Ford has revealed the first pictures and details of the eagerly anticipated Ford Transit Custom MS-RT van.
MS-RT editions of the mid-size van are something of an icon in the range owing to the motorsport inspired looks of the vehicle.
Designed as a collaboration between Ford and M-Sport, the MS-RT Transit Custom is the most eye-catching van in the line-up, sitting above the Transit Custom Sport. It will be available as both a diesel and electric version.
The fully electric Ford E-Transit Custom MS-RT can lay claim to being the highest powered Ford Transit Custom to-date. It gets a 210kW (282hp) electric motor that powers the rear wheels. It gets selectable drive modes to tone down the power when not needed with a 160kW Normal mode and 100kW when in Eco mode.
The diesel version of the MS-RT Transit Custom gets the standard 2-litre EcoBlue diesel engine. It remains unaltered from the standard van with a 168hp output and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. There’s optional all-wheel drive, or front-wheel drive. A 148hp version will also be available along with a n MS-RT version of the recently revealed Transit Custom PHEV. That model has a 230hp plug-in hybrid powertrain that uses a 2.5-litre petrol engine and a 11.8kWh battery.
Of course, the Transit Custom MS-RT isn’t really about engines and power, it is about appearance. Its exterior styling is all about rally-inspired aggressiveness. It gets an aerodynamic front bumper with integrated spoiler, sports side skirts and a new sports rear quarter. This includes a bumper with integrated diffuser.
Naturally there’s a motorsport-inspired rear spoiler that has been optimised for airflow and plenty of downforce to keep the Transit Custom MS-RT and all your tools firmly stuck to the road. Electric van models will also get an additional LED light strip between the headlights.
Special anthracite 19-inch alloy wheels – which are a 0.5-inches wider than regular Transit Custom Sport wheels – sit beneath wider wheelarches. Each wheel is also more than 1kg lighter and comes with commercial-rated 235/45 R19 Goodyear Eagle Sport tyres.
Despite all the upgrades, it’s still a proper working van and offers the full Ford Transit Custom dimensions of up to 6.8m3 maximum load space. The MS-RT Transit Custom payload is up to 1,124kg.
On the inside it gets sporty new front seats with non-animal Eco-Leather, suede, MS-RT logos and blue stitching. Signature MS-RT colours at launch will including vivid Yellow Green and MS-RT Blue. The van will also come with gloss black mirror caps and door handles as standard as well as MS-RT Blue painted brake callipers.
The Transit Custom MS-RT will be sold through Ford Pro dealers and undergoes final assembly and finishing at a dedicated new facility located on the Ford Dagenham Estate in the UK, right next to the HQ for Ford Pro’s engineering team.
Ford has revealed its new Ford Ranger MS-RT pick-up truck based on the styling of the M-Sport rally team.
Designed to be the ultimate street truck, the newest in a long line of Rangers that include the Ford Ranger Raptor, Wildtrak X, Wildtrak and Ford Ranger Tremor, the new MS-RT Ranger gets the powerful 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine producing 237hp and 600Nm of torque.
Apparently inspired by extreme Ranger racing trucks that compete in Asia, the Ranger MS-RT gets a honeycomb grille and integrated splitter.
The visual appearance of the truck is lowered by the sculpted side skirts, while at the rear there is a distinctive bumper with an integrated diffuser.
The tailgate has MS-RT graphics and gets an exclusive ducktail spoiler that no other regular model in the line-up has. There’s also an additional cab spoiler which is to assist with overall aerodynamic balance and high-speed stability of the pick-up.
It gets diamond cut 21-inch wheels – the largest size of wheels ever to have been offered on a Ford Ranger – that have been wrapped in low-profile 275/45 R21 tyres.
The wheel arches have been flared to extend the overall width by 82mm at the front and the rear. Ford has also increased the track by 40mm at each side to help improve the grip of the truck.
The suspension has been reconfigured with new, firmer dampers at the front, a retuned rear suspension set-up and an overall 40mm height reduction.
Perhaps most importantly, for businesses wanting to reclaim the VAT, the Ranger MS-RT has a 1-tonne load-carrying capacity making it a proper commercial vehicle.
On the inside the double-cab seats are now more supportive and the seat backs on the front seats have been made to look sportier. Like the new Transit Custom MS-RT which has also been revealed, the interior uses non-animal Eco-Leather and suede with distinctive MS-RT pattern and blue stitching. There are plenty of MS-RT badges across the seats, dash and floor mats.
The Ranger MS-RT will come in a range of colours that include Conquer Grey, with Agate Black painted mirror caps and door handles.
Famed for their chunky and aggressive body kits, Ford converter MS-RT is to add to its production facilities with a new £4m vehicle conversion centre at Ford Dagenham.
The current production site for MS-RT conversions in Pontypool, South Wales, will remain and there will be no job losses, instead the new site will add 120 new roles once fully operational.
The new site will come online in 2022 with 50 new staff who will produce the range of converted vehicles. Currently the line-up includes the Ford Transit Connect MS-RT, the Ford Transit Custom MS-RT and the Ford Ranger MS-RT. As well as being sold through UK Ford dealers, as part of the Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) programme, the MS-RT conversions are now also available in Belgium, France, Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway, and Romania. Further European markets will also be added as a result of the capacity boost from the new production site.
The new facility will be housed in an existing building at Ford Dagenham which was being used last year to build medical ventilators for the NHS.
MS-RT has more than 40 years of racing experience and has become known for its distinctive range of racing inspired modifications. Amongst its range of front and rear spoilers, flared wheel arches and leather interiors is also the infamous Maxhaust.
The smartphone controlled “exhaust” is actually a speaker that is used to mimic idling and the max revs of a noisy exhaust system. It uses Bluetooth to communicate between the van and the users smartphone and can be set to varying levels as well as sounds.
In addition to cosmetic changes, MS-RT can also change suspension and other performance parts. The most recent addition to the line-up was the Ford Ranger MS-RT which has a honeycomb carbon fibre-effect grille, 20-inch OZ Racing alloys, leather trimmed seats and a full bespoke plastic body styling kit of the exterior.