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Ford shows off new electric SuperVan – 0-100km/h in 2 seconds

Ford’s SuperVan series has made a comeback – as an all-electric vehicle.

The Ford Pro SuperVan was revealed this week at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, showing off the brand’s electrical technology for its cars going forward.

All-electric power

The new Ford SuperVan’s chassis is designed and purpose-built for the racetrack, employing regenerative brakes and five different drive modes to suit different road surfaces and high-performance scenarios.

The driving modes, which adjust the car’s torque, braking, and response levels, are:

  • Road – For what Ford describes as the “rare cases of normal driving”
  • Track – For balancing speed and cornering capabilities
  • Drag – For maximizing acceleration
  • Drift – For sliding around on tarmac or on loose surfaces
  • Rally – For optimum performance on gravel surfaces

These driving modes are complemented by an electronics package that includes traction control, launch control, and a speed limiter.

The three-stage regenerative brakes also allow the van to return energy to the battery, and at low speeds, an Eco mode kicks in which cuts drive to the rear axle to maintain energy efficiency.

As for power, the SuperVan runs on no less than four electric motors, delivering a total of 1,471kW to its all-wheel-drive system.

This is in combination with a 50kWh liquid-cooled battery, which is centrally mounted for optimal weight distribution and a low centre of gravity.

Altogether, this allows the Ford to achieve a blistering 0-100km/h acceleration time of under 2 seconds. And for when you need an extra hit of speed on the straights, an E-Boost button is further included.

Another track-oriented feature on this Ford is the Tyre Cleaning Mode, which brakes one axle while spinning the other thereby allowing the van to do impressive burnouts that have the added benefit of warming the tyres before hitting the tarmac.

The body is then a combination of lightweight materials featuring a sculpted front splitter, side skirts, and a rear diffuser for improved airflow and downforce.

The interior, meanwhile, is fitted with a roll cage and standard racing seats, as well as a Ford SYNC touchscreen similar to those found on other vehicles in the blue oval’s lineup.

Finally, it takes less than 45 minutes to charge the vehicle using a “standard fast-charger” – however, Ford did not reveal the strength of the current that this “standard” charger will have to put out to achieve these charging figures.

Development

The SuperVan was developed in secret by Ford’s rally and racing specialists in Austria, while the body was designed by a separate team in Germany and incorporates components from the recently announced E-Transit Custom – the first electric iteration of the brand’s popular van series.

Ford’s first SuperVan made its debut in 1971 and used a Mk 1 Transit body while being fitted with a mid-mounted engine taken from the Le Mans GT40.

The series went on to see two more iterations in the SuperVan 2 and 3, before being shelved for several years.

This new electric model is a one-off, developed as an “unrestricted design concept” to push the envelope of Ford’s electric capabilities for its road-going and racing vehicles going forward, said the manufacturer.

“The fourth chapter of the SuperVan story is designed to be the fastest, most extreme yet while keeping the Transit DNA,” said Amko Leenarts, design director for Ford Europe.


Ford Pro SuperVan


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