Ford’s insane electric SuperVan completes Sydney Shakedown ahead of Bathurst

    Ford’s SuperVan 4.2 is one of the most insane electric vehicles on the planet. The van not only looks great but is designed with one thing in mind, performance.

    First revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed back in 2022, it then went on to race to the clouds at Pikes Peak and is currently in Australia. While the van is not one you can buy, Australian motorsport and EV fans will have a number of events to see the van in action.

    Ford’s local tour of the SuperVan 4.2 will include stops at both the Repco Adelaide Motorsport Festival and Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix locked in for the 2000-horsepower E-Transit racer.

    The Ford Transit Supervan promotional vehicle was started in the UK and began back in 1971. By 1978, they had Mach II and by 1984, Supervan 2 was released. It would take a full decade until the Supervan 3 was released in 1994, and by 2004, the V8 powertrain gave way to a V6. In 2022, the SuperVan 4 moved with the times and opted for 4 electric motors to achieve a 0-100km/hr time of under 2 seconds.

    Ford wasn’t done there, with a rebuild in 2023, the latest iteration is version 4.2 which interestingly moved to a 3-motor powertrain, upgraded braking, reduced weight improved battery and complete with the new livery that you certainly won’t miss.

    SuperVan 4.2 will take part in on-track demonstrations at both events, while also being joined by a number of road and race vehicles from the wider Ford family for static display.

    Having arrived in Australia late last week, the Supervan has now completed a successful shakedown test at Sydney Motorsport Park on Tuesday. The test allowed the Ford team to complete system checks ahead of SuperVan 4.2 making a series of high-speed demonstrations at the iconic Mount Panorama circuit during both the Repco Bathurst 12 Hour and Thrifty Bathurst 500.

    SuperVan 4.2 was built to thrill crowds, and demonstrate the capability of Ford’s electric performance vehicles, so we are very excited to be able to show more Aussies what makes this the most exciting van on earth.

    Sriram Pakkam, Senior Manager, Formula 1 and EV Demonstrators, Ford Performance.

    While Romain Dumas will be at the helm of SuperVan 4.2 as it takes on the challenge of Mount Panorama, a number of special guests will don their race suits to steer the electric monster at the Adelaide Motorsport Festival and Australian Grand Prix.

    The Adelaide Motorsport Festival has quickly become a must-attend event for Aussie rev-heads, with SuperVan 4.2 to bring a taste of the future. SuperVan 4.2 will be joined on track by a supporting cast of Ford road and race cars.

    During the Australian Grand Prix, SuperVan 4.2 will tackle the Albert Park circuit with a special guest at the wheel on Thursday, March 21.

    It will then be on display at the Ford Performance Experience display in the Fan Zone from March 22 to 24, allowing Aussie racing fans a chance to see the electric demonstrator up close and personal alongside the all-new seventh-generation Mustang Dark Horse, and all-electric Mustang Mach-E GT.

    Ford is on an exciting electrification pathway, and SuperVan 4.2 is a great illustration of what electrified performance can mean.

    With more stops added to the SuperVan tour in Australia, EV and performance fans around the country will be given an opportunity to see this feat of engineering and the next-level performance it delivers.

    Andrew Birkic, President and CEO, Ford Australia.
    Jason Cartwright
    Jason Cartwright
    Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021

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