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Revised Ford SuperVan to deal with Pikes Peak Hill Climb

Revised Ford SuperVan to deal with Pikes Peak Hill Climb


An up to date model of the Electrical Ford SuperVan is about to deal with to the Pikes Peak Worldwide Hill Climb this weekend.

Below the pores and skin of the revised van — now generally known as SuperVan 4.2 — the drivetrain has been revised to decrease weight and enhance stability so the automobile can higher deal with the hill climb’s many twists and turns.

Whereas SuperVan 4 had 4 electrical motors making a complete of 1471kW (2000 metric horsepower), model 4.2 has simply three STARD UHP six-phase motors, with two on the rear and one up entrance. Whole discharge energy mentioned to be 1050kW (roughly 1400hp).

There’s additionally a brand new STARD battery pack with lithium polymer NMC pouches, and the brand new potential to recharge at 600kW.

Whereas the sooner SuperVan 4 had a 50kWh battery, Ford doesn’t state the capability of the SuperVan 4.2’s battery, however we presume will probably be simply sufficient to finish the Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

Different adjustments embody a brand new regenerative braking system, upgraded driveshafts, and a perspex windshield. The inside has been stripped again to the minimal allowed by the organisers of the hill climb, and now does with out the unique van’s 15.5-inch Sync 4 touchscreen and dashboard prime.

It rides on Pirelli P Zero race tyres allied with carbon ceramic brakes, unequal-length double wishbone suspension at each ends, and “motorsport-grade” entrance and rear subframes.

The obvious exterior change in comparison with the SuperVan 4 unveiled eventually yr’s Goodwood Competition of Pace is the brand new van’s revised livery, which swaps a largely all white exterior for a darkish blue scheme that includes vibrant yellow, orange, purple and purple highlights.

Up entrance the headlights appear to be they’re now ornamental, however the the rest of the physique, which is loosely primarily based on the second-generation Transit Customized, appears to be carried over.

Ford has additionally extensively revised the van’s aero, with an excellent bigger carbon-fibre entrance splitter and rear wing to extend downforce to 19,570N when driving at 240km/h.

Once more, this has been carried out to maintain the automobile planted to the bottom because it navigates the course’s 156 turns and 1440m elevation change.

As with the unique SuperVan 4, the upgraded mannequin has a physique that tapers dramatically in the direction of the rear, severely limiting cargo-carrying house.

The SuperVan 4.2 will piloted by Romain Dumas, who notched general victories at Pikes Peak in 2014, 2016, and 2017 with Norma prototypes, in addition to in 2018 with the electrical Volkswagen ID. R.

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