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Ford Hopes to Gain the Edge at SEMA

Three concepts based on Edge CUV to make Las Vegas debut.

by on Oct.09, 2015

Ford Edge Ignition gets a dynamic red and black paint job and enough power upgrades to make you wonder if it's not really a Mustang.

Though it may be closed to the general public, the SEMA Show in Las Vegas has become a major showcase for the auto industry, mainstream and luxury manufacturers frequently using the annual event to reveal some of their more extreme concept vehicles.

Ford, for one, will be there in force this year, showing off more than 50 different vehicles – including three distinctive takes on its popular Edge crossover, as well as some distinctively modified versions of the 2016 Ford Explorer Sport.

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They range from modest styling updates to some seriously bad-ass performance packages developed by Ford and some of the market’s hottest aftermarket parts companies and tuners. (more…)

Ford Seeking Fifth Truck Crown at SEMA

Two designs give maker shot at another victory.

by on Oct.20, 2014

Ford Racing’s Brian Deegan built the Deegan 38 F-150 with the 3.5-liter, twin-turbo EcoBoost engine for the SEMA show in Las Vegas.

Ford is attempting to stake its claim for the “Hottest Truck” award at this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas next month with two entries. If Ford takes the honor, it’ll be the fifth year in a row.

Ford Racing’s Brian Deegan created the Deegan 30 F-150 that uses the 3.5-liter, twin-turbo EcoBoost engine. He partnered with several top-flight suppliers to produce what he believes to be the “world’s most capable truck,” according to the maker.

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“This F-150 should inspire the vast off-road, extreme-lifestyle-loving fan base to push the possibilities of the kick-ass new 2015 F-150 and the awesome 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine,” said Deegan. (more…)

Ford Rolls Out Some Hot Wheels at SEMA – A Hot Wheels Transit Connect

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by on Nov.07, 2013

Ford's life-size Hot Wheels concept began life as a 2014 Transit Connect van.

Ford has rolled out a set of hot wheels for SEMA.  Make that Hot Wheels, the maker becoming the latest to honor the popular Mattel toy line with a running, life-size model – this one based on the latest Ford Transit Connect van.

Dark blue with bright orange accents, a “Hot Wheels” logo and the sort of fins and fender details one might expect on a toy car, the concept vehicle is on display all week at the huge Las Vegas automotive aftermarket show known as the SEMA Show.  Ford is just the latest maker to honor the popular toy with a full-size concept.

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“The Hot Wheels design team jumped at the chance to hot rod a Transit Connect van. The idea was to create a race inspired support vehicle for the average guy to spend a weekend at the track testing his Hot Wheels race car,” said Felix Holst, vice president of creative for the Mattel Wheels Division.

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Ford Introduces Brand New ’40 Coupe

by on Nov.02, 2012

Ford reveals a '40 Coupe steel body ready for resto-rod fans at its SEMA Show stand.

It’s been said that at some point or another, everything old is new again.  And the auto industry has a history of embracing retro designs such as the reborn Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger models.

Ford even had a retro design studio in operation for a while – though the maker pulled the plug after the disastrous launch of the last 2-seat Thunderbird.

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But now, Ford is digging even deeper into its past, all the way to the favorite of American hot rodders, the ’40 Ford Coupe.  A complete body shell will soon be added to the Ford Restoration Parts catalog, and unlike some replicars, this one will be made out of the real deal, sheet metal rather than fiberglass.

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Ford Reveals Five Focus SEMA Concepts

Power to the pavement.

by on Oct.17, 2012

Ford's Bojix Fusion Concept for SEMA.

Ford is focused on SEMA.  Quite literally, the Detroit maker planning to reveal at least five specially tuned versions of its popular Focus five-door during the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association’s annual show in Las Vegas later this month.

The SEMA show has become a big deal for the auto industry, not just the typical tuners and performance parts makers but big manufacturers like Ford who have been using the event to test out new ideas, drum up some headlines – and perhaps form some new alliances with aftermarket suppliers who might add to the options available for a car like the Ford Focus.

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Ford has released renderings and images that suggest it’s trying to build up the performance bona fides of the compact hatchback, starting with one SEMA special that pairs Ford with its once-familiar ally Cosworth LLC. Together, they’ve bumped the pony count up to 330, a 30% bump in horsepower, as well as a 20% increase in torque. The Ford Racing-modified 2.0-liter EcoBoost was finished off by M&J Enterprises and features a Tangerine Scream finish and detailing designed to fit on the track.

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Ford Reveals “Affordable” Compact Race Car

New Focus ST-R aimed at weekend racers and wannabes.

by on Nov.03, 2011

Ford will give weekend warriors a chance to race with an affordable turnkey version of the Focus ST.

Ford is betting there’s a generation of young wannabe racers who’d like to do more than just watch motor sports on television so it will begin offering an “affordable,” “turnkey,” race-tuned version of its Focus ST next year.

Dubbed the Ford Focus ST-R, it will take the street-legal version of the maker’s new compact hatchback and add an FIA-regulation rollbar, beefed-up suspension and uprated brakes.  The decals will be just about the only thing buyers would have to add on their own.

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“It’s already built to race,” said Jost Capito, Ford’s director of Global Performance and Motorsports Business Development, during an unveiling at the annual SEMA aftermarket show in Las Vegas — where it was surrounded by an assortment of historic Ford race cars, including Sweepstakes, the 1901 car built and raced by Henry Ford himself.

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Ford Launches “New” ’65 Mustang

Maker offering factory bodies of original pony car.

by on Oct.31, 2011

Workers prep a new Ford Mustang body shell which can recreate anything from a '64-1/2 to a '66 model.

Everything old is new again – especially when it comes to the classic 1964-1/2, ’65 and ’66 Mustangs.

Like many makers, Ford has a catalogue full of parts for those original pony cars, everything from brakes to seats.  But now, it seems, you can even order all-new, factory-approved Mustang bodies rather than having to scrounge up rusted and dinged-up originals.

“The 1964-66 Mustang is the most restored vintage vehicle,” said Dennis Mondrach, Ford Restoration Parts licensing manager. “But the number of original 1964-66 vintage bodies is shrinking every year. Most of the original Mustangs left in scrapyards are rusted or wrecked beyond repair.”

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So, for those determined to have an “original” Mustang, Ford turned to Pennsylvania-based Dynacom International, which was given access to original technical drawings, blueprints and specifications for parts.  The supplier is producing precise duplicates of the original body – albeit with a few modifications that customers are likely to appreciate.

“The new body shell is made of virgin metal and uses modern welding techniques,” explained Mondrach. “It comes rustproofed, and after final adjustment and finish preparation of the body panels, it is ready for painting and final assembly.”

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Ford Unveils Police Interceptor Stealth Concept At SEMA

Inspired by SR-71 Blackbird.

by on Nov.01, 2010

Influenced by the SR-71 Blackbird, the Ford Stealth Police Interceptor concept.

Any resemblance to the legendary SR-71 Blackbird spy plane is purely intentional, says Ford designer Melvin Betancourt, of the new Ford Police Interceptor Stealth Concept, which will make its debut at the SEMA show, later this week.

The police car business was thrown up in the air by Ford’s long-overdue decision to finally pull the plug on its aging Crown Victoria, the rear-drive sedan of choice for most law enforcement duties.  All three of the Detroit makers have been struggling to fill the cop car vacuum, along with industry newcomer Carbon Motors, which is developing a ground up police car to be powered by a BMW diesel engine.

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Ford, in particular, has shown off two optional alternatives to the old Crown Vic cruiser, including both a converted Taurus and a specially-updated version of the all-new 2011 Explorer SUV.  But the Ford Police Interceptor Stealth Concept is designed for more limited, if more demanding duties.

This Taurus-based model is designed to lie in wait, concealed by its black paint, tinted windows, darkened mesh grille, black trim and even blacked-out tailpipes, ready to swoop down on miscreants.  (Which is likely to give nervous shivers to most of the folks touring the 2010 SEMA show, an annual Las Vegas event that has traditionally specialized in performance parts and components.)

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Ford’s “Replacement for Displacement” at SEMA

EcoBoost hot rod will make 400 hp from a 3.5-liter V6.

by on Oct.29, 2009

Ford's EcoBoost V-6 gives this '34 3-Window Coupe replica a high-powered, downsized alternative to the classic 302-inch V-8.

Ford's EcoBoost V-6 gives this '34 3-Window Coupe replica a high-powered, downsized alternative to the classic 302-inch V-8.

There’s an old adage, in the auto industry: “There’s no replacement for displacement.”  But in an era where even muscle car fans are paying attention to fuel economy, downsizing is rapidly becoming a way of life.

In an era when turbos and superchargers are gaining increased interest, Ford will offer its own alternative at the upcoming SEMA show, in Las Vegas.  Instead of a classic flathead V8, the customized ’34 hot rod that will make its appearance at the automaker’s stand will feature a tricked-out version of the new EcoBoost V6.

The new engine – which is just rolling out in an assortment of new products, such as the Flex, Taurus SHO and Lincoln MKS – is normally used in front- or all-wheel-drive applications.  Here it’s hooked up to the rear-wheels and makes a solid 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, rivaling the output of the 302-inch V-8 that might normally be used in the ’34 Ford.

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“EcoBoost technology shows that there is a viable replacement for displacement,” said Dan Kapp, director of Ford Powertrain Research and Advanced Engineering, and a speaker at a “Driving Green” panel discussion at SEMA – short for Special Equipment Manufacturers Association.

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