A Little Ford Fun at the 101st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] If there was one automotive video you must watch this year, this is probably it. ;)

    Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Nov. 10, 2023

    Earlier this week, Ford introduced something completely unique to the automotive enthusiast world that caught me completely off guard. While I was enduring almost 1,000 hours of internal OEM drive testing this past summer, one of my favorite motor sports venues just so happened to include a last-minute entry with an all-electric powertrain that damn near blew the doors off of everything. That includes within its open class entry and darn near everyone entered in the entire event.

    This years “Race to the Clouds,” the iconic Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, saw competitors take on the harrowing 12.5 miles of twisting mountain road without a guardrail in sight through menacingly-named corners like Bottomless Pit, Ragged Edge and the Devil’s Playground. If you have ever driven it in whatever you own and drive, you will know that white knuckled, two-handed driving at a whopping 20 mph on the way up is just the beginning. Now imagine driving up this torturous winding peak while averaging over 80 mph? This is the essence of the Pike Peak International Hill Climb.


    Ford has been there since the beginning when the first race vehicles ventured to the top of Pikes Peak back in 1916. For the 101st running, Ford decided to do something absolutely, positively unorthodox and dare I say wacky. In such a darn cool way too!

    They entered a Transit electric van. But not just any ordinary Transit van.

    Meet the SuperVan 4.2 which is a hill climbing monster blending 1,400 horsepower of raw electric power from three electric motors with a body inspired by Ford Pro’s latest E-Transit Custom van. It’s an update of the crowd-wowing Ford Pro Electric SuperVan 4.0 that debuted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2022, but with a body leaning 880-pound weight reduction and super-charged with an enhanced battery and electric motors. It’s also had an aerodynamic redesign to create two tons of downforce at approximately 150 mph for maximum cornering grip, even while driving into the thin air of the peak at 14,110 ft ASL.


    With racing driver Romain Dumas – holder of the record for the fastest-ever Pikes Peak hill climb – strapped into the driver’s seat, Ford was ready to race into the sky. Watch the video to discover how this epic adventure unfolded… Trust me, this one you will want to watch. Enjoy because I sure did. ;)
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  2. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Do they warn THE ELECTRIC GRID that the Pike's Peak EV climbers AND into the future, have a chance to collapse the ELECTRIC GRID? What preparations does the Pike's Peak competition give to bolster THE GRID? How do other planned potential grid collapsing EV events support efforts to bolster Electric Grids around the country.....the World?

    It IS their responsibility.
  3. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Didn't this guy set the EV ( or absolute ) record for VW a few years ago?
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  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Ford’s SuperVan is Back as it Again

    Hi All:

    History has been made at Australia’s Mount Panorama race track during the Thrifty Bathurst 500 event. At this event, Ford’s Performance SuperVan 4.2 set a trio of lap records including the quickest closed-wheel vehicle, electric vehicle, and commercial vehicle to lap the 3.8 mile racetrack.


    The SuperVan 4.2 lapped Mount Panorama in a time of 1:56.3247, with a top speed of > 185 mph on the Mountain and Conrod straights.

    The new benchmark set with the SuperVan is a line in the sand, heralding a new era for EVs, with the purpose-built demonstrator pushing the limits of EV performance and besting an unrestricted Mustang GT3 car in the process.

    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 Hill Climb last year.
    SuperVan 4.2 is roughly double the height of a GT3 car, weighing almost 4,000 lbs, and with not a drop of fuel in sight, nothing like it has ever tackled the legendary tarmac of Mount Panorama.

    After two weeks of testing, tweaking, and driving Mount Panorama, fans were able to see what electric performance truly means, and glimpse into an electrified future of motorsport.

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

  5. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Romain Dumas is the secret weapon. He is so good, he could
    probably win in my Fit !
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