2005 SEMA Auto Show
When the SEMA Show hits Vegas, it’s not the showgirls and neon that dazzle our eyes, but the showcars and headlights that leave us blinking in amazement.
By Allyson Harwood & Brandy Schaffels
Photography by Brandy Schaffels, Melissa Spiering & the Manufacturers
2006 Foose “Stallion” Convertible Mustang
In response to the strongdemand received by the prototype coupe launched during the Woodward Dream Cruise, Unique Performance and Foose Design developed a convertible version of the 2005 Foose Stallion Mustang. Both vehicles feature custom front grille and hood, new front and rear fascias, lowered stance, custom-designed wheels, and interior touches, as well as specialty products from DuPont’s Hot Hues, Ford Racing, JBA, Baer Brakes, Kenwood, and BFGoodrich. “Our vision for this convertible is really going to turn heads and excite Mustang fans,” says Chip Foose. Unique Performance will assist with engineering and developing the modifications, while OEM supplier Tecstar will handle engineering, validation, and assembly. Both models of the Foose Stallion are on track for production in the first quarter of 2006, with a total of 3000 coupe and convertible Stallion Mustangs to be built a year. Prices will range between $38,000 and $40,000, depending on options and performance packages.
2006 Hot Wheels Ford Mustang GT
Face it, our passion for cars was largely fueled by the Hot Wheels we played with as children. For 2006 Hot Wheels is taking to the city streets and highways of America in full-size, thanks to a new line of products and accessories that bear the Hot Wheels name. This Ford Mustang GT was customized by the internal Hot Wheels (HW) design team to feature a HW/Carbon Creations carbon fiber wide body kit, plus carbon fiber trunk, hood, and wing; the body wears a custom billet grille, and custom HW/PPG candy blue paint. Inside are Carbon Fiber Status bucket racing seats, HW suede door inserts, and Clarion/Audiobahn head unit with four 12-inch subs and three 1000-watt amps. Suspension and performance mods include an Eibach suspension, K&N intake, Vortech Engineering supercharger, Rotora Big Brake kit, Dropstars 22-inch wheels wrapped in BFG KDW tires, and Magnaflow dual exhaust.
2006 Shelby/West Coast Customs Mustang
It’s not often that the custom buildups presented at SEMA ever actually go on sale, but 25 lucky people will have the opportunity top ark one of these Shelby-modified 2006 Ford Mustangs in their own garage. Carroll Shelby has teamed up with the creative design team of West Coast Customs (WCC), adding an exclusive Vortech supercharger and remapping the onboard computer to boost output above 500 horsepower. Exterior enhancements include a new single-scoop hood design, new fender swells and rocker panels, specially designed front bumper side scoops, rear wing, and fenders, and 22-inch Shelby/WCC-branded Lexani wheels with Pirelli tires. Inside is a custom-embroidered interior featuring Shelby and WCC logo badging, Sony DVD head unit with 7-inch monitor, and a full-blown WCC sound system. Interested buyers can get more information at www.shelbyautos.com
Ford General Contractor Mobile Office F-250 Super Duty
Ford developed its “General Contractor” concept to showcase the ultimate office environment for the contractor on the go. Based on the F-250 Super-Duty, it features GPS, wireless broadband, printer, and a digital-camera-equipped mobile computer to allow a contractor to bid jobs, order parts, and purchase parts, materials, and payments while on location in their truck. This mobile office system is in development as a possible future dealer-installed accessory through Ford in 2006. The Stargate mobile computer uses a touchscreen mounted on the transmission tunnel within easy reach of the driver, or it can be easily removed for use as an ordinary laptop, and offers full Windows XP functionality including Outlook for email, Streets and Trips 2006 for real-time navigation, and Internet Explorer for Web browsing. The truck itself benefits from a Fabtech 6-inch suspension lift kit, aggressive Weld wheels with BF Goodrich tires, and a bed packed with a traveling shop full of everything a contractor would need to get the job done right.
FunkMaster Flex Fusion
The FunkMaster Flex Fusion (say that seven times fast) was created to be an integral part of Ford’s new African-American “Grown and Sexy” Web site, which features the Flex Fusion Night Club online game. The FunkMaster started with a basic 2006 Fusion and added a two-tone paint scheme, chrome accents, new grille, and tinted windows to invite people to discover what’s inside. The interior boasts Ostrich leather interior, Clarion nav system, Icon TV monitors in the rear headrests, JL Audio amplifiers and speakers, and a side-mirror camera system. Performance mods include a Flowmaster exhaust, Wilwood brakes, H&R springs, and Boze alloy three-piece wheels black-chrome wheels wrapped in 19-inch front and 20-inch rear Toyo performance tires. You don’t have to own the car to play the game, which is all about breaking free from convention to enjoy life with style and attitude; you can experience it yourself at www.grownandsexy.com
Shelby CS6 Mustang Concept
Legendary racecar driver and Cobra creator Carroll will offer a modified V-6 upgrade package for 2006 Ford Mustang. The CS 6 features a Shelby-exclusive Paxton NOVI-1200 Centrifugal supercharger that increases horsepower from the stock 210 to more than 350. Available in two stages, the package is intended to produce a faster, lighter, and more powerful Mustang with official Shelby performance, all for under $35,000; it can be installed by Ford dealers on either coupes or convertibles, will carry Ford warranty, and can be financed into the cost at the time of purchase. The Stage 1 appearance package includes front fascia and side scoops, custom hood and upper and lower grilles, interior upgrades, 20-inch American Racing wheels, and custom striping, graphics, and logos, all for $5499. The Stage 2 Performance package includes all of the above and adds suspension upgrades, Borla dual exhaust, 350-hp Paxton supercharger, Baer Signature Series Brakes with Shelby Calipers, and rear fascia and rear gear upgrades, all for $14,999. (Prices do not include labor.) More information can be found at www.shelbyautos.com