7 of our favorite Ford concepts from SEMA 2021
Ahead of the Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Assiciation (SEMA) show in Las Vegas this week, Ford has announced a slew of vehicles that it will display to show off its Ford Performance Parts and Ford Accessories offerings. Predictably, the lion’s share of those cars hail from Ford’s robust truck and SUV lineup—think Broncos, Mavericks, F-150s, and Rangers—but there are a few special versions of the Mustang Mach-E and normal Mustang as well.
Ford says that there are more than 40 unique project vehicles created alongside the aftermarket’s leading customizers. For your enjoyment, we’ve picked a handful of our favorite concepts that aren’t Broncos (since we covered those earlier).
Created in collaboration with Tucci Hot Rods, this Maverick examines the possibility of taking the Maverick’s street presence up a few notches, and we gotta say—we’re way into it. Tucci began with a Maverick XLT equipped with Ford’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and all-wheel drive. From there, the hot rod firm widened the car’s stance with custom 3D-printed fender flares, painted the same powdery baby blue. A similarly-created spoiler and front lip help adjust the car’s side profile. Coil-over shocks drop the mini-truck’s ride height, and a custom Borla cat-back exhaust gives the soundtrack a jolt. Check out those deep-dish wheels! Somehow, wheels that we’d expect to see fitted to a Group C Porsche Prototype work just as well here. Inside, there are four Recaro sportster seats, racing harnesses, and custom-painted trim pieces.
Attitude Performance Outside Magazine Ranger Tremor
In a collaboration with Outside Magazine, Attitude Performance wanted to use a Ford Ranger Tremor to create the perfect mid-size truck for overlanding and appreciation of the great outdoors. The truck gets a six-inch suspension lift with a Ford Performance Parts bumper, massive wheels and tires, a sport exhaust for the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, and a small stadium’s worth of lights courtesy of Rigid Industries. There’s a Yakima bed rack with a Thule Tepui rooftop tent, and a fancy Watergen atmospheric water generation system that can pull potable water right out of the humidity in the air.
BTR F-150 Tremor
The deluge of overlanding concepts continues with a full-size offering. This BTR Edition F-150 Tremor has all the fixings to head off the grid for a long weekend, including a Ford Licensed Accessories rooftop tent from Yakima. Other licensed equipment includes a built-in shower, pullout kitchen component replete with running water, and a hitch-mounted bike rack. A refrigerator/freezer component utilizes Ford’s Pro Power onboard generator, and there’s even a projector setup in the truck’s bed for added entertainment when the sun goes down. The F-150 Tremor is already a quite capable truck, and add-ons like larger wheels with meatier tires and a custom front bumper help take that capability up a notch.
Addictive Desert Designs F-150 Raptor
It’s not SEMA without a bonkers Raptor! Addictive Desert Designs took this 2022 Raptor SuperCrew and got even nuttier, adding a host of off-road hardware and some gnarly graphics to help it stand out. BF Goodrich Baja T/A tires—Ford doesn’t specify size, but they look like 37-inchers to our eyes—wrap sweet black and orange beadlock-capable wheels. The truck wears ADD-designed front and rear bumpers, as well as a bed-mounted tire rack and rock slider steps to protect the rockers. Additional lighting comes courtesy of Rigid Industries.
Advanced Accessory Concepts F-250 Super Duty Tremor
Overlanding, but make it double-XL. The folks at Advanced Accessory Concepts took an F-250 Super Duty Tremor equipped with the 7.3-liter Godzilla gasoline V-8 and strapped a Ford Performance cat-back exhaust to it for added aural pleasure. But that’s just the start; AAC has completely overhauled the truck’s running gear as well, adding Warn locking hubs, a new coil-over suspension system, and upgraded sway bars at both ends, along with 37-inch tires on 17-inch wheels. There’s a Warn winch up front mounted inside a custom bumper, heavy-duty shackles, a portable air compressor by ARB, upgraded rocker panel protection, and a Rigid Industries lighting and cargo management system. The cabin gets all-weather floor mats for when the going gets muddy, as well as a safe for valuables, Covercraft seat covers, a portable fridge/freezer unit, and a Trigger Controller Six Shooter power distribution system to run other accessories. Even the stereo gets an upgrade from the folks at PowerBass USA.
Shelby Mustang Mach-E GT Concept
If you’re getting a bit of deja vú here, we totally get it—not long ago, our What if? series took a look at what a Shelby version of the Mustang Mach-E might look like. While we were only joking about that one, Ford seems a bit more serious with this concept. This exploratory Mach-E wears an upgrade front fascia with real-looking air intakes instead of a blob-tastic nose like on the regular Mach-E. The design parallels between this front end and that affixed to Ford’s righteous Shelby GT500 are very clear. Front and rear fender flares help round out the widened look, and there’s a neat front hood with a large vent that Ford says would help mitigate front-end lift. This concept has real performance upgrades, too. A Shelby-tuned version of Ford’s MagneRide suspension system sits under the body, as do high-tech carbon fiber springs. The whole business rides on 20-inch one-piece forged wheels and special Michelin Pilot Sport EV tires. Inside, there are custom Recaro seats and a Shelby CSM badge to denote your pony-EV’s specialness. While it’s just a concept for now, Ford did note that “this concept is a look of [what] could come from the legendary performance brand.” Oh, to get a Texas chicken farmer’s take on this one.
M2 Motoring Mustang GT
Thankfully, the delightful S550 Mustang also gets a bit of love from this year’s SEMA crowd. The crew at M2 Motoring took this 2021 Mustang GT equipped with the Performance Package and got wild with upgrades. The 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 was upgraded with a Ford Performance Parts kit that features a 750-horsepower supercharger kid, stronger half-shafts, and a front splitter from the now-extinct Performance Pack level 2. Thankfully, the upgrades don’t stop with the motor. The car gets lowering springs and a Gt350R big brake kid, as well as adjustable camber/caster plates from the Mustang Mach 1. Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 tires measuring 305/30R19 at all four corners come fitted to 19-inch wheels from the GT350. Inside, there are custom Recaro leather seats, a GT500 instrument panel, and a carbon fiber shift knob from Ford Performance.
Which of these concepts would you want to take for a spin? Let us know in the comments below.