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U.S.A.:SEMA 2003: There's no such thing as stock
A look at this year's SEMA Show and SEMA International Auto Salon exhibits
By Scott Mead & Chuck Schifsky
Photography by John Kiewicz & the manufacturer
Motor Trend, July 01, 2003
If there's any doubt the automotive aftermarket is alive and well, just take a look at this year's SEMA Show and SEMA International Auto Salon exhibits: It's fueled by 110-octane enthusiasts, supercharged with industry innovators, and boosted by a nitrous chaser of "what if?" imagination. The Specialty Equipment Market Association - now in its 40th year - has been the catalyst in bringing the aftermarket to the consumer, and vice versa.
This year, we found great innovations and creative thinking at both shows. Here are some of the products and show highlights that piqued our interest.
Ford FR100 Pickup
When it went looking for a vehicle to showcase its new 5.0-liter "Cammer" crate engine, Ford Racing Technology chose an unlikely candidate: a 1953 F-Series pickup. "We picked a vintage Ford truck as the showcase because it's both eye-catching and something any enthusiast can relate to," says FRT Director Dan Davis. The new engine is a stroked version of Ford's 4.6-liter DOHC 32-valve V-8 that the automaker says is ideal for retrofit into older Ford cars or trucks. However, it was the test-bed FR100 pickup that caught our attention. Built by McLaren Performance Technologies, the FR100 is the third "FR" project Ford has done, including the successful FR500 Mustang and FR200 Focus.
The FR100 is essentially a race car covered by a highly modified F-100 body. McLaren fabricated a custom tube chassis, extended the cab by six inches and shortened the bed. The FR100 rides on the same unequal-length control-arm front suspension used on the FR500 Mustang, while the rear rides on a Mustang Cobra independent rear suspension in place of the original solid axle. The 5.0-liter V-8 pumps out 430 horsepower and 370 lb-ft of torque, which is routed through a six-speed manual transmission. Additional features include a rollcage, Centerforce clutch, Vintage Air air-conditioning, Brembo disc brakes at all four corners, 18-inch BBS wheels, and Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires. The exterior is covered in Sikkens charcoal-silver urethane paint that gives the FR100 a sleek, sophisticated look
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