We knew for a while that Ford is slowly building its performance scope through Mustang GT3 and GT4s or such 'casual' EV demonstrators until it's ready for the Formula One return in 2026, but having the performance division test the one-off 1,973-HP Ford Pro Electric SuperVan in a legendary competition was always going to be a feat for the ages. Thus, here we have the official derivation – called SuperVan 4.2 – that is almost ready to race to the clouds on Sunday, June 25, for the 101st edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Naturally, the redesign was needed for optimal hill climb competitiveness, so the all-electric demonstrator vehicle looks even better than in its original white-gray-blue-lime green livery. Sure, orange and pink always spice up a black vehicle, and so does a humongous wing affixed to the back. Anyway, for 2023's races of PPIHC, the 156 turns and 4,725-foot climb to the finish line placed 14,115 feet above sea level will be negotiated by none other than the legendary Romain Dumas. That means we're fully expecting at least a new EV record!
Moving on to some of the highlights, the SuperVan 4.2 was co-developed by Ford Performance and STARD Advanced Research and Development. Hence, the electric demonstrator is now lighter and better balanced than before, is brimming with lightweight carbon fiber aero elements, and can "cut through the high-altitude air of the Pikes Peak atmosphere" with increased downforce: more than 4,400 lbs. at 150 mph. As for the technical goodies, the team decided to eliminate one of the four STARD UHP 6-phase motors and switch to STARD's Ultra High Performance Li-Polymer NMC pouch cells, which have a new 600-kW regeneration performance.