Limited-edition Ford Transit gets the WRC treatment

Article by Christian A., on October 3, 2017

Van-Sport, the creator of Ford custom vehicles, has just added a Rally edition for the famous Ford Transit Custom MS-RT commercial vans. The R-spec edition, which will be limited to only 50 units and provides as much as 208hp, is especially made for the 2nd year anniversary between Van-Sport and its British partner Malcom Wilson of M-Sport motorsport company.

Seen recently at the 2017 Rallyday event in Castle Combe racing circuit, the Ford Transit arrives with a handful of new upgrades over the standard Transit Custom MS-RT. One of which is the brake kit that the company has been talking about in the past several months. The custom specialist has also added some special options including the 208hp power increase and an uprated rear suspension. As standard, the Transit Custom packs only a total of 170 horsepower.

Since the R-Spec is an upgraded version of the Custom MS-RT, the van is already equipped with an 18-inch OZ Racing alloy wheels and a bespoke bodykit. Similarly, the double cab in van is offered as a five-seater configuration and features dual sliding side doors and rear tailgate. Due to the MS-RT upgrade, the vehicle received additional goodies such as power convertor, a LED powered load space lighting plus a satellite navigation system with reversing camera.

However, that’s not all the case after Van-Sport introduces the limited-run Transit MS-RT R-spec edition. Its creators added more goodies into the already interesting package such as the new brake kit, new graphics, Lazer LED lights and front diffuser. The standard front brakes have been replaced with the new brake kit with either blue or yellow 6-piston brake calipers. They also come with 365mm vented and groove disks. Under the hood comes a new MS-RT exhaust kit, an air filter and intercooler engine hoses. Its interior shows off the new Rally front bucket seats complete with suede leather upholstery, blue seat belts and a color grey dashboard. The driver’s side also receives an improved lock for added safety.

The R-spec power kit, as we know, features an added boost to the Custom Transit’s 2.0-liter TDCi EcoBlue turbodiesel engine. Developed by Steinbauer, the power upgrade increases the Double Cab on Van’s current 170hp and 405Nm to an improved 208hp and 486Nm output.

The MS-RT R-Spec for standard short wheelbase or L1 Ford Transit model with a five-seater configuration and tailgate is priced at £35,995 plus VAT. This makes it £7,000 more expensive than the standard MS-RT model but it’s easy to see why since the brake kit alone costs £1,500++. Now for those who might be interested, the company is now taking orders in the UK. A wheel upgrade at £500 is available for those who would like to replace the standard 18-inch with the new 20-inch wheel set.

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