Ford Unveils the Monster 1470kW Supervan Demonstrator
Ford has shown just what it can do in the field of electric performance with the unveiling of the extraordinary Electric SuperVan at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK.
The van is a beast, boasting four electric motors, a 50kWh liquid-cooled battery and a control system that together produce approximately 1470kW for a sub two-second 0-100kmh sprint.
The all-electric demonstrator was developed by Ford Performance and STARD in Austria. The bespoke chassis includes components from Ford’s E-Transit Custom van. Inside, the SuperVan uses Ford’s SYNC in-cab touchscreen technology from road-going Ford models plus additional control functionality.
Enhanced connectivity enables real-time data transmission for remote vehicle management. Selectable drive modes and regenerative braking technologies similar to those on Ford production electric vehicles also feature.
The body has a front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser, and the rear has cutaways and a dorsal fin that flow into the rear wing to generate downforce. Under that dramatic body there is double wishbone suspension at each corner, motorsport-grade front and rear subframes, uprights, and brakes that deliver the braking and steering capability to match the van’s power.
The interior includes a full roll cage and racing seats to FIA standards, plus the large SYNC touchscreen taken from Ford’s production vehicles. That 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. Modes include ‘Road’ for cases of ‘normal’ driving, ‘Track’ for balancing speed and cornering with racing slick tyres, ‘Drag’ for maximum acceleration on drag strips while using drag racing radial tyres, ‘Drift’ for drifting, agility demonstrations and snow driving, and ‘Rally’ for performance on tarmac and gravel rally stages with special tyres.
An electronics package includes traction control, launch control, and a pit-lane speed limiter. At low speed, an 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.
This new electric SuperVan is the latest in a series that Ford in Europe has created over several decades, with the first appearing in 1971 featuring a mid-mounted engine taken from the
Le Mans-winning Ford GT40. The SuperVan 2 had a fibreglass version of the Transit Mk.2 body draped over the 434kW Cosworth V8 of Ford’s C100 racing car. SuperVan 3 was powered by a 478kW Cosworth HB engine shared with Formula 1 cars of the era.
VIDEO: FORD PRO ELECTRIC SUPERVAN
17 July 2022