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FEB 25, 2024 | Ford Performance Press Release

Ford SuperVan 4.2 becomes fastest closed-wheel vehicle to lap Mount Panorama

Ford Performance E-Transit SuperVan 4.2 on track at Bathurst

· Ford’s all-electric SuperVan 4.2 has rewritten the history books, becoming the fastest closed-wheel vehicle to ever lap Mount Panorama

· Resets timing benchmark for an electric and commercial vehicle

· Driver Romain Dumas set the new lap record with a time of 1:56.3247 around the 6.2-kilometre Mount Panorama circuit

BATHURST, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 25, 2024: History has been made at Mount Panorama during the Thrifty Bathurst 500 event with the Ford Performance SuperVan 4.2 setting a trio of lap records, securing the benchmark time for the quickest closed-wheel vehicle, electric vehicle, and commercial vehicle to lap the 6.2-kilometre racetrack.SuperVan at speed on Mount Panorama

With Romain Dumas at the helm, SuperVan 4.2 lapped Mount Panorama in an electrifying time of 1:56.3247, with a top speed in excess of 300km/h achieved on both Mountain Straight and Conrod Straight. The lap time was set just after the Australian Supercars Top 10 Shootout, which finished with a pole time of 2:06.5465.

The new benchmark time from SuperVan 4.2 is a line in the sand, heralding a new era for electric vehicles, with the purpose-built demonstrator pushing the limits of EV performance during its time in Bathurst, beating an unrestricted GT3 car in the process.

“The effort and expertise it took to reset the benchmark lap time for a closed-wheel vehicle around Mount Panorama cannot be understated,” said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director, Ford Performance Motorsports. ‘Romain Dumas worked alongside our team to innovate, learn, adapt, and the result is a time that exceeded our own expectations. There is a reason why we chose to bring SuperVan 4.2 to Mount Panorama after Pikes Peak – there is nowhere quite like it in the world.”

This is now the second time Romain Dumas has re-written the history books with SuperVan 4.2, following his record-smashing run at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb last year.Driver Romain Dumas standing with SuperVan 4.2 on track

“While both are impressive mountains in their own right, Mount Panorama and Pikes Peak couldn’t be more different in their challenges,” said Romain Dumas.

“This is the first time I have driven SuperVan 4.2 faster than 300km/h, and we left nothing on the table as we pushed for the fastest lap possible. No one has ever driven a vehicle like SuperVan 4.2 around Mount Panorama, and certainly not this quickly!”

SuperVan 4.2 is not your traditional race car. Standing tall at roughly double the height of a GT3 race car, weighing almost 1800kg, and with not a drop of fuel in sight, nothing like it has ever tackled the legendary tarmac of Mount Panorama.STARD Team and Ford Marketing team standing with SuperVan 4.2 on track

“For two weeks the SuperVan team didn’t stop working on making this electric van as fast as possible,” said Sriram Pakkam, Manager, Formula 1 and EV Demonstrators, Ford Performance.

“The global Ford Performance network was activated to ensure SuperVan 4.2 was as capable as possible. Almost immediately Mount Panorama challenged both car and team, but we were able to implement a number of key changes that improved our capabilities and brought the lap times down every session.”

After two weeks of running at Mount Panorama, fans have been able to see what electric performance truly means, and glimpse into an electrified future of motorsport.SuperVan on track with MOUNT PANORAMA sign in background

“SuperVan 4.2 really has to be seen to be believed, and we are thrilled that Aussie race fans have been able to witness its history making runs around Mount Panorama,” said Andrew Birkic, President and CEO, Ford Australia.

“Lessons learned from SuperVan’s running in Australia will have a direct flow into Ford’s next generation of electric road cars. That means future products that customers drive on our roads will have a little spirit of Mount Panorama carried within them.”Supervan going up a hill

SuperVan 4.2 will now be transported to Ford’s Proving Ground in Victoria, before its appearances at the Adelaide Motorsport Festival and Rolex Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.

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