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2011

2011


Ford ’s presence at the upcoming SEMA Show won’t be just about customizing models like the Fiesta and the Focus . The American automaker is also pitching packages for the bigger families based on the new Ford Explorer . The SUV may not be as fun as the previously mentioned hatchbacks, but it still plays an important part in Ford’s line-up in Las Vegas.

One of the more impressive update packages comes from Stitchcraft Interiors and is called the "Business Edition." As its name suggests, the car is all about offering a more luxurious interior for high-demanding customers. This idea was achieved with Alcantara leather seating, interior accents, door panels, and Orion Car Audio amps, speakers, and wiring. Stitchcraft Interiors also matched study trays to the interior and accents. The exterior is painted in a Seaside Collision two-tone paint scheme with charcoal and orange side graphics.

"The all-new Ford Explorer lends itself to a lot of customization trends because there are so many directions you can go in. Whether it’s amping up the style, performance or capability, they all work seamlessly with Explorer," said Melvin Betancourt, Ford SEMA Design Manager.


Sports cars and SUVs tend to provide the perfect platform for tuning firms. On the flip-side to that are pickup trucks, which don’t really get a vast number of opportunities to get spruced up unless they are headed to the SEMA Auto Show. Case in point is Ford’s of customized F-150 models that will be taking up showroom floor in Vegas this year. The first of which has been developed in cooperation with CGS Performance Products and goes by the name "Tarmac."

The F-150 Tarmac Concept pick-up offers unique and sleek styling with a custom aluminum hood, DuPont Jet Black paint and Boyd Red finish by Andy Meeh, a Paramount restyling grille, and Colorado Custom billet wheels. For the interior, the tuner is offering red leather from Pecca Leather, VizuaLogic headrest monitors, and Seat Belt Planet red seat belts.

All the minor restyling aside, the real star of this program is the powertrain and chassis improvements. Both have received a boost from a CGS Performance with a cat-back exhaust and cold-air intake, a Whipple twin-screw supercharger, a Bell Tech front coilover suspension, and six-piston Baer brakes with 15-inch rotors.

"Additionally, the F-Series trucks are the perfect canvas for customers to personalize. They offer a great wow factor and can easily be taken to the extreme in terms of performance."


Look at all of the Ford Focus models headed to SEMA and we’re not going to blame you if your head starts to spin. We understood the whole point of a show like SEMA, but all the Focus models that will be in attendance - seven in all - will be tuning heaven for fans of Ford ’s sports hatchback.

COBB Tuning is one of the aftermarket companies that worked on the Focus, and they’re bringing a program that’s as extensive - maybe even more - as any of the other Focus models.

Called the ’Motorsports Challenger Focus’, the COBB-tuned Focus features a carbon fiber hood, a redesigned front bumper, and a large rear wing on the exterior. As far as performance modifications are concerned, the Focus the following items: a custom turbo kit mated to a new exhaust manifold, a front-mounted intercooler, intake, and airbox set-up, Cosworth forged pistons.

The Focus’ chassis was also upgraded, courtesy of a StopTech Trophy big brake kit, an Eibach Multi-Pro R2 coilover suspension, and COBB Tuning’s own suspension bushings.

The improved performance numbers have yet to be announced, but you can definitely expect a significant increase in power for the Blue Oval’s popular sports hatchback.

Of the seven Ford Focus models that were displayed at the SEMA Auto Show , picking one as our favorite is like picking what kind of beer we like the best. There are plenty of great choices that makes singling one out next to impossible.

But if we HAVE to choose one, we’d find it extremely difficult to bypass ID Agency’s Ford Focus.

According to the ID Agency, their work on the Ford Focus was inspired by European and Japanese tuning styles, highlighted by an olive paint finish, a Wraptivo-wrapped roof, a Ford Licensed Accessory Thule bike rack with a Custom Leader bike, a set of Recaro Sportster seats and an interior dressed up by Top Stitch. To go with the aesthetic modifications done on the sport hatch, the ID Agency also made some performance upgrades of its own, including the installation of a new Magnaflow cat-back exhaust and an enormous big brake package courtesy of no less than Brembo Brakes.

If you wanted to be technical about all the modifications, it appears that the ID Agency-tuned Focus isn’t as extensive as its counterparts. But in terms of sheer awesome looks, this one is on a league of its own.

UPDATE 11/07/2011: We have added live images from the 2011 SEMA Show. Check them out in the picture gallery!


The Ford F-150 won’t be the only pick-up shining at Ford ’s stand in SEMA. Next to it, will be a customized Ford F-350 Super Duty from Hulst Customs, and from the first pictures, it seems like they have done an amazing job.

The customized Ford F-350 Super Duty is called "Black Mamba" and "shows off the ultimate in luxury and style." The package includes a Hulst Customs-designed hood and grille with stainless steel mesh insert, Hulst Customs side rockers, and a lower front fascia with LED lighting by Radiantz. Planet Color used custom black paint along with 3M Di-Noc stainless graphics for the exterior, but the highlight - or extravagant overkill - of the Black Mamba is the suicide rear doors with Scissor Doors billet hinge kit. For the interior, the tuner has opted for Katzkin leather and Hulst Customs aluminum trim accents.

More details about this pick-up will be released next week. so stay tuned!


The armada of Ford Focus models headed to SEMA is nothing short of overwhelming. A total of seven Focus models - you read that right: seven! - are set to be unveiled, offering a wide variety of choices and options for the Blue Oval’s sports hatchback.

One company that worked on their own tuned-up version of the Focus is Steeda. As a veteran of Ford tuning since 1979, Steeda knows a thing or two about working on Ford performance vehicles and they’re bringing all that experience and expertise on the new Focus with comprehensive aerodynamic and performance modifications.

Among the modifications the Ford tuner gave to the Focus include a new Steeda cold-air intake with Cool Tube technology, a new rear swaybar, a front tower brace, and new lowering springs that improves the Focus’ overall performance capabilities. On top of that, the Focus also received a 3dCarbon body kit, a G-Track front end brace, underhood billet aluminum-appearance items, and a new set of 19" HRE P43S Monoblock wheels wrapped in Nitto NT05 performance tires.

For a tuning firm that can boast of having over two decades of Ford tuning experience, Steeda’s work on the Ford Focus certainly does their reputation justice.


Toyo Tires will be bringing a whole fleet of vehicles to the SEMA Auto Show , featuring four customized machines that will be part of the headline act at the world’s biggest aftermarket auto event.

As part of their Ultimate Ride Sweepstakes, Toyo Tires will be bringing a tricked out 2011 Dodge Durango that will not only be in attendance, but will also be given away to a lucky winner.

The SEMA-bound Durango will be a Mineral Gray Metallic Heat Edition 4×4 that comes with plenty of tuning set-ups, including a new T-REX four=piece flat black mesh grille with a UFC logo on it. The Durango will also have a Magnaflow exhaust system, a custom Alpine Audio entertainment system courtesy of Mega Mega Motorsports, a black leather upholstery with contrasting blue stitching from Roadwire, and a new set of 22" Savini Forged SV28c wheels wrapped around a set of Toyo Proxes ST II tires.

Performance modifications are still being kept under wraps. Nevertheless, this Durango will still carry a powerful 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that produces 295 horsepower and 260 lb/ft of torque. Either way, you’re getting something that’s well worth your time.

So how do you win this one-of-a-kind Dodge Durango? All you need to do is attend the SEMA Auto Show and you will be given the opportunity to scan a QR code, making you eligible to win a piece of Durango awesomeness.


3D Carbon is one of the tuners with a very impressive presence at the SEMA Auto Show in Las Vegas. Their cooperation with Ford Motor Company is quite impressive and over the years we have seen some pretty cool update package. This year their attention will be focuses on a smaller model: Ford Focus . Maybe this is the tuner’s way of telling that with the right updates any car can get cool.

Their upgrade package is a "standout style statement" and includes: 3M satin wrap, smoked windows and race red accents to bring the car’s more edgy side to life. Next to these the Focus has also received an impressive 3D Carbon body kit and Sticky Fingers racing stripes. On the functional side, a 3dCarbon upper roof spoiler, Eibach springs and Pirelli tires offer an aerodynamic and handling boost.

More details on the performance updates will be revealed on November 1st. Stay tuned!


A lot of people might not know this but the new Ford Focus has will only be making its debut at the SEMA Auto Show this year. That’s probably why Ford decided to roll out a fleet of Focus models to the event, all of which were tuned by a different aftermarket company.

One of the Focus models scheduled to attend SEMA comes by way of Bojix Design, which is no stranger to modifications on the Focus after already boasting of a number of programs for the sports hatch.

For the SEMA-bound model, Bojix decided to add a little European flair to the car, complete with an aggressive styling that includes a Bojix body kit, a 3dCarbon upper roof spoiler, a set of 20" Rennen M10 wheels on the exterior. As far as the interior is concerned, the changes come in the form of Katzkin leather seating surfaces and door panels, Alcantara-covered surfaces, and a new Accele rearview mirror that features a panoramic view.

In addition to the Focus dress-up, Bojix Design also gave some technical improvements, including a chassis that comes with a new H&R Sport Springs lowering kit, Bojix rear cross-drilled rotors, and an AP Racing big brake kit.


The second customized Ford Focus to be displayed at SEMA Show next to the Focus by ROUSH Performance comes from Capaldi Racing. Their package includes significant engine upgrades and an impressive aerodynamic package.

For the engine upgrades the tuner s offering: a Borla cat-back dual-outlet exhaust, Ford Racing Performance Parts Torsen differential, Green Filter custom intake, AST Sport-Line suspension and Ford Racing Performance Parts-tuned sway bars. However, the tuner did not revealed the final specs for their car, but you should expect great numbers considering all the changes they have made.

Next to the engine upgrade the tuner is also offering a pretty impressive exterior package. It include Visteon European Focus headlamps with HID and LED technology and Capaldi Racing front splitter and dual-outlet insert. And while all we have at this point is a teaser image, we have to admit we really enjoy the gray and orange combination used for the upgraded Focus.


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