• Feb 18th 2010 at 2:28PM
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With that in mind, consider this: Some speed loving nutters over in jolly ol' England have gone ahead and swapped in a 275 horsepower four-banger from a 2003 Ford Focus RS into the waiting bay of a Transit Connect. That's pretty cool, eh? It actually gets a bit better. The builder installed a switch that let's you switch tanks from gasoline to LPG (liquefied petroleum gas). When running on LPG, the motor still churns out 200 hp.
Of course, just tossing in a slammer of an engine is one thing, but if you want a true sleeper you need to do more. And more is precisely what's been done. Aside from all the upgraded turbo parts and exhaust bits needed to take the normally 212 hp motor up to 275 ponies, there's the five-speed manual from the RS complete with trick quaife limited-slip diff. Then you got performance tires, Sparco seats and a boost gauge. And it's for sale for £8,000. Cool? Or should we say cool enough for enthusiast dad? Almost probably maybe yes. Full mod list after the jump.

[Source: Ford Transit Forum via Motor Authority]

- 2003 Focus RS engine that had covered 26,000Miles
- Turbo Technics Hybrid T28 Turbo
- Forge Adjustable Actuator
- GRS Front mount Intercooler
- Custom Silicon Boost Pipes
- Blue-Flame De-Car
- Powerflow 2.5inch Custom Stainless Exhaust (With No Boxes)
- Focus RS Gearbox (With Quaife LSD)
- Omex 600 Standalone ECU (Fully Mappable)
- Cosworth 3bar MAP sensor
- Denso ITV24 Iridium Spark Plugs
- Focus RS Fuel Pump
- LPG Conversion
- Modified Inlet manifold (To Accept the LPG Injectors)
- Kenlow Hi-Flow Rad Fans
- Power 275BHP@18psi
- Mapped By Michael Woodford Motorsport (ME)
- Yokohama Prada Spec2 Tyres (All 4)
- Ford Racing Boost Gauge (Mounted in custom air vent pod)
- Sparco Evo Fibreglass Buckets On Custom Frames (Slightly tatty but not too bad)

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      • 5 Years Ago
      That looks like a fun sleeper, just wonder if those wheels and tires can handle it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As I said before in a recent post. The new 2.0L EcoBoost engine would be perfect for the Transit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A vehicle without side windows, and without rear seats is not a minivan.

      It is a small cargo van.

      With that cool drivetrain, this thing needs a wrap or paint job, and a matching motorcycle inside.

      This vehicle as a mobile motorcycle paddock, would be cool.

      One does not put their children in the back of a cargo van. That is not cool.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @hans No, the rear windows are replaced with sheet metal over here in NA.
        • 5 Years Ago
        so uh, my father had a toyota van in the 80s. it came in cargo or passenger versions.

        the transit connect in america you can get the "transit connect wagon" which has windows and seats. so i guess by your definition that van (which is barely different than the cargo version, since all transits in america come with the window and seat and they actually remove them to make the non wagon version) is a minivan.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kurt W. its funny you mentioned tool in your response as i'm sure you are familar with that word being associated w/ your name. The rest of you guys that get stiffies from minivans (with exception of this cargo van) should ask for your balls back from your wives. Seriously, dudes taking up for minivans, whats this world coming to?
      • 5 Years Ago
      "JAP IS CRAP"

      .. on a Ford Transit cargo van – really? I've always wondered what the redneck voice sounds like with a British accent..
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thats hoontastic!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thats my van!

      Don't worry i don't put kids in the back, Its purly for tools and other equpment for repairing cars.

      The van is capable of over 150mph and i have a video to prove!

      • 5 Years Ago
      Thumbs up!
      CNG conversion is very economical, clean DOMESTIC fuel option.
      American manufacturers need to move FASTER on this practical & available option.
      FoMo sells new Escape CNG stock products is CA., already. Run with it & keep our dollars in the USA. Our economy will then turn around in no time with a little leadership.
      • 5 Years Ago
      brakes, chassis, suspesion???? what an idiot...
      • 5 Years Ago
      This reminds me of the MazdaSpeed5 that C&D did a while back.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "well, the real trick is taking a cargo van and calling it a minivan."

      Let's see, unibody construction? check Front-wheel-drive? check Sliding side door? check. The Transit Connect is a minivan in every sense of the definition.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ... Except it doesn't carry people. It carries cargo.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Mini, yes. Van, yes. Not "Minivan".

        Same as "sport utility vehicle" doesn't mean the vehicle is either sporty or useful.
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