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These modified Ford pick-ups are coming to SEMA

Seven F-Series pick-ups - including a 1,000bhp monster - will be part of Ford’s 50-vehicle display

  • Ford F-150 by Kurt Busch and ZB Customs

    Not even Hennessey’s or Roush’s F-150s can match the absurdity of this thing. Tuned by ZB Customs and Kurt Busch for Ford’s SEMA display, this 5.0-litre V8, two-door F-150 has twin On3 turbochargers, JE forged pistons, a Ford Performance forged rotating assembly, oil pan and pump and a side-exit exhaust. The result is more than 1,000bhp, sent to the rear wheels only via a ten-speed automatic transmission.

    Naturally the chassis and suspension have been beefed up to cope, and there are gigantic Brembo brakes and sticky Goodyear tyres, too. Flared arches widen this F-150 by 4.5-inches over standard, while a carbon splitter and deeper bumpers we’d imagine eliminate any residual off-road ability. Inside the seats, steering wheel and armrests are all trimmed in alligator leather. Because why the hell not.

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  • Ford F-150 Custom Pro-Touring Edition by Speedkore

    Speedkore went with supercharging instead of turbocharging for its 5.0-litre F-150, which makes a no doubt vast but unspecified amount of horsepower. Based on a short-bed F-150 XLT, there’s also a cold-air intake, side-exit exhaust, eight-piston Brembo brakes and lowered Crown springs with MaxTrac spindles.

    The wheels are 22in in diameter and shod with Pirelli Scorpion rubber. While the exterior is painted a stealthy shade of grey, inside you get brown ‘distressed’ leather with French-style stitching. Carbon features heavily inside and out – the front fenders, splitter, taillight panel, and matching exhaust tips are all made of the stuff.

  • Ford F-150 “Freak-O-Boost” by Full-Race Motorsports

    Now we’re talking. Full-Race Motorsports’ crew-cab F-150 eschews the V8 for the EcoBoost 3.5-litre V6 (as seen in the Ford GT), but with a full race-spec twin-turbo upgrade, a CARB approved intercooler, cold-air intake, charge pipes and a cat-back exhaust. 17-inch bead-lock wheels are equipped with serious 37in off-road tyres, over brakes from Raybestos and serious-looking suspension from ICON Vehicle Dynamics.

    The orange and blue colour scheme, a bit too Gulf Oil for us, masks ‘Enforcer’ bumpers, widebody arches, many LED lights and a recovery kit rated to many, many tonnes.

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  • Ford F-150 by Transfer Flow

    California-based tuner Transfer Flow based its creation on an F-150 fitted with Ford’s 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine. No doubt because it’s not all about speed, this thing. As much is clear when you look at the list of interior and exterior modifications.

    Together with the usual off-road suspension/wheel upgrades, this F-150 gets a special kayak rack by Yakima, plus hard-wearing front- and rear-bumpers, underbody lighting, an auxiliary fuel tank, built-in toolbox and even a projector (with screen) plus a loud-as-hell Kicker stereo. Lifestyle-tastic.

  • Ford F-350 Super Duty by Extang

    Extang recruited college students from its native Michigan to help with this build of an F-350 dually. Its maker calls it the “ultimate tailgate truck” – see, in the US tailgating doesn’t just mean driving too close to the car ahead. It’s also a uniquely American past time that involves, in Google’s words, “hosting or attending a social gathering at which an informal meal is served from the back of a parked vehicle, typically in the car park of a sports stadium.”

    To that end, this F-350 has a slide-out games table, a beer cooler, BBQ grill and large-screen OLED television and sound system. Underneath is Ford’s 6.7-litre V8 turbodiesel engine, plus custom height-adjustable air suspension.

  • Ford F-250 Super Duty by Wilderness Collective

    Wilderness Collective is not a tuner, but a company that runs motorcycle and UTV tours through Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Death Valley and so-on. Which is why modifications made to its truck are more on the functional side of things. Lots of suspension work is backed-up by heavy-duty front and rear bumpers with winches, a cab and bed rack plus a rooftop tend, spot- and flood-lights and a proper radio-based comms system.

    Power comes from the 6.7-litre turbodiesel V8, augmented by a Ford Performance exhaust. This truck will arrive at SEMA not on the back of another truck, as we suspect the others will, but having been driving as the crow flies through the Nevada desert.  

  • Ford F-250 Super Duty Transformer Work Truck by DeBerti Design

    Another truck sporting the big 6.7-litre diesel. Only this one has twin-turbos, an air-to-liquid intercooler, EGR kit, cold-air intake and special exhaust for more than 900bhp. Eibach coils, adjustable Fox shocks, Hellwig Products airbags, sway bars and a set of BFGoodrich KR2 37-inch tires mounted to Ultra-Wheel beadlock wheels transfer that power to the road/sand/snow/dirt.

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