The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan has been unveiled at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Four electric motors, a 50kWh liquid-cooled battery and a bespoke control system produce approximately 2,000PS for sub two-second 0-62mph acceleration.
The purpose-built, track-ready chassis includes components from the recently unveiled E-Transit Custom – the first fully electric version of Britain’s best-selling vehicle.
Selectable drive modes and regenerative braking technologies similar to those on Ford production electric vehicles also feature.
Ford’s first SuperVan was revealed in 1971 and featured a mid-mounted engine taken from the Le Mans-winning Ford GT40 to create a Transit Mk.1 unlike any other.
The formula was taken further for SuperVan; a glassfibre version of the Transit Mk.2 body was draped over the monocoque and 590PS Cosworth V8 of Ford’s C100 racing car.
This vehicle was later reborn as the facelifted Transit Mk.3 lookalike SuperVan 3, powered by a 650PS Cosworth HB engine shared with Formula 1 cars of the era.
The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan is a one-off demonstrator with a 50kWh liquid-cooled battery pack which can be fully recharged in approximately 45 minutes using a standard electric vehicle fast-charger.
Four electric motors together deliver approximately 2,000PS through an all-wheel drive system – enough to propel the van to 62mph in under two seconds and making it comfortably the fastest SuperVan ever, as well as the cleanest.
Like any good van, the Electric SuperVan features a loadspace behind the driver with a door in the bodyside to make loading and unloading cargo easy.
The touchscreen enables control of the selectable drive modes that tailor the Electric SuperVan’s torque maps, regenerative braking and control responses to suit different driving scenarios:
• Road – for rare cases of “normal” driving
• Track – for balancing speed and cornering on track with racing slick tyres
• Drag – for maximum acceleration on drag strips while using drag racing radial tyres
• Drift – for spectacular drifting, agility demonstrations and snow driving
• Rally – for optimum performance on tarmac and gravel rally stages with special tyres
Further performance fine-tuning is delivered by an electronics package that includes traction control, launch control, a pit-lane speed limiter and three-stage regenerative braking to return energy to the battery – similar to the L Mode function on E-Transit.
At low speed, ECO Mode keeps the motors at optimal efficiency, turns the regenerative braking up to maximum and cuts drive to the rear axle. For maximum speed, an E Boost button puts a temporary power and torque boost at the driver’s fingertips.
In the hot seat at Goodwood is Romain Dumas, the expert driver tasked with unleashing the Electric SuperVan’s full performance. Dumas’ track record in electric racing is unparalleled; he set outright records at the Goodwood and Pikes Peak hillclimbs, and also holds the electric lap record at the fearsome Nordschleife, where he won four Nürburgring 24 Hours races. Dumas’ diverse experience also includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans’ outright distance record, an FIA World Endurance Championship title, and a class victory at the Rallye Monte Carlo.