EV Performance Benchmark Achieved | Ford SuperVan 4.2 Sets Record at Bathurst

Feb 26, 2024

BATHURST, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 25, 2024: History has been made at Mount Panorama during the Thrifty Bathurst 500 event with the Ford Performance SuperVan 4.2 setting a trio of lap records, securing the benchmark time for the quickest closed-wheel vehicle, electric vehicle, and commercial vehicle to lap the 3.9-mile (6.2 km) racetrack.

A New Era in Less Than Two Minutes

With Romain Dumas at the helm, SuperVan 4.2 lapped Mount Panorama in an electrifying time of 1:56.3247, with a top speed in excess of 186 mph (300km/h) achieved on both Mountain Straight and Conrod Straight. The lap time was set just after the Australian Supercars Top 10 Shootout, which finished with a pole time of 2:06.5465.

Romain Dumas worked alongside our team to innovate, learn, adapt, and the result is a time that exceeded our own expectations.
Mark Rushbrook
Global Director, Ford Performance Motorsports

The new benchmark time is a line in the sand, heralding a new era for electric vehicles.

“The effort and expertise it took to reset the benchmark lap time for a closed-wheel vehicle around Mount Panorama cannot be understated,” said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director, Ford Performance Motorsports. 'There is a reason why we chose to bring SuperVan 4.2 to Mount Panorama after Pikes Peak – there is nowhere quite like it in the world.”

Repeat Record Performance

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 Hillclimb last year.

“While both are impressive mountains in their own right, Mount Panorama and Pikes Peak couldn’t be more different in their challenges,” said Romain Dumas.

“This is the first time I have driven SuperVan 4.2 faster than 300km/h, and we left nothing on the table as we pushed for the fastest lap possible. No one has ever driven a vehicle like SuperVan 4.2 around Mount Panorama, and certainly not this quickly!”

A Van That Delivers

SuperVan 4.2 is not your traditional race car. Standing tall at roughly double the height of a GT3 race car, weighing almost 1800kg, and with not a drop of fuel in sight, nothing like it has ever tackled the legendary tarmac of Mount Panorama.

“For two weeks the SuperVan team didn’t stop working on making this electric van as fast as possible,” said Sriram Pakkam, Manager, Formula 1 and EV Demonstrators, Ford Performance.

“The global Ford Performance network was activated to ensure SuperVan 4.2 was as capable as possible. Almost immediately Mount Panorama challenged both car and team, but we were able to implement a number of key changes that improved our capabilities and brought the lap times down every session.”

Racing Into the Electrified Future 

After two weeks of running at Mount Panorama, fans have been able to see what electric performance truly means, and glimpse into an electrified future of motorsport.

“SuperVan 4.2 really has to be seen to be believed, and we are thrilled that Aussie race fans have been able to witness its history making runs around Mount Panorama,” said Andrew Birkic, President and CEO, Ford Australia.

Lessons learned from SuperVan’s running in Australia will have a direct flow into Ford’s next generation of electric road cars. That means future products that customers drive on our roads will have a little spirit of Mount Panorama carried within them.
Andrew Birkic
President and CEO, Ford Australia

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