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To say that Ford put a focus on the Focus would be an understatement at this year’s SEMA Show. Nine different, fully customized Focuses were shown off in the Ford booth, with several of them part of a spectator voting competition. Projects ranged from mild to wild, with a plethora of colors being splashed on each creation.
Our personal favorite of the bunch was the Focus by the ID Agency, sporting a custom BASF green paint job with a Wraptivo roof wrap. Ford also leant a helping hand with their official Ford Licensed Accessories bike rack by Thule, adding to the versatility of the new Focus SE 5-Door. The Downforce carbon fiber lip kit was a nice and subtle touch, while we just loved the choice of bolting on 19×8.5-inch HRE Performance C90 wheels. Under the hood, the ID Agency outfitted the 2.0L Ti-VCT four-cylinder with an AEM cold air intake and MagnaFlow cat-back exhaust. A Brembo big brake kit was paired with KW Variant 3 coilovers to give this Focus plenty of braking and handling improvements – not to mention how great it looks. On the inside, Recaro Sportster seats can be found along with custom interior by Top Stitch and a Kicker car audio system by BP Auto Sound.
With so many Focuses to focus on, we decided to make a life easier to taking a photo of each of the information plaques by each car. Feast your eyes on the creations from Bojix Design, ID Agency, 3dCarbon, Capaldi Racing, ROUSH Performance, Steeda, Hot Wheels, Metal Mulish/Rockstar, and M&J Enterprises and let Autoguide know which was your favorite.
GALLERY: Bojix Design Ford Focus
GALLERY: ID Agency Ford Focus
GALLERY: 3dCarbon Ford Focus
GALLERY: Capaldi Racing Ford Focus
GALLERY: ROUSH Performance Ford Focus
GALLERY: Steeda Ford Focus
GALLERY: Hot Wheels Ford Focus
GALLERY: Metal Mulisha/Rockstar Ford Focus
GALLERY: M&J Enterprises Ford Focus
We’ve seen sneak preview shots of Enjuku Racing’s Hyundai Genesis project, and now it’s sitting happily at the BC Racing booth showing off its supercharged LS1 engine swap. The swapped Genesis is sitting on a new set of white BC Racing wheels sporting a perfectly aggressive fitment. The LS1 swap is clearly executed well, sporting a Chase Bays wiring harness and a fancy supercharger.
The Genesis project is lowered on a set of BC Racing coilovers, while the LS1 has some goodies from ISIS Performance, SPEC Clutch and Quaife. A brake upgrade came courtesy of Wilwood while the carbon fiber goods are from VIS Racing.
You can check out a video of the Genesis here.
GALLERY: Enjuku Racing Supercharged LS1 Hyundai Genesis
Forgiato, H&R Springs, Creations n’ Chrome and MRT Performance headlined Ford’s booth with four fantastic Pony creations that Henry Ford would be proud of. Showing off the versatility of Ford’s staple sports car, the four different builders/manufacturers truly created four different machines for us to enjoy.
Forgiato’s widebody Mustang did not disappoint, sporting massive 21-inch wheels in the front and 22-inch wheels in the rear. Ensuring that the wheels fit the body, Forgiato teamed up with TS Designs for a custom wide body while 3dCarbon’s Boy Racer body kit gives the Mustang plenty of bite in the styling department. To top it all off, the matte silver paint job from PPG makes the Mustang a true show stopper.
H&R’s Ford Mustang exemplifies performance while maintaining the Mustang’s classic and sleek lines. Even though we couldn’t see the Edelbrock E-Force supercharger under the hood, there’s no denying that this Mustang has the proper stance thanks to H&R’s RSS suspension kit. The Street Scene Equipment body kit and custom blue paint by Tri-Star Enterprise makes this one clean ‘Stang.
Clearly the flashiest of the four is Creations n’ Chrome’s Ford Mustang. Just one quick glance and the Spectra Chrome Boy Racer Red catches your attention like nothing else on the show floor – except maybe the Hot Wheels Camaro. The 18-inch HRE wheels nice and classy while the rest of the Mustang is contrasted by carbon fiber accents.
MRT Performance dubbed their Mustang “TKO” and clearly looks like a knock out. The orange and black two-tone paint job is offset by silver accents and the carbon fiber Forgestar wheels are a complete winner. H&R coilovers gives the Mustang a menacing stance on the show floor, backed by Baer Brakes and MRT’s brake ducts.
GALLERY: Forgiato Ford Mustang
GALLERY: H&R Ford Mustang
GALLERY: Creations n’ Chrome Ford Mustang
GALLERY: MRT Performance Ford Mustang
The eagerly anticipated 2011 SEMA Show is being held from November 1-4, and we’ve got the scoop on free passes to this year’s show to the first 800 enthusiasts who fill in and submit an online after market survey.
SEMA will host a limited number of automotive enthusiast VIPs on Thursday November 3, 2011. The VIPs will participate in the short survey and then will be able to check out all that SEMA has to offer. Participants will get to see the best new products and hottest vehicles that the automotive aftermarket has to offer. The SEMA Show is not open to the general public, making these tickets even more exclusive. Check out more info on the free passes here!
Matt Farah, host of The Smoking Tire and an AutoGuide contributor, has been tapped to host a new SPEED channel show featuring comedian and car buff Adam Carolla, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dan Neil and former NBA player John Salley.
Carolla, who was once tapped to host a stillborn version of Top Gear USA, will head up the show, produced by Mandt Bros. Productions. The structure of the show will be more like a cable sports show, where hosts discuss car related topics, with pre-shot features interspersed with the discussions.
When pressed for details, Farah was tight-lipped, but told AutoGuide that “We feel that there is room in the market for a fun car show with a uniquely American flavor. While the gold standard of Top Gear is out there for everyone to compare to, we want to try something different, something a little less scripted and a little more on the fly, with well-known automotive personalities. I’m really happy to be a part of this project, and really excited for viewers to see it when it’s done.”