But first a quick overview. The new SuperVan uses the underbody of the Ford E-Transit Custom, which will launch in the second half of 2023. Thanks to the extended wheelbase, there is room for a 50 kWh water-cooled battery that supplies four electric motors for a total of 2000 hp. They, in turn, fired two tonners from 0 to 100 km/h in under two seconds and further north than 300. Slick, brakes and chassis from racing tried to hold on to performance.
Optics: Transit is predictable only
Opening the featherweight carbon door reveals an FIA-compliant racing bucket seat and roll cage. The only part of this series is the massive 15-inch infotainment system, where driving and vehicle data, battery status and more can be monitored on the SuperVan. The driving mode can also be set here and the burnout and launch control functions can be activated.
Ride: The acceleration is amazing in the truest sense
At this cue, I squeezed myself into racing as a whole and put on my helmet. A co-driver role was announced, but that’s a good thing. First, I don’t want to push one too thick a day before I should be able to prove it in front of an audience at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Second, my pilot’s name is Romain Dumas, two-time LeMans winner, record holder at Goodwood, etc. So be prepared and pray. “Ready?” asked Romain. “Yeah,” I cheated for a bit and was completely unprepared for what SuperVan was about to do.
Actually there is no talk of acceleration. Accompanied by a deafening screech and hum, the device hurled itself forward. This is how it feels to be hit by a 42 ton truck from behind. My stomach, which had just wrapped around my spine, hit the stomach wall the next time I braked.
The curves are nothing short of impressive. It’s absolutely crazy how the device sticks to the tarmac of the airfield where the Top Gear mates usually test. But there is another way. After a few good top laps, Romain started to drift wildly across the airfield. What a spectacle! A few more blackouts and the demonstration will be over.
When asked how the SuperVan felt behind the wheel, Romain said: “It’s good, the car is quite fast. It’s fun and gives good feedback.” Proof that Ford has done more than just a marketing gimmick and put a truly capable racing machine on its wheels. I looked around again, checked my internal organs for proper alignment and wondered how such a Transit Nugget camper would do as a SuperVan.