The folks over at M-Sport – an automotive engineering and racing team based in the United Kingdom – have pulled the covers off their newly converted Ford Ranger.
The aggressively styled bakkie was created in collaboration with Van-Sport and Carlex Design. It was officially unveiled at the Abenteuer & Allrad off-roading fair in Bad Kissingen in Germany this week.
M-Sport says it will put its extreme bakkie into “full production” from the beginning of September 2016, with technical and performance figures still to be confirmed.
What we do know, however, is that the Ford Ranger M-Sport is based on the 3,2-litre TDCi double-cab 4×4 model. M-Sport says its version of the Ranger will be available through various “supporting Ford dealerships” in the UK and Europe. Pricing, too, has yet to be confirmed.
The conversion includes a new front bumper (with integrated daytime-running lights), side arch extensions, a new rear bumper, a bonnet lip, yet more lights (grille-integrated this time), a Pedders suspension lift kit, 20-inch alloys (with all-terrain Yokohama Geolandar tyres), a new exhaust system, black side bars, black roof bars, and a black roll-over bar.
The vehicle has also been “de-chromed”, with privacy glass added to the rear windows. Inside, there are (optional) leather seats, a sport steering wheel, and a rubber mat pack, while underbody protection has also been added.
Founded in 1979, M-Sport has a long relationship with Ford, having prepared and run the official Ford World Rally Team cars in the World Rally Championship since 1996.