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DJR’s role in upgrading Ford SuperVan

SUPERCARS squad Dick Johnson Racing has been part of a global effort to upgrade the steering system in the electric Ford SuperVan 4.2 between outings at Bathurst.

Ford had its 2000bhp, all-electric SuperVan on track at Mount Panorama for a series of track sessions across the Bathurst 12 Hour last weekend with Romain Dumas at the wheel.

Those essentially turned into a test session ahead of the machine’s return this weekend, where its true potential is expected to be unleashed.

Ford has revealed that steering issues became apparent during the initial running, triggering a worldwide effort to diagnose and rectify.

Sriram Pakkam, Senior Manager, Formula 1 and EV Demonstrators, Ford Performance, and Perry Kapper, Competition Director, Dick Johnson Racing. Pic: Supplied

That included Ford Performance engineering staff who were working at Rally Sweden last weekend, with new parts produced in Austria and Japan.

DJR fabricated parts for the steering system at its Queensland workshop, delivering them to the SuperVan team at Bathurst on Wednesday.

Local Bathurst business Yubute Fabrication welded parts of the steering system after hours on Wednesday night ahead of the van’s laps on all three days of the Thrifty Bathurst 500.

The SuperVan is expected to be capable of lapping Bathurst well under two minutes.

It clocked a reported top speed of 315km/h during a shakedown run at Sydney Motorsport Park, although was limited to a 260km/h maximum last weekend.

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