To complement the best real estate on the show floor at the annual SEMA Show, Ford Motor Company delivered many of the highlights of world’s largest custom car show in 2014. Held each year in Las Vegas, the SEMA Show often has one car platform that outshines the masses and this year it most certainly was the 2015 Ford Mustang. The latest iteration of the pony car was not only heavily modified with Ford partners but modified versions of the legendar y car were on display at nearly every turn.
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While many Mustangs were powered by the out-of-the-box motors available from Ford, some of these tuned vehicles were already turbocharged or supercharged before most people have even seen one on the street. At the Ford booth several Mustangs were purpose-built for the show by trusted tuners who have worked with Ford before. Leading the pack was Ford’s own King Cobra, which is the commitment the company has to a possible next generation drag strip monster, clicking off 10-second passes with over 600 horsepower. The crew over at Full Race took a stock 2.3L turbo EcoBoost-powered Mustang and cranked out 510 horsepower from the capable 4-banger. 3D Carbon has a history of offering some great aesthetic treatments for the retro Mustang and for 2014 they upped the bar with and front splitter and rear diffusers, sideskirts and custom rear wing.
Not to be outdone, the new Ford Mustang had stiff competition for attention from its own camp with the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 truck. The full-size hauler offers several innovations, the most prominent of which is its aluminum construction but truck customizers still went wild with the F-150 and picked up where Ford left off. The Truck and Offroad Hall had many heavily customized F-150s and the Ford booth had over a dozen examples built by hand-picked custom shops familiar with the F-150.
Ford also put their products to the test outside in the Ford Proving Grounds. Here, attendees could sign up for a thrill ride in the Ford Raptor around a tarmac course, with the wheelman getting sideways. As they snaked around the course, the pro drivers then lined up the jump in the middle the asphalt. The hefty Raptors hit the jumps with perfection and soared over 3-feet in the air only to stick perfect landings to delight of onlookers.