The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan is an electric vehicle that will get a lot of attention. It has four electric motors that make around 2000 hp and can go from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 2 seconds. Ford's legendary SuperVans started their first all-electric chapter today at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK. This is where the extreme electric van concept was shown to the rest of the world for the first time.
With the Ford Pro Electric SuperVan, they made a van that uses an electric driveline to its fullest potential and has much better performance than any Ford van. It also says that Ford is committed to a future where all cars are electric. The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan is a one-of-a-kind concept car in which Ford's design team was given free rein to make a racing utility vehicle that stands out and shows how fast it can go.
The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan can go from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 2 seconds thanks to its four electric motors, 50 kWh liquid-cooled battery, and custom control system. The car has a custom-built, track-adapted chassis with parts from the just-unveiled new Ford E-Transit Custom, the first all-electric version of Europe's best-selling van. The car also has a modem connection that is on 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help it run as well as possible.
The SuperVan also has the latest SYNC technology from Ford, which has already been added to several other Ford models. There are also unique parts that control how the Electric SuperVan works in its way.
The revolutionary van concept is always connected, so the driver gets real-time information. This lets the driver control the car's setup and performance from a distance. The SuperVan also has different driving modes and a regenerative braking system, just like Ford's all-electric vehicles do now.
The fantastic all-electric concept was made in secret in Austria by Ford Performance, Ford Design, and STARD, an Austrian company that specializes in electric racing cars.
With 2000 all-electric HP, the SuperVan delivers unparalleled excitement. The design is also shocking because it looks like the new Ford E-Transit Custom. Just like a modern racing car, SuperVan can always use real-time data to improve performance. Mark Rushbrook, the global director of Ford Performance, says this is not just about horsepower.
1971 was the year that Ford made its first SuperVan. When they made the Transit Mk1, they used a mid-range engine from the Ford GT40, which had won Le Mans. Then came the SuperVan 2, which had a fiberglass body and a 590 HP V8 Cosworth engine. Later, the SuperVan 3 came out. It had a 650 HP Cosworth HB engine, which was shared with a few Formula 1 cars at the time.
At Ford Pro, we do everything about making our customers more productive. So, we made a brand-new, all-electric SuperVan to show the full potential of electric cars that can always be connected. Hans Schep, General Manager of Ford Pro Europe, says that this fantastic concept takes the E-Transit Custom's advanced technology and unique look to a new level. It also shows quickly how robust Ford Pro's ecosystem of connected services is.
The liquid-cooled battery pack is placed so that the weight is distributed evenly and the center of gravity is low. A standard fast charger can fully charge it in about 45 minutes. The car can go from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 2 seconds. It's not only the fastest SuperVan, but it also has the least amount of pollution.
The SuperVan looks like a racing van, from the dramatic design on the front to the side skirts and rear diffuser. In addition, the eye-catching design on the back of the car makes the most of the ground pressure and gives the SuperVan a better grip.
The driver can choose between five different driving modes on the big touch screen in the passenger area:
- Road is for normal driving.
- Track is for the track and has slick tires.
- Drag is for maximum acceleration for drag racing.
- Drift is for a spectacular drift.
- Rally is for the best grip and performance on asphalt and gravel roads with special tires.
The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan also has "launch control," "traction control," and three different ways to charge the battery by turning the force of braking back into electricity. It also has a button called "E-Boost" that gives it the most power, torque, and speed.
Ford's advanced van concept is not only a way to show off its advanced technology for electric cars and connected technology, but it is also a lightning-fast scientific project. Ford engineers can push the limits by designing new all-electric and connected drivelines that can handle a wide range of challenging driving situations and design ideas. It can help the company improve race cars, regular cars, software, and services.
Romain Dumas, a very experienced e-racing driver, will get behind the wheel of the Electric SuperVan at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and show off its huge power. He just set records in the downhill races at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and he also holds the record for fastest lap time in an electric car on the dangerous Nordschleife, where he has won four Nürburgring 24-hour races.