Ford SuperVan 4.2 headed for Bathurst 12-Hour

Ford’s E-Transit SuperVan 4.2 is set to electrify Australia’s Mount Panorama racing circuit during the Repco Bathurst 12-Hour race weekend, with a series of thrilling public demonstrations.

The all-electric vehicle will be unleashed on Australia’s famous racing circuit, with Romain Dumas at the helm in a series of runs set to thrill onlookers during the build-up to the international GT3 enduro.

It will also form part of on-track activities at the Thrifty Bathurst 500 Supercars season opener the following weekend. Mount Panorama is the latest stop on SuperVan 4.2’s global tour, with the track monster previously conquering the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb.

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Along with high-speed demonstration runs during the race weekends, SuperVan will be on display throughout the Bathurst ‘SuperFest’ week, taking part in a number of public activations with race fans.

With 1,044kW being delivered to all four wheels, SuperVan 4.2 already has an impressive track pedigree. During its assault on the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, the all-electric racer finished second outright and first in class. It smashed the class record in the process.

This was thanks to a number of key upgrades since it was first revealed, as SuperVan 4.0, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2022, including the shedding of almost 400kg of weight, an enhanced battery and electric motors, and a new aerodynamic package.

The combination generates two tonnes of downforce at 240km/h in what is the latest iteration of a concept that began all the way back in 1971 at Brands Hatch in the UK. On that occasion, a Ford van was powered by a version of the Le Mans winning GT40 V8.

A collaboration between Ford Performance and STARD, SuperVan 4.2 is capable of accelerating to 100km/h from a standstill in less than two seconds. If you’re heading to the Bathurst 12 Hour or Supercars Bathurst 500, you’ll be able to check it out in person.

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