacturer 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 that echo the Ford GT race car, including its conical greenhouse with continuous-flow bodywork and large rear diffuser.
Everything is supported by a steel frame and the interior is stripped down except for the driver controls and a large touchscreen like those on 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 power), a 50 kWh battery, and power controls that can handle high-power scenarios such as accelerating to 60 mph in less than two seconds.
“We’re bringing the SuperVan into the 21st century with 2,000hp of all-electric power for unparalleled excitement and unmistakable style inspired by the new E-Transit Custom. Using real-time vehicle data to optimize its performance, just like in a race car world class,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports.
The SuperVan’s lineup includes a variety of driving modes that modify its characteristics for track driving, drag racing, drifting, etc.
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The production version of E-Transit cannot do this. It’s a rear-wheel drive van with 266 horsepower and a range of up to 126 miles per charge that starts at $51,880 in the US.
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