(from Ford Motor
Company Press Release) FORD TRANSIT XXL PROBABLY THE LONGEST
TRANSIT IN THE WORLD!
Dunton, England 3 January 2007. Ford of Europe's Commercial
Vehicle development team, based at the company's Dunton Technical
Centre in the UK, is celebrating the Ford Transit's status as
International Van of the Year 2007, by creating an unusual one-off
special the Transit XXL.
Transit XXL literally stretches the Transit Tourneo passenger
vehicle to new lengths, and could well be the longest Ford Transit
in the world!
Designed and built by the Transit team at Dunton as a special
project, Transit XXL uses 'off the shelf' Ford Transit components
throughout. It is based on two short wheel base Transit Tourneo
models which have been meticulously joined together to deliver a
bespoke limousine that carries the driver plus seven passengers in
full 'first class' comfort.
Every passenger benefits from a leather-trimmed, seven-way fully
adjustable Transit 'Captain's Seat' complete with heating, lumbar
adjustment and armrest. As you would expect, legroom and shoulder
room are extensive!
This one-off vehicle has been designed to further demonstrate the
Ford Transit's flexibility and capabilities. It measures 7.4 metres
in length and has a wheelbase of 5.9 metres. This compares to the
standard Tourneo length of almost 4.9 metres and wheelbase of 2.9
Transit XXL also features four full sliding doors two on each side
while the entire vehicle benefits from privacy glass allowing
occupants to be transported in appropriate anonymity. The four
opening side doors of the Transit XXL are complemented by the fact
that it's a right hand drive van. When used in left hand drive
countries, the Transit XXL driver can stop at the kerbside and be
ready quickly to help passengers get in to or out of the vehicle
something that drivers of long limousine vehicles understand and
The interior also features a fully fitted carpet made from the
standard Tourneo item, and a floor to roof carpeted bulkhead behind
the rearmost pair of seats which creates a separate luggage
compartment accessible only through the tailgate-style rear door.
Passenger comfort is maximised through the use of front and rear air
conditioning, with the rear being controlled via the passenger
compartment making this literally the coolest Transit to travel in.
The team isn't finished yet, and has plans to install a full
in-vehicle entertainment system, including DVD player and games
consoles, with individual monitors.
Still a Transit at Heart
Transit XXL is powered by a completely standard Ford 2.2-litre,
130PS Duratorq TDCi engine, though the 5-speed gearbox has been
specially adapted and tuned for optimum gearing to deliver enhanced
mid-range performance. The braking system has also been upgraded and
uses self-adjusting, servo-assisted front and rear discs. The body
construction for Transit XXL features extensive strengthening under
the floor and in the roof to ensure that the vehicle is torsionally
rigid and safe. It has an unladen weight of 2500kg. Using an FT350
front wheel drive model, the suspension has been enhanced to give
the necessary gross vehicle weight of 3500kg, enabling Transit XXL
to be fully laden with passengers and their luggage
Finished in Frozen White, the Transit XXL retains many of its
original standard features, including satellite navigation,
Bluetooth® capability, top-of-the-range Ford audio equipment, heated
front screen and perhaps most importantly reversing sensors.
"The Transit team spent a huge amount of their personal time putting
together the Transit XXL, and we're delighted with the result," said
Barry Gale, Ford of Europe's Chief Engineer for Commercial Vehicles.
"It was a challenging project but the core vehicle's strengths and
flexibility have helped the end result to be easy to drive and very
comfortable to ride in.
"Ford has a history of building unusual one-off, fun vehicles that
have become legends the Transit Supervan series, our World Rally
Transit and most recently the Transit Connect X-Press which used the
powertrain of the Focus RS to create a hugely entertaining vehicle,"
said Gale. "Transit XXL takes us in a different direction as we
wanted to show that the refinement of the new Transit allows it to
be a limousine. One thing is for sure it provokes amazing
reactions from all who see it!"