The 2013 SEMA Auto Show is shaping up to be a doozy and the word out of Ford is that the automaker will be bringing an armada of vehicles to Las Vegas.
Fifty-seven in total, in case you’re wondering, which is hugely significant considering that a lot of brands will be out in force themselves to showcase their latest aftermarket offerings.
One Ford model that will be well represented at SEMA is the automaker’s resident pocket rocket, the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST . From the looks of it, five unique Fiesta ST models will be showcased at the event, including one created and developed by an aftermarket company who’s no stranger to the lights of SEMA: Ice Nine Group.
We all remember the company’s program for the Ford Fusion that was displayed at last year’s event. This year, the tuning firm upped the ante with an incredible showcase of creativity and ingenuity wrapped up in a program for the Fiesta ST.
The car itself was transformed in the spirit of a rally car . Notice the Fiesta ST’s grille now has a pair of fog lamps installed on it. That’s not a happenstance addition, fellas. There’s also a carbon-fiber hood, huge fender flares and a rear wing, all of which were added to improve the car’s aerodynamic capabilities.
Meanwhile, the unique custom body wrap is the real highlight of the program, with Ice Nine Group opting for a confluence of colors (white, blue, orange, and black, mainly) that all combine to create a distinctive style and image. Rounding out Ice Nine Group’s take on the Fiesta ST are a new set of 17-inch Braid wheels wrapped in Falken Azenis RT615K tires.
Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST
The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST was only revealed recently and it’s already set to make waves at the 2013 SEMA Auto Show.
But for all the pizazz the new Fiesta ST will showcase at SEMA, it’s always best to remember that the sports hatch is still, by its nature, a performance-oriented vehicle that comes powered by a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine, producing a total of 197 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 202 pound-feet at 5,000 rpm.
The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and will allow the ST to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.8 seconds and up to an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph.
On the North American market the Fiesta ST is priced from $21,400.
Gallery Ford Fiesta ST
FORD PREPARES TO UNLEASH ‘VANDEMONIUM’ AT 2013 SEMA SHOW IN LAS VEGAS, LAUNCHES ONLINE VEHICLE DREAMCASE
Ford launches Dreamcase, an online vehicle display previewing 28 of the 57 vehicles the company will showcase at the 2013 SEMA show next month in Las Vegas.
Ford is bringing “Vandemonium” to SEMA, with 10 customized Transit Connect Wagons and Transit Connect cargo vans.
Special guest Gene Simmons of KISS and his wife, actress Shannon Tweed, will unveil a customized 1956 F100 hot rod on the Ford stand for a Nov. 5 event at 1 p.m.
Ford Motor Company will roar into Las Vegas next month, showcasing 57 customized vehicles and delivering several exciting announcements as it goes further for the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s premier annual event.
Ford will highlight its rich history of longtime relationships with aftermarket tuners at the 2013 SEMA show, taking over more than 27,000 square feet inside Las Vegas Convention Center Nov. 5-8. Ford will also occupy more than 110,000 square feet of the convention center’s Silver Lot, where company-sponsored racing schools from Miller Motorsports Park will take center stage in “Ford Out Front.”
The Ford exhibit will feature modified versions of Ford’s most popular models, including Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, Mustang, F-150 and Super Duty. Ford and its aftermarket modifiers will also highlight what’s possible when the European styling of Transit Connect Wagon and Transit Connect cargo van is mixed with the creativity of the industry’s top builders and customizers – “Vandemonium” will be the result.
Leading up to the show, Ford will release renderings of the best SEMA project vehicles in Dreamcase, a digital display. The first vehicles to be featured in Dreamcase are 2014 Mustangs and Fiestas, outfitted with the best aftermarket upgrades and wearing custom colors. Enthusiasts are encouraged to view the vehicles in Dreamcase at ford.to/1cwVX6y.
Ford will also host a press event at its stand at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, inside Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition to the announcements Ford has planned, special guest Gene Simmons of KISS and his wife, actress Shannon Tweed, will reveal a 1956 F100 truck to be featured in a charity auction, with proceeds going toward funds for a new children’s hospital near Tweed’s hometown in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Ford at SEMA highlights
Race fans will have plenty to talk about and see as Ford Racing makes an exciting major announcement about its 2014 racing program.
Ford’s indoor exhibit will be home to “Vandemonium” – 10 Transit Connect Wagons and cargo vans treated as blank canvas by aftermarket tuners to illustrate the vehicle’s use beyond family or commercial transportation. The modifications go beyond eye-catching custom paint or new fascia. The builders incorporated a functionality that captures the spirit of Transit Connect, including creating a mobile boutique, working bike shop and a portable two-person gaming lounge. Look for the first custom Transit Connects to be previewed in Dreamcase this Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Ford will offer race fans at SEMA the opportunity to be among the first to play Xbox One’s “Forza Motorsport 5,” which goes on Nov. 22 of this year. Enthusiasts can take the new Ford Fiesta ST for a virtual spin at the exclusive Xbox One demo stations on the show floor, including the custom designed 2014 Fiesta ST MRT Xbox show car.
At the “Ford Out Front” display outside of the convention center, attendees will see how Ford takes customers further on the road, off the road and on the track. Media will have the chance to ride in Rallycross Fiestas driven by Ken Block and Tanner Foust. Fans will also get in on the action, with ride sessions offered for the Fiesta ST and F-150 SVT Raptor used at Ford-sponsored racing schools.