When it introduced the vehicle earlier this year, Ford said the all-new F-150 was its "toughest, smartest and most capable ever," a line it's still eager to reiterate. With a few aftermarket tweaks, it can effectively add "most thrilling" to that list of superlatives. In preparing for next month's SEMA Show, Ford has previewed two F-150 special editions aimed at adrenaline junkies.
F-Series trucks have won SEMA's "Hottest Truck" category for four years straight, and Ford is hoping to tuck a fifth consecutive win under its belt. It's revealed two F-150 contenders in the Vaughn Gittin Jr. street truck and Deegan 38 pro driver models.
The neon-highlighted Vaughn Gittin Jr. street truck looks like an urban-inspired pickup at first glance, but it's actually designed to blend professional-level street and off-road performance. In addition to its custom graphics and green wheels and trim, the truck has an Air Lift Performance ride system and a Kibbetech custom suspension with King Shocks. This veritable air pillow chassis gives the truck its dual street/dirt personality, making it a tool worthy of its namesake Formula DRIFT star.
"I love trucks, and to build one that has daily on- and off-road capabilities, as well as drifting and jumping capabilities is something I have always wanted to do," says Gittin. "I am really pumped to get crazy in this F-150 at SEMA this year."
The second truck Ford will bring to SEMA has less "street" more "off-road" in mind. Named for Ford Racing's Brian Deegan, the Deegan 38 is designed for extreme motorsports enthusiasts. Ford hasn't revealed specifics outside of naming a list of partners that includes Addictive Desert Designs, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, FOX Racing Shox, KC Hilites, Mastercraft Safety, Full-Race Motorsports and SCT Performance.
Based on that list and a general inspection, we can tell that the Deegan 38 has a raised ride height, off-road performance tires, off-road lighting and a reinforced front bumper. The bed has also been upgraded and appears to include a dirt bike carrying system.
"This F-150 should inspire the vast off-road, extreme-lifestyle-loving fan base to push the possibilities of the kick-ass new 2015 F-150 and the awesome 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine," says Deegan.
Gizmag will make its way to Las Vegas for this year's SEMA Show, which gets underway on November 4. We look forward to getting a closer look at these trucks and all the other wild, custom creations at the show.