Ford at Goodwood: Electric SuperVan, ‘Very Gay Raptor’ to be presented

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This year’s Festival of Speed is shaping up to be the most exciting yet. Various models from some of the biggest names in the automotive industry will make their dynamic UK debut at the Goodwood Estate this week including five cars from Ferrari, Aston Martin’s newest and final V12 Vantage, and a new Mulliner model from Bentley.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Who will host the live session of Ford’s new “Tough Talks” series?

    Ford’s new “Tough Talks” series will be hosted by Gareth Thomas, the first openly-gay professional rugby union player.
  • What vehicle inspired Ford to create an all-electric version of the SuperVan?

    According to Ford, the E-Transit Custom inspired them to create an all-electric version of the SuperVan.
  • Joining the assembly of vehicles making their premieres are Ford’s first all-electric SuperVan and the all-new Ranger Raptor, plus a pride-inspired version of the pickup truck.

    According to the Blue Oval brand, the Ford Pro Electric SuperVan was inspired by the recently unveiled E-Transit Custom, the all-electric successor to the brand’s best-selling van in Europe and one of four new all-electric commercial vehicles Ford Pro is introducing in the region by 2024.

    Ford is keeping the Electric SuperVan under wraps, but here’s a picture of the ICE-powered Ford SuperVan 3.

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    “Since 1971, Ford SuperVans have been about exploring what is possible with Transit and pushing the boundaries of performance. The new Ford Pro Electric SuperVan ushers in a whole new era of possibilities with an electrified powertrain and the enhanced connectivity of our new, all-electric E‑Transit Custom,” said Ford Performance Motorsports Global Director Mark Rushbrook.

    The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan will be on display at the event’s main paddock.

    In addition, Ford’s new Ranger Raptor will make its European debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The pickup truck looks to make the daunting off-road track a walk in the park thanks to its twin-turbo 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, Fox Live Valve shock absorbers with position-sensitive damping, and selectable drive modes to handle the challenging terrain.

    A special Ranger Raptor, dressed in pride-inspired livery, will also make an appearance at the annual motoring event. Ford’s “Very Gay Raptor” will help Ford continue to tackle discrimination by supporting a live session of the company’s new “Tough Talks” series.

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    The conversation — to discuss how the automotive industry can foster a culture of inclusion and allyship for the LGBTQ+ community — will be hosted by Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas, the first openly gay professional rugby union player.

    “As a company, we actively champion all forms of diversity and are a committed and longstanding LGBTQ+ ally. The world is changing and there’s no place for discrimination of any kind, yet the message needs to be reinforced again and again. These videos are just another way to keep pushing the message but in a relatable and human way,” said Ford Europe Human Resources Vice President Peter Godsell.

    The 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed will happen tomorrow, June 23, till Sunday, June 26.

    Photos from Ford

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