After three iterations, the Ford SuperVan lost its combustion engine for the newest crazy van from the pure electric Blue Oval. Packing no less than four motors, this one-off tool has nearly 2,000 horsepower to reach speeds of 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in under two seconds. It was developed in secret by Ford Performance with help from racing specialists STARD while the design was written by a talented team of automakers in Cologne.
Incorporating the four electric motors is a liquid-cooled battery with a capacity of 50 kWh, which is smaller than the 68 kWh E-Transit Custom package on which its unique build is based. It is installed in the center of the ship, where the ICE used to be in the previous three SuperVans. Doing so allows for optimal weight distribution and a lower center of gravity. Using a fast charger, the battery juice can be recharged in just 45 minutes.
Based on the recently launched E-Transit Custom, the SuperVan 4 has a much more aggressive body than the donor vehicle. It has received a comprehensive aero package with a prominent front splitter, muscular side skirts, and a large rear diffuser. It even has a roof-mounted wing at the rear where the unique build uses fully darkened taillights.
Beneath the aggressive body is a re-suspension with a double-wishbone setup on both the front and rear axles. Not only that, the new Ford SuperVan even has motorsport class front and rear subframes and new brakes borrowed from race cars. Inside, it gets bucket seats and a full roll cage, along with Ford’s latest SYNC 4 infotainment system with a large screen.
By the way, the portrait-oriented touchscreen provides access to five selectable driving modes: Road, Track, Drag, Drift and Rally. Interestingly, there’s even a cute mode called Tire Cleaning Mode. Upon activation, it basically acts like burnout mode by fully braking one shaft while rotating the other. Ford says it’s been added to warm the tires, but we all know what they’re used for.
Unveiled today at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Ford SuperVan 4 is going up the hill with Romain Dumas at the wheel.