liter DOHC V6
approx 260 bhp
hp per liter
lbs per hp
(from Ford Press
Release) The Essex-based Ford Heritage Vehicle Collection
has been boosted with the recommissioning of Transit Supervan 3.
Originally built 20 years ago when it was known as Supervan 2, this
very special Transit with the heart and lungs of a racing car will
spearhead a number of activities next year when the company
celebrates the 40 th anniversary of the launch of the Ford Transit
Built on a Ford C100 race car chassis and originally powered by a
mid-mounted Ford-Cosworth 650bhp 'HB' F1 engine, Supervan 3 first
saw the light of day in 1995 when it was displayed at the motor show
in Birmingham. For the next few years, in its unique hand-crafted
seven-eighths scale fibreglass body, it was used at special events
up and down the country before being 'retired' in 2001 after its
appearance at the National Van Show in Brighton, where it was
presented in authentic Royal Mail livery.
By then the F1 engine had been replaced for reasons of practicality
by a Ford-Cosworth Pro Sports 3000 (V6) engine, which it retain
today. Power is transmitted via a Hewland gearbox to the rear
The top speed of Supervan 3 is estimated at around 150mph with
acceleration which would not disgrace many sports supercars.
Aerodynamic stability at high speed is aided by a deep front
splitter and large rear wing.
The recent re-commissioning work also included returning Supervan 3
to its original 1984 highly distinctive Ford Motorsport paint
"Transit Supervan 3 will play a major role in many of the events we
are planning in 2005 to celebrate the 40 th anniversary of the Ford
Transit," said Gary Whittham, Ford's director of commercial
"It looks fantastic, sounds even better and goes like no other Ford
Transit van," he added.
Supervan 3 follows in the famous wheeltracks of Supervans 1 and 2.
The original Supervan was produced by Terry Drury Racing and made
its debut at Brands Hatch on Easter Monday 1971. It was fitted with
a 400 horsepower version of the high-performance 302 cubic inch V8
engine used in Ford's Le Mans-winning GT40 sports cars.
Supervan 2 debuted in 1984, at the Donington Truck Grand Prix, and
was the work of Auto Racing Technology of Woolaston. Powered by a
Ford-Cosworth DFL engine – the long-stroke version of Ford's famous
DFV F1 engine. It was clocked at Silverstone doing 174mph. Ten years
later and DRL Engineering of Suffolk undertook a complete re-build
of Supervan 2 and, fittingly, it was decided to re-name the vehicle
This latest recommissioning work was carried out by Sporting and
Historic Car Engineers of Bicester in Oxfordshire.
Although Ford has lost contact with Supervan 1, which left the
company many years ago, Supervan 3 join another high-performance
Transit in the Ford Heritage Vehicle Collection. This is the World
Rally Transit, which combines all the features of a load-carrying
rally support vehicle with higher performance and rally-car-style
interior and exterior. Based on the rear-wheel-drive version of the
new-generation Ford Transit, the WRT features a tuned 200bhp version
of the Ford Duratorq diesel engine. With its rally-style paintwork
and distinctive W1WRT registration number it does rather stand out
in the crowd. And rally drivers will feel totally behind the wheel
as the seats, steering wheel, intrumentation are from an actual WRC
Ford Focus which campaigned in 2001.