Wapcar Automotive News –This meticulous Frankensteined project dropped the 2014 Ford Focus ST transmission into the Ford Transit along with other performance accessories.
At Jalopnik, we love when people come up with crazy combinations to create unexpected vehicles and suddenly become the god of performance (or the god of budding). Get this 2014 Ford Transit Connect listed on Cars & Bid. But under the sheets beat an unexpected heart:
Turbocharged i4 from 2014 Ford Focus ST. Together, we have what Ford would probably never give us, a Ford Transit Connect ST. From the outside, everything looks original except for the ST badge. It’s a subtle clue that this Transit is really something special and different.
Of course, keen observers may recognize a few ST details such as the 18-inch Focus ST wheels, racing-like fenders and central exhaust. But there are many places that come from. Now, obviously, this minivan is more than just a Focus ST engine that’s been included in the Transit Connect. This car has received all the mods to ensure that it runs well, just like a Focus ST.
Starting with the ST’s 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 engine, which in standard form produces 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. This part of the powertrain has been modified with a Stage 2 tune from Cobb, a Stage 3 clutch from SPEC Clutch, a Mishimoto radiator and a limited-slip differential from MFactory. The owner has also fitted a set of Eibach lowering springs. Unfortunately, a dyno sheet was not provided for Transit mods, so it’s unclear how much work could have increased in terms of power output.
Inside there are what appears to be ST’s Recaro seats and its entire dashboard, secondary gauges on the center console for things like oil pressure and temperature, and an audio system setup. great including Kenwood head and Alpine amplifier.
There is a pretty obvious problem with the instrument cluster. The seller says that when the factory assembly was replaced with the ST assembly, “the instrument cluster was programmed to display chassis mileage”. That means the exact mileage of this thing is unknown, although the seller notes that he has driven 7,000 miles since the transaction was completed in May 2021.
Other problems seem to be a list of odd electrical faults like the radiator fan staying on or the air conditioning turning on after the car has run a bit. The power steering also works after the “first 5 or 10 feet of driving” and the traction control, ABS and backup camera do not. Maybe it’s related to the programming tool. But regardless, all the things to keep in mind.
If you can see potential in the list of electrical ailments, minor scratches here and there on the outside and wear on the seat cushions, there’s still time to own this creation for your garage. . As of this writing, there are still six days left and the bid is $12,500.