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MM&FF’s Top Modern Mustangs at SEMA 2013: Day 1
Anticipations were high as well as expectations as the team worked extra hard to make sure our 25th-anniversary Hypersilver project was done in time to make the long haul from Tampa, Florida to Las Vegas, Nevada in time for the first day of SEMA.
Besides our own Fox-body project that we built for this year’s SEMA show, we were anxious to see what everybody else has brought to the table. We noticed a few Ford Mustangs out and about that definitely deserved a mention. Some were sitting inside of the massive Ford booth while others were scattered all around the convention center – inside and out. With a lot of ground to cover, we wanted to bring you the top Mustangs we stumbled across on our first day out on the floor.
2014 Mustang GT “Hellanor”
This creation was brought to SEMA by HyperStangs & Rich Ford out of New Mexico. With a Hellion twin-turbo system connected to the Coyote 5.0L powerplant capable of 800+ horsepower, this bad boy is packin’ some serious heat.
To make handling a breeze, the suspension was reworked with HyperStangs’ own progressive-rate lowering springs, Tokico DA struts and shocks, BMR LCA’s and Panhard bar, Maximum Motorsports caster/camber plates and a performance suspension tune-up.
Brake power is provided by the full 2014 GT500 brake package with 15-inch rotors installed on the front. Covering the brakes are three-piece forged wheels with 20x9’s gracing the front and 20x13’s on the rear, both wrapped with Michelin Pilot Super Sports (265/35R20 front and 345/35R20’s on the rear wheels). American parts were ordered if possible and the styling of this Mustang is dedicated to the original Eleanor with a serious modern twist.
2014 Mustang by Vortech Superchargers “Yellow Jacket”
This bright 2014 Ford Mustang is painted in a custom Dupont yellow hue and delivers quite a sting. Dubbed “Yellow Jacket,” this ‘Stang is ready to throw down with 605hp and 473 lb-ft of torque with the help of Vortech’s V-3 Si supercharger.
The “Yellow Jacket” was created when Vortech Superchargers realized that the color yellow was nixed for the 2014 model year. Wanting that eye-popping color, it was time to build a yellow 2014 Mustang.
Some goodies featured on this Mustang include the 3dCarbon Boy Racer body kit, a carbon fiber cowl induction hood from TruFiber, Maximum Motorsports’ Road & Track suspension package, Baer 6-piston brakes with iForged 20-inch wheels sporting Falken Azenis FK453 tires.
Hollywood Hot Rods Custom Mustang Convertible
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One Mustang in particular that sat under the bright lights had more than 150 hours of reshaping on the entire rear section. Add another 250 hours of hand-forming to create the aluminum lift-off roof. More body modifications include the front splitter, side scoops, skirts and diffuser are custom fabricated and made out of aluminum.
Pop the hood and check out the Ford Racing Whipple supercharger bringing this 5.0L to life with an estimated 750 horses thanks in part due to the Banks Power water-methanol injection system. The suspension of choice is a Cortex Racing X-treme Grip track suspension helping with handling and planting power where it belongs. It also features JRI coilover dampers at all four corners and StopTech six-piston brakes.
2014 Mustang GT by Bojix Design
Another bright pony on our list was created by Bojix Design. The aggressive look comes from a 3dCarbon body kit and bright orange paint. To help the stance out some, 22-inch wheels were added to the car.
The 420 horsepower is amped up with an ATI ProCharger programmable intercooled supercharger and Ford Racing Parts Cobra Jet intake system to really punch out some power.
A race-inspired GT suspension comes from the Eibach R2 coilover kit, Eibach sway bar kit, and Whiteline enhanced upper and lower control arms. Creature comforts include Sparco R700 seats with Dinamica suede inserts and a Kicker Factory Fit series audio system to jam out to.
“Bad Penny” Classic Design Concepts
One mean black and copper machine was awed over today by the crowd at SEMA. Sitting pretty in the Ford booth, it was hard to snap a photo of this sweet thing. If you remember the all-female build last year, it almost has that same feel – almost.
Classic Design Concepts, or CDC, offer a variety of aftermarket products and the “Bad Penny” Mustang convertible looks to be a showcase of a few. It features aerodynamic and styling options that are featured on Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s RTR Mustang such as the CDC Performance Grille, lower grille, front fascia with function brake cooling ducts, side and rear splitters, license plate surround, custom deck lid trim panel, and rear spoiler.
Stopping power is provided by Wilwood big brakes and handling comes from a Whiteline Watts link suspension and RTR adjustable front and rear sway bars. To help set off the exterior, 20-inch concave Forgiato wheels are wrapped with Goodrich G-Force Rival tires.
Stomping power comes from a Ford Racing supercharger bumping the Coyote V-8 to 624hp. Adding additional rumble and airflow is a set of Pypes long-tube headers and Magnaflow GT500 catback exhaust, complete with a Ford Racing side exhaust. A Ford Racing gauge pack helps monitor everything, and the interior also features Recaro/Ford Racing seats with custom Alea leather. The rear seat was eliminated with a rear seat delete kit to help make room for Kicker IX amps, L7 subs and QS mid-range speakers.
That’s just a handful of the Mustangs that we came across during the biggest trade show of the year and we plan to bring you more, so stay tuned!