Monday, June 21, 2021
News Where World Rally Meets Appliance Repair: WRC Transit Vans

Where World Rally Meets Appliance Repair: WRC Transit Vans

MS-RT and Ford make widebody rally-look Transit Connect and Custom vans

  • WRC body kit for smaller Transit Connect and Custom

  • All show, no extra go for commercial units

Want your daily driver to look like a rally car but your daily is actually a commercial van? No sweat, says Ford and vehicle specialists MS-RT who are getting ready to make these WRC-inspired vans ready for sale at Ford Transit dealers in Europe.

The bright colours, wide stance, and aggressive body kit are inspired by the Fiesta WRC car run by M-Sport Ford World Rally Team but are designed to not compromise the inherent vanness of the Transit Custom and Transit Connect.

We’re familiar with the compact Transit Connect running around on our own local roads, but if you’re not familiar with the Transit Custom, think of it as a more Chrysler Grand Caravan-sized van, fitting into the lineup between Custom and full-size Transit.

The vans get massive wheel arch extensions (with vents at the rear) fitted with OZ Racing 18-inch alloys for a real rally-car look. Side skirt extensions join the arches and work with the massive front splitter that’s hanging off the wider bumper openings. At the back is an integrated diffuser and Custom gets a twin-pipe exhaust while Connect gets a quad-pipe setup. Both are available in ceramic black.

Connect comes in all the standard Ford colours, but Custom adds Ford’s SVO range, meaning you can pick from shades like the orange, blue, and yellow seen here. Decal kits let you develop your own rally livery or pick from Ford’s own options.

MS RT Transit Custom is available with special order Ford paint | Photo: Ford

Inside are MS-RT seats finished in Nappa leather and suede, plus sports wheels with carbon fibre inlays and MS-RT branding.

If you live in Europe, you already know that the commercial van is the quickest, most aggressive vehicle on the tarmac, and now this set look ready to take that to the dirt. But the power plants remain the same: a 185 hp 2.0L EcoBlue diesel for Transit Custom (with 306 lb-ft) or a 120 hp 1.5 for Connect.

So if you need a builder or appliance repair in a hurry, look for the one with the WRC-spec van. They’ll get to you in no time. After a cuppa.

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