One-of-a-kind three-wheeler for a one-of-a-kind rapper

One of the cool things about the SEMA Auto Show is the likelihood of seeing concepts or show cars that we probably wouldn’t be able to see in any normal setting. In some ways, it’s where automakers and aftermarket tuners go to live out their fantasies. No where else is that more evident than with what Polaris Industries and Bob Fehan Motorsports built together as a showcase concept for SEMA. It’s called the Slingshot Kid Rock SS-R Concept and as the name so obviously indicates, it’s a tribute to Detroit rapper Kid Rock.

The aftermarket components on the Slingshot are significant and the treatment given to the three-wheeled roadster reflect the boisterous personality of the man they call the “American Badass.” As somebody who grew up listening to Kid Rock, this is the kind of tribute piece that I can get on board with. Not that it needs my stamp of approval because on its own, it’s already a showstopper in a lot of ways.

From the custom graphics to the new body panels and an uprated 2.4-liter engine that pumps out around 400 horsepower, the Slingshot Kid Rock SS-R Concept is as bold and as flamboyant as the man from which it’s inspired from. I don’t really know what Kid Rock’s up to these days, but I don’t think he’s going to have any problems being associated with this custom three-wheeler. If anything, we might even end up seeing him in one in the future.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Slingshot Kid Rock SS-R Concept.

Exterior

The body panels are now made from carbon fiber with matching hydrographic carbon fiber body trim

Knowing what the Polaris Slingshot looks like in standard guise, I was half-expecting the front end of the Kid Rock SS-R Concept to actually bear the face of the rapper, so color me a bit disappointed that it still looks like the stock Slingshot. The good news is that every other bit of the three-wheeler’s exterior has been modified or changed altogether. The body panels, for example, are now made from carbon fiber with matching hydrographic carbon fiber body trim.

The standard windshield has also been replaced with a polycarbonate hard-coated version and lights have been replaced with custom variants are presumably brighter and last longer now. Then there’s the carbon fiber being spoiler, which isn’t only there for cosmetic decorations but just as important is its ability to help increase the downforce over the third wheel. Last but certainly not least are the Kid Rock graphics spread throughout the three-wheeler. They actually look more like liveries than actual graphics, but I suppose the difference can be chalked up to semantics.

Interior

2015 Polaris Slingshot Interior
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Note: Standard Polaris Slingshot pictured here.

We’re actually talking about a very little amount of real estate as far as the interior is concerned, but even with the limited space, Bob Fehan Motorsports was able to add some significant modifications to the cabin. Chief among them is the custom racing seats, which come with custom-embroidered “Kid Rock SS-R” logos on the seat faces. The safety belts and soft doors also got upgrades, as did the flat-bottom steering wheel, short-throw shifter, and racing pedals. There’s also a new rearview with mirror, which comes with its own integrated navigation display and a separate display for an in-vehicle video system. All these items are new to the Kid Rock SS-R Concept.

Drivetrain

The biggest news in this regard is the Slingshot Kid Rock SS-R Concept’s output of around 400 horsepower that Slingshot and Bob Fehan Motorsports accomplished by installing a custom intercooled turbocharging system on the Slingshot’s standard 2.4-liter engine. Considering that the standard output from the same engine only reaches 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque, getting that power figure up to 400 horsepower is an achievement in it of itself. T

The biggest news is the Slingshot Kid Rock SS-R Concept’s output of around 400 horsepower

hat said, there are inherent risks that come with giving a three-wheeler that much power to play with. That’s why Bob Fehan and his crew went ahead and installed three-way-adjustable road-race shocks and a billet aluminum rear shock mount to be able to handle the extra power. A road-race stabilizer bar, bushings, and adjustable links are also included in the list of suspension upgrades and cross-drilled, high-performance brake rotors help ensure that the concept three-wheeler has the stopping power to handle the extra power.

Conclusion

2016 Polaris Slingshot Kid Rock SS-R Concept High Resolution Exterior
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I like what Polaris and Bob Fehan Motorsports did with the Kid Rock SS-R Concept. The cosmetic additions help make the car stand out more than it already can in stock form. The upgrades on the interior are impressive given what they were working with. But best of all, that 400-horsepower output should be a load of fun for anyone who gets behind the wheel of this Polaris. I know that there are inherent risks involved with three-wheelers that are marketed as performance vehicles, but if you know what you’re doing with this car, I won’t begrudge you for trying to get it to perform to its peak potential. Just make sure you’re wearing a helmet when you do.

  • Leave it
    • * Don’t expect this model to hit production, even on a limited basis
    • * Not for everyone
    • * Given his controversial history, Kid Rock theme might be a turnoff for some

Press Release

Slingshot® and Bob Fehan Motorsports have teamed up to build the ultimate tribute to Detroit’s bad-boy rocker Kid Rock — the turbocharged Slingshot Kid Rock SS-R concept. Introduced today as a featured vehicle at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Kid Rock SS-R turned heads and drew a crowd.

With all the attitude of the American Badass singer, the SS-R concept pushes approximately 400 horsepower through the signature three-wheeler’s rear wheel, thanks to a custom intercooled turbocharging system on the Slingshot’s standard 2.4-liter engine. Road-race suspension upgrades help to channel that extra power through the corners for a more exhilarating experience on the track or highway.

The concept vehicle’s high-performance is complemented visually with custom carbon fiber body panels, a bold wing spoiler, custom lighting and Kid Rock graphics. The cockpit features custom racing seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel, short-throw shifter and much, much more.

“Standing out from the crowd and delivering an on-road experience like no other is what Slingshot is all about. With its distinctive style to its turbocharged performance, the Kid Rock SS-R concept is as bold as the rocker himself,” said Steve Menneto, President of Polaris Motorcycles.

Built by Bob Fehan Motorsports, the roster of custom and unique content on the concept vehicle includes:

Turbocharged and intercooled 2.4L engine with custom induction and exhaust systems
High-performance racing wheels and tires
Custom carbon fiber body panels with hydrographic carbon fiber body trim
Carbon fiber wing spoiler
Polycarbonate hard-coated windshield
Racing seats with custom-embroidered “Kid Rock SS-R” logos on the seat faces
Racing safety belts and soft doors
Auxiliary turbo boost and oil pressure gauges and accented gauge bezels
Flat-bottom steering wheel and racing pedals
Rearview mirror with integrated navigation display and display for an in-vehicle video system
Short-throw shifter
Three-way-adjustable road-race shocks and billet aluminum rear shock mount
Road-race stabilizer bar, bushings, adjustable links and brake master cylinder support brace
Cross-drilled high-performance brake rotors with composite pads.

“The Kid Rock SS-R concept takes the Slingshot experience to the next level of customization and performance,” said Bob Fehan, president of Bob Fehan Motorsports. “It’s a combination of elements that come together cohesively to create a unique statement about the freedom of the Slingshot and the free expression of Kid Rock.”

Slingshot for 2017

Slingshot’s 2017 lineup includes feature upgrades and new colors for the brand’s flagship models, a new racing-inspired roadster and an expanded lineup of accessories focused on rider comfort, storage and more customization choices.

The 2017 Slingshot® SLR is the newest model of the groundbreaking three-wheeled roadster lineup and features lightweight forged aluminum wheels, a 305MM-wide rear tire, Sparco® race-inspired cockpit touchpoints, a custom two-tone paint scheme and more. It expands the Slingshot range of American-designed and manufactured roadsters to three models, including the original Slingshot and Slingshot SL.

“As the Slingshot continues to attract more enthusiasts, the expanded range for 2017 gives customers more choices and more ways to personalize their experience,” said Slingshot’s Menneto. “The new Slingshot SLR, for example, offers a more premium look and feel, while the increased number of accessories helps make the Slingshot completely yours. In short, it’s an encompassing lineup that gives you more reasons to hit the open road.”

All Slingshot models are constructed with a high-strength steel spaceframe and powered by a 173-hp 2.4-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine that drives the rear wheel via a five-speed manual transmission. The responsive combination delivers exhilarating acceleration and connects the driver and passenger to the road through a sophisticated double-wishbone front suspension and electronic power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering. All models also feature an electronic stability control system and disc brakes with ABS.

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