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The Ford Focus RS is a fantastic car, the 2.3 litre engine producing 345bhp, the AWD system with Drift Mode allowing all weather grip and fun when you want it, plus normal five door practicality. But deep in the heart of Essex is Mountune who have been tuning Fords for decades and they’ve been continually improving and tweaking the RS ever since it came out. This new m520 kit is the absolute top of the tree though, and as the numbers suggest it now produces 513bhp (520hp) and 700Nm – in a medium sized hot hatch!

To achieve this, the engine is rebuilt with all new forged internals to ensure it can handle that level of power and a full exhaust to create a crazy noise, while the exterior gets a load of carbon bits and some rally-spec Fifteen52 alloys that sit over improved brakes and on lowering springs. This is a serious bit of kit, aggressive and utterly addictive. We’ve driven this m520 and it’s a truly wild ride!

Full Spec:

Ford Focus RS – BOTB will source a low-mileage RS to the value of £35,000

Mountune m520 upgrade kit including new larger turbo, downpipe, hoses, fuel pump and ECU tune

Mountune m400x power kit including uprated intercooler, 3” exhaust system, hard pipe and induction kit

Mountune Forged Pistons & Conrods

Mountune full intake, Oil Cooler Kit, Cast Inlet Manifold, Short Shift Kit, Sport Springs, Floating brake upgrade

Carbon front splitter, rear wing and wider wheelarches

Fifteen52 Chicane 19” alloys with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres


Ah, the Ford Transit, the backbone of Britain as the advertising tells us. It has been in production for over 50 years and you can’t drive for more than a minute on our roads without seeing at least one – after all they’ve made over 8 million of them!

Fast forward to now and the Transit Custom has got all the best bits from the Ford parts bin to make it the most usable Transit yet.

But as good as it is, sometimes you want your van to be a little bit ‘extra’ and be practical and yet sporty at the same time. This is where MS-RT comes in - a collaboration with Malcolm Wilson’s M-Sport (who do Ford’s rally cars) – who take the Transit and modify them with a body kit and parts to give buyers that little bit more personalisation.

Outside you get a custom-designed body kit with an aggressive front bumper, wider arches and a rear bumper housing the twin exhaust tips from the stainless steel exhaust system. It’s a little harsh to call it a body kit though, such is the high level of finish that you’d think it was a Ford-designed part.

There are 18-inch OZ alloy wheels (20’s optional) and you can also get a graphics package to finish off the look.

Inside there is a new flat-bottomed steering wheel, leather interior and loads of tech. This particular version is an intriguing vehicle too – it’s the DCIV (Double Cab in Van) version which means there are 5 seats, plus it has the LWB body so there’s a decent load area behind.

It also has the 168bhp diesel engine mated to the 6-speed automatic gearbox for easy town driving.

Basically, this could double up as a family vehicle and work van, perfect for those who only want one vehicle and don’t like the idea of an SUV or MPV. And it looks awesome! Get your tickets in the BOTB competition here. 

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