Picture of The Week – MS-RT Ford Transit Custom R185 limited edition


MS-RT, which uses styling and technology pioneered by Ford’s works rally team, is producing a limited run of 40 Limited Edition QVM-approved Ford Transit Custom R185s, designed and built at its factory in Pontypool, South Wales.

The strictly limited edition is based on the Transit Custom DCIV 5-seat double cab and is available only in stealthy Slate Grey from Ford’s own Special Vehicle Operations department, with subtle red and black rally decals and a unique radiator grille featuring a red flash. In addition, it gets bi-xenon headlamps, advanced driver assistance systems including adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning (BLIS), a rear camera, 230v power inverter and a lift-up tailgate. It also gets 18-inch OZ Racing alloy wheels in gloss black, along with a full carbon-fibre steering wheel with red centre line and stitching and a unique red-stitched leather interior, plus smart gloss black exhaust tips.

A further feature is a Maxhaust system, which uses app-based technology to deliver the sound of a sports exhaust through the van’s integral speakers, giving it a soundtrack to match its impressive road dynamics. The van will be available on a strictly limited basis with no plans to increase the production run, guaranteeing its status as a future collectors’ item and helping it stand out from other LCVs on the road. All MS-RT Transit Customs including the R185 come with a three-year, 100,000-mile warranty, while both short and long wheelbase variants are available, with a choice of manual or automatic transmission.

MS-RT Founding Director, Edward Davies, said: “The MS-RT Transit Custom has already been a huge success and we’ve developed the R185 in response to customer demand for something even more bespoke. The limited edition model is sure to sell out very quickly and become an icon among fans of the MS-RT brand.”

Each van is constructed by hand at MS-RT’s Pontypool factory, which employs over 40 staff, all individually trained to meet the company’s exacting levels of craftsmanship.