As the saying goes, go big or go home. And the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada is all about going big. The good folks at Ford Motor Company are always pushing the envelope, and this year’s plan starts now. That’s right, right now. Dreamcase is an online vehicle display to showcase 28 of the 57 vehicles that will occupy the Ford exhibit at the 2013 SEMA Show from November 5-8.
From modified versions of the 2014 Ford Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, Mustang, F-150, and Super Duty, the Ford exhibit will occupy over 27,000 square-feet inside the Las Vegas Convention Center plus more than 110,000 square-feet of the Silver Lot for the “Ford Out Front.” An impressive display of driving will be put on as part of the company-sponsored Miller Motorsports Park racing school.
While we are all chomping at the bit to be part of the action, Dreamcase serves as an appetizer. Feast your eyes on these tasty rides:
COBB Tuning/Tanner Foust Racing Fiesta
This 2014 Ford Fiesta ST is a salute to the U.S. armed forces to raise awareness for the Pat Tillman Foundation, and is built by COBB Tuning in partnership with Tanner Foust Racing. Its most striking feature is the urban military digital camouflage, painted by LGE CTS Motorsports. A carbon hood from Ice Nine Group, custom interior by COBB/Tanner Foust with embroidered floor mats and headrests, and a KICKER audio system complete the SEMA transformation. Performance lovers will appreciate the 3-inch turbo exhaust and cold air intake for a few extra ponies.
Ice Nine Group Rally Race-Ready Fiesta ST
The concept is simple yet incredibly effective on this build as the 17-inch BRAID wheels with Falken Azenis RT615K tires scream rally. Ice Nine’s fender flares, carbon hood, rear wing, moonroof plug, and carbon quarter window plugs with cooling vents fit the wheels perfectly. But the vinyl wrap and special window tinting from W2 Graphic Specialists really completes the transformation. Keith Strong, president of Ice Nine Group, says the inspiration for this full-on race car build was the alternative forms of motorsports, and who better to help make this vision a reality than rally driver Tim O’Neil. This thing is ready for the gravel and pavement.
Hollywood Hot Rods Fastback Mustang
What better way to make a splash with a 2014 Mustang than to completely reshape the body? This custom Mustang is all about the fastback. It’s a nod to the past, yet completely modern. Hollywood Hot Rods handmade the hardtop and tail section as well as many one-off aluminum body parts like the front grilles and air splitters. This modern supercar looks like it is ready for hot laps at the World Challenge with its giant brakes, wheels, and sticky tires. The slick black paint really showcases the bare aluminum and side exhaust tips.
Nitto Tire Mustang GT
The brilliant red BASF paint makes the Nitto Tire Mustang GT an eye-grabber. The blacked out wheels, big red brake calipers, and Nitto rubber prove this thing means business. Under the hood, the Coyote sports a Ford Racing Cobra Jet intake manifold sucks fresh air through a twin-bore 65mm throttle body. This build proves that simple yet effective modifications can really showcase the S197’s awesome lines, and help create a driveable yet powerful track-capable pony.
DRAGG Focus ST
Drag Racing Against Gangs and Graffiti (DRAGG) is an after-school program for youths, based out of Oxnard, California in partnership with the Police Department, which uses the automotive industry to help guide kids away from a life of crime. This year the group will be adding this 2014 Focus ST to its stable, which has a rally themed paint scheme and graphics as well as the appropriate law enforcement equipment such as a push bar, LED emergency lights, and even an interior rifle rack. Motegi Racing wheels and Eibach springs give the Focus its fierce stance. But the final touches include Wilwood brakes and a Borla exhaust with 4.5-inch polished stainless steel tips to accentuate the decelerative and accelerative abilities.
The folks at Full-Race Motorsports are all about turbocharged four- and six-cylinders, so it should come as no surprise that they would team up with BorgWarner to take a 2.0L Ecoboost to the next level. This 2014 Ford Fusion sports an upgraded BorgWarner turbo, custom tuning, and exhaust to increase power, efficiency, and performance. The big wheel, tire, and brake combo are just the icing on the cake to help give it the stance fitting a SEMA car.
Cars By Kris F-350
Speaking of cars and trucks with some actual performance, this Ford F-350 has had some tweaking done to its 6.7L PowerStroke diesel engine. Cars By Kris put this bad boy together using a host products from Banks Power including a Ram-Air intake, Straight-Shot water methanol injection, and an iQ Man-Machine interface. And of course, every tuned diesel needs high-flowing exhaust, so MagnaFlow custom pipes do the work. To give the Super Duty some attitude when sitting still Carli Suspension upgrades and massive 8-lug, 22-inch wheels from American Force wrapped in Toyo Open Country rubber help the truck tower over the crowds. The High Roller also sports a custom interior with hexagonal stitching on the seats and custom gauges. Last but not least the cabin is topped off with QuietRIDE Solutions products to keep things quiet – mixing the civil with the rugged.
Fatal Clothing Supercharged F-150
It's always great to see a SEMA car (or truck) that does more than just look good. Fatal Clothing's F-150 sports a 6.2L V-8 that cranks out 650hp thanks to a Whipple twin-screw supercharger and a performance exhaust system from CGS Motorsports. But its the two-tone paint scheme, body kit, lowered stance, and 24-inch wheels that will garner the most attention. Fatal credited the street and Southern California lifestyle for its inspiration, and enlisted the help of Hulst Customs to make it a reality. The custom black and white hues were accented by Fatal Clothing graphics and badging, which is carried over into the interior. Custom painted panels complete the leather interior with more Fatal artwork. Bill Gaylord, owner of Fatal Clothing, hoped to create a clean design with a modified look that would really stand out.