Ford has a long history with one-off, high-performance vans using racecar powertrains, and it seems like it’s gearing up to reveal a new version at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Set to be revealed on June 23, Ford News Europe has uploaded a short video on its social media saying that “something electrifying” is coming.
The 22-second video mainly focuses on a racing helmet that has Ford Performance and Ford Pro (Ford’s commercial division) badges on it, as well as Goodwood Festival of Speed badging with the June 23 date on it.
There are extremely short glimpses at a vehicle that appears to have a blocky, van-like silhouette in the background and there is a closer look at its full-width light bar at the front.
Recently, Ford of Europe teased its upcoming electric vehicles (EVs) and all the commercial vehicles in the shadowy images had a similar segmented front light bars besides the existing e-Transit.
It’s not confirmed but this upcoming vehicle could be the fourth reincarnation of the Ford Transit-inspired Supervan with an all-electric powertrain.
Ford first revealed its first Supervan in 1971 and was based on the chassis of a GT40 race car with a pressed-steel body that resembled the first-generation Transit.
It retained the GT40’s high-performance 5.0-litre small block Ford V8 which produced 324kW of power.
The first Supervan could apparently do the 0-60mph (0-96.5km/h) sprint in 7.0 seconds and had a top speed of more than 240km/h.
Following the success of the first Supervan, Ford debuted a second high-performance van in 1984 that traded the steel body for a lightweight alternative and featured dramatic aerodynamic additions.
It was based on the aluminium honeycomb chassis of the Ford C100 Group C race car and was powered by a 3.9-litre Cosworth V8 which is claimed to produce around 440kW.
The last and most recent version of the Supervan was revealed in 1994 and used the body of the existing Supervan 2 but paired it with updated looks.
It was initially powered by an F1-derived 3.5-litre Cosworth HB V8 which produced around 470kW. The powertrain was later swapped to a Ford-Cosworth Pro Sports 3000 V6 which produced around 194kW.
It’s unclear how much power and torque this potential electrifying Ford Performance-enhanced Pro vehicle will produce, but if the bonkers all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 drift car is anything to go off, expect big things.
As previously mentioned, Ford of Europe has said it will launch seven new electric models by 2024.
One of these electric models is the recently-revealed e-Transit Custom one-tonne van. It will go into production in 2023 along with its Tourneo Custom people mover variant.
This will be followed by EV variants of the smaller next-generation Transit Courier van and Tourneo Courier people mover.
The e-Transit has already been unveiled and will go on sale in Australia from mid-2022.
With these new vehicles, which also include two passenger cars based on the Volkswagen Group MEB platform, Ford is planning to sell over 600,000 EVs in Europe by 2026.