Ford has been a dominant presence at SEMA for nearly as long as the show has existed. It always has some head-turning concepts featured at its booth space, but Ford has been a favorite of exhibitors as well, with the F-150 and Super Duty providing outstanding platforms for performance tuning and personalization. We knew it wouldn't be long before aftermarket tuners started tinkering with the EcoBoost V-6, and we weren't disappointed at this year's show.
Ford describes the bright-green 2013 Ford Escape SE AWD modified by Heide Performance Products as "tasteful," though that's not the first word that comes to mind for us. The car sports attractive, bold wheels and bulging wheel well flares as well as more aggressive front and rear fascias. With its lowered chassis and visual changes, this 2013 Escape -- which has leather and suede seating -- actually makes us wonder what a factory-sport-tuned Escape ST might look like.
VACCAR Urban Ford Escape Adventurer
The VACCAR-built front-drive 2013 Ford Escape SE takes a much different approach. While the new Escape crossover leaves behind the last-generation model's classic and rugged looks, the VACCAR Urban Escape Adventurer is said to show a balance of off-road attitude and "upscale comfort" with, of course, the same 240-hp 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. Unlike the street-focused Heide Performance Products Escape, this Ford actually appears to be ready to go off-roading.
2013 Ford F-150 FX2 Super Cab EcoBoost by Truckin' Magazine
The guys at Truckin'
are well known for extensively covering the truck customization scene, as well as creating some pretty wild project trucks. So it was no surprise that the publication came up with a unique interpretation of Ford's bread-and-butter truck. The Truckin' F-150 features the popular EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6 on the FX2 rear-drive trim package, lowered suspension, high-performance brakes, and an upgraded interior. Unique wheels and tires and custom racing stripe accents complete the package.
2013 Ford F-150 FX2 Super Cab by K-Daddy'z Kustomz
K-Daddy'z Kustomz, a custom paint and body shop located in Bakersfield, California, added its custom touch to a 2013 F-150 FX2 as well, but with a totally different flavor. Featuring a bright-red monochromatic paint job, 24-inch wheels and tires, and Ford's 5.0-liter V-8 with a supercharger, K-Daddy'z F-150 takes a more traditional custom truck approach. If the finished product matches the rendering, expect traditional hot-rod flames and possibly a custom chopper in the bed.
2012 Ford F-250 XLT Crew Cab by Kelderman Air Ride
Anyone who has followed the HD custom truck scene closely over the last few years has heard of Kelderman Air Ride. With its unique suspension system, Kelderman retains the capability that the Super Duty is known for, while adding a compliant ride and 8-10 inches of suspension lift. The company partnered with Tim Nicolau designs to give this big bruiser the appropriate attitude, with bright-green powdercoated components accenting its menacing black paint job.
Chip Foose 1953 Ford F-100
The first is a 1953 Ford F-100 commemorating the 60th anniversary of WD-40, and is inspired by the truck used to deliver the first case of the now-ubiquitous lubricant and corrosion inhibitor back in the 1950s. After its debut at the SEMA show, the truck will make appearances at auto shows throughout the West Coast, and will be auctioned at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale. Proceeds will go to two SEMA Cares charities, Childhelp, which provides services to abused and neglected children, and Victory Junction Gang Camp, which provides camping experiences to special needs and chronically ill children.
Chip Foose 2012 Ford F-350 Super Duty
The second vehicle is a 2012 Ford F-350 Super Duty that features Foose-inspired front- and rear-wheel flares, side rockers, and a chin spoiler. The Super Duty will go on tour for 16 months following the SEMA show to promote the company's new Specialist product line, which features products specifically formulated for specialized uses such as rust removal, bearing and gear protection, and corrosion inhibitor. The Super Duty will also ultimately be auctioned with proceeds going to SEMA Cares scholarship program.
2001 Ford Pro Lite Ranger by XS Power Batteries
The Ford Ranger may be gone from Ford's U.S. showrooms, but it's not forgotten by enthusiasts of the small truck. This Pro Lite race truck built by Huseman engineering features an SR Performance/Esslinger 2.7-liter engine, a T10 transmission, and a custom 4130 chromoly chassis. The purpose-built truck features a fiberglass body and Cipher Auto race seat and AutoMeter gauges.
2013 Ford F-150 EcoBoost FX4 Supercrew by BorgWarner Turbo
To say the EcoBoost V-6 in the Ford F-150 took the half-ton truck market by storm would be an understatement. Possibly one of the most significant engine introductions in the half-ton segment in the past decade, sales of the turbocharged V-6 surpassed everyone's expectations, including Ford.
What better way to showcase the success of this revolutionary engine than with a project truck? This FX4 features an SCT flash programmer and an AEM water/methanol injection kit. Suspension modifications include Fox Racing Shox 2.5-inch lift coilovers and performance rear shocks. The truck rides on Toyo Open Country A/T 275/60R-20 tires on Pro Comp 7032 20-inch wheels.
2010 Ford F-150 by Undercover
Undercover showed this massively-modified 2010 Ford F-150 equipped with a 3rd Coast 20-inch suspension lift with custom Icon Vehicle Dynamics coliovers and upper control arms. The truck rides on Mickey Thompson 46-inch Baja Claw tires and Fuel "Nuts" 20-inch wheels. Of course, what good is an aggressive look if you don't have the power to back it up? That's not a problem with this truck, equipped with a ProCharger supercharger, Comp Cams performance camshafts, a Snow Performance water-methanol injection system, Stainless Works long-tube headers and dual exhaust, and Yukon gears ring and pinion covered by a Mag-Hytec differential cover.
The massive lift isn't the only eye-catching change to the exterior of the truck. Fiberwerx front fenders and bumper cap, Bushwacker rear fender flares and a Suncoast Creations ram-air hood and Rolling Big Power grille give the truck an appropriately assertive attitude. If the truck wasn't visible enough already, Bulldog Lighting LED light bars and Spyder headlights and taillights improve visibility front and rear.
Bigfoot Electric Monster Truck
The gut-pounding exhaust pulses from the 1000-plus-horsepower V-8s are as much a part of the monster truck culture and experience as jumping schoolbuses and crushing wrecked cars. But Bigfoot 4x4, the originator of the monster truck genre, is breaking tradition by building the world's first all-electric Bigfoot monster truck.
Built in conjunction with EnerSys, a sponsor of the 2012 Bigfoot team, the #20 eBigfoot is powered by a high-power electric motor getting its juice from 30 Odyssey batteries delivering a total of 360 volts. Six additional Odyssey batteries power the brake and steering systems. The truck includes on on-board battery charger and a variable-speed programmable speed controller.
The unique powertrain was built by noted electric drag racer Dennis Berube, who has run under 8 seconds in his Current Eliminator electric dragster at more than 160 mph. Berube has also raced an electric Chevrolet S-10 pickup.
We're not sure how fans will respond to a silent Bigfoot, but if the torquey electric motors can get the truck to pop wheelies and crush cars as well as an explosive big-block V-8, it could become a crowd favorite.
Galpin Auto Sports 1966 Ford Bronco
The Galpin Auto Sports 1966 Ford Bronco is without a doubt one of our favorite trucks of this year's SEMA show. I mean look at it. It's painted in the historic Gulf livery -- something that might sound like sacrilege but really works. Backing up the show-stopping looks is a 6.2-liter stroker V-8 cranking out 540 hp, a redone interior with Cobra racing seats, and a fully built suspension ready to tackle the toughest of terrains.
The Galpin Auto Sports 1966 Ford Bronco might just be one of the coolest trucks at this year's SEMA show. The Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) Bronco stands out from the crowd thanks to its baby blue and orange Gulf livery, something GAS president Beau Boeckmann said was a controversial decision, "This is going to go one way or another," he said, reflecting on the decision process, "People are just going to get angry with us...or they're going to dig it." Well Mr. Boeckmann, we certainly dig it. Aside from the Gulf livery, the GAS Bronco gets a 6.2-liter stoker V-8 churning out 540 hp, a Ford four-speed automatic transmission, beefy Dana axles and bead lock wheels. Truly a stunning Bronco.
Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Rough Riders
Without a doubt the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Rough Riders is our favorite F-150 of the show -- which is saying a lot, considering the F-Series was voted SEMA's Hottest Truck. The Rough Riders Raptor is how we'd customize ours with an unlimited budget and, well, a Raptor. The Rough Riders Raptor is decked out like a trophy truck in a red, white, and blue Ford livery. The Rough Riders Raptor is then modified with Foutz Motorsports parts to increase suspension travel, bed-mounted reservoir shocks, a 9-inch rear-end, Roush performance parts, a fuel cell, and mean-looking bumpers, making the Rough Riders Raptor perfectly suited for long-distance sprints across the desert.
I admit it. I know nothing about this lifted Ford Econoline chassis cab camper other than the fact that it's insanely awesome. Just look at it. This camper van started life as a Ford Econoline chassis cab, and was then converted to four-wheel drive, lifted, given meaty off-road rubber, and fitted with a pop-up camper in back. The cast of The Walking Dead could only dream of such a vehicle.
This truck is a great example of a clean, classic custom. The "F-Rod" truck features a Ford GT-40 crate engine backed by a Ford AOD automatic and Gear Vendors overdrive for a total of eight speeds, a modified Ford 9-inch rear axle, and a Ford Mustang II front suspension with drop spindles and rear four-link on airbags at all four corners.
1931 Model A Roadster Pickup
This 1931 Model A Pickup may look all-original, but it's actually a skillfully-done restomod, incorporating such modern features as halogen headlamps, LED taillights, hydraulic brakes and modern four-speed automatic transmission. It even has heated seats! And if you think 19-inch wheels are a modern invention, this Model A is sporting original-sized 19-inch wire wheels.
Jeep is synonymous with Willys, AMC and most recently Chrysler, but many of the earliest, World War II era Jeeps were actually built by Ford. This example is owned by 4Wheel & Off-Road magazine editor Rick Péwé. Other than an upgraded 12-volt electrical system an 11-inch brakes, the Jeep is all-original, with 36,000 original miles. The 60 hp engine may not seem like much, but combined with the low gearing, the engine got the nickname "Go-Devil" for its sprightly performance.
This custom 1962 Ford Econoline pickup built by Mitch's Hot Rods speaks for itself with its clean detailing and custom touches. It features Radir custom wheels, Dakota Digital gauges, Flowmaster exhaust, a B&M torque converter, Bed Wood custom bed accents, House of Kolor paints, rear-mounted Optima yellow-top batteries, and a Loyola custom-upholstered interior.
2013 Ford Escape Titanium
If you've wondered what the 2013 Ford Escape would look like tricked-out in street-smart style rolling on 22s, wonder no longer. This Golden Root Beer 2013 Escape Titanium is painted in Sherwin-Williams custom paint, rolling on Modulare forged M28 22-inch wheels on Falken 255/30R-22 tires. The Escape gets its aggressive stance from an H&R performance suspension, with an MRT custom grille, and on the inside, Katzkin leather upholstery. When you want to open up to the wild blue yonder, just slide back the Webasto twin-panel transparent sunroof.
Ford F-350 Matchbox Brush Truck by Superlift
SEMA is well-known for some pretty outrageous show vehicles, and we can't think of many better examples than this 2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty by Superlift. A real-life recreation of the Matchbox Brush Truck, this truck features a massive 10-inch four-link Superlift lift system, a modified Fab Fours front bumper, a Fig Designs custom rear bumper, Interco Iroc 41-inch tires on BMF 20-inch wheels, and a custom PPG paintjob. In case you couldn't see this beast rolling down the street, if features KC Hi-Lites high-beams and spotslights, and Code 3 Emergency lights and siren. Compared to the insane appearance outside, the inside is comparatively modest, featuring a Katzkin interior, Tuffy Products center console, Code 3 emergency lights pack, and Ford accessory floor mats.
2013 Ford Explorer by Forgiato
If you think of the Ford Explorer as a suburban mommy-mobile, this Ford Explorer Sport by Forgiato may change your mind. Rolling on eye-popping 26-inch Forgiato three-piece forged wheels, the Explorer received a Lamborghini pearl white paint job on a TS Designs widebody kit. On the inside, the Explorer gets custom black and white upholstery.