Ford's 2,000-HP Van Is Quicker Than A Bugatti Chiron

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The Transit Supervan is the world's fastest van.

The Ford Transit Supervan is a long, old, and very crazy story. That's a whole other topic for another time. But here's the Cliffs Notes: Ford puts big engine in van, takes out heavy things, makes van go real fast. This is the newest van iteration, which Ford has just shown for the first time at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Transit Supervan's ancestral home.

This new Supervan is different from the others, largely because of the drivetrain, which is now electric. It's called the Ford Pro Electric Supervan, and it has 1,972 horsepower. Ford doesn't even say on record that this Supervan is based on the Ford E-Transit van. Instead, it simply says "inspired by," largely because anything that resembles the humble van has been tossed out the window. This Supervan edition has bigger buttresses than a Ford GT, and a sub-two-second 0-60 time. That's faster than a Bugatti Chiron.

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Through and through, this is a Supervan for the modern age. While we'd have loved to see the new Ford GT engine in the back, the built team has instead opted for a "bespoke" 50kW battery mated to four electric motors, one at each corner. Those four motors, at their highest output, will propel the van to a top speed of 186 mph.

We imagine it'd be even faster, but there is some pretty serious aero at work to keep the van pointed in the right direction. In addition to the huge buttresses to reduce drag, you'll notice all manner of diffusers, wings, and air inlets, some of which are used to cool the massive brakes.

"The chance to be part of the iconic SuperVan story and reimagine what it could be in the 21st century was a dream opportunity," said Amko Leenarts, director, Design, Ford of Europe. "The fourth chapter of the SuperVan story is designed to be the fastest, most extreme yet while keeping the Transit DNA. The proportions are a more dramatic version of what we developed for the E-Transit Custom and the front light bar creates a futuristic expression, making the Electric SuperVan the absolute pinnacle of Transit design language."

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Ford was keen to point out that this van is the most modern Supervan yet, as evidenced by the Sync screen next to the racing wheel, which is right out of vehicles like the Mach E and Lightning. It's also got nav and a wifi hotspot, which Ford uses to feed telemetry data to the car's engineers in real time.

The screen also controls the Supervan's drive modes, of which there are four: Road, for "normal driving, Track, for go-fast, Drag, for making passengers sick, Drift, for big skids, and finally, Rally, for Scandinavian Flicks. Also built into the screen is a "slip" slider, which controls the traction control to allow for certain levels of wheel slip.

Ford says there's also a "tire cleaning" mode, which is basically the 'burnout' button. It'll spin up the front or rear axles for burnouts while locking the axle that is not in use. The newest Transit Supervan will run up the hill at Goodwood Festival of Speed this week, helmed by Le Mans winner Romain Dumas.

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