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Deliver packages with 2000 hp? In the Ford Pro Electric Supervan it is possible

Ford has a proud tradition of wacky vans. In the 1970s and 1980s, the Supervans still had Le Mans or Formula 1 technology, but now Ford is opting for fully electric drive. The Ford Pro Electric Supervan has four electric motors, which together produce a power of about 2000 hp.

Just a bit of history. In 1971, Ford unveiled the first Supervan: a Ford Transit centered on the eight-cylinder engine from the Le Mans-winning Ford GT40. In the eighties it was the turn of the second generation Transit to be converted into a Supervan. It had little to do with the well-known delivery van and was based on a Group C racing car with 580 hp Cosworth V8. Even more insane was the Supervan 3, which used a high-revving Formula 1 engine with 650 hp.

Ford Pro Electric Supervan to 100 km/h in the blink of an eye

The new Pro Electric Supervan has no apparent connection to a racing series (it doesn’t even look like a Transit anymore). Although the 2000 hp bus is built up like a racing car under the skin. He gets that monstrous power from four electric motors, which are fed by a liquid-cooled 50 kWh battery. Acceleration from standstill to 100 km/h is over in less than 2 seconds and is therefore sickening. At the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​this week, the Ford will climb the famous hill, with Romain Dumas at the wheel, who drives the electric Volkswagen ID. R set the Pikes Peak record.

What the hell is a tire cleaning mode?

The French driver can choose from five driving modes in the Supervan. Road is for ‘normal’ use, Race offers the best balance between speed and handling on slicks, and Drag provides maximum acceleration on drag race tires. Then there’s the obvious Drift and Rally mode, for optimal performance on asphalt and gravel during a rally stage.

Furthermore, the Supervan has traction control, launch control, a speed limiter for the pit lane and a regenerative braking system with three positions. Ford is also talking about a tire cleaning mode. One axle is stopped (front or rear), while the other rotates at full power. In this way, the driver can easily make burnouts, for the show, to sand rubbish from the tires or to warm up the rubber for the next sprint.

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