The entertainment industry has its annual big-deal shindigs, like the Academy Awards, the Emmys and the Tonys. Yet so does the auto industry, but the cars are the stars! The events include auto shows, of course, as well as the SEMA Show, held annually in Las Vegas. SEMA stands for Specialty Equipment Market Association; the CliffsNotes on that is it’s a trade association made up of tons of aftermarket performance companies, from exhaust to bumpers and tires to roof racks, plus anything and everything else located between the headlights and taillights.
Thousands of companies swoop into town to display all their hot, new parts soon headed to the market for you scoop up to make your ride look, sound and perform like a one-of-a-kind show-stopper in its own right. This is one of the rare times you don’t want what happens in Vegas to stay in Vegas! The 2011 SEMA Show will take place November 1-4.
Automakers also participate at SEMA, and Ford will have massive presence, with a booth filled to the rim with multiple project vehicles, each one outfitted with awesome aftermarket parts, ridiculously cool modifications, and eye-grabbing paint and styling cues. There will also be a tribute to the 110 years of Ford racing history and a first look at an all-new 363-cubic-inch Ford Racing stroker engine. And, shhhh…click here for a video of secret footage of a project vehicle being built with the latest Ford-licensed restoration part. Spoiler alert: 1964-66 Mustang fans, it’s your lucky day.
Since the SEMA Show isn’t open to the public, we’ve got your peek at the one-of-a-kind Ford vehicles set to debut:
2012 Ford Mustang by Forgiato Wheels: This Mustang GT offers a staggered wheel setup, with three-piece 21-inch front wheels and 22-inch rear wheels. A TS Designs wide-body fabrication kit, 3dCarbon Boy Racer body kit and matte pearl silver PPG paint help set it apart from the rest. There’s also a Vortech supercharger.
2012 Ford Mustang by Creations n’ Chrome: This Mustang features Spectra Chrome Boy Racer Red spray-on paint and Autosport Dynamics carbon fiber hood, roof and trunk, plus a Creations n’ Chrome chromoly roll cage, HRE Performance 18-inch forged wheels and Vortech supercharger. A race-inspired custom interior rounds out the upgrades.
2012 Ford Mustang by MRT Performance: The TKO Mustang by MRT Performance offers a complete package: a ProCharger supercharger, MRT stainless steel MaxFlow H-pipe and half-back exhaust system, and H&R coilover performance suspension. There’s also an MRT custom hood, MRT custom paint accents and Sparco race seats.
2012 Ford Mustang by H&R Springs: Flowmaster stainless steel exhaust, Edelbrock E-Force supercharger and Pirelli P Zero front and rear tires are among the performance components. The chassis also has an H&R Springs Coil RSS sport suspension, front and rear sway bars and Triple C camber adjustment bolts. The exterior features a Street Scene Equipment body kit and custom paint by Tri-Star Enterprise.
2011 Ford Explorer by Stitchcraft Interiors: The Business Edition Explorer has a Stitchcraft Interiors custom interior with Alcantara® leather seating, interior accents and door panels and Orion Car Audio amps, speakers and wiring. Stitchcraft Interiors study trays are matched to the interior and accents, and the exterior offers a Seaside Collision two-tone paint scheme with charcoal and orange side graphics.
2011 Ford Explorer by DSO Eyewear: Inspired by current fashion trends, this Explorer embraces an active sports urban lifestyle with a lowered stance complemented by deep lip Niche 24-inch three-piece wheels. BASF Pearl Tri-Coat White paint with black chrome detailing offers a contemporary look on the exterior, while the interior showcases Katzkin Midnight Tuscany leather with perforated Raven Suede accents. The lighting is high-tech, with Advanced Automotive Concepts custom LED headlamps.
2011 Ford Explorer by Tjin Edition: This Explorer has a custom DuPont paint job by L & R Autobody, 24-inch iForged Concave Insite wheels, Falken tires and LightWurkz LED headlights. A Baer big brake kit and Eibach suspension upgrade the chassis, while custom black leather with orange diamond stitching and a Realm audio system round out the interior enhancements.
2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty by Superlift Suspension: Matchbox® has teamed up with Superlift Suspension to transform a Super Duty into the Matchbox Superlift Brush Truck. There’s a Superlift 10-inch lift system on 41-inch Interco IROK tires. That’s PPG Vibrance Oh, So Orange basecoat with a contrasting satin black powder-coated accent. There are also code-three emergency lights and sirens, along with a firefighting utility bed and equipment.
2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost® by Skyjacker Suspensions: Project No Compromise is geared toward drivers who want to go green without sacrificing performance. A Skyjacker Suspensions four-inch lift and monotube shocks help boost chassis performance, while a MagnaFlow cat-back dual exhaust system upgrades the powertrain. A Steelcraft stainless steel grille guard, Rigid Industries e-series 30-inch LED light bar and Bushwacker two-inch pocket-style fender flares are also aboard.
2011 Ford F-150 by CGS Performance Products: Tarmac F-150 has a custom aluminum hood, DuPont Jet Black paint and Boyd Red finish by Andy Meeh, Paramount Restyling grille and Colorado Custom billet wheels. The interior has red leather from Pecca Leather, VizuaLogic headrest monitors and SeatbeltPlanet red seat belts. Powertrain and chassis also get a boost from a CGS Performance cat-back exhaust and cold-air intake, Whipple twin-screw supercharger, Bell Tech front coilover suspension and six-piston Baer brakes with 15-inch rotors.
2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty by Hulst Customs: The Black Mamba Super Duty shows off the ultimate in luxury and style with a Hulst Customs–designed hood and grille with stainless steel mesh insert, Hulst Customs side rockers and lower front fascia with LED lighting by Radiantz. It also features suicide rear doors with Scissor Doors billet hinge kit and Planet Color custom black paint along with 3M Di-Noc™ stainless graphics. The interior has Katzkin leather and Hulst Customs aluminum trim accents.
2012 Ford Focus by 3dCarbon: 3dCarbon delivers a Focus that uses 3M satin wrap, smoked windows and race red accents to bring the car’s more edgy side to life. 3dCarbon’s body kit and Sticky Fingers racing stripes round out the exterior upgrades. On the functional side, a 3dCarbon upper roof spoiler, Eibach springs and Pirelli tires offer an aerodynamic and handling boost.
2012 Ford Focus by ROUSH Performance Products: This Stage 3 Focus by ROUSH Performance Products offers several powertrain upgrades including a ROUSH R900 TVS supercharger, ROUSH modified high-flow induction system and ROUSH dual-exit high- performance exhaust. There are also ROUSH front fascia grille inserts, chin splitter, custom graphics, Sherwin-Williams custom matte paint, and Ford Genuine Accessories roof spoiler.
2012 Ford Focus by The ID Agency: Inspired by European and Japanese tuning styles, this Focus has a Wraptivo roof, Recaro Sportster seats and Top Stitch interior. Performance upgrades include a MagnaFlow cat-back exhaust and Brembo big brake kit. It even offers a Ford Licensed Accessory Thule bike rack with Custom Leader bike.
2012 Ford Focus by Capaldi Racing: Capaldi Racing has taken its racing background and applied it to this new 2012 Ford Focus. Powertrain and chassis upgrades include a Borla cat-back dual-outlet exhaust, Ford Racing Performance Parts Torsen differential, Green Filter custom intake, AST Sport-Line suspension and Ford Racing Performance Parts–tuned sway bars. Exterior touches include Visteon European Focus headlamps with HID and LED technology and Capaldi Racing front splitter and dual-outlet insert.
2012 Ford Focus by Steeda: The Steeda Focus offers both street and track performance, including Steeda cold-air intake with Cool Tube technology, Steeda rear swaybar and Steeda lowering springs. Underhood billet aluminum-appearance items, G-Track front end brace, 3dCarbon body kit, HRE P43S Monoblok 19-inch wheels and Nitto NT05 performance tires round out the additions.
2012 Ford Focus by Bojix Design: The Focus Stage 2 assembled by Bojix Design adds European flair with aggressive styling complete with Bojix body kit, 3dCarbon upper roof spoiler and Rennen M10 20-inch wheels. Interior upgrades are Katzkin leather seating surfaces and door panels, Accele rearview mirror with constant panoramic view and Alcantara®–covered surfaces. There’s also an AP Racing big brake kit, Bojix rear cross-drilled rotors and H&R Sport Springs lowering kit.
2012 Ford Focus by COBB Tuning: This Motorsports Challenger Focus was built for competition. Upgrades are Cosworth COBB Tuning forged pistons, COBB Tuning custom turbo kit and COBB front-mounted intercooler, intake, airbox and exhaust manifold, a StopTech Trophy big brake kit, Eibach Multi-Pro R2 coilover suspension and COBB Tuning suspension bushings.
2011 Ford Fiesta by M2-Motoring: The M2-Motoring Fiesta combines form and function by adding an Injen Technologies cold-air intake system and DC Sports cat-back exhaust. The chassis is upgraded with a Wilwood big brake kit and Megan Racing coilovers. Exterior enhancements include a candy purple finish by Status Motorsports, 3dCarbon body kit and upper roof spoiler. Interior treatments offer an upgraded Jensen Mobile Audio Power sound system and Audiovox flip-down touch-screen monitors.
2011 Ford Fiesta by Gold Coast Automotive: This Fiesta SE hatch is built for performance with a Jackson Racing Rotrex intercooled supercharger, Wilwood four-piston front, two-piston rear brake system and Hankook Ventus racing tires. Appearance offerings include APR Performance rear wing and custom front splitter, 3dCarbon body kit, Socal SignWorx graphic wrap and Gold Coast Automotive fender flare kit.
2011 Ford Fiesta by Aaron Vaccar Signature Series: This Fiesta ha a Weapon-R Secret Weapon air intake, Wilwood Dynapro six-piston big brake kit and Advanti Racing V3 Vago 17-inch wheels. The exterior features BASF custom bright silver matte metallic paint, while the interior includes Portage Trim red leather upholstery, Bride Vios III racing bucket seats and MB Quart Onyx Series speaker and amplifiers.