MS-RT, Ford Motor Company’s Commercial Vehicle conversion partner who specialise in designing and manufacturing rally-inspired modifications of the Transit Connect, Transit Custom and Ranger pick-up, have marked a memorable year by staging a unique event at M-Sport’s newly opened Evaluation Centre in Cockermouth, Cumbria. Participants included high-performing Ford dealers and members of Ford of Britain and Ford of Europe’s senior leadership teams.
M-Sport are renowned for providing the engineering expertise behind the multi-award-winning range of Ford rally cars. Positioned on the edge of the UNESCO English Lake District National Park, the brand-new M-Sport Evaluation Centre (MS-EC) provides an expanded and enhanced hub for all of M-Sport’s engineering and rally car construction operations. Set in the heart of the breath-taking Cumbrian landscape, the MS-EC provided the perfect venue for Matthew Wilson, son of M-Sport boss and former World Rally Championship driver Malcolm Wilson, to demonstrate his own world class skill behind the wheel of the Fiesta WRC. Those brave enough to climb aboard the pocket rocket were thrilled and tested in equal measure.
Participants at the MS-EC event were given an immersive motor sport experience that included a tour of M-Sport’s state-of-the-art facilities at their Cockermouth headquarters, hot laps in a Ford Mustang Mach-E GT, piloted by a professional stunt driver, and an opportunity to compete against Matthew Wilson on virtual rally race simulator.
MS-RT, hosts of this unique event, have experienced a year of significant growth. The signing of a multi-year contract with Ford Motor Company to create rally sport inspired conversions of Ford’s Commercial Vehicle range will result in MS-RT opening of a £4m vehicle conversion facility on Ford’s Dagenham estate, a project that will create 120 jobs local to the Dagenham site.
“This very special event provided us with an opportunity to reward our valued partners for their continued support to our business development.” said Commercial Director, Steven Cootes “What better way to bring to life the spirit and bold ambition of a brand that is committed to setting the standard in the sector. There’s no doubt that the environment and experiences on offer at the stunning MS-EC will have nurtured passionate brand advocates for MS-RT and the stand-out models we and Ford are bringing to market.”