Well think about it. In an era of social distancing and the increasing demand for stuff to be delivered ever quicker, vans make perfect sense. You have that private space as your chillout zone, informal meet-up with a few friends, or overnight accommodation if your seaside hotel gets fully booked by Serco. A custom van is also an ideal piece of branding for a small business; furniture and antique upcycling, food delivery, bicycle repairs, gin – the list goes on.
Here’s some interesting news from Ford, who could be onto something. Brokers, fire up those white label websites, custom vans are back from their 70s purgatory.
Ford Transit Custom and Transit Connect vans developed by vehicle design specialist MS‑RT will soon be available direct from Ford Transit Centres. The Custom models deliver radical sports styling inspired by the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Fiesta WRC car, while retaining the popular commercial vehicles’ practicality, durability and the full Ford warranty.
A comprehensive range of bold and distinctive colour options is available from Ford, along with a body kit. MS-RT Transit Custom and Transit Connect will be available to order from September.
Wide wheel arch extensions are filled with new, bespoke 18-inch OZ Racing anthracite alloy wheels, complemented by sporty side skirts that create a lower profile. At the rear, an integrated diffuser element and roof spoiler emphasise the rally-bred character. MS-RT Transit Custom receives a twin-pipe sports exhaust, with MS-RT Transit Connect gaining a distinctive quad-exit system; customers can specify optional Ceramic Black exhaust tips.
In addition to the standard range of colour options, MS-RT Transit Custom can also be finished in any colour from Ford’s extensive SVO range for an even more eye-catching van with added road presence. For additional racing style, optional decal kits let customers apply a distinctive livery to their van.
Bespoke interiors feature handcrafted MS-RT Nappa leather and suede seats, MS-RT sports steering wheels with carbon fibre inlays, and MS-RT branded instrument clocks and floor mats.
Standard features also include Ford’s SYNC 3 voice-activated connectivity system with a colour touchscreen – allowing drivers to connect mobile devices and plan routes for optimum productivity – and a FordPass Connect modem delivering Wi-Fi connectivity for up to ten devices. Drivers also benefit from standard sat-nav, rear-view camera and bi-xenon headlights.