During last night’s Ford Performance 2024 motorsports season kick-off special, we were treated to a bevy of interesting news regarding the forthcoming year of racing – including the debut of a new EV demonstrator, the Ford F-150 Lightning Switchgear. As for another, existing Blue Oval EV demonstrator – the Ford SuperVan – it has undergone quite a few changes since its debut in June 2022, with version 4.2 – as FoMoCo calls it – scoring a win in the open class and setting a new record at the 2023 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Now, the FordSuperVan has been treated to a new livery, all while the automaker hinted that another model is in the works, too.
For starters, Ford revealed that in 2024, it will continue to use the SuperVan 4.2 – which was just treated to yet another new livery – in a number of ways, taking it to legendary tracks such as Bathurst in Australia. However, Ford will also return to Pikes Peak this coming June to once again tackle that iconic race in a new, as-yet-unnamed EV demonstrator, too.
It’s unclear what this new EV demonstrator will be called or what model it will be based off of, but as Ford Authority reported last month, the automaker abandoned its SuperVan trademark last October. It’s unclear why that was the case, but SuperVan is a name that the automaker has used dating way back to the 1970s with its series of special, promotional vehicles in the UK.
However, as Ford Authority reported in late December, Ford also filed to trademark “Transit Ultravan” recently, which could be precisely what it decides to call its new EV demonstrator. This particular trademark also pertains to both ICE and all-electric vehicles, which means that Ultravan may be used on a variety of machines – not just one particular EV demonstrator – though that’s obviously unclear at the moment.