Ford Is Selling A New Supervan And They Aren't Even Making A Big Deal About It

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It’s been decades since Supervan 3 debuted with a Cosworth V6 engine and a throwback Ford Racing livery. Supervan 2 was a Ford C100 Group C racer with a Mk2 Transit body on top. The original Supervan had Ford’s GT40 engine with a Mk1 Transit body shell on top. While it isn’t officially called “Supervan 4", you can go to a Ford Commercial dealership right now and order up a brand new Transit with a 400 lb-ft turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, and a 3.73 rear axle ratio with a limited slip from the factory.

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Sure, the thing is still only capable of a 15 second quarter mile, and will run from 0-60 in 6.8 seconds, but there was a time where that was equivalent to supercar levels of performance. With a stock 310 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, the Ecoboost Transit is pretty impressive. Grab a two-seater short-wheelbase low-roof model with alloy wheels and you’ve got a super hauler with leather seating, decent audio options, and a cool look for less than your average new SUV. It’s even available in British Racing Green.

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Even better than all of that, however, is the fact that there are already dozens of tuners offering upgrades for the 3.5-liter Ecoboost, as it’s the same one available in the F150. With just a tune, Livernois Motorsports claims they were able to get 428 horsepower and 469 lb-ft of torque from this engine on 93 octane fuel. Now we’re talking Supervan status. That’s a van that will haul anything you want it to, including ass. I want one right now!

Now I’m dreaming of an engine build with bigger turbos, more intercooler, more fuel, and an E85 fuel tune. Why am I dreaming about vans? It’s Van Time.

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DISCUSSION

rexrod
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The original Supervan was the test bed for Ford’s GT40 engine with a Mk1 Transit body shell on top.

May I ask where you sourced that statement from? Check the dates: the original Supervan was created after the heyday of the GT40, most likely out of parts (engine, chassis, gearbox) that were surplus to requirements.

I read about Supervans a while ago, while researching the (diesel) “rally” Transit which (allegedly) was used as service barge for the works Ford Focus rally cars in 2000 or so... and I never found anything about the first one being a test mule for the GT40 engine (which one? there were several).

At least in the UK Ford used to offer special order Transits with the old 3.0 Essex V6 - for police forces, ambulance duties, etc. I imagine later those special variants were sold with the Cologne 2.8 V6 (and maybe even the Cosworth-upgraded Cologne 2.9 from the Scorpio.)

Below youll find pictures of the World Rally Transit from 1999-2000.

https://www.ultimatecarpage.com/cg/2038/Ford-World-Rally-Transit.html