March 4, 2024


About a year ago, Ford revived the Supervan for the electric age with a decidedly audacious 2,000-horsepower quad-motor bullet van aimed at setting all the world records, without any packages. It describes the E-Transit Custom-related Supervan 4 as a rolling laboratory whose mad scientists have been hard at work tinkering. They’ve actually trimmed the output down to a “modest” 1,400 horsepower, but also widened the rear spoiler to nearly the span of the plane, lightened the entire vehicle, and put a new livery on it, it Will be wearing when conquering Pikes Peak.

At some point, Ford Performance decided that 2,000 horsepower might be overkill for a minivan-shaped race car. So it set out to take a single motor from the original four-pack STARD UHP six-phase setup and shrink it down to a more reasonable, commuter-friendly 1,400 horsepower (1,050 kilowatts) that your local Amazon driver might appreciate.

Those motors retain the all-wheel-drive capability, but this time they’re rear-biased—two motors at the rear and one up front. They are powered by STARD’s ultra-high-performance lithium-polymer pouch batteries with up to 600 kW of regenerative power. Ford says the new powertrain better optimizes energy management and power-to-weight ratio.

it looks like some kind of oversized siren
it looks like some kind of oversized siren

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The aerodynamic package has been more radically reworked than the powertrain, with the aim of allowing the powerful ‘wagon’ to wade through the thin air of US mountainous Route 14 while generating 150 mph (241 km/h) Up to 4,400 lbs (1,996 kg) of downforce. h) Glue the tires to the 156 zigzags and turn to the top.

We’re not sure if the SuperVan 4.2 counts as a wagon with its rear deck transformed into a massive, raised rear spoiler and fin combo, but it still vaguely looks like one from a right angle. The prominent carbon spoiler is complemented by a diffuser below, a carbon fiber splitter at the front, and floor-sweeping skirts along the sides, all as exaggerated as physically and visually.

Supervan 4.2 Eager to Climb
Supervan 4.2 Eager to Climb

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Ford Performance has also lightened the Supervan’s plans so that it can ride and float around Rocky Mountain corners more nimbly. Efforts include extensive use of carbon fiber materials, the addition of magnesium forged wheels, stripping the already humble interior, and installing a plexiglass windscreen.

An improved regenerative braking system will help power the draining battery, while lightweight carbon-ceramic discs bring the Supervan 4.2 to a complete stop. When the 4.2 corkscrew goes up hills, the Pirelli P Zero race tires will keep the road stable.

Ford stripped the interior down to the essentials needed to run Pikes Peak
Ford stripped the interior down to the essentials needed to run Pikes Peak

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Professional driver Romain Dumas drove the Supervan 4 up the hill at last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​with a final time of 46.58 seconds. He’ll be at the helm again this Sunday at Pikes Peak, where he clocked a time of 7:57.148 in the VW ID in 2018 and still stands today. R Pikes Peak. We’re looking forward to seeing what he can do with a supercharged electric van.

source: ford