Autumn is in full swing, and that means SEMA is almost upon us!
For the uninitiated, the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s annual trade show in Las Vegas is a crazy automotive carnival like nothing else. There are MINIs sporting Hemis. Porsche 956 Le Mans racers, rhinestone-covered Corvette engines, and outrageous overland Jeeps rocking tank treads.
SEMA is as close as the mainstream automotive industry gets to absurdist art. It’s a blast.
Right now, automakers and builders are putting the finishing touches on the crazy cars they’ll use to lure parts buyers, media, and general gearheads into their booths, and we just got a look at some of the customized Mustangs Ford commissioned for the show.
The first one that caught our attention was SpeedKore Performance Group’s car, chiefly because the company went bonkers on the stock 5.0-liter Coyote V-8. While the full specs aren’t available, total output now stands at a tire-slaying 850 horsepower, thanks to a generously proportioned supercharger. The suspension has been tuned for track duty, and there are also some trick exterior carbon fiber bits—though we can’t imagine the rendering is doing them any justice.
But there’s a special place in our grease-stained heart for Revology Cars’ 1966 Ford Shelby GT350 recreation. Many a gearhead has pined for a Mustang with classic looks and a modern powertrain, and the execution on this example sounds dead perfect.
We’re also excited to get a look at tuning firm MRT’s Mustang EcoBoost, because while there might be no replacement for displacement, the future is smaller, turbo-charged mills. The aftermarket has been making exciting progress with the 2.3-liter 4-cylinder lately, so we’re curious to see what MRT’s wrenches got out of Ford’s happy little force-fed mill.
While the Mustang will likely dominate Ford’s offerings at SEMA, the Blue Oval certainly isn’t going to pass up an opportunity to show off its other hardware. Expect to see some burly F-150s, tarted-up Fusions, and a few weapons-grade Focus RSs posted up around the massive floor.
There’s certain to be more news from other manufactures as we approach Halloween, so stay tuned for more news on the 2016 SEMA show in Las Vegas.