RE: Video: Ford Supervan

RE: Video: Ford Supervan

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Escorttom

45 posts

140 months

Tuesday 14th December 2010
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Haha I love all the Supervans. The silly things Ford EU/UK made back when they had balls....

ShiggyBiggs

713 posts

138 months

Tuesday 14th December 2010
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They should definatly get a new one on the go with the new range of trannys if they havent already.

dinkel

25,756 posts

222 months

Tuesday 14th December 2010
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wombatcdn said:
. . . however aerodynamics took over further up the scale and it only topped out about 160mph.(
Only!?

180 in this one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uklB0fgRkfQ

"In 1995, Renault displayed a show car called the Espace F1 (created by Matra) to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Espace and Renault's involvement in Formula One racing. It was based on a V10-powered Williams Formula 1 racing car with an Espace J63 body reinforced with lightweight carbon-fibre instead of the glass fibre of the standard model. The Renault-Williams engine powered it from 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) in 6 seconds, and helped by the carbon-ceramic brakes, it did 0-270 km/h (0-168 mph) and back to 0 in under 600 metres (1,969 ft). This version of the Espace was featured in the driving simulator, Gran Turismo 2."

Ace!

firstpresence

4 posts

153 months

Tuesday 14th December 2010
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Forget the van, who's the gorgeous blond in the old Ford at 1min 40 seconds in the Woman's page video???? Wow!

Max_Torque

16,372 posts

181 months

Tuesday 14th December 2010
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"who knows where the Supervan could go next, maybe the nurburgring" says the voice over in the video. THE RING!!! on that suspension!!! blimey, you'd be a braver man than me to do that, it looked pant wettingly exciting on a smooth flat Thurxton, let alone around the "green hell"...........

monthefish

19,756 posts

195 months

Tuesday 14th December 2010
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edo said:
400+ odd HP and only 0-60 in 7 seconds??
and 0-100 in 21??

monthefish

19,756 posts

195 months

Tuesday 14th December 2010
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Max_Torque said:
"who knows where the Supervan could go next, maybe the nurburgring" says the voice over in the video. THE RING!!! on that suspension!!! blimey, you'd be a braver man than me to do that, it looked pant wettingly exciting on a smooth flat Thurxton, let alone around the "green hell"...........
Always wondered why they didn't use one of these as a programme finale, in the TG episode when they were trying to get a transit round the ring in sub ten minutes.

V8 Vette

95 posts

174 months

Tuesday 14th December 2010
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This Tranny was used as a show room puller subsequently around the Ford Dealership network. I remember going to see it at my local . There it was displayed around that time with a Le-Mans winning GT40 in Gulf colours.
Aha ! Those were the days.
If I remember rightly Ford were offering the GT40 for sale !! at somwhere near £10K. ( remembering that a brand new Cortina was about £750.) OMG if only, if only.
Someone with a better memory than me may put me right here , But that's how I seem to recollect.

whistle

Stu R

21,410 posts

179 months

Tuesday 14th December 2010
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Why don't we have those wonderful sounding voiceover artists anymore?

Ace van. I approve.

sunsurfer

305 posts

145 months

Tuesday 14th December 2010
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wombatcdn said:
I once went to a job interview at TWR back in the 90s and in a dusty corner of the shop floor there lurked a late model Transit. My interviewer, doing the factory tour, stopped at this van and asked me to look in through the back window. Inside lurked a full subframe and powertrain for the XJ220. (It was only afterwards that I noticed the massive rubber at all four corners!) Apparently they used it as a test mule for the powertrain etc, and used to amuse themselves by pulling up next to 911s et al at red lights, and flipping off the driver in true white man van fashion. When the light went green, aforementioned stockbroker/drug dealer/w.h.y. would stomp it only to watch the Trannie disappearing off up the road.

The Transit was lighter than the XJ220 so it was actually quicker 0-60 and 0-100, however aerodynamics took over further up the scale and it only topped out about 160mph.

Never got the job :-(
Great story - cheers smile

MJG280

713 posts

223 months

Tuesday 14th December 2010
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Saw touched and sat inside the first one in the sixties at an exhibition at Kelvin Hall Glasgow It was being ignored by everyone else so bored Ford man was quite chatty and generous to spotty youth and his Dad. Told not to touch gear lever as it was a new gear box and very expensive. I seem to remember it with more blue on it. I think he said 1.5 secs slower round Brands Hatch than a GT40 but doesn't look possible from the film.

Didn't know that much then about mechanicals but did know it was very very silly.

Seven Smiles

81 posts

171 months

Tuesday 14th December 2010
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I remember a story of it running for 24 hours round the MIRA banked circuit. At one point it went past the pits with someone waving out of the back window.
"Didn't know he had a passenger on board. Who is it?"
"He doesn't!"
The story went that the driver realised that it was so stable he was able to get out of the driver's seat and make his way to the back of the van!

I must be misremembering it - it's too fantastical to be true.

atco

16 posts

190 months

Tuesday 14th December 2010
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sunsurfer said:
wombatcdn said:
I once went to a job interview at TWR back in the 90s and in a dusty corner of the shop floor there lurked a late model Transit. My interviewer, doing the factory tour, stopped at this van and asked me to look in through the back window. Inside lurked a full subframe and powertrain for the XJ220. (It was only afterwards that I noticed the massive rubber at all four corners!) Apparently they used it as a test mule for the powertrain etc, and used to amuse themselves by pulling up next to 911s et al at red lights, and flipping off the driver in true white man van fashion. When the light went green, aforementioned stockbroker/drug dealer/w.h.y. would stomp it only to watch the Trannie disappearing off up the road.

The Transit was lighter than the XJ220 so it was actually quicker 0-60 and 0-100, however aerodynamics took over further up the scale and it only topped out about 160mph.

Never got the job :-(
Great story - cheers smile
Is that not the Goodwood Transit
http://fordtransit.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&am...

MAD63

47 posts

136 months

Tuesday 14th December 2010
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As kids in New Zealand we got a transit with it's worn out V4 which we replaced with a 283 Chev V8. That was bolted to the transit gearbox with a home made adapator and Mk3 Ford Zephyr crown wheel and pinion in the diff. That was recipe for highway fun as it not only sounded great it was also faster than most other vehicles on the road in the mid 70's.. and this was the inspiration! great video with the 'proper' voice over too. !!

sneijder

5,199 posts

198 months

Tuesday 14th December 2010
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Can't believe PH hasn't run a story on the new Supervan. Man.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQblh6veP9M&fea...

Fetchez la vache

5,343 posts

178 months

Tuesday 14th December 2010
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sneijder said:
Can't believe PH hasn't run a story on the new Supervan. Man.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQblh6veP9M&fea...
The last words of the vid sum it up quite nicely...
Everything is terrible...

pestman77

127 posts

125 months

Tuesday 14th December 2010
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Love the music and the voice over..... LOL wicked van, love stuff like that!!! Old ford models, Mk1 escort mexico's etc.... No matter how nice modern cars are, u must admit everyone always looks when they see a well modded old ford... If I had unlimited funds, would have a MK1 escort, forest arches, full rally spec bad boy!!!!

Dangermouse78

120 posts

137 months

Tuesday 14th December 2010
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And there was me thinking the original Supervan had an F1 DFV in the back... still the 5L Gurney/Westlaske would do the job. Cant recall what Supervan 2 had but im sure I read that 3 had a Cosworth F1 engine in the rear...

NHK244V

3,350 posts

136 months

Tuesday 14th December 2010
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I think SV1 qot rebuilt into SV2 ?








SV3



and SV 4





Edited by NHK244V on Tuesday 14th December 23:45

mylesmcd

2,173 posts

183 months

Wednesday 15th December 2010
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all I can think is;


waaahhhhh body roll, body roll for youuuu!