At Jalopnik, we love it when people come up with crazy combinations to build unexpected vehicles, suddenly become performance gods (or wannabe gods). take that 2014 Ford Transit Connect listed on Cars & Bids. At first glance, sure, it’s just a Ford Transit Van. But beneath the sheet metal beats an unexpected heart: the supercharged I4 from a 2014 Focus ST.
Together we have what Ford would probably never have given us, a Ford Transit Connect ST. Everything looks the same from the outside, apart from the ST badge. It’s a subtle hint that this transit is really something special and different.
Sure, keen observers will spot some ST details like the 18-inch Focus ST wheels, rally car-esque mudflaps and center exit exhaust. But there’s more where that came from.
To be clear, this van isn’t just a Focus ST engine thrown into a Transit Connect. This vehicle has been fitted with all modifications to ensure it drives well as does a Focus ST.
Starting with the ST’s 2.5-liter turbocharged I4, which in its stock form produces 252 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual. This part of the drive train was modified with a Cobb Stage 2 tuning, SPEC Clutch Stage 3 clutch kit, Mishimoto cooler and MFactory limited slip differential. In addition, the owner has added an Eibach lowering spring set. Unfortunately, no dyno sheet was provided for the Transit’s mods, so it’s unknown how much of the work may have increased the power output.
Inside are the ST’s Recaro seats and its entire instrument cluster, auxiliary gauges on the center stack for things like oil pressure and temperature, and a nice sound system setup with a Kenwood head unit and Alpine amp.
There is a pretty glaring problem with the instrument cluster. The seller says that when the factory cluster was swapped out for the ST cluster, “the instrument cluster was programmed to show chassis mileage.” That means the exact total mileage on this thing isn’t known, although the seller says they’ve put 7,000 miles on it since the May 20 swap21
Other problems arise be a list of weird electric gremlins like the radiator fan that stays on or the air conditioner that turns on after the car has been running for a while. Power steering too occurs afterwards “the first five or 10 feet of driving” and the traction control, Section and Reversing camera doesn’t work. Maybe it’s some programming stuff. But no matter everything to consider.
If you can see the potential in the list of electrical ailments, the little scratches here and there on the outside and the wear on the seat upholstery, there’s still time to snag this creation for your garage. At the time of writing there are still six days left and the Bid is $12,500.