The just-concluded 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed saw the unveiling of an array of jaw-dropping machinery ranging from the Porsche 963 to the McMurtry Speirling, McLaren P1 Spider Lanzante, and of course, the Ford Pro Electric SuperVan. The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan, also known as the SuperVan 4, is the fourth iteration of the Ford SuperVan concept. The first SuperVan was unveiled in 1971, and it was simply a Transit van body on a GT40 chassis with a V8 under the skin.
With the realization that the SuperVan concept was a good “marketing tool,” Ford introduced two successors before the all-electric one we have today. The Supervan 2 was used to usher in the Mark 3 Transit, and to promote the facelift Mark 3 Transit version Ford built the SuperVan 3.
Close to two decades later, Ford, in keeping up with the times, has officially announced the all-electric SuperVan 4, so here’s what you should know about it.
10 Lightning-Fast Acceleration
The Pro Electric SuperVan is Ford’s fourth supervan and it’s the fastest transit ever built. Ford’s first-generation Transit van was introduced in 1971 with a top speed of 150 mph, which was really impressive at the time. The Ford Supervan 2 was even faster than the first, with a top speed of 174 mph.
However, even with the release of the Transit SuperVan 3, Ford wasn’t done yet, as the Pro Electric SuperVan took acceleration to a whole new level. Ford claims the new SuperVan zooms to 60 mph in less than two seconds.
9 More Horsepower Than A Bugatti
The new Ford Pro Electric SuperVan is not just another van. The all-wheel-drive SuperVan is the most powerful van made by Ford, with an output of 1,973 horsepower, from a 50-kilowatt-hour battery pack and four electric motors.
The first three supervans were powered by racing car engines and could only manage 641 horsepower at best. Even the $3.8 million 2022 Bugatti Chiron Super Sport is no match for the Pro Electric SuperVan, which outpowers it by nearly 500 hp.
8 Ford’s First All-Electric Supervan
With automakers gradually adopting all-electric powertrains, Ford is not left behind. But the first SuperVan used a mid-engined 400hp V8 engine sourced from a GT40. The Supervan 2 was powered by a C100’s 3.3-liter Cosworth DFL engine, while the SuperVan 3 got its power from a Cosworth HB Formula 1 engine, and later a Ford-Cosworth Pro Sports 3000 V6 engine.
The fourth iteration of the Ford SuperVan is the first one to be all-electric and offers the best performance ever. To power the Pro Electric SuperVan, Ford uses four electric motors and a 50kWh liquid-cooled battery.
7 One-Off Prototype
The 2022 Ford Pro Electric SuperVan was developed to create some buzz to usher in the E-Transit custom production van with the new SYNC connectivity next year. The all-electric SuperVan is just a one-off prototype and Ford has no plans of going into full-scale production.
It’s also worth reiterating that the first three supervans are all concepts. The 2022 Ford Pro Electric SuperVan is just one concept vehicle with the power of about 7 production Ford E-Transits.
6 Based On The E-Transit Custom
Instead of custom-building the Ford Pro Electric SuperVan from the ground up, it’s actually loosely based on the production-ready E-Transit Custom, which was recently unveiled. The floorplan is the only real feature the SuperVan 4 shares with the normal E-Transit.
The Pro Electric SuperVan looks more aggressive than the donor vehicle, thanks to the advanced aerodynamics, which we will shed more light on next.
5 More About Performance Than Practicality
The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan is not as much a practical van as it is a performance-focused vehicle. The van’s interior features a full roll cage, a big digital instrument display, and an Alcantara-clothed steering wheel.
The racing seats are constructed to FIA safety standards. The new Pro Electric SuperVan’s touchscreen was sourced from the Mustang Mach-E and will find its way into the 2023 E-Transit Custom.
4 Race-Track Ready With Aerodynamics Upgrades
The quad-motor EV drivetrain is not enough to achieve the lightning-fast acceleration for the Pro Electric SuperVan, so the Blue Oval van received a comprehensive aero package with a big rear diffuser and a front splitter. There’s also the roof-mounted spoiler at the back that doesn’t look too hideous for a van.
With its purpose-built chassis, it goes without saying that the Ford Pro Electric SuperVan is ready to take over the racetrack. Ford also used motorsport-grade brakes for the SuperVan 4.
3 Intuitive SYNC Touchscreen
Just like the Mustang Mach-E, Ford’s SYNC technology is also in the Pro Electric SuperVan. This technology allows drivers to enjoy a hands-free connection to their vehicles. You can pair your smartphone with the SYNC touchscreen with the push of a button and make hands-free calls.
The SYNC feature also gives you directions on the go with a voice-activated navigation system. This technology allows you to control all your mobile screens and onboard cameras from a central point.
2 Five Driving Modes
The SYNC touchscreen in the Pro Electric SuperVan gives you access to five driving modes: Road, Track, Drag, Drift, and Rally. In the event of a “normal” drive, select the Road mode, while if you need better cornering abilities and balancing speed, pick the Track driving option.
For some dose of spectacular drifting and snow driving, activate the Drift mode, while if you desire optimum performance on the tarmac, the Rally mode is there for you.
1 Real-Time Data Transmission
The all-electric SuperVan 4 allows you to transfer real-time data to software for remote vehicle management just like a modern racecar. The Pro Electric SuperVan is the first iteration to come with a live data sharing that allows you remotely optimize its performance.
Ford engineers can monitor the SuperVan 4 through dedicated management software like FordPass Pro and Ford Pro E‑Telematics. The software provides insights about lap times, speed, battery life, and charging information of the vehicle in real-time to Ford’s trackside engineers.