From across the pond, we’ve learned some of what our cousins in the UK are up to in the way of bespoke automobiles, and it’s worthy of recognition. Say hello to the M-Sport Ford Ranger.
M-Sport, you may recall, is the very same English rally team and car-builder that helped to mold Ken Block’s Ford Focus RS RX into the competition car that it is. The outfit also occasionally partners with other companies to create sporty, bespoke passenger vehicles – like this Ford Ranger, made in-cooperation with Van Sport and Carlex Design.
The M-Sport Ford Ranger is based on the crew cab body-style truck, with 4-wheel drive and a 3.2-liter diesel engine. The list of modifications consists largely of cosmetic items: matte black fender extensions, revised front bumper cover, and hood lip extension, for instance. Also finished in matte black on this truck are the wing mirror covers, door handles, side steps, and tailgate. All that’s complimented by a set of deep, matte graphite, 18-inch wheels.
As for performance, the standard M-Sport Ford Ranger includes a Pedders sport suspension kit and a sport exhaust system.
The M-Sport Ford Ranger also boasts an extra pair of Lazer lights, embedded in the grille provide the Ford Ranger with superior forward lighting (“Lazer Lamps” is a brand; the lights use LEDs, not lasers). A Lazer Lamps roof-mounted light bar is available with the optional off-road package, which also throws in a taller Pedders suspension kit to raise ride height 1.75 inches. Also optional are a full-body undertray protection kit and a hard-top, lift-up bed cap.
“Our collaboration with Van Sport has been more successful than any of us ever imagined,” said M-Sport Managing Director Malcolm Wilson. “Their bespoke, high-quality products have captured the imagination of customers around the globe and it’s something that we are very pleased to be involved in.”
He continued: “The M-Sport Ranger is the latest edition to the range and it looks as though it will be just as successful as its predecessors – with the same high-quality finish and drive that we have come to expect from our colleagues at Van Sport and Carlex Design.”