• 2011 Ford Explorer Tony Hawk Edition by Galpin Auto Sports

This 2011 Ford Explorer is special for a number of things. For one, it was jointly built and designed by Galpin Auto Sports and skateboard legend Tony Hawk. The other and more important reason why this particular Explorer isn’t your normal SUV is because it was built for the 2011 Standup for Skateparks event in Las Vegas. The event was organized by the Tony Hawk Foundation with the mission to build free public skateparks in low-income areas.

For now, the special Explorer SUV is at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show to turn some serious heads. It’s been painted with a custom gray paint and comes with a blacked-out front grille and trim pieces. GAS then added side vents and custom paint accents to the hood of the Explorer while also custom painting the Tony Hawk logo on the fenders and liftgate. Finally, GAS put in a new set of Savini multi-piece wheels wrapped around Pirelly performance tires.

As a man who’s completely in-tune with his inner-child, Hawk wanted the interior of his SUV to be built with plenty of entertainment options. So in addition to the fully custom Katzkin leather interior, the Explorer’s interior also has a new set of custom skateboard racks and an in-car Sony Entertainment System with its own Playstation 3 gaming console.

  • 2011 Ford Explorer Tony Hawk Edition by Galpin Auto Sports
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    V6 EcoBoost engine
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    3500 L
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  (858) posted on 12.20.2011

It looks too huge on its platform and I really never thought that it is a Ford vehicle. It looks very different from their other SUV. Moreover, I think they should boost more the engine output of this one.

  (428) posted on 11.9.2011

I wonder if what will be the interior of this one will look like? Well, I hope it can offer a comfortable and striking inside feature. Anyway, this one is truly looking so good and awesome at its simple detailing.

  (374) posted on 11.9.2011

It seems too bulky for an SUV car, but they are right that it still looks so impressive in spite of having only a simple design. I just only hope that the interior of it, is striking as well.

  (449) posted on 11.8.2011

I’m sure that its Ecoboost engine could truly give a nice speed performance for this Ford Explorer, as what you wished Freddy Davis. smiley Anyway, I also love the simplicity of this one.

  (453) posted on 11.4.2011

290 horsepower is I think not enough for this kind of car. Well, it is too huge for that poor engine. Anyway, I’m still impressed with the classy looks of this special Explorer SUV of them.

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