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Ford SuperVan to tackle Bathurst

FORD will make a special appearance at next month’s Repco Bathurst 12 Hour, bringing one of its SuperVans to Australia for the very first time.

The Ford SuperVan 4.2 will complete a series of demonstrations with two-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Romain Dumas behind the wheel.

The all-electric vehicle will be on public display throughout the Bathurst SuperFest, which also encompasses the Repco Supercars Championship season-opener the weekend after the 12 Hour.

More than 50 years on from the debut of the SuperVan 1, the new 4.2 model has already taken on the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb in the United States.

“SuperVan 4.2 will take on the challenge of Mount Panorama in the same configuration it raced in at Pikes Peak – as the ultimate expression of what is possible with electric performance and Ford’s EV technology,” said Ford Performance Motorsports global director Mark Rushbrook.

“Mount Panorama stands tall as the ultimate motorsport challenge in Australia, and we are excited to see SuperVan 4.2 attack its legendary twists and turns.”

With 1400 horsepower at its disposal, the SuperVan 4.2 is almost 400kg lighter than the 4.0 edition which debuted at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

“Driving SuperVan 4.2 is always a huge privilege and after the successful outing at Pikes Peak, I am delighted that the Ford Performance team keep finding new and exciting ways to push the envelope,” said Dumas.

“For any racing driver, Bathurst is a unique and exhilarating challenge and I can’t wait to give the Australian fans a show they will hopefully never forget.”

The 2024 Repco Bathurst 12 Hour will take place across February 16-18.

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