Ford is the featured brand at this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association show, and as such, the automaker is going big with custom versions of almost every car in its lineup.
This year, Ford will put the Taurus SHO in the spotlight along with its new Transit Connect. One of the Taurus SHOs to be shown is tweaked by Mobsteel and is completely blacked out -- the body, wheels, windows, and even wheel lips are all done in black, although all badging is left alone to “add contrast” to the dark car. Mobsteel also revised the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 for more power, but hasn’t revealed the exact details.
“The Taurus SHO has a very refined drive,” said Adam Genei, owner of Mobsteel. “Our goal is to take a little bit of that refinement out and make it a little more hard-edged. We’re hoping to get more than 420 horses.”
A second Taurus SHO -- tuned by MRT Direct -- will also be seen at the SEMA show in Vegas. MRT Direct took a different approach than Mobsteel, and lowered the car, added a subtle ground effects kit, custom hood, and a candy-flake cherry paint job. MRT also added a stainless-steel exhaust to help the Taurus put more power to the ground.
One of the more interesting cars Ford will feature at SEMA is a 2010 Fusion Hybrid customized by M&J Enterprises. M&J aimed for green cred instead of street cred, and added air splitters, a custom heat-reflective paint job, and heat-reflective windows. In addition to helping to increase the fuel economy of the car, M&J made sure all the accessories eliminate petroleum-based manufacturing.
Another unusual concept is the Ford Transit Connect “Travel Inn” van, customized by Azentek and Grand Products. The van features a full kitchen with several LCD screens, a canopy, and an outdoor shower. Of course, the van also has sleeping arrangements to complete the “Travel Inn” theme.