Ford Performance SuperVan carves up mountain lap record

History has been made at Mount Panorama during the Thrifty Bathurst 500 event with the Ford Performance SuperVan 4.2 setting a trio of records, securing the benchmark time for the quickest closed-wheel, electric, and commercial vehicle to lap the track.

With Romain Dumas at the helm, SuperVan 4.2 lapped Mount Panorama in an electrifying time of 1:56.3247 around the 6.2km circuit, with a top speed in excess of 300km/h achieved on both Mountain Straight and Conrod Straight.

The lap time was set just after the Australian Supercars Top 10 Shootout, which finished with a pole time of 2:06.5465. The new benchmark is a line in the sand, heralding a new era for electric vehicles.

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The purpose-built demonstrator pushed the limits of EV performance during its time in Bathurst, beating an unrestricted GT3 car in the process.

“The effort and expertise it took to reset the benchmark lap time for a closed-wheel vehicle around Mount Panorama cannot be understated,” Ford Performance Motorsports global director Mark Rushbrook said.

“Romain Dumas worked alongside our team to innovate, learn, adapt, and the result is a time that exceeded our own expectations,” he added.

“There is a reason why we chose to bring SuperVan 4.2 to Mount Panorama after Pikes Peak – there is nowhere quite like it in the world.”

This is now the second time Romain Dumas has re-written the history books with SuperVan 4.2, following his record-smashing run at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb last year. The vehicle is not a traditional race car either.

Standing tall at roughly double the height of a GT3 race car, weighing almost 1,800kg, and with not a drop of fuel in sight, nothing like it has ever tackled the legendary tarmac of Mount Panorama.

“For two weeks the SuperVan team didn’t stop working on making this electric van as fast as possible,” Ford Performance manager of F1 and EV demonstrators Sriram Pakkam said.

SuperVan 4.2 will now be transported to Ford’s Proving Ground in Victoria, before its appearances at the Adelaide Motorsport Festival and Rolex Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in the coming weeks.

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