Ford has unveiled the Ford Pro Electric SuperVan at the Goodwood Speed Festival, marking the first electrified chapter in the company's legendary Supervan series. By maximizing the advantages of electrification and advanced connectivity, the Ford Pro Electric SuperVan not only achieves the highest dynamic performance of any commercial vehicle Ford has ever produced but also highlights the company's massive commitment to electrification.
Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes less than 2 seconds thanks to the combination of four electric motors, a 50 kWh liquid-cooled battery, and a custom control system. Inside, Ford SYNC touchscreen technology and additional features to control the Electric SuperVan's unique capabilities complement the performance of a specially built, circuit-ready running van that includes components from the recently unveiled E-Transit Custom (the first all-electric version of the best-selling Ford Transit van).
More than 125,000 Ford Pro customers in Europe benefit from increased connectivity because it keeps them informed, allows real-time data transmission for remote vehicle management and optimized performance, and provides access to integrated services that can boost their productivity. In addition, the Ford range of electric vehicles features similar technologies to regenerative braking and selectable driving modes. The Ford Design team developed the exterior design in Cologne (Germany) and Ford Performance developed the interior.
"With 2,000 fully electric hp, we bring the Ford Pro Electric SuperVan into the modern era, providing unrivaled emotion and an unmistakable style influenced by the new Ford E-Transit Custom. However, according to Mark Rushbrook, performance isn't just about horsepower - Electric SuperVan's processing power means engineers can use real-time vehicle data to optimize performance, just like a high-end race car.
Ford's first SuperVan, based on the Transit Mk.1, was unveiled in 1971 with the proposal of using a centrally mounted engine from the Ford GT40, the winner at Le Mans. SuperVan 2, based on the Transit Mk.2 but with a fiberglass body and a 590 hp Cosworth V8 engine sourced from the Ford C100, continued the tradition. Later, it was revamped into the SuperVan 3, which looked like a cross between the Transit Mk.3 and the VW Transporter and was powered by a 650 hp Cosworth HB engine derived from F1 racecars.
"Ford Pro means accelerating productivity for our customers," said Hans Schep, CEO of Ford Pro, Europe. "So why not create a new electric SuperVan that proves the power of electrification and connectivity?" This incredible concept is a testament to the lightning-fast Ford Pro's connected service ecosystem and further refines the E-Transit Custom's advanced engineering and distinctive look.
Ford's next-generation Ranger Raptor performance pickup and the Ford Pro Electric SuperVan both make their exciting debuts today at the Goodwood Speed Festival. An expert in electric motorsports, racing driver Romain Dumas will pilot the electric SuperVan up Goodwood's infamous hill.
Since the Ford Pro Electric SuperVan is a one-of-a-kind concept vehicle, the Ford design team was given free rein to create a striking appearance that stands out and conveys the vehicle's powerful performance capabilities. The extreme expression of the Transit design is achieved in part by its unusual wheel arches and muscular body style. In addition, given the lack of constraints imposed by a heat engine, the development team explored many different avenues thanks to the all-electric propulsion system.
"The opportunity to reimagine what could be in the 21st century and to be a part of the iconic SuperVan story was a dream opportunity," said Amko Leenarts, Director, Design, Ford of Europe. "The goal of this fourth installment of the SuperVan saga is to be the fastest and most extreme yet still retain the character traits that make it recognizable as a Transit vehicle. The front light bar gives the Ford Pro Electric SuperVan a futuristic appearance, and the proportions are a more exaggerated version of what we came up with for the Ford E-Transit electric van.
The concept is built using a combination of the floor from the E-Transit Custom, a steel frame, and light composite body panels, all of which meet the requirements of typical motorsport specifications. A set of custom-built 50 kWh liquid-cooled batteries are installed inside the floor to ensure a balanced electric vehicle with a low center of gravity. If you have access to a high-power charging station, it only takes about 45 minutes to get back up and running. The driver can check on his or her battery's charge status and charge history via the cab's touch screen.
Incredibly, this electric van can go from 0 to 100 km/h in under two seconds, thanks to the combined power of its four electric motors and all-wheel drive.
The expertise of Ford Performance and STARD in motorsports is immediately apparent in the dramatic sculpting of the front splitter of the body, the familiarity of the side sills and the rear diffuser, and the generation of aerodynamic pressure for increased grip by the edges and dorsal fins of the radical rear design. In addition, the high-tech running gear and motorsport-specific brakes are further evidence of the racing industry's continued influence.
A large SYNC touchscreen, borrowed directly from Ford series vehicles like the Mustang Mach-E, controls connectivity advanced and multimedia systems in the Ford Pro Electric SuperVan. In addition, the roll-cage and racing seats meet FIA safety standards.
The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan has many driving modes that can be toggled on and off via the touchscreen, each of which modifies the vehicle's torque maps, regenerative braking, and the response of various systems to better suit a variety of driving situations.
Traction control, controlled starting system control, a speed limiter for the speaker line, and three-speed regenerative braking to recover battery power are all part of an electronic package that allows for fine-tuning performance. For example, when traveling slowly, the ECO setting maximizes regenerative braking and decreases torque sent to the rear wheels. An E Boost button gives the driver a momentary boost in power and torque when needed. To get the tires ready for the track, you can use a Tire Cleaning Mode feature, which allows you to completely lock up one axle while driving the wheels of the other axle.
The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan, like a modern race car or a Ford commercial vehicle, can transmit data in real-time for remote management. Businesses can monitor their fleets with Ford Pro E Telematics or FordPass Pro. In addition, Ford Performance engineers can keep an eye on the Electric SuperVan with the help of management software that translates real-time data into metrics like speed, lap times, and vehicle systems.
The Ford Electric SuperVan concept is a high-speed scientific experiment showing Ford's expertise in electric vehicles and connectivity. As a result, Ford can improve its future race cars, vehicles, software, and services by pushing the limits of electric vehicle engineering and connectivity in this challenging operating environment.
An experienced driver who can draw out all of the Electric SuperVan's potential, Romain Dumas, will be behind the wheel on the Goodwood route. Dumas's poise in electric races is unparalleled; he has the electric lap record on the terrifying Nordschleife loop at the Nürburgring, where he has won four 24-hour races. In addition to his class win at the Monte Carlo Rally and title in the FIA World Endurance Championship, Romain Dumas holds the distance record in the Le Mans 24-Hour Race.
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