The UK really loves some high-performance Ford Transit vans. This is the fault of Ford, who sent this ball more than 50 years ago through the first of three generations of supernovae created for the race. The Blue Oval took a break and allowed others to play in the fast and furious vans and panel vans (and more vans), but now he’s back to raise the bar to insane heights with a four-engine electric supervan so tough and powerful that it will take world-renowned Le Mans winner and electric record holder Ramon Dumas to take it on a leisurely holiday climb.
After the launch of the Ford Transit in 1965, it didn’t take long for people from British Ford, a racing racer, to present a completely insane version of the racing class. The original Supervan debuted in 1971 as a piece of insane science that hid pieces of a GT40 race car, including a 435-horsepower V8, located in the middle of the body of the Mark 1 Transit. The Mark 2 Transit Supervan 2 appeared in 1984, and the Mark 3 – Supervan 3 ten years later in 1994, both with Repit replicas and Cosworth racing engines.
Looking at this schedule, 2004 seemed obvious for Supervan 4, but it wasn’t there. Instead, the Supervan has become a more historical quirk and a pleasant memory … to this day.
Almost 30 years after the introduction of the Supervan 3, the Ford Pro Electric Supervan will debut at the Speedwood Festival in Goodwood in 2022, looking straight into the future. And it’s about as insane as the body of the van that covered the victory in the LeMans GT40 must have been in its time. The belated Supervan 4 has a 4-engine all-electric transmission from 1973 hp. E-Transit Custom.
In short, it’s more than three times more horsepower than any previous supervan, and it’s all included in the mid-size E-Transit Custom … or something like that. Insanity.
Four separate engines run on a special liquid-cooled battery at 50 kW / h, which takes about 45 minutes to charge quickly. Not surprisingly, Ford does not risk assuming distance, but emphasizes the estimated speed of less than 2.0 seconds 0-62 mph (100 km / h), which should completely destroy any other claims of “the fastest van in the world.”
That’s not too bad for a van that can also deliver your last Amazon order … because Ford kept the cargo area behind the driver’s seat, somewhere between the carcass beams. There is even easy access to the side doors. Madness again.
Even if you missed the debut of the E-Transit Custom a few weeks ago, you probably had a suspicion that the e-Supervan didn’t look very much like its stable mate. And rightly so – while Ford Performance and Austrian electrified racing specialist STARD developed the details of technology and aerodynamics, Ford’s design team in Cologne, Germany, gained the freedom to create a truly extreme van out of lightweight composite panels.
The team of designers unambiguously responded to the “extreme” call. From a low position to a compact nose, up the windshield and down the sloping roof, the Supervan does not look like a van from many angles. The subtle bulge of the wings hints at the power of the four-engine AWD below, while a host of aerodynamic embellishments link the van to its racing roots. Colorful livery, inspired by racing, complements the package.
“The fourth chapter of the Supervan story is designed to be the fastest and most extreme, while preserving the DNA of Transit,” explains Amko Lenarts, Ford of Europe’s director of design. “The proportions are a more dramatic version of what we developed for the E-Transit Custom, and the front light strip creates a futuristic expression that makes the Electric Supervan the absolute pinnacle of Transit’s design language.”
Complete with its ultra-powerful electric drive, the new Supervan includes motorsport double levers of unequal length at each corner and racing stretchers, racks and brakes. The five-mode drive system allows riders to choose from track, drag, drift and rally, and even includes road mode for those times when you want to ride a caterpillar with a capacity of 2000 hp.
A separate mode of “cleaning the tires” brakes the front or rear axle to burn smoke, which warms the tires for the speed circle. Electronic assistance features include traction control, start control, pit lane speed limiter and three-stage regenerative braking to extend battery life.
Ford is billing the van as a one-time demonstration and plans to use it as a functional lab to test technologies and techniques that may find their way into future racing and road cars. The built-in connectivity package sends real-time performance data to track engineers for immediate analysis, just as Ford commercial vans transmit data to remote fleet managers.
Like its Supervans predecessor, the Ford Pro Electric Supervan was designed to enhance the profile of the production Transit, in this case the E-Transit Custom. Professional race car driver and current Goodwood record holder Ramon Dumas will help this excitement by removing from the chain the complete fury of the 1973 tense horse racing wagon at this year’s Hillclimb.
See what e-Supervan is, in the video below.
Electric super van Ford Pro: the fastest transit
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