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Ford shows off customized electrified vehicles at the 2021 SEMA Show

The 2021 SEMA Show always has interesting custom-built vehicles whether it’s from a manufacturer or an aftermarket shop. This year, Ford took the opportunity to show off its electrified vehicles including the Mustang Mach-E, F-150 Hybrid, and Maverick. That’s on top of the custom Ranger, Super Duty, and Mustang Coupes that it brought alongside the modified battery-electric vehicles and hybrids.

The first of three Ford Maverick show cars is the DRAGG Maverick (Drag Racing Against Gangs and Graffiti). It is a collaboration between Oxnard, California’s police department, and Oxnard Union High School, and designed as a beach rescue truck. This pickup is equipped with a Ford-licensed accessories topper, a toolbox, swing cases, a roof rack, crossbars, and a water sports equipment carrier. Fender flares, unique wheels with yellow accents to match the Truck’s two-tone yellow/grey exterior, off-road lights, and what appears to be all-terrain tires are also equipped on this Maverick. Ford hasn’t disclosed what’s powering this Maverick but this could be the sole hybrid of the three because the other two came equipped with the optional 2.0-liter turbo-four.

Continuing on the truck side, Ford brought two F-150 Hybrids kitted out with cool accessories. The Hellwig F-150 Hybrid was conceived as a dual-duty vehicle based on the XLT trim with FX4 Off-road package. It gets Hellwig front and rear anti-roll bars, Pro Series steel helper springs and suspension kit, a Borla cat-back exhaust, a Ford Performance rear differential cover, and 35-inch all-terrain tires on 17-inch alloy wheels. The truck also gets a portable air compressor kit, underbody rock light kit, rocker panel protection, a winch, off-road-specific front, and rear bumpers, rock sliders, and fender flares.

The Hellwig F-150 Hybrid gets an extendable awning, a refrigerator, and a shower that can hold 10 gallons of water, making it the ultimate glamping truck. The bed cover appears to double as a tent, too, and the top part has a rack that’s big enough to hold most bulky items like a kayak. Other interior upgrades include all-weather floor mats and Katzkin custom leather upholstery.

The second F-150 Hybrid show car is essentially a power source on wheels. Called the Hypertech F-150 Hybrid Lariat, this truck showcases the Pro Power Onboard feature to make it the perfect outdoorsy vehicle. Its sliding rail system holds an electric grill, a refrigerator/freezer, a sink, an ice machine, a washer/dryer combo, and other accessories running off the 7.2 kW outlet. Ford also added an air compressor, off-road lights, a cat-back exhaust, upgraded wheels with all-terrain tires, and a bed cover with built-in lockable storage from Leer.

Two of the Mach-E show cars Ford brought to SEMA are the performance-oriented GT model. The first is built by the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, which features a carbon-fiber splitter and an Archetype rear wing. It gets 20-inch Rotiform Wheels Alloy R-159 OZR wheels, Brembo brakes, a black vinyl roof from Wastegate Technologies, and adjustable motion control suspension. Inside, it gets Ford Performance GTP seats, an infrared rearview dashcam, and a DC Safety charging cord bag. The Austin Hatcher Foundation intends to run this custom Mach-E GT at the 2022 Bonneville Speed Week to hit 200 mph. In 2023, the car will be auctioned to help fund the foundation’s operations.

The second Mach-E GT show car is an homage to Shelby GT 350 and GT 500 complete with the white exterior and blue racing stripes. Dubbed the Shelby Mustang Mach-E GT Concept, this example shows off the use of graphene-infused carbon fiber to improve the car’s aerodynamics. This includes a new front fascia, reworked front, and rear fenders, and a custom hood with a vent to minimize front-end lift. The car also gets Shelby-tuned magnetic suspension with carbon fiber springs, 20-inch alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport EV tires, Recaro bucket seats, Shelby CSM, and interior badging.

Ford’s third Mach-E show car is based on the California Route 1 Edition. The Tjin Edition Mach-E features a custom bright orange exterior with teal accents, Lightwurkz LED headlights, and solar panels powering a RayVolt e-bike mounted on a Thule e-bike rack. Performance tweaks include a custom airlift suspension sourced from Hoppo’s suspension, Baer 6S six-piston front and rear brakes, and 22-inch Vossen ML-R1 wheels wrapped in Falken Ziex S/TZ05 tires. Inside, the Tjin Edition Mach-E gets white leather Recaro seats, teal lighting, and teal seat belts from Seatbelt Planet.

Written by Stefan Ogbac
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