California-based tuning shop Galpin Auto Sports will bring 12 new show cars to the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas. The shop, perhaps best known as one of the garages used for MTV’s show Pimp My Ride, has put its talents to work on ten Ford products, one Lotus, and one Aston Martin.
The 2012 Ford F-150 Thunder is GAS’s take at reviving the Ford F-150 SVT Lightning performance truck. The company says it has supercharged the truck’s engine to produce 540 hp, although doesn’t specify which engine served as the base mill -- we suspect it was the 5.0-liter V-8. On top of that, GAS added 22-inch wheels, air-ride suspension, a Flowmaster side-exit exhaust, and Dark Amethyst metallic paint. The F-150 also receives a new front fascia, new mirrors, a tonneau cover with a built-in spoiler, and new leather-and-suede bolsters for the front seats.
The 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302-X wears a special body that has been widened nine inches compared to stock, and subsequently slathered in matte-orange paint. The car’s 5.0-liter V-8 has been fitted with a ProCharger supercharger to bump output to a claimed 700 hp, while the factory rolling stock has been replaced with 20-inch wheels. GAS also saw fit to install a Borla exhaust, Stoptech slotted brakes, an orange six-point roll cage, and an orange-painted racing helmet.
Continuing the Mustang theme is the Shelby Super Snake Wide-Body, a wild 1000-hp creation that, like the Boss 302-X, has a body specially widened by nine inches. GAS also fitted new electric exhaust cutouts and new wheels with Pirelli tires. Then the tuning group sealed off the rear quarter windows and painted the car black with gray stripes for an “old school” appearance. There is no explanation, however, of how 1000 hp was extracted from the engine.
We rather dig the 1968 Boss 351 Trans Am Ranchero. It was built up from a scrap shell in just eight weeks, and thoroughly restored in the process. The car now features a 450-hp V-8 engine and four-speed manual transmission, with modern coil-over suspension, and Wilwood disc brakes. The car rolls on 17-inch “Cobra style” wheels and has a roll cage, bucket seats with five-point harnesses, and the car’s original 1968 AM radio. The paint scheme pays homage to the Boss 351 package that rolled out on the 1971 Mustang.
The 2011 Ford Focus RS 420 is a go-faster version of the Europe-only RS hatchback. GAS upgraded the car’s turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-five engine with a new intake manifold, exhaust, intercooler, fuel injectors, reflashed engine computer, and methanol injection to produce a claimed 420 hp. The only other major upgrades are black racing stripes and black-painted wheels.
The 2011 Ford Focus ATK is based on the U.S.-market Focus hatchback, but is designed for “attacking the streets.” It wears a new front fascia and body kit dipped in Alchemy Gray paint, along with a new rear spoiler, gloss-black badges, and clear taillights. Mechanical updates are limited to Eibach lowering springs, a Borla exhaust, and gold-coated 19-inch wheels. Inside, the Focus receives Katzkin leather upholstery and a JL Audio sound system with two amplifiers and giant speakers.
The 2011 Ford F-650 XUV is, yes, a modified version of Ford’s burly medium-duty truck chassis. Outfitted with a pickup truck bed and four-wheel drive, GAS claims their creation is an Xtreme Utility Vehicle. Right. That means the F-650 gets add-ons like 22-inch wheels, an eight-inch exhaust stack, polish fuel tanks, power-retractable side steps, and a 900-watt sound system.
The 2011 Ford Explorer XXVI is apparently targeted at celebrities, as it comes with a 360-degree camera designed to scout for DSLR-wielding paparazzos. The SUV itself, though, stands out thanks to its Bruise Blue paint, custom front grille, and 24-inch wheels. The Explorer’s interior has been redone in leather and suede, including a suede headliner and suede door panels. On top of that, GAS added an “insane”, 2150-watt sound system that can be controlled via an Apple iPad.
The Tony Hawk Explorer is a version of Ford’s SUV customized for a charity event organized by the eponymous skateboarder. The Explorer is painted gray with the front grille and trim pieces blacked out. Tony Hawk logos grace the fenders and liftgate, while Savini wheels are shod in Pirelli tires. The interior features Katzkin leather upholstery, skateboard racks, and a Sony PlayStation 3 -- with which occupants could play the countless Tony Hawk skateboarding video games.
GAS turned its attention away from Ford products and also prepared the 2012 Lotus Evora R2R. The idea was to take a normal Evora and strip it out into a track car. Thus GAS added a front splitter, rear wing, and new side skirts made from aluminum, along with black racing decals, flat-black wheels (19 inches front, 20 inches rear), and Alcantara seats. The car also receives a new Flowmaster exhaust to bump peak power to 300 hp.
Finally, the 2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage AMWH wears flat-matte paint inside and out, with black-painted trim pieces, grille, and window surrounds. The car wears carbon fiber versions of its mirrors, rear diffuser, interior door panels, climate-control vents, and strut braces. The seats, fortunately, were untouched and retain a mix of red leather and Alcantara. GAS also added a Flowmaster exhaust that reportedly adds 10 horsepower, and 20-inch matte-black wheels.
Source: Galpin Auto Sports