Driving Ford’s all-electric legacy to new heights
Ford Performance continues to lead with innovation, sending its all-electric SuperVan 4.2 to conquer the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. This vehicle showcases refined EV power and aerodynamics designed to ace the challenging mountainous race.
“Together with our STARD partners, we have built the E-Transit SuperVan 4.2 to be a truly competitive machine focused on getting to the top of the mountain quickly,”Mark Rushbrook, Global Director, Ford Performance Motorsports
From Model T to SuperVan 4.2: Ford’s racing legacy at Pikes Peak
Dating back to the inaugural race in 1916, Ford has a storied history at Pikes Peak, with their Model T making the maiden race. In 2023, motorsports icon Romain Dumas is set to continue this rich tradition, steering the SuperVan 4.2 for the ultimate mountain race.
Teaming up for electrifying performance
Ford Performance has collaborated with STARD Advanced Research and Development to engineer SuperVan 4.2 specifically for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. This demonstrates the potent potential of electric power in the racing world, especially as we step into a more electrified future.
Revolutionary aerodynamics for high-altitude racing
SuperVan 4.2 has undergone a complete redesign with aerodynamics specifically tuned for the high-altitude Pikes Peak atmosphere. With lightweight carbon fiber components and increased downforce, it cuts through the air while staying firmly grounded on the winding mountain roads.
Powering the beast: SuperVan 4.2’s refined powertrain
The powertrain of SuperVan 4.2 features a balanced power-to-weight ratio. A reduction in the number of motors, along with high-performance batteries, allows for all-wheel-drive functionality and over 1,400 horsepower of combined discharge power, truly showcasing the capabilities of electric power in the motor racing industry.
- Aerodynamic design with carbon fiber components and increased downforce
- Revised powertrain with three STARD UHP 6-phase motors
- STARD’s Ultra High Performance Li-Polymer NMC pouch cells
- Over 1,400 horsepower of combined discharge power
- 600 kW regeneration performance
- Carbon ceramic brake discs, magnesium forged wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero™ race tires
- Upgraded driveshafts, a perspex windscreen, and a minimalist race interior
- The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is set to take place on Sunday, June 25. For more information on the event, visit https://ppihc.org/. Live race broadcast on YouTube.
Towards an electrified future on the racetrack
The SuperVan 4.2 demonstrates the power of electric vehicle technology. Its participation in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is not just a single event, but a testament to the sustained progress of EVs in the racing industry and beyond. As we move forward, vehicles like the SuperVan 4.2 will continue to redefine what’s possible in the realm of EV motorsports.