The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan Is a 2000-HP Race Car Concept

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Photo credit: Ford
Photo credit: Ford

Ford revealed a new running concept called the Ford Pro Electric SuperVan on Thursday at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It's a nearly-2000-hp, all-electric callback to one of the company's coolest prototypes. It should also be one of the quickest cars to fly up the hill this weekend.

Ford says the SuperVan uses parts of the new E-Transit's floorpan combined with a custom steel spaceframe to make up the body, while the body panels are constructed of lightweight composite material. Underneath you'll find a 50 kWh liquid-cooled battery pack powering four individual motors, pushing out a total of 2000 PS (1972 hp). The company claims a 0-60 time of two seconds flat.

The cabin, in addition to a full suite of FIA-rated safety equipment, features a touchscreen that allows the driver to switch between five modes: Road, Track, Drag, Drift, and Rally. Each has its own programming for the four electric motors to ensure sufficient traction, depending on what the driver plans to do. There's also a "Tire Cleaning" mode that applies the brakes to one axle so the other can do a standing burnout.

This SuperVan is the fourth iteration in Ford's long line of one-off, high-hp vans. The first, revealed in 1971, used a Mk.1 body placed over a mid-engine GT40 chassis, complete with the naturally aspirated V-8 engine. The second took things to an even bigger extreme, placing a Mk.2 Transit body over a Ford C100 race car, using a 580-hp Cosworth V-8. The third iteration was simply a revamp of the second chassis, using a new body and an even more powerful F1-sourced Cosworth engine.

The new Electric SuperVan will make its way up the hill at Goodwood several times this weekend at the hands of hill climb legend Romain Dumas. Seeing as how he's set outright records up the hill, as well as at Pikes Peak, we don't expect him to be hold anything back.

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