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SEMA Flashback: Ford at SEMA 2018

The 2019 SEMA show runs from November 5th to the 8th, in Las Vegas. We’ll be on the ground with full coverage once the show starts, but until then, check out some of the vehicles were on display last year!

Ford always brings a ton of good stuff to SEMA, but this year, the Blue Oval really hit it out of the park, and delivered a killer mix of old and new hardware for folks to gawk over.

At center stage was the new GT Carbon Series, a version of the company’s supercar that’s designed to be a balance between the standard model and the ultra-hardcore Competition model — which doesn’t even come with creature comforts like air conditioning. As you’d expect given the name, there’s plenty of lightweight composite present here, including a set of carbon fiber wheels, carbon A-pillars, and body panels. There’s also a titanium exhaust system, along with titanium lug nuts, which contribute to a 40-pound drop in weight from the “standard” GT. And while it might not sound like much, on the track, every gram counts.

Of course, there were also plenty of vehicles on hand that mere mortals can actually buy, including some tricked-out versions of the new Ranger. While lots of fans were disappointed that the Ranger Raptor won’t be coming to our shores, the modified examples on the SEMA floor show that there will be plenty of opportunity for off-road enthusiasts to transform their trucks into something that’ll tackle any trail with ease. We’ve got a breakdown of all the builds here, but you can we think the XBox Ranger, Project Nightfall, and the Ranger X look even better in the live pics.

That said, the build that really stood out was the 2019 F-250 SRW Crew Cab FX4 by Wilderness Collective. Because in a sea of squeaky-clean vehicles, nothing commands attention like a truck covered in mud. All the grit stands as testament to the fact that this baby wasn’t just built to look good on carpet, but actually has the chops to head into the bush and conquer challenging terrain. Here’s hoping it sees more action as soon as it’s done with its SEMA duties.

Since it really wouldn’t be SEMA without a slew of wicked Mustangs, Ford brought a bunch of trick ponies to the show, including the track-only Cobra Jet, and a stunning 1967 Shelby GT500CR by Classic Recreations. Basically, this company makes turn-key restomods, so you get an iconic look with modern engine, suspension, and braking technology. But if we had to pick one classic car in the Ford booth to take home, it would unquestionably be the 1986 RS200, as it’s as rare as they come, and a legend from the era of the Group B rally. Even if you’re flush with cash, finding a seller willing to part with one is next to impossible.

If you like what you see here, head to your local AutoNation Ford dealer, as there are tons of performance parts available to help your turn your ride into a SEMA-style showstopper!

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