This year, the Goodwood Festival of Speed will be the scene of the birth of a new monster from Ford and it could very well be an electric Supervan 4!
If you are under 30, you may not be familiar with the Ford Supervan line, a series of Transit utility vehicles modified in large widths to serve as promotional tools for the British branch of the American manufacturer. The first of the name was presented in 1971 at the Brands Hatch circuit. It was essentially a GT40 chassis with a mid-mounted 400hp V8 on which was grafted a perfectly original first-generation Transit shell. Despite the shoebox aerodynamics, the set was capable of reaching 240 km/h! In 1978, the hull will be replaced by that of the second Transit.
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In 1978 came the Supervan 2, even more extreme, with a C100 Group C chassis and a 590 bhp 3.9 Cosworth DFL V8 engine! This time around, a lower, fiberglass replica of the Transit 2 is used, with a blade at the front, side air intakes and a huge spoiler. It will be presented on the Donington Park track to kick off the first British Truck Grand Prix and will be clocked at 280 km/h during testing at Silverstone. A year later, however, it is stored at the exit of Transit 3.
In 1994, to promote the restyled Transit 3, the Supervan 2 was rebuilt as a Supervan 3, with a 7/8 replica of the van’s new body shell and a new 730 hp 3.5 Cosworth HB V8 engine.
And it looks like Ford is putting the finishing touches to a Supervan 4 which it will show off in two weeks at the Festival of Speed weekend at Goodwood, and it will be electric, if the report is to be believed. tweet and the mysterious video posted by the brand.
Something electrifying is coming to @fosgoodwood on 23.06.22.#FordPro #FordPerformance pic.twitter.com/UaK1L564wx
— Ford News Europe (@FordNewsEurope) June 9, 2022
Final answer on June 23, therefore, where we may see him set off in the famous hill climb, but the few clues support this theory: the vehicle in the background of the video seems high, with flat sides, a rear steeply cut and a short nose, the typical silhouette of a van.
We also know that Ford has a sense of spectacle to promote its electric vehicles, as the manufacturer has already done with the incredible Mustang Mach E 1400 RTR, and it just so happens that the latest Transit has just been launched in electric version.