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MS-RT puts Ford's Transit Connect van into rally mode

MS-RT puts Ford's Transit Conn...
MS-RT will release a limited run of 40 Launch Editions in September 2019
MS-RT will release a limited run of 40 Launch Editions in September 2019
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MS-RT will release a limited run of 40 Launch Editions in September 2019
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MS-RT will release a limited run of 40 Launch Editions in September 2019
The MS-RT Ford Transit Connect
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The MS-RT Ford Transit Connect
The MS-RT Ford Transit Connect from the rear
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The MS-RT Ford Transit Connect from the rear
The rally-inspired MS-RT Ford Transit Connect is designed to obtain approval though Ford's accredited Qualified Vehicle Modifiers program
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The rally-inspired MS-RT Ford Transit Connect is designed to obtain approval though Ford's accredited Qualified Vehicle Modifiers program

We've seen Ford's Transit Connect van take many forms over the years, from converters crafting pop-top campers to others building mobile offices. This time around Welsh tuning firm MS-RT has put its rally racing leanings to work on the vehicle's inside and out for a run of performance-inspired panel vans that are likely to turn a few heads.

MS-RT is a company that customizes Ford's vehicles to give them a sportier feel, with a particular emphasis on design cues taken from the world of rally racing. Following the MS-RT Ford Transit Custom van it released last year, the firm has now turned its attention to Ford's Transit Connect and the results are rather stylish indeed.

The plastic injection-molded bodykit comprises a rear bumper, diffuser and spoiler and side skirts, along with a front bumper, front grilles and a front diffuser. Further fleshing out the sporty aesthetic is a quad stainless steel sports exhaust, 18-inch alloy racing wheels, and Michelin tires.

The rally-inspired MS-RT Ford Transit Connect is designed to obtain approval though Ford's accredited Qualified Vehicle Modifiers program
The rally-inspired MS-RT Ford Transit Connect is designed to obtain approval though Ford's accredited Qualified Vehicle Modifiers program

The inside, meanwhile, gets a carbon inlay sports steering wheel along with nappa leather and suede finishes. Also onboard is LED loadspace lighting, a "premium" infotainment pack with navigation software, a reversing camera and side-loading doors on either side.

Among the optional upgrades are bronze alloy wheels, black exhaust tips and a full carbon steering wheel.

Like the already approved MS-RT Ford Transit Custom, the MS-RT Ford Transit Connect is designed to obtain approval though Ford's accredited Qualified Vehicle Modifiers program.

The MS-RT Ford Transit Connect from the rear
The MS-RT Ford Transit Connect from the rear

MS-RT will kick things off with a limited run of 40 Launch Editions that will feature a Magnetic Grey paint job, upgraded alloy wheels and a unique interior, which it expects to deliver in September 2019. A standard production version will follow for the same price, £23,995 (US$31,200) for a six-speed manual gearbox or £24,995 ($32,500) for an automatic transmission.

"Our customers absolutely love their vans and the uniqueness of them, so we expect that the Connect will develop a similar following among those who want a commercial vehicle with genuine motorsport heritage, fantastic sports styling and a full manufacturer-backed warranty," said MS-RT Founding Director, Edward Davies. "We can't wait to deliver the first Launch Edition models later this year."

Source: MS-RT via Newspress

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