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Is this the coolest Ford Transit van you can buy?
Modified MS-RT Ford Transit is perfect for the rally/van fan
This is the mighty MS-RT Ford Transit, a go-faster version of Britain’s favourite van built by the suitably named Van-Sport (some blokes from South Wales who spend their time zinging up Transits). It celebrates the two-year anniversary since Van-Sport teamed up with British rallying firm M-Sport. Therefore, if you’re a vannist with a rally fetish, life might have peaked.
The MS-RT started life as a standard 170bhp Transit Custom DCiV (Double Cab-in-Van, for those of you that don’t speak van). With seating for five, a rear tailgate and dual sliding side doors, MS-RT then added luxuries like a sat-nav and reversing camera, LED load space lighting and a power converter. None of which we’re really interested in. We are instead interested in the go-faster bits. There are many.
First off, an ECU flash by Steinbauer takes the Custom’s 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine from the standard 170bhp and 298lb-ft to a substantial 208bhp and 358lb-ft. That’s enough oomph to see off the VW Transporter Sportline – the most powerful factory-built production van you can get your hands on. Some useful ammo for the greasy spoon, that
Van-Sport didn’t stop there. Under the bonnet, there’s a shiny new intercooler, dedicated MS-RT engine hoses, a new air filter and new exhaust box. Reiger rear leaf springs were then sourced – different to the usual Eibach units MS-RT fits – but for an extra fee, these can be binned for proper, more car-like rear shock absorbers by Reiger. To help it stop: 356mm vented and grooved discs, six-piston calipers and a choice of yellow or blue braided hoses (colour coding is important).
Visually, a few choice mods have made this Transit the angriest looking one on the road. There’s a new, lower front diffuser, Lazer LED driving lights in the grille, hefty side skirts and a rear diffuser with shiny pipes to go with the new back box. Bespoke rally graphics can then be slapped over the paint. Inside, bucket seats with blue seat belts fill the front of the cabin while suede-like upholstery fills the rear.
It isn’t cheap, mind, with prices starting at £35,995 plus VAT. But then there are the optional extras such as the six-speed automatic transmission instead of the standard six-speed manual. That’s £1,200. Uber cool 20in OZ Racing alloy wheels are a must in our opinion but will set you back an extra £500.
Even so, is this is one of the coolest vans around?