This brilliant thing is the new Ford Supervan 4. The name correctly suggests that this is the fourth time in the past 50 years that Ford has organized a completely out of hand Friday afternoon drink with the engineering department. The van produces about 2,000 hp and 1,800 Nm of torque. And you guessed it: it’s fully electric. The official name is therefore Ford Pro Electric Supervan… we stick to Supervan 4.
Why use an electric drive for the fourth supervan now? Well, you might remember the one-off 2020 Mach-E 1400—a 1,400-horsepower, tire-hate, 1,400-horsepower electric SUV designed to remind you that the Mach-E was on sale. Now the case is that Ford has recently opened the order books for the E-Transit. And what better tool to direct customers to showrooms than an E-Transit with over ten times more power than the production version?
Little was left of the E-Transit Custom
This project started with someone putting an angle grinder in an E-Transit Custom. The bottom plate and the place where the batteries were kept, and not much more. On top of that, Ford baked a tubular frame with custom front and rear subframes, clad in an all-carbon fiber body.
The same battery slot as the donor car now houses a 50 kWh pack of liquid-cooled lithium-ion batteries. Ford made the package scalable, so kWh can still be added. Let’s face it, they’re not short on space.
The total range of the Ford Supervan 4, as it stands now? About 35 kilometers at race pace, good for one and a half laps of the Nürburgring. There are thick Alcon brakes with steel discs, double wishbone suspension and a full roll cage to FIA spec. There is even a detachable tow bar that allows you to tow up to 2,250 kilos.
The Ford Supervan 4 has four electric motors
The battery powers four electric motors: two at the front, two at the rear. In total there are two differentials and two gearboxes – one per set of electric motors. So it’s not like there’s an electric motor on every wheel, just to be clear. The motors can be disconnected to gain range. The 0-100 time is less than 2 seconds and the top speed is over 320 km/h.
Something with the frontal cross-section of a bus stop will never be ideal aerodynamically, but Ford has dug deep into his bag of tricks. The large carbon fiber scoop in the nose directs air through the bus and lets it out above the rear number plate. On the back we see the same kind of buttresses that we already saw on the Ford GT. At 300 km/h, the entire aero package is good for 500 kilos of downforce.
This bus can also drift
There’s also a hydraulic handbrake, which speaks volumes about the plans for the Ford Supervan 4. Drifting is a possibility, but also a blistering lap time. With its sprinting ability, a drag race should also be a great option from time to time. The 15.5-inch display lets you choose between Road, Track, Drag, Drift and Rally driving modes.
Dive into the settings submenu and it gets really nerdy: you can tell the launch control what type of surface you’re on. Our personal favorite is the tire cleaning mode (feel free to call it the smokey burnout mode). This new function brakes one axle completely, while the other axle spins at high power. This way you can scrub all the sticky mess from the tires.
The Ford Supervan 4 is going to do a hill climb as its debut
The Supervan 4 will make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, tearing up the hill in the highly capable hands of Romain Dumas – current FoS record holder in the VW ID.R. He is also a two-time Le Mans winner and holder of the electric lap records at the Nürburgring and Pikes Peak in the Volkswagen ID.R. Like we said, capable. Heading to the Festival of Speed? Just follow the clouds of smoke and the smell of burnt rubber, you’ll find the electric Ford Supervan 4 in no time.