Though he's a DJ by trade, we think Funkmaster Flex may just have an eye for automotive design. We weren’t bowled over by the garish Ford Expedition that bore his name, but his customized Taurus SHO -- which we found lurking at the back of Ford’s New York show display stand -- left us impressed.
Unlike the loud paint scheme used on the FMF Expedition, Flex aimed to build upon the SHO’s reputation as a “stealth” performance car. The sedan is given a custom two-tone black-on-metallic-grey paint job. We’re usually not fans of giant 22-inch wheels, but when coupled with a lowered ride height, a custom lip spoiler, and a unique grille insert, they don’t look out of place. Powertrain largely remains the same, but we’ve never chided Ford’s EcoBoost V-6 for a lack of power. The twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter six-cylinder produces 365 horsepower at 5500 rpm, along with a solid 350 pound-feet of torque from 1500 to 5250 rpm. Is a Funkmaster-inspired SHO destined for production? Although seeing the car in New York five months after its debut at the 2009 SEMA show is mildly encouraging, its position on the stand -- coupled with representatives’ lack of knowledge on the car -- suggest it isn’t a priority at this point.