Ford have taken their Sport Van concept one step further. The originator of the sport van genre, Ford originally launched the original Transit SportVan at the CV Show to guage demand. They were so overwhelmed that it went into production. Although the company says that their new Ford Transit SuperSportVan is a ‘one-off’ made for the CV Show, maybe it will be put into production if demand is high enough.
Ford have taken their shortest, lowest model and put the largest five-cylinder, 3.2 litre 200PS Duratorq TDCi engine into it. A little fine tuning, some blinged-up wheels, exhausts etc and you have a SuperSportVan! There are few extra changes made to the standard Sport van – no racing seats, or even leather seats as you would find in the Volkswagen Transporter Sportline, for example.
The regular Transit SportVan is based on the popular 260, short wheelbase model with front wheel drive, the 140PS 2.2-litre TDCi diesel engine and a six-speed transmission. The exterior features Le Mans-style bonnet stripes, twin exhausts, alloy wheels, low profile 235/45 tyres, front and rear lower spoilers, side skirts and extended wheel arches. Standard safety features include ABS, ESP and driver and passenger airbags.
Power deadlocks, rain-sensing wipers, auto headlights, front fog lights and a load area protection kit similarly come on every SportVan. Optional are leather seats, Satellite Navigation FX system with 5in colour screen, LED cargo lights in rear and LED daytime running lights.
Steve Clary, commercial vehicles director, Ford of Britain, explained: “Transit has a strong reputation for its robustness and practicality. We wanted to add some contemporary fun and also showcase our engineers’ skill and enthusiasm. SuperSportVan demonstrates just how far you can go with a white Transit van by mixing and matching regular technology in a different way.”
The creation of the SuperSportVan is the latest chapter in the story of fast Transits, which began in 1971, with the creation of the GT40-based Supervan 1.