2018 Ford Mustang By Air Design
The Ford Mustang is going to be well-represented at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show as a total of seven different versions of the muscle car will be in attendance at the aftermarket show. The large volume isn’t a surprise to regular SEMA attendees. The ‘Stang, after all, is one of the most tuned cars in the business today and a show that celebrates that very sub-section of the industry is going to feature its share of Mustang models.
One of the versions we’ll see at this year’s show comes to us by way of Air Design, a tuning firm that has a long history of dynamic and easy-to-install accessories for models ranging from muscle cars like the Mustang all the way to massive pick-ups like the GMC Sierra. Air Design’s reputation for creating understated yet effective body kits has become its calling card, and we see it on full display with its latest custom creation for the iconic Ford muscle car. It is disappointing, however, that upgrades to the powertrain are limited compared to other Mustangs that we’ll see at the show. You can’t win them all, I guess, though I suppose that Air Design is more willing to show off its expertise than it is willing to try to dip its toes in unchartered waters.
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2017 Ford Focus RS by Rally Innovations
“Subtlety” is not one of the first words you think of when talking about the SEMA Auto Show. Proving as much is Ford, which is headed to the annual aftermarket show in Las Vegas with a series of specially modified Focus hot hatches. We’ve already seen the Blue Oval’s collaborations with Bloody Type Racing, VMP Performance, and a triple-team effort from Universal Technical Institute, Tjin Edition, and Pennzoil. Now, it’s Rally Innovations’ turn in the spotlight, and the rally racing tuner is bringing with it a heavily tuned Ford Focus RS that now looks like its ready to throw down in Baja or Dakar.
The project car officially goes by the name “Ford Focus RS Rally Revival,” and if there’s one thing that passes the proverbial eye test, it’s that this hot hatch looks ready to go flying in some sand dunes. It’s arguably the Focus hatch that underwent the heaviest and most significant of modifications among the four that are headed to SEMA. Given the new purpose it was given as a full-fledged rally marauder, it’s not far-fetched to think that the Focus RS Rally Revival can go throw down with the best rally cars. That’s the depth of Rally Innovations’ program for the Focus RS. It may sit at SEMA looking all peaceful and contained, but rest assured, there’s a beast lying underneath that modified body, and it’s one that’s itching to get uncaged.
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2017 Ford Focus ST by Blood Type Racing
Launched in 2012, the latest Focus ST was the company’s range-topping hatchback until the RS model arrived for the 2016 model year. Although the ST was revised for 2015, the drivetrain remained unchanged, as did performance. As a result, the Focus ST lost its place under the spotlight as soon as the Focus RS made its entrance. Fortunately, several tuning companies are still offering upgrades for the ST, which remains an important model in the lineup despite being some five years old as of 2017. Blood Type Racing is one of those companies, and it just unveiled a flashy package for the 2017 SEMA Show.
Described as a concept that combines "lifestyle elements of moving images with motorsports," Blood Type Racing’s Focus ST boasts several upgrades inside and out, as well as under the hood. And while the aero kit is heavily based on modern racing, the wheel design and the paint remind of flashy vehicles you usually see in the Fast & Furious franchise. What’s more, the hatchback sports a roof rack and a custom landing pad for drones. A rather awkward package for what sort of elements it combines, but more than suitable for an event like the SEMA Show.
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2017 Ford Focus RS By Universal Technical Institute, Tjin Edition, and Pennzoil
The SEMA Auto Show is just around the corner. That means a number of different things for a number of different automakers, specifically the Toyotas, Ford, and Hondas of the world. The Blue Oval is a regular presence at SEMA, and this year’s no different, as the company is planning to unleash as many as 50 different custom projects at the event. One of those projects is this Ford Focus RS, which comes to us by way of Universal Technical Institute, Tjin Edition, and Pennzoil.
It’s hard to escape the long name of the custom Focus RS because of the companies involved in its creation. What’s really cool about this project though is that it doesn’t straddle the line between realistic and overbearing. It just sits on the lawn of “realistic” comfortably, and that itself may be it’s biggest strength because Focus RS owners won’t have to worry about others thinking they’d lost their minds on a gaudy custom project. That’s not to say that it’s lacking in kits because it has its fair share of them. They’re just subtle enough that the identity of the Focus RS is still intact, as opposed to getting drowned by some overbearing custom work that’s too difficult to even stomach.
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Ford WD-40/SEMA Cares Boosted Bronco
We’re a little over a month away from the opening of the 2017 SEMA Auto Show, and as you might expect from my favorite auto show of the year, the show offerings are going to challenge your imagination. This early, we’re already getting previews of some of the projects we’ll see at SEMA, one of which is this beauty of a retro classic. It’s called the Ford WD-40 SEMA Cares Boosted Bronco, and it looks nothing like O.J. Simpson’s White Bronco. To be clear, this is the OG 1966 Bronco, the first-generation version of a model that would last five generations and, arguably, one of the most infamous Ford SUVs in history.
This particular Bronco may not have the history attached to it. But it is the subject of a collaborative work undertaken by Aaron Vaccar of The Vaccar Co. and household chemicals company WD-40, the makers of the famous lubricant of the same name. Not much in the way of details have been revealed at this point, but we do know that this piece is a legitimate one-off creation that features design and color details that are inspired from WD-40. The treatment isn’t unlike what we’ve seen from WD-40, which has a history of supporting SEMA Cares over the years. Some of its past creations include a Ford WD-40 Mustang and a Dodge Challenger WD-40 that was created with the help of Chip Foose. The Ford WD-40 SEMA Cares Boosted Bronco will be in attendance at SEMA where it will eventually be auctioned for charity. All the proceeds from the auction will then be sent to a few organizations, including Childhelp, an organization that provides important services to abused and neglected children, and the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarship help to students who are entering the aftermarket world of the auto industry.
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2017 Ford "Autolivery" Concept
Given the direction the auto industry seems to be headed, we’re at a point where self-driving cars roaming our streets is far less improbable as it once was. Automakers like Tesla are pioneering this movement, and while the industry itself is still in the embryonic stage of this technological tipping point, enough progress has been made that ideas like self-driving delivery fans like the one Ford presented earlier this year are no longer being scoffed at. Heck, if Amazon can start using drones to deliver packages to its customers, there’s little reason to imagine a future without something like the Blue Oval’s “Autolivery” Concept.
First of all, this concept vehicle isn’t what you’d consider a traditional concept as defined by the auto industry. It’s futuristic in nature, sure, but it doesn’t provide anything concrete that can be adapted to real-world production cars of the future. Instead, the “idea” of the Autolivery Concept is the concept itself. It’s the idea of a self-driving van that works in concert with drones to deliver and transport everyday items on the ground, be it parcels, groceries, or even medical supplies. Think of it as a UPS van without a driver driving it. That’s the ethos of the Autolivery Concept, which takes its name from an amalgam of the words “automatic” and “delivery.” The concept itself is intriguing, in large part because of the potential of its real-world application. There’s no denying that there’s something inherently appealing about a delivery process that’s far more efficient than the ones we have right now and Ford aims for the Autolivery Concept to be a big part of reaching that solution.
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2016 Ford F-150 Raptor Pre Runner by DeBerti Design
The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is getting plenty of love at the 2016 SEMA show. One of the entries is this beast from Foutz Motorsports. You may recognize that name – Foutz is Ford’s driver for the upcoming Baja 1000 race in which he will pilot a nearly stock Raptor with his co-driver. But rather than letting Ford have all the fun, Foutz let his personal design team go crazy with this truck for SEMA.
It started life as a 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew with the high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 and new 10-speed automatic transmission. Foutz and his team didn’t stop there, of course. SEMA is about being over the top with aftermarket add-ons.
The truck was designed to be both luxurious and capable – able to cruise down the highway or compete in an off-road race. The truck’s stance was widened by three inches on each side, making it a full six inches wider for better high-speed stability. The fenders had to be widened as well, now measuring a full four inches wider. The truck rides on huge 40-inch tires on upgraded beadlock wheels.
The body color isn’t left stock either, getting a cool 3M vinyl wrap job with the DeBerti Design logo, letting folks know what company did the body modifications.
There’s plenty more to be seen, so keep reading for the full run-down.
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2016 Ford Focus ST by Blood & Grease
The Specialty Equipment Market Association, better known as the acronym SEMA, was founded in 1963 by a laundry list of big names in the world of custom autos, including Dean Moon and Vic Edelbrock, Jr. These days, the scene looks a little different, with laptops replacing carburetor tuning, and drifters joining the drag racers. The Blue Oval hatchback you see before you attempts to blend a little bit of the old with the new, pairing “traditional hot rodding and modern tuning to reflect the ultimate in vehicle personalization.” Half a century ago, the founding fathers of SEMA would probably never have imagined what the scene has evolved into today, but the soul of it all remains the same – go fast, look good, express yourself on four wheels.
Taking responsibility for this build is Blood & Grease, a clothing and design company with a penchant for the hot rodding lifestyle. Working alongside the custom shop Vaccar Automotive Artistry, the B&G Ford started life as a 2016 Focus ST model. It’s an interesting starting point, considering the recent release of the Ford Focus RS, but the B&G ST follows through, adding a custom overhaul to the exterior and interior, while simultaneously tuning the go-fast bits to make more speed.
According to the builder, the end result is a “street-ready racer,” but how does it stack up against all the other SEMA-bound autos? Read on to find out.
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2016 Ford Focus RS by Roush Performance
I’ve ways felt like in addition to being an all-around awesome car, the Ford Focus RS also has the potential to be an aftermarket darling. It’s the kind of car that seamlessly blends a modern aggressive look with performance numbers to match. In other words, it’s ripe for the tuning world considering the wealth of modifications that it’s open to. So yes, I’m not surprised that Ford is rolling out a bunch of modified Focus RS models at the 2016 SEMA Auto Show. Even better, one of them comes by way of Roush Performance, considered as one of the best Ford tuners in the business.
See, Roush knows its way around Ford models like a Liberty Island tour guide knows his way around the Statue of Liberty. There’s an expertise that comes with building programs for Ford models that can only be achieved through years of building it, which is exactly what Roush Performance has been doing all this time. The results have been different, but just like what the tuner is presenting at SEMA, they all border on the ridiculous.
This particular program has it all. It has aerodynamic upgrades, engine modifications, enhanced suspension, a new set of wheels, and even a new shifter ball and performance pedals. Individually, these upgrades create a distinct separation from the standard Focus RS, but when you put them all together, the differences speak for themselves.
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2016 Ford Fiesta ST by Tucci Hot Rods
Launched in 2008, the current Ford Fiesta soldiered on relatively unchanged until 2013, when it received a comprehensive facelift. The revised hatchback was the first Ford to use the new trapezoidal grille, now seen on the Fusion, Mustang and Focus models too, but the update also brought the performance-oriented ST model into dealerships. The ST was followed by the mildly enhanced ST200 in 2016 and word has it Ford is also planning to launch a Fiesta RS in the future.
However, the RS has been an on and off thing in 2016, with several reports also dismissing the range-topping version. However, customers looking for a more potent version of the ST got a few new options from tuning shops. The most recent upgrade comes from Mountune, which developed a performance kit that will add 80 ponies to the car’s already impressive 192-horsepower rating. Also, the folks from Tucci Hot Rods built their own hot-rodded version of the ST for the 2016 SEMA Show.
Granted, it’s a bit awkward to see a Fiesta ST tuned by a company otherwise known for creating hot rods and beefed-up versions of classic Mustangs, Fords, and Cadillacs, but it’s definitely a breath of fresh air with so few American shops giving the subcompact the attention it deserves. And, needless to say, Tucci’s take on the Fiesta ST is exciting to say the least.
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2016 Ford Focus RS by H&R Special Springs/StanceWorks
SEMA is one of our favorite times of the year. It gives us a chance to go into enthusiast mode and really get into all of the concepts that flood the show each year. This year is shaping up pretty well with so many variations for the Focus ST and Focus RS that we can barely keep track of them all. Fortunately, they are all completely unique, and all have their own story to tell. Take this Ford Focus RS put together by H&R Special Springs and StanceWorks. As the name of the builders imply, the main focus of the concept based on aesthetic and ride quality improvement. There’s a pretty sweet body kit and livery, an awesome suspension system, and a couple of minor mods to the interior and powertrain too.
With the Focus RS making such a huge splash in the hatchback market, it should come as no surprise that the Focus RS has been a focal point of a lot of tuners this year. With 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque on tap, all wrapped up in a sporty and aggressive package – not to mention that drift mode – the Focus RS has become a favorite of many. It even inspired Mercedes to add a “drift mode” to the AWD Mercedes-AMG E63. Funny comments and videos of drift mode fails aside; that’s pretty cool when you really think about it.
With that said, let’s take a good look at what H&R and StanceWorks did to their Focus RS and what we can expect to see at the car’s official debut at SEMA.
2016 Ford Fusion Sport by Legacy Innovations
Introduced for the 2013 model year, the second-generation Fusion joined the smaller Focus and Fiesta in Ford’s then-new "One-Ford" global strategy. Unlike its predecessor, the new Fusion was designed for both the American and European market, being launched as the Mondeo on the Old Continent. The second-gen sedan debuted several new driver assistance technologies and arrived in showrooms with a wide range of four-cylinder engines. For 2017, Ford introduced the Fusion Sport, a sportier version with a turbocharged V-6 engine under the hood.
Significantly more powerful than any Fusion before it, the Sport has received numerous aftermarket components for the 2016 SEMA Show. The project was designed by Legacy Innovations, a company known to modify, restore, and even build vehicles from scratch. The shop has won numerous awards in the past, including from presentations at past SEMA Shows. And, even though this Fusion isn’t the kind of project that will blow you away, it’s an interesting and somewhat exotic take on the midsize sedan.
Legacy Innovations’ build is proof that the Fusion is as customizable as any sports car out there, missing only a proper beefed-up engine from Ford Racing or any other after market supplier. Check it out below.
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This decade has been a good one for car enthusiasts, and the hot hatch market seems to be thriving with models like the new Honda Civic Hatch, Honda Civic Si, Lexus CT, Volkswagen Golf and Subaru Impreza hatch all fighting for attention from hatchback enthusiasts across the globe. In the past couple of years Ford has also made huge strides in the hatch market with the crazy Ford Focus RS, and it’s slightly tamer brethren the Focus ST. The Focus RS has a 350-horsepower monster of a four-banger that is borrowed from the EcoBoost Mustang, but the Focus ST makes use of a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. In stock form, the Focus ST produces a fair 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. While a lot of tuners are jumping on the Focus RS tuning wagon, other brands like Cinemotive Media have decided to take the tamed Focus ST and inject a little bit of wild into its DNA.
How wild does it get? Well, this specific model has been given a good handful of modifications with parts from Mountune that are guaranteed to help the Focus ST produce more power, followed by some suspension work, a new set of wheels, a performance brake system, a fresh livery with some mild exterior modifications, and just a touch of interior finessing to make this little hatch stand out in a crowd of many.
With that said, it looks like this Focus ST is all about going as opposed to showing, so let’s dive on into the all the greasy details before we’re stuck looking at a set of taillights as it drives off into the sunset.
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2016 Ford Focus RS by Full-Race Motorsports
When Ford put an end to the Ford Escort RS Cosworth in 1996, Ford fanboys everywhere died inside just a little bit. It took another six years for the infamous “RS” badge to show back up on the scene, and it just so happened to be on the brands resident hatchback, the Ford Focus. Fast forward to today and the third Generation Focus RS is a monster that boasts all-wheel drive, and a Mustang-derived EcoBoost Four-banger that delivers 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque from the factory. Fanboys and hatchback lovers alike are finally happy once again, but there’s still a lot more to the RS’ story to be written, as this baby is very tunable and Full-Race Motorsports has prepared a perfect example for this year’s SEMA show that proves just how tunable the Focus RS really is. And, I’m not talking about the type of tuning that focuses on handling or aesthetics; I’m talking about the kind of tuning that makes this hot hatch pump out 450 ponies!
Needless to say, engine technology has come a long way, with four-cylinders capable of doing things only heavy big-blocks could do 30 years ago. But, it doesn’t necessarily come easy. Full-Race Motorsports had to put in some considerable work that includes a new turbo kit and charge pipes, new exhaust and intake, and some pretty extensive driveline updates. Of course, to keep all of this power under control, there are various updates to the chassis and suspension. Plus, to make things even more visually pleasing, there are plentiful updates to the exterior as well.
With that said, I’m not going to waste any more of your time with generalizations. Let’s dig into this crazy Focus RS and talk about all the goodies that come with it.
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