Of all the OEMs making appearances at the 2014 SEMA show, Ford owns arguably the most significant group of vehicles, thanks to its new 2015 F-150 and Mustang. While you can look for our Mustang coverage soon, we've managed to sneak out and get snaps of some of a few of the F-150s on display at the company's sprawling, 20,000-square-foot display (look for even more aftermarket F-150 goodness in the coming days).
Of Ford's customized trucks, two feature the name of famous Ford racers.
Of Ford's customized trucks, two feature the name of famous Blue Oval racers, with both Formula Drift driver Vaughn Gittin, Jr. and Global Rallycross Championship driver Brian Deegan lending their unique tastes to the F-Series.
In Gittin, Jr.'s case, his history as a drifter has inspired the design of the F-150 shown above. Riding on a suspension with components from Kibbetech King and Air Lift, this F-150 enjoys 12 inches of travel while its five passengers are kept in place by Recaro seats in the cabin. Aside from those mechanical changes, eye-catching details include the lime-green wheels, which contrast quite nicely with the silver paint. Gitten said he wanted a truck with "on- and off-road capabilities, as well as drifting and jumping capabilities," and overall, this is a pretty handsome job.
If Gittin's F-150 is somewhat restrained, the F-150 Deegan 38 is a far more outgoing, thanks not only to its wild paint job, but to its more comprehensive set of mechanical upgrades that make it arguably a larger showcase. Its 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 now produces over 600 horsepower thanks to upgrades from BorgWarner, Full-Race Motorsports and ProEFI. The suspension bits and pieces come from Fox Racing, while Mickey Thompson has provided the monstrous, 37-inch tires.
Next up, we have the widebody TSDesigns F-150. The custom, all-metal build was designed by Octavio "Topo" Villafana and team, who also did the work on the Ford Mustang that starred in last summer's Need For Speed movie. On top of the aesthetic changes, a Vortech supercharger, Gibson exhaust, Belltech lowering kit and Forgiato 24-inch wheels have been fitted the gray, black and yellow F-Series.
With the popularity of aftermarket tonneau covers, it's no shock that one of the bigger manufacturers in that market has turned its hand to modifying a 2015 F-150. Leer has upgraded a Deep Ruby Red, EcoBoosted F-150, lowering the ride height and fitting a set of Forgiato Concavo 24-inch wheels. Out back a Custom Fit 700 tonneau cover protects the cargo area.
The Pure White F-150 comes from MAD Industries, and builds on the 5.0-liter V8 model by adding a 2.9-liter, twin-screw Whipple supercharger and a Gibson dual exhaust. Thusly equipped, it turns out 700 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, which we'd classify as "plenty." Other changes include a lowered Crown suspension and huge 24-inch MHT Luxury wheels wrapped in Pirelli Scorpion Zero Asimmetrico rubber.
The wild child in this group of trucks is the ARE Accessories F-150. Its crazy Axalta paint job comes from Lynch Customs, and it's complemented by a set of DUB Monster 20-inch wheels and 35-inch Toyo Open Country R/T tires. There's more storage space in back, thanks to the ARE ToolMaster HD cap, while Bushmaster fender flares add even more visual appeal.
The lifted, red F-150 is the Nitto Tire Desert Survivor Edition, another 3.5-liter EcoBoost-equipped model. It benefits from a 4.5-inch Rancho suspension lift, which adds new shocks and struts in front and new monotube shocks in back. 20-inch TenFour Special Forces Series wheels and Nitto Terra Grappler tires should be at home off road, while a three-inch DynoMax exhaust ought to add a bit of grunt and add to the 3.5-liter V6's singing voice.
Finally, Fabtech has crafted a black-and-red F-150, adding a ridiculous six-inch lift with adjustable dirt logic shocks, according to Truckin. 37-inch Nitto rubber is wrapped around 20-inch Fuel/OMF beadlock wheels. The front end of the Fabtech F-150 features a custom brushguard, while a vast LED bar spans the roof of the custom pickup.
Stay tuned for more on the aftermarket Ford F-150s of this year's SEMA show. Until then, check out our live photos and scroll down for a few press releases on the show trucks.
• Ford F-Series trucks – specifically, the all-new 2015 F-150 – will vie for a fifth consecutive "Hottest Truck" award this November at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show
• Ford collaborated with SEMA builders to help produce the radical F-150 trucks that will be displayed at the annual Las Vegas tradeshow
• Shedding up to 700 pounds from the 2014 model, the 2015 F-150 is the smartest, toughest, most capable F-150 ever
DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 17, 2014 – From off-road prowess to street performance, custom versions of the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 – the smartest, toughest, most capable F-150 ever – will vie this November for the "Hottest Truck" award at the Specialty Equipment Market Association tradeshow in Las Vegas.
The SEMA award, won by Ford F-Series trucks for four years running, recognizes the most popular vehicles the organization's members feature in their displays at the weeklong event. Custom versions of the all-new F-150 will be displayed on the SEMA floor. They include:
The Deegan 38 project built a personal connection between Ford Racing's Brian Deegan and the all-new F-150 with the 3.5-liter, twin-turbo EcoBoost® engine. Industry leaders including Addictive Desert Designs, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, FOX Racing Shox, KC Hilites, Mastercraft Safety, Rockford Fosgate, Full-Race Motorsports, Leading Edge Tuning, ProEFI and SCT Performance joined forces to provide extreme motorsport enthusiasts with the ultimate example of the world's most capable truck.
"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.
Vaughn Gittin Jr. street truck
Boasting 12 inches of King shock-controlled travel via a Kibbetech custom suspension, this 2015 F-150 purpose-built by Formula DRIFT superstar Vaughn Gittin Jr. is designed to take full advantage of the weight savings and serious torque offered by the all-new F-150. With its unique, aggressive looks and Air Lift Performance air ride, this street truck aims to turn heads and elicit huge smiles, while providing massive amounts of fun and adrenaline for up to five passengers who strap into its Recaro seats.
"I love trucks, and to build one that has daily on- and off-road capabilities, as well as drifting and jumping capabilities is something I have always wanted to do," said Gittin. "I am really pumped to get crazy in this F-150 at SEMA this year."
FORD RACING'S BRIAN DEEGAN TAKES ALL-NEW 2015 F-150 AND ITS 3.5-LITER ECOBOOST ENGINE TO MORE THAN 600 HORSEPOWER
Motocross legend and Ford Racing driver Brian Deegan will show his custom 2015 Ford F-150 at the upcoming Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas
The "Deegan 38" project takes the all-new F-150 with 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost® engine to the max – bolting on six additional injectors to pump out more than 600 horsepower
Shedding up to 700 pounds from the 2014 model, the 2015 F-150 is the smartest, toughest, most capable F-150 ever; Deegan and team take the new truck even further – widening it approximately seven inches while still saving weight with carbon fiber fenders
Motocross legend and Ford Racing driver Brian Deegan will display his own radically customized 2015 Ford F-150 at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas, Nov. 4-7.
The "Deegan 38" project showcases the personal connection between Deegan and the all-new F-150 with the 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost® engine.
"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. "This is a special truck that can be built in stages by those looking for a fun and challenging way to enhance the already impressive new F-150."
Industry leaders including Addictive Desert Designs, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, FOX Racing Shox, KC Hilites, Mastercraft Safety, Rockford Fosgate, Full-Race Motorsports, Leading Edge Tuning, ProEFI and SCT Performance joined forces to provide extreme motorsport enthusiasts with the ultimate example of the world's most capable truck.
Deegan and team took the all-new F-150's 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine to the max – bolting on six additional injectors to attain more than 600 horsepower. BorgWarner turbos are managed by a ProEFI Pro48 system on the stock engine control unit (ECU).
Shedding up to 700 pounds from the 2014 model, the 2015 Ford F-150 is the smartest, toughest, most capable F-150 ever. Now, Deegan has taken the all-new truck even further, widening it approximately seven inches while still saving weight with carbon fiber fenders.
Along with the 37-inch Mickey Thompson tires and Rockford Fosgate sound system, other cool features on the "Deegan 38" include an Alcon brake kit, 4G hot spot capability and four streaming cameras by 1 Beyond.
TSDESIGNS TO SHOW CUSTOM ALL-METAL WIDEBODY 2015 FORD F-150 AT SEMA
The "Widebody King" – Octavio "Topo" Villafana – will show a custom all-metal widebody 2015 Ford F-150 at the upcoming Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas.
Villafana's street performance truck was produced with his team, TSDesigns, which is known for all-metal, wide-body customization, most prominently seen in the Mustangs used in the movie "Need for Speed."
The all-new 2015 F-150 by TSDesigns will boast a Vortech supercharger, Gibson exhaust, Belltech lowering kit, Forgiato 24-inch wheels, ARE tonneau cover, Alpine audio/video upgrades and Roadwire leather seating.
The TSDesigns truck will be one of many custom vehicles on display in the 20,000-square-foot Ford booth at SEMA Nov. 4-7, where the spotlight will be on all-new Mustang and F-150 tuner vehicles.
Expect to see cars and trucks from Galpin Auto Sports, Petty's Garage, Skyjacker, Full-Race Motorsports and many others. The 2015 Mustang is vying for "Hottest Car" at the show, while the 2015 F-150 is in the hunt for "Hottest Truck" of SEMA. Vaughn Gittin Jr. will be thrilling the crowds with drift shows at the Ford Out Front venue.