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Ford debuts a Super Van that is faster than a Bugatti Chiron

by Dennis Mathu
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Ford has a tradition of turning Transit vans into Supervans. Their new iteration is the Ford Pro Electric Supervan, it will be shown at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The Ford E-Transit Custom serves as the basis for the Electric Supervan. According to a press statement from Ford, it was created by Ford Performance and the company’s European design team in collaboration with STARD, an Austrian expert in electric rallying.

The steel space frame and composite body panels were specially manufactured for this vehicle. The Supervan has a number of onboard cameras to record footage of its fast runs. In addition, there’s a GPS system and a wifi hotspot built-in to transmit real-time telemetry data to the car’s engineers.

Four electric motors provide the monstrous 1,972 hp of total power to the van’s four wheels. This makes the van accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100kmh) in under 2.0 seconds effectively making it faster than a Bugatti Chiron.

“The chance to be part of the iconic SuperVan story and reimagine what it could be in the 21st century was a dream opportunity,” said Amko Leenarts, director, Design, Ford of Europe. “The fourth chapter of the SuperVan story is designed to be the fastest, most extreme yet while keeping the Transit DNA. The proportions are a more dramatic version of what we developed for the E-Transit Custom and the front light bar creates a futuristic expression, making the Electric SuperVan the absolute pinnacle of Transit design language.”

The 50 kwh liquid-cooled battery pack that powers the motors can, according to the manufacturer, be fully juiced up using a DC fast charger in 45 minutes.

Charging is controlled from the stock in-cab touchscreen, which also allows for the selection of different drive modes, including Road, Track, Drag, Drift, and Rally. In addition, Ford offers launch control, three-stage regenerative braking, a pit lane speed limitation, and a “tire cleaning mode” that stops one axle’s wheels while allowing the other ones to spin freely for impressive burnouts.

The Supervan will climb the hill at Goodwood while being driven by Romain Dumas. Dumas previously set an EV Nürburgring lap record, in the Volkswagen ID.R electric racer.

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