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2018 Ford Mustang RTR

2018 Ford Mustang RTR

Latest RTR-spec Mustang might be the best one yet

Part of the Ford Mustang’s appeal lies in its ability to be easily customized. We’ve seen so many versions of the ‘Stang over the years, and there are a handful of them that are head and shoulders above the rest, including the Ford Mustang RTR. Created by Ford in partnership with Pro Formula Drift driver Vaughn Gittin Jr., the Mustang RTR stands tall as one of the sickest interpretations of the iconic muscle car. It’s essentially a Mustang on steroids, accomplished in part because Ford is always looking for ways to improve the car’s status as one of the best pony machines in the market today.

Those of you who are familiar with the RTR badge will know that it’s become somewhat of a tradition for Ford and Gittin Jr. to collaborate on this specific kind of creation. In fact, the past decade has given birth to a good number of Mustang RTRs, ranging from the subtle to the over-the-top. Hard to think of the 2014 Mustang RTR as anything but outlandish, but that’s the whole point on why the RTR badge has become synonymous with Ford’s legendary muscle car. This year, a new version of the Mustang RTR is set to make its debut at the 2017 SEMA Show, and really, where else would it do it? Ford and Gittin Jr.’s aftermarket firm are once again heavily involved in its creation, and the result is nothing short of our expectations. Improved looks, more power, and a seal of approval from one of the best race drifters in the world. This is what awaits us when we get a hold of the latest version of the Mustang RTR.

Updated 01/29/2019: We added a new set of images taken during the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.

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2018 Superformance Future GT Forty

2018 Superformance Future GT Forty

The perfect blend between the classic GT40 and the modern GT

Here’s the latest Superformance classic-looking Ford GT40. The American masters of continuation GT40s unveiled at the SEMA Show the Future GT Forty prototype which draws its inspiration from both the original 1960s GT40 Mk. and the modern, Le Mans-winning, V-6 Ecoboost-poweredFord GT GTLM race cars.

The South-African Superformance company has been building painstakingly accurate GT40 recreations for over a decade and a half. Their cars are officially licensed to use the GT40 name and even eligible for the GT40 register, which means the Blue Oval fully approves of these beasts.

This latest model, presented after an 18-months-long buildup in the MagnaFlow booth at the SEMA Show, features the same livery as the 2017 GTE-Pro Le Mans-winning Ford GT built by Multimatic and a host of aerodynamic and mechanical upgrades that increase the GT40s prowess around any race track.

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2019 Ford GT Carbon Series

2019 Ford GT Carbon Series

The lightest GT yet!

The second-generation Ford GT was launched for the 2017 model year as a revival of the limited-edition supercar that the Blue Oval first produced between 2004 and 2006. The modern GT is also a tribute to the original GT40 from the 1960s and marked Ford’s return to endurance racing. Following a handful of special-edition model, Ford created the Carbon Series, a lightweight version of the standard GT.

Fitted with an extended range of carbon-fiber parts as standard, including wheels, the Carbon Series is nearly 40 pounds lighter than the regular GT. It also features extra carbon inside the cabin, as well as customized seats and a dashboard badge. Is it more powerful? No, but the fact that it’s lighter makes it a more nimble car on the race track.

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2019 Series 1 Ford Mustang RTR

2019 Series 1 Ford Mustang RTR

It’s all show and no go

Ford has brought the Series 1 Mustang RTR Powered by Ford Performance to the 2018 SEMA show, but unlike most other special Mustangs on display, it’s actually going to sell 500 examples come early 2019. Its creation is the collaborative effort of Ford Performance and RTR Vehicles, the company owned by world champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. and is a mix of elements from both.

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2018 Ford Explorer Sport by MAD Industries

2018 Ford Explorer Sport by MAD Industries

The Ford Explorer on Massive 24-inch Wheels And Two-Tone paint job somehow manages to look radiant and positive

One of the Ford Utility Concepts scheduled to debut at the SEMA this month is a rather fashionable piece finished by MAD Industries. This California-based tuner has worked with Ford numerous times before usually tuning cars for the SEMA. This time is no different as they have revealed a custom Ford Explorer with a cool two-tone exterior paint job. Now, I have to tell you that, at first glance, the MAD Industries Explorer looks a bit like a Range Rover. Maybe the Evoque.

Nevertheless, there is much more to it than that. MAD Industries did a thorough job refreshing the Explorer inside and out.

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2018 Ford Destination Expedition by Hulst Customs

2018 Ford Destination Expedition by Hulst Customs

Ford’s do-everything SUV now has more functions to go along with a beefed-up appearance

The Ford Expedition is headed to the 2018 SEMA Auto Show in two different guises. One of these two Expedition creations goes by the name "Destination Expedition," and it comes by way of Hulst Customs. The noted tuner developed its program with an eye towards turning the Expedition into the “ultimate SUV.” It features extensive upgrades in the exterior and interior, to go with a number of technical additions. The result is a go-anywhere version of the SUV that lives up to its Expedition name.

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2018 Ford Edge ST by Blood Type Racing

2018 Ford Edge ST by Blood Type Racing

If you want to refine the Ford Edge ST, this is one way to do it

Blood Type Racing is returning to the SEMA Auto Show with a new creation. The noted tuner is mixing it up this year, ditching past automotive muses like the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and Ford Focus ST in favor of a Ford Edge ST. It’s a fitting challenge for Blood Type Racing; the Edge ST is the first SUV to come out of the Ford Performance team so, by default, it’s performance-ready on its own. But even that didn’t dissuade Blood Type Racing from going to work. The tuning specialist created an extensive program for the SUV, highlighted by an engine upgrade program that adds more power to a vehicle that already boasts an output of 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque to go with an ST-tuned suspension.

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2018 Ford Expedition Classic by LGE*CTS Motorsports

2018 Ford Expedition Classic by LGE*CTS Motorsports

This multiple personality Expedition is a nice addition to the garage

The Ford Expedition is arguably one of the most versatile SUVs in the market. It has the size, the technology, and the all-around capability that you’d want from a full-sized SUV. It’s also highly customizable, whether through Ford itself or through the aftermarket tuning scene. The Ford LGE*CTS Expedition Classic is a perfect example of the latter. It’s designed and built by noted designer Theresa Contreras, who focused on creating a “modern classic” interpretation of Ford’s popular SUV. There’s a lot to like about the this tuned Expedition, particularly its impressive presentation. We’ll get to see it up close at the 2018 SEMA Auto Show in Las Vegas.

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2018 Ford EcoSport Big Adventures by Tucci Designs

2018 Ford EcoSport Big Adventures by Tucci Designs

This isn’t your sisters Ford EcoSport

The Ford EcoSport’s standing as the Blue Oval’s smallest crossover isn’t stopping it from making a statement at the 2018 SEMA Auto Show. With assistance from aftermarket tuner, Tucci Designs, the EcoSport is showing off a more rugged “Big Adventures” personality that’s built for the outdoors. Bucci Design’s Ford EcoSport Big Adventures is one of five Ford crossovers and SUVs that’s appearing at SEMA when the world’s biggest aftermarket auto show opens its doors next month.

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2018 Ford Mustang GT by CGS Motorsports

2018 Ford Mustang GT by CGS Motorsports

This Mustang GT is one of the best-looking tuner models aimed at SEMA

As part of the SEMA show this year, Ford introduced a quartet of amazing, modified Mustangs, one of which is actually a car crafted by the CGS Motorsports. Every year, Ford gifts us with four or five fantastic tuned Mustangs and gives us a unique opportunity to see just how differently tuners approach the tuning of these cars. California-based CGS Motorsports focused on power and performance upgrades and simplistic interior mods. While we are still waiting for the interior shots, the sketch of the exterior shows admirable modifications and transformation of the 2018 Ford Mustang GT fastback into a proper street racer.

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Superformance Has Crammed EcoBoost into a Ford GT40 MK1 for the SEMA Auto Show

Superformance Has Crammed EcoBoost into a Ford GT40 MK1 for the SEMA Auto Show

They call it the “Future GT Forty”

Supercar shapes from the sixties don’t get much more recognizable than the classic Ford GT40 which was a ridiculously fast car back in the day - now one example is being substantially modified and upgraded with a brand new twin-turbo engine and other go-faster parts.

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2018 Ford Mustang GT Supercharged Drifting Smoke Show by CJ Pony Parts

2018 Ford Mustang GT Supercharged Drifting Smoke Show by CJ Pony Parts

You don’t want to mess with this tuned-up ’Stang

The Ford Mustang is, without question, one of the most heavily accessorized cars in the world, and we’re getting several servings of it when the 2018 SEMA Auto Show rolls around next month. For now, five different tuners have taken the challenge of giving the Mustang the aftermarket runabout, including CJ Pony Parts, which is presenting the Mustang GT Supercharged Drifting Smoke Show at the annual aftermarket spectacle in Las Vegas. Long name notwithstanding, the Mustang GT Supercharged Drifting Smoke Show comes loaded with upgrades, topped off by a slick Stars and Stripes graphic.

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2018 Ford Mustang GT by Galpin Auto Sports

2018 Ford Mustang GT by Galpin Auto Sports

Noted California-based tuner is bringing the heat at the SEMA Auto Show

Galvin Auto Sports is returning to the SEMA Auto Show with a new toy to showcase to the masses. The tuner’s new car-of-interest is a heavily decked-out Ford Mustang GT with enough kits and packages to make Jeremy Clarkson’s head explode. One look at this Galpin-tuned Ford Mustang GT and you might even mistake it for a Decepticon with its colors and all. Fortunately, it has no plans for world domination because, from the way it looks and presumably runs, this tuned Mustang GT will settle for being one of the stars of SEMA.

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2018 Ford Mustang GT by Bojix Design

2018 Ford Mustang GT by Bojix Design

The blue in the Blue Oval

Out of the five modified Mustangs that Ford is bringing to this year’s SEMA Show, the Bojix Design creation is the bluest of the lot. Under that two-tone bodywork, there are tons of Ford Performance parts to drool on.

Ford’s advertising the Mustang as one of the most tuning-friendly cars you can get your hands on. To showcase how easy it is to turn the Mustang into something special, using both Ford Performance parts and other aftermarket components, Ford commisioned five tuners to bring to the show their own interpretation of the sixth generation muscle car. These are CGS Motorsports, Galpin Auto Sports, CJ Pony Parts, TJIN Edition, and Bojix Design which is one of only two cars not to be covered in some dull gray or black paint scheme.

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2018 Ford EcoBoost Mustang TJIN Edition

2018 Ford EcoBoost Mustang TJIN Edition

The Purple Haze is here!

Ford’s bringing five brand-new Mustangs to the 2018 SEMA Show modified by five different tuners. TJIN Edition’s interpretation is the only to feature the Ecoboost engine, but what it lacks in engine capacity it makes up with a purple paint job.

The Ford Mustang has been, historically speaking, one of the go-to muscle cars when it came to tuning. The tradition lives on to this day, and Ford is priding itself with this heritage. To showcase that tuners are still pushing and shoving each other for a chance to apply their treatment to the sixth-gen coupe version, the Blue Oval brings to this year’s SEMA Show five Mustangs, all different from one another.

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2017 Ford Mustang GT Convertible By Speedkore Performance Group

2017 Ford Mustang GT Convertible By Speedkore Performance Group

Last year’s showstopper returns for an encore at SEMA

The Ford Mustang is going to be well-represented at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show, as a total of seven different creations are all set to be in attendance. One of these Mustangs comes to us through the SpeedKore Performance Group, the the Wisconsin-based tuning house that stole the show at last year’s event with a Mustang that was literally covered from head to toe with carbon fiber panels. It was without question one of the most-talked-about cars at the event, so it’s no surprise that SpeedKore’s returning to the scene of one of its greatest triumphs with a new aftermarket interpretation of the iconic pony car.

Truth be told, the tuner’s new program is probably not as memorable as last year’s creations. But, that’s not necessarily a bad thing because that model literally turned into one of the most significant tuning programs for the Mustang we’ve seen in a while. This year’s version is important in its own right, largely due to the similar approach that SpeedKore adopted, including the prominent use of carbon fiber and the promise of putting focus on the ‘Stang’s classic American roadster heritage. The result is what you’d expect from a company like SpeedKore. It probably won’t be the showstopper that last year’s model was, but it’s certainly capable of stealing the spotlight.

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2018 Ford Shelby Mustang 1000

2018 Ford Shelby Mustang 1000

The quickest Shelby in history!

It’s been only four three model years since the sixth-generation Ford Mustang arrived in showrooms, and the pony has already spawned an impressive number of versions wearing the Shelby badge. Although the iconic GT500 has yet to be revived, Ford has already launched the GT350, the Super Snake, GT-H, and GTE, just to name a few. The GT500 may still be a year away, but sixth-gen Mustang, but Shelby just launched yet another performance model. This time around it’s the Shelby 1000, the brand’s most menacing creation in terms of output and straight-line speed.

The Shelby 1000 is closely related to the GT500, as the first model to wear this badge, launched in 2011, was based on the fifth-generation GT500. Offered in both street and 1000 S/C track versions, the first iteration of the car was discontinued in 2012. The 1000 returned in 2013, once again based on the GT500, but now with the 5.8-liter V-8 instead of the old 5.4-liter unit under the hood. Both the street package and the S/C track package were offered. Also available as an upgrade for the GT500, the package was discontinued in 2014, after only two years on the market. The new Shelby 1000 is the first such model based on the sixth-generation Mustang, so everything about it is new compared to previous iterations. Let’s have a closer look at the car in the review below.

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EarthRoamer's New F-750 XV-HD Is A $1.5M Off-Roading RV

EarthRoamer’s New F-750 XV-HD Is A $1.5M Off-Roading RV

EarthRoamer is no stranger to building high-end, custom, off-road RVs. The Colorado-based company has been building them since 1998. Their main model, the XV-LT, is built using the Ford F-550 Super Duty platform. It’s a go-anywhere rig designed for off-the-grid living. Well, now the company is building something even bigger – the XV-HD. It’s based on the massive Ford F-750 medium-duty truck and is converted to 4WD with a solid front axle. The fiberglass body is one large piece with no seam, and the interior is fully customizable and built to suit each owner. Obviously, something like this won’t be cheap – and it’s not. It carries a price tag of $1.7 million.

The truck (building on wheels?) has 46-inch-tall mud-terrain tires, a 30,000-pound recovery winch inside its custom front bumper. It can carry 115 gallons of diesel fuel, 250 gallons of fresh water, and its solar panel array generates 2,100 watts of power and feeds a 20,000 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Oh, and there’s an automatically starting generator should the batteries need to be recharged in the dark.

There is a ton more information, so keep reading for the details.

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This Ford F-150 By CJ Pony Parts Is the Ultimate Rock Climber

This Ford F-150 By CJ Pony Parts Is the Ultimate Rock Climber

Ready for the Moab Easter Jeep Safari!

The 2017 SEMA Show was packed with modified pickup trucks, but none was as spectacular as this EcoBoost-powered rock climber built by CJ Pony Parts. The aftermarket parts supplier has been a constant presence in Las Vegas in recent years, showcasing a restomod 1965 Ford Mustang built with TMI Products, a custom Focus ST with Ford, and a beefed up Mustang EcoBoost with Ford Performance. In 2017, CJ Pony Parts chose to stay away from the car performance realm and opted to create a stunning off-road-equipped F-150 pickup truck.

Already a solid truck thanks to its aluminum body, leading technology, and fuel-efficient engines, the F-150 is now able to tackle the Moab Easter Jeep Safari alongside the most hardcore Jeep Wranglers out there. CJ Pony Parts says that its goal with this build was to create something "that not only looked tough but can back up that look with massive off-road capability," it seems that the result matches the description. Exterior upgrades are numerous, starting with Lund fender flares, custom two-tone paint with orange graphics, and a rear differential cover. There’s also a T-Rex grille; Rigid Radiance LED lights, Rock Slider side steps, and new Stealth Fighter and Honey Badger bumpers front and rear. The truck also features an Oracle Lighting ColorShift LED underbody lighting kit.

The list of accessories continues inside with a Raptor steering wheel with orange stitching, Ford Performance door sill plates, custom headrests with CJ Pony Parts logo, and orange accents on the dashboard, door panels, center console, and floor mats. But the really important upgrades were operated under the skin.

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2017 Ford F-350 “The Operator” By Hellwig

2017 Ford F-350 “The Operator” By Hellwig

Yo dawg, I heard you like off-roading…

We love it when a builder goes just a little bit of crazy, creating something over-the-top, but only just. This extensively modified F-350 from Hellwig is exactly that. Dubbed “The Operator,” Hellwig started with a stock 2017 Ford Super Duty F-350 Lariat Crew Cab, then added upgrades until it had created the “ultimate recon adventure vehicle.” The most obvious thing to pick out is the large UTV this truck is hauling in its bed – or rather, above its bed might be more accurate. But there’s more to it than just that. “From recon runs in the desert to family camping trips in the dunes, the Operator is capable and comfortable,” says Hellwig, and we believe it. In addition to the usual off-roader gear outside, there’s nice stuff inside the cabin as well, plus a few choice upgrades under the hood to round it out.

All told, while the UTV certainly has our attention, it’s the little details in this build that really impress us. Hellwig didn’t neglect a thing in building its idea of “ultimate,” and in the end, we can’t help but stand back and admire the handy work.

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2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT By BDS Suspension

2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT By BDS Suspension

Turbodiesel monster with off-road suspension is custom from tow hooks to hitch

Ford brought more than 50 vehicles to the 2017 SEMA Show, ranging from factory fresh models and high-horsepower Mustangs to SUVs and lifted trucks. That last one is exactly what we’ve got here – a massive F-250 Super Duty that’s been re-engineered to handle any off-road situation. Ford partnered with BDS Suspension in building what’s been dubbed “Project SD126: No Mission Is Impossible.

The truck started life as a 2017 F-250 Super Duty XLT with a regular cab and long bed powered by the 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel and backed by the six-speed automatic transmission and stock 4WD system. BDS broke out the Sawzall and cut the long bed down. The wheelbase went from 142 inches to 126 inches, hints the SD126 name. From there came the suspension parts, new body panels, and reworked interior. Nearly every inch of the truck has been touched. Check out the details below.

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2017 Ford F-150 RTR Muscle Truck

2017 Ford F-150 RTR Muscle Truck

Raptor looks, off-road capability, standard power

The 2017 SEMA Show is here, and as it happens every year, Ford brought a handful of modified F-150 pickup trucks to Las Vegas. Among them, there’s a beefed-up version created by the folks over at RTR Vehicles. Known mostly for tuning Ford Mustangs and for providing Vaughn Gittin Jr. with vehicles for the Formula Drift series, RTR used its experience in creating race-ready pony cars to put together a performance-oriented F-150.

RTR used a Lariat SuperCrew model as a base for this souped-up truck and add some of the features seen on its Gittin-prepped Mustang, most notably the D-shaped LED lights in the grille. Of course, the F-150 got a few unique touches as well. But, unlike the Mustang RTR, there’s no improvement in terms of horsepower and torque, although the truck now sports a wide range of chassis upgrades. So while it’s not as quick as the Raptor, it’s definitely more capable on the unbeaten path than a standard F-150.

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