Hummer EV range listed at 334 miles in MyChevrolet app

Forums of late have been cracking for interesting news, the Hummer Chat forum next in line to keep us intrigued. When member BahamaTodd updated his MyChevrolet app to version 5.7.0, he clicked through to the Energy Assist page and found three GM electric vehicles listed, plus their estimated range figures on a 100% charge. One was the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt, rated for 259 miles, the second was the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV, rated for 247 miles. The third was an unexpected entry, being the 2022 GMC Hummer EV pickup, listed as able to go 334 miles on a full charge. When BahamaTodd clicked on the Hummer, a map appeared with a dotted line outlining the entire geographical area available to him based on his current location.

The figures for both Bolts are the official EPA estimates. The mileage figure for the Hummer is a mystery, as is why it’s popped up here in the MyChevrolet app instead of the MyGMC app. The EPA hasn’t certified the 2022 Hummer yet, so that’s not the source. On the other hand, a little more than a week ago, GM said the Hummer EV could go 350 miles or more based on the automaker’s estimates. We assumed GM was referring to the Hummer Edition 1, the sold-out launch model which will be the only trim produced for the 2022 model year, fitted with three electric motors making a combined 1,000 horsepower.

The first and safest assumption is that the app data is placeholder information, not intended to be spread on the Internet and dissected. If it does apply to a Hummer EV, it could denote a specific trim or options. The Edition 1 will be available with street tires. It’s perfectly reasonable to believe the chunky, 35-inch knobblies that shown in all the press materials could eat up 16 miles or so of range, about a 4.8% loss. Or GM’s range estimate could have been meant for one of the future Hummer EV variants, like the slightly less-powerful tri-motor EV3X with 800 hp, the 625-hp dual-motor EV2X, and the base, 625-hp dual-motor EV2.

With pre-production of the Edition 1 slated to begin at GM’s Factory Zero any day now, answers shouldn’t be long in coming. 

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Amazon disclosure reveals 20% stake in Rivian as IPO approaches

Amazon.com owns a 20% stake in electric-vehicle maker Rivian, the startup with which it has placed an order for 100,000 battery-powered delivery vans, the e-commerce giant disclosed Friday in a securities filing.

As of Sept. 30, Amazon held equity investments “including preferred stock of Rivian Automotive, Inc. representing an approximately 20% ownership interest,” which will be valued on the balance sheet at $3.8 billion — up from $2.7 billion at the end of 2020, Amazon said in the filing.

Amazon shares pared losses of more than 5% after the disclosure of its investment in Rivian to trade down 2.8% to $3,347.27 as of at 12:41 p.m. in New York. The stock has gained just 2.8% in 2021, trailing the S&P 500 Index significantly.

Rivian is seen as a genuine contender in the EV market and potential rival to incumbent Tesla. The startup’s raised more than $10.5 billion from investors to date and is seeking a valuation of $80 billion in an IPO later this year, Bloomberg reported in August. 

Rivian said in a filing last week that it could post a quarterly loss of as much as $1.28 billion as it ramps up production on its debut EV, a battery-electric pickup called R1T. The Irvine, California-based company had disclosed in a separate filing earlier this year that Amazon had invested more than $1.3 billion in the automaker and held almost 150 million shares of preferred stock.

Amazon’s voting power as a percentage was redacted. A representative for Rivian declined to comment.

Ties That Bind

Peter Krawiec, a senior vice president of worldwide corporate and business development at Amazon, is on Rivian’s board. The Seattle-based company’s order for electric delivery vans extends through the end of the decade, with the first 10,000 units due before the end of next year. The order is a cornerstone of Amazon’s ambitious plan to curb its rising greenhouse gas emissions.

Limited production of Rivian’s debut pickup started in August and customer deliveries began last month. The startup has encountered numerous delays it has blamed on Covid-induced supply-chain challenges. Rivian has pushed back production of its second consumer model, a sports-utility vehicle called the R1S. 

It’s also prioritizing manpower and resources for production of Amazon’s van over its retail consumer-focused models, Bloomberg reported last month.

All three vehicles — the truck, van and SUV — will be built at Rivian’s plant in Normal, Illinois. The company is in talks to invest $5 billion for a second factory in Fort Worth, Texas, Bloomberg reported in August. It’s also assessing options for a plant in Europe that could also build Amazon vans, Bloomberg reported in January.

Other investors in the EV maker include Ford, which has invested more than $820 million in Rivian and holds a stake greater than 5%. Ford recently vacated its Rivian board seat.

For Amazon, the bet on Rivian represents one of its biggest investments, in dollar terms, in another company. The e-retailer’s corporate development group has put cash into startups working on voice technology related to the Alexa digital assistant. Other investments feature companies that are its suppliers or partners. The roster includes investments — or warrants to buy stock in — food distributor SpartanNash and air cargo operator Air Transport Services Group Inc.

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VW gets reality check on its EV transition after Tesla’s week of milestones

FRANKFURT — It’s been a sobering week for Herbert Diess’ electric vehicle ambitions.

While Tesla joined the trillion-dollar club, received a landmark order from Hertz and set a new sales record in Europe, the Volkswagen chief presented a sales and deliveries outlook cut and a drop in quarterly profits that drove home one point: Dethroning Elon Musk as the king of electric vehicles (EV) has got a lot harder.

“The recent achievements of Tesla are sending a clear message,” Diess told analysts during a call on third-quarter results on Thursday that ended up being mainly about Tesla.

“We have to prepare for a new phase of competition.”

A longtime admirer of Musk, Diess this year cranked up the pressure and outlined plans — including setting up six large battery factories in Europe — aimed at overtaking VW’s U.S. rival as the world’s top EV seller by 2025.

But a chronic semiconductor shortage has slowed Volkswagen’s progress, laying bare the disadvantage volume car makers have compared with luxury rivals that sell fewer vehicles.

And with Tesla worth almost eight times as much as VW while selling just 5% of the cars, and its Model 3 becoming the first-ever EV to lead monthly European sales, at this stage it’s more about keeping up, not catching up.

“They’re gapping away in terms of their gross margins. They seem to have a structurally better access to chips. They seem to have a structurally better access to batteries,” Patrick Hummel, head of European and U.S. Auto & Mobility Research at UBS, said during the call with Diess.

To make matters worse, Musk will soon start producing cars at Tesla’s state-of-the-art plant in Gruenheide near Berlin, taking the battle for global car dominance to Germany, where some of the first automobiles were invented.

Diess, 63, who has steered the carmaker out of its Dieselgate emissions cheating scandal, said this will force local heavyweights to significantly raise their game to stop falling further behind.

“Tesla Gruenheide is for us for sure a new reference, setting new benchmarks when it comes to speed, productivity, also lean management and we have to adjust ourselves to that,” he said during a call with reporters.

Friends close, enemies closer

Diess, who years ago got an offer to lead Tesla, has repeatedly singled out Musk’s success at the EV pioneer which has disrupted the auto industry’s established ways and whose $1 trillion valuation dwarfs that of Volkswagen.

Even though Volkswagen’s shares are up 28% so far this year, its current valuation of around 121 billion euros ($141 billion) is a long way from the 200 billion Diess believes the company, which includes luxury brands Porsche and Audi, is worth.

Diess, who became Volkswagen’s CEO in 2018, even invited Musk to speak to his managers this month, seen as a move to put pressure on senior leadership to move more quickly to catch up with the U.S. carmaker.

A central part of that push will be Volkswagen’s Trinity project, under which the carmaker wants to build a flagship EV sedan at its Wolfsburg plant from 2025/26 and turn the factory into a challenger to Tesla’s Gruenheide site.

This plan includes cutting the time it takes to assemble EVs to about 10 hours, Volkswagen Chief Financial Officer Arno Antlitz told Reuters, about the same time it takes Tesla to build its Model 3.

It’s also clear that this will mean fewer jobs, which carries the risk of lengthy and painful battles with labour representatives, who traditionally have wielded significant power at the world’s second biggest carmaker.

“We have to prepare manufacturing for much reduced labour in some of the lines. We have to prepare for less complexity, for more speed, line speed,” Diess said.

Earlier this week, Volkswagen’s new labor boss took Diess to task for being too focused on investors and not invested enough in the workforce, which is concerned that the EV switch will cost tens of thousands of jobs.

CFO Antlitz said that even though both management and workers may agree on the need to overhaul Wolfsburg he acknowledged that finding common ground could be challenging.

“Of course there’s the question, as usual, on ‘how do we get there’ but I’m convinced that we share this same vision with the works council.”

When asked for comment, a spokesperson for Diess referred to his remarks made on Thursday. Spokespeople for Tesla in Germany were not immediately available for comment.

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Junkyard Gem: 2006 Buick Lucerne CXL

When The General’s Buick Division axed the LeSabre and Park Avenue names in 2005 (after 46 and 30 years, respectively, though the Park Avenue returned a few years later in China), the replacement top-of-the-line Buick sedan became the new Lucerne. It wasn’t the Buick with the biggest price tag that year— those honors went to the Terraza minivan and Rainier SUV— but it became the flag-bearer for a bloodline of cushy, prestigious Buick sedans that stretched all the way back to the early days of the American auto industry. Lucerne sales for the 2006 and 2007 model years went pretty well, and now enough time has passed that some of these cars are showing up in the self-service car boneyards I frequent. Here’s a first-year example with the optional Northstar V8 engine, found in a Northern California yard last summer.

Plenty of American cars have been named after cities in Italy, France, and Spain, but the Lucerne is the only one I can think of that bears the name of a Swiss city (to be fair, the entire Chevrolet Division is named after a Swiss man, so Switzerland didn’t really get shortchanged by The General in the naming department). CXL was the Lucerne’s mid-grade trim level, sandwiched between the CX and CSX.

The high-zoot Lucerne CSX got the 4.6-liter Northstar as standard equipment, but this quad-cam V8 and its 279 horses cost extra on the CXL. The base engine for the CX and CXL was the good old 3.8-liter pushrod Buick V6, rated at 197 horsepower. No US-market 2006 Buick could be purchased new with a manual transmission; this car has a four-speed automatic.

In a Buick tradition stretching back to the late 1940s, this car boasts flashy “Ventiports” on the fenders. In past years, the number of ports on each side designated the car’s intended swank level; starting with the Lucerne, they indicated the number of engine cylinders. So, when you’re crawling around your local Ewe Pullet and looking for Northstars, seek out the Lucernes with the four-hole Ventiports.

“Leather-appointed” power bucket seats and “wood-toned” trim were standard on the CXL, as well as an MP3-capable CD player with six speakers. By 2006, most American vehicle shoppers seeking something big and luxurious chose trucks and truck-like machines, but the market still supported quite a few sedan models such as the Lucerne.

Most US-market GM vehicles got these little square “Mark of Excellence” fender badges during the late 2000s. Soon after The General filed for Chapter 11 in 2009, though, they disappeared. 

The car the press can’t stop talking about.

Heated washer fluid. Look out, snowflakes!

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U.S. House plan would give EVs a boost but faces opposition

WASHINGTON — A $1.75 trillion Democratic spending proposal could give a big boost to electric vehicles especially to Detroit’s Big Three automakers and the U.S. Postal Service, but it faces opposition from Republicans, foreign automakers, Canada and Mexico.

The House plan boosts electric vehicle credits to up to $12,500 per vehicle, including $4,500 for union-made vehicles and $500 for U.S.-made batteries. Vehicles would have to be made in the United States starting in 2027 to qualify for any credit.

The EV tax credits would cost $15.6 billion over 10 years and disproportionately benefit Detroit’s Big Three automakers — General Motors Ford Motor and Chrysler-parent Stellantis — which assemble their U.S.-made vehicles in union-represented plants.

United Auto Workers (UAW) President Ray Curry said the provision will “create and preserve tens of thousands of UAW members’ jobs” and “would be a win for auto manufacturing workers.”

“The framework announced today supports good paying union jobs and stands to benefit our country for decades to come,” he said.

Foreign automakers, however, have harshly criticized the decision to give union-made vehicles a big leg up. A dozen foreign automakers on Friday urged California’s two U.S. senators to oppose it, saying it was unfair to the state’s workers.

The automakers including Toyota Motor Corp, Volkswagen AG, Hyundai Motor Co and BMW AG, which said in 2020 they collectively employed over 9,000 California residents and generated $19.7 billion for the state’s economy, asked Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla in a letter seen by Reuters “to oppose any federally funded EV consumer incentives that do not treat California’s auto workers as equal to every other American auto worker.”

The Mexican government criticized the U.S. proposal, according to a letter released on Friday in which Economy Minister Tatiana Clouthier expressed her “strong concern” over the provisions, adding that it is “contrary to the regional value content rules agreed upon” in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade pact.

Last week, Canada said the tax credit proposals could harm the North American auto industry and run afoul of trade agreements.

OPPOSITION BREWING

On Wednesday, the governors of 11 states, including Texas, Florida and Arizona, said they opposed the tax credit arguing it would create a “discriminatory environment in our states by punishing autoworkers and car companies because the workers in their plants chose not to unionize.”

Tesla and foreign automakers do not have unions representing assembly workers in the United States and many have fought UAW efforts to organize U.S. plants.

Honda said in a letter Friday “this tax credit plan would pit Americans working for the three ‘legacy’ companies against the American workers of other automakers.”

The bill would award $6 billion for the U.S. Postal Service to purchase electric delivery vehicles and infrastructure. USPS said Friday it estimates under the bill “all delivery fleet acquisitions could feasibly be electric by 2028, and a corresponding 70% of our entire delivery fleet by” 2030.

In February, USPS awarded a 10-year contract to Oshkosh Defense, a subsidiary of Oshkosh, to build a mix of internal combustion and EV delivery vehicles that could be worth $6 billion.

The EV proposal eliminates phasing out tax credits after automakers hit 200,000 electric vehicles sold, which would make GM eligible, along with Tesla.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm defended the decision to exclude Tesla from the higher credit, telling CNBC: “We want to make sure that we do everything possible to encourage that business and labor really focus on elevating the standards for everyday Americans.”

Earlier this month, over 100 House lawmakers signed a letter urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi to back the tax credit.

The bill would create a new electric bike and three-wheel vehicle tax credit, a 30% credit for commercial electric vehicles and $4,000 used EV tax credit.

It would authorize $3.5 billion for “domestic manufacturing conversion” grants for electric and other green vehicles and provide $3 billion to boost a U.S. loan program to retool existing auto plants to build more fuel efficient models and expand it to cover zero-emission trains, airplanes, boats and Hyperloop technology.

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New Aston Martin Watch Pays Tribute To The Greats

The inspiration for this watch comes from the historical color schemes nations used to represent themselves in motorsport: French cars have traditionally been blue, Italian cars red, German cars silver, and British cars green. Aston Martin adopted green as its racing colour with the Aston Martin DBR1 that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959. The watch itself features this “Aston Martin Green” throughout, and features seven distinct levels of paint, motorsport-inspired cross-hatching, and diamond-pattern designs taken from Aston’s AM logo from the early 1920s.The seconds hand resembles the side strakes of the 1958 Aston Martin DB4. The watch includes three counters, two chronograph registers and a small seconds display which is all covered by an octagonal bezel that pays tribute to the iconic Laureato watch of 1975. The back features an open caseback covered by a pane of sapphire crystal, and the automatic movement is based on the highly regarded Calibre GP03300. It is all housed in a 42mm 904L stainless steel case with a 904L stainless steel bracelet with a satin-brushed finish effect.
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Tesla recalls Model 3, Model Y for potential suspension separation

Tesla is recalling a total of just under 3,000 2020-2021 Model Ys and 2019-2021 Model 3s to address a potential suspension separation issue. As of June 2, 2021, Tesla service departments had reported 39 instances of one or both front suspension lateral link fasteners being found loose or missing. 

This is not the first time Tesla’s quality control has been subverted by a semi-sentient torque wrench. Recall campaigns have been launched to address similar issues with the company’s front seat belts, brakes and suspension control arms. 

“The front suspension lateral link on Model 3 and Model Y vehicles is attached to the sub-frame using two fasteners. If a fastener is not secured to the correct specification, the fastener may loosen over time or separate from the subframe, which could cause the lateral link to separate from the sub-frame,” Tesla’s report to NHTSA said. The issue appears to stem from a combination of human and quality control process error, which Tesla also described in the report:

“During assembly, the operator is tasked with securing both fasteners to the correct specification, which are registered in the torque record for the vehicle. In rare circumstances, if the operator made several unsuccessful attempts to torque a fastener to specification, the operator may have subsequently loosened a properly secured fastener. The torque record may not have accounted for the loosening of the fastener.”

An improperly torqued lateral link fastener shouldn’t pose an immediate threat, but as it works itself loose, it can alter the car’s alignment and make the car less predictable while turning or braking. It can also lead to accelerated, uneven tire wear and prematurely fatigue other suspension components. Tesla says the loose component will be audible before it completely separates. If you hear clunking noises that persist after bumps, your car may not be safe to operate. 

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IIHS’ newest side-impact crash test poses challenge to most small SUVs

A tougher new side-impact crash test is being phased into the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) comprehensive evaluation suite starting with 2020 and 2021 model year cars, and early results from testing don’t bode well for the current crop of small SUVs.

The test is performed by striking a stationary vehicle with a moving barrier. Previously, the test utilized a barrier weighing approximately 3,300 pounds moving at 31 mph. The updated barrier weighs 4,180 pounds and moves at 37 mph. IIHS says this more accurately represents typical real-world scenarios — that is, getting T-boned by a two-ton SUV rather than a car. Bear in mind that both the speed and mass of the barrier contribute to the total energy of the collision. Neither increase may appear dramatic on paper, but they combine to produce 82% more energy than the method. 

The structure of the test barrier was also changed based results from IIHS performing the test using two real vehicles, rather than the barrier. The Institute’s researchers found that while the test could fairly accurately measure certain types of cabin deformation from side impacts, the cars being struck didn’t always behave the same way in the lab that they would in the real world. The updated, honeycombed barrier transmits impact energy more accurately than its predecessor could.

Of the 20 models of small SUVs that earned a “Good” rating on the outgoing test, only the 2021 Mazda CX-5 (shown in the above video) managed to do the same under the new protocol. The Audi Q3, Buick Encore, Chevrolet Trax, Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Venza and Volvo XC40 all received “Acceptable” ratings. Eight others — the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, GMC Terrain, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Compass, Jeep Renegade, Kia Sportage and Lincoln Corsair — earned “Marginal” ratings, IIHS said.

The Honda HR-V and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross received a “Poor.” All but one of the tested vehicles was a 2021 model. Mitsubishi skipped the 2021 model year for the Eclipse Cross, so the 2020 model was tested. And with the exception of the Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson, these ratings are applicable to their respective 2022 models, IIHS said. 

“Obviously, these results aren’t great, but they’re in line with what we expected when we adopted this more stringent test,” says IIHS Senior Research Engineer Becky Mueller, who ran point on the research that prompted the new test. 

The new test results won’t count against existing IIHS ratings or awards, but they will be published alongside the current ones through 2022. After that, IIHS will use the new side-impact test by default. 

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Ford’s 2021 SEMA Mustang builds: from EcoBoost coupe to Mach-E GT

Ford’s 2021 SEMA spotlight is undoubtedly on its trucks, but the Mustang and Mustang Mach-E got some love too. In fact, the latter is the real headliner here, with three Mach-E builds making the cut alongside an EcoBoost and GT coupe. Ford sent around some preview images and build details for all five on Friday, so here’s a cheat sheet for those of you who plan to see them in person in Las Vegas next week:

Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer Mustang Mach-E GT AWD

We love a cool build, but we appreciate it all the more when it’s done for a cause. This Mach-E GT fills the bill, and it looks good doing it. While its powertrain is that of a stock Mach-E GT, there’s a decent swath of aesthetic and handling upgrades to appreciate here. 

“This stunning 2021 Mustang Mach-E GT was designed and built by the Austin Hatcher Foundation to help families battling pediatric cancer through occupational and diversion therapy programs,” Ford said. “The Space White Mach-E GT features custom carbon fiber front splitter and rear wing from Archetype Racing.”

Those are 20″ Rotiform R159 OZRs over the big Brembos, if you’d like to capture part of this look for your own project. It also has black wrap on the roof and an adjustable suspension, Ford says.

All Star Mustang EcoBoost HPP

Yes, an EcoBoost High Performance Package! Everybody’s favorite turbocharged Mustang is shown here wearing a one-off teal paint finish by South County Auto Body. Anderson Composites supplied the aero elements. This project was the brainchild of Gene Tjin, whose older brother is responsible for the orange (custom, of course) Mach-E also featured here.

“This Mustang EcoBoost High-Performance Edition, Gene Tjin’s yin to brother Neil Tjin’s Mustang Mach-E yang, personifies true pony sports car tradition,” Ford says. This car rides on air and features a big brake kit under some particularly wild Vossen wheels (LC2-A1s, Ford says). This one’s tuned under the hood too, courtesy of Cobb. 

Shelby Mustang Mach-E GT Concept

This is pretty mild by SEMA standard, but then it’s a Shelby, and their brand of flash is a bit more conservative than that of many tuners we’re used to seeing at SEMA. But what Shelby lacks in outlandish styling, it often makes up for in substance (not to mention production viability).

“Designed to help improve the function and performance of next-generation Ford electric vehicles, the Shelby Mustang Mach-E GT Concept showcases the company’s graphene-infused carbon fiber body pieces to improve aerodynamics and appearance,” Ford says. “It includes an aerodynamic front fascia, front fenders and rear flares, and a custom hood with large vent to lower front-end lift.”

This build rides on a MagneRide adaptive suspension with carbon fiber composite springs (!) and a set of 20-inch monoblock wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport EV tires. This could be our first glimpse of what Ford has in store for high-performance variants of its new EV. 

M2 Motoring Mustang GT

Yes, a good, old-fashioned V8 Mustang! With a supercharger, even. That’s the stuff. While M2 Motoring’s build may be a fairly traditional take on a traditional formula, that’s just fine by us. Variety never hurts. 

“Project vehicle veteran M2 Motoring developed this track-minded speedster based on a 2021 Mustang GT with Performance Package,” Ford says. “Equipped with a production 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine and 6-speed manual transmission, the car wears custom Motorcraft livery and features Ford Performance Parts upgrades such as a 750HP supercharger kit, enhanced half-shafts and Performance Pack Level 2 front splitter.”

There’s more. The chassis and suspension have been completely overhauled with help from the Ford Performance parts bin. The brakes were lifted from Ford’s now-discontinued Shelby GT350R and it comes with the Mach 1’s adjustable camber and caster plates. The wheels are GT350 carry-overs too and they’re wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercars in 305/30R19. 

Tjin Edition Mustang Mach-E California Route One

Last but not least is Neil Tjin’s Mach-E based on the California Route One model. As was the case with his brother’s build above, Neil’s car features a custom finish and some big, fat Vossens. 

“This vivacious 2021 Mustang Mach-E SUV embodies the boldness of its creator Neil Tjin, offering a glimpse into the electric future with a distinctive California spirit,” Ford said. “Flawless, custom bright orange paint contrasts with teal green accents in custom LED headlights from LIGHTWURKZ and on the badging. Custom-built solar panels on top and down the back are designed to power a custom teal green RayVolt USA electric bicycle mounted to a Thule e-bike rack.”

Like his brother’s coupe, Neil’s Mach-E rides on air and comes packing brake upgrades and meaty tires courtesy of Falken.

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Ford Maverick leads automaker’s selection of souped-up SEMA trucks

Ford’s cavalcade of custom cars continues at SEMA with a bunch of modified trucks. It’s a wide variety this year, since Ford now has roughly four sizes of trucks from small to large, Maverick to Super Duty. We’ve gathered the ones that will be present at Ford’s booth at the upcoming custom car show, starting from the small Maverick on up.

Tucci Ford Maverick

Potentially our favorite of the custom Fords is this Maverick XLT (pictured at top) from Tucci Hot Rods. It has the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive, and it has been lowered on a coil-over suspension setup. It also gets a cat-back exhaust. But besides the mechanical tweaks, it features custom 3D-printed fender flares, front lip and roof spoiler designed by Tucci to give it a sporty, street-truck look, not to mention the custom wheels. Inside, it has four Recaro racing seats with harnesses. It’s rounded out with Ford parts including a tailgate spoiler, bed liner, bed cover and dash cam.

D.R.A.G.G. Ford Maverick

This Maverick was built by the Drag Racing Against Gangs and Graffiti group that helps at-risk youth with programming that can lead to auto industry jobs. As you can see, it has a lifeguard theme that would make it perfect for a reboot of “Baywatch” (well, another reboot of “Baywatch”). It gets the custom color scheme, auxiliary lights, custom wheels and waterproof seat covers. Among the Ford parts used are the bed cap, toolbox and roof rack.

Air Design Ford Maverick

The third Maverick of the group was put together by aftermarket body part company Air Design. It’s another all-wheel-drive turbo model, but it’s designed for more dirt than the Tucci truck. It’s lifted 1.5 inches, has 31-inch tires and features a cat-back exhaust. Fender flares and cladding on the doors and tailgate come from Air Design, while Ford supplied the bed cap, floor mats and portable refrigerator.

Attitude Performance and Outside Magazine Ford Ranger Tremor

Leading the pair of Rangers headed for Ford’s SEMA booth is one built by Attitude Performance and Outside Magazine. It’s based on the Ranger Tremor, but continues adding to the off-road capability with a 6-inch lift and big tires (the exact size wasn’t given). It has an upgraded exhaust, a Ford off-road bumper and Rigid Industries lights. The Ford and Yakima bed rack supports a Thule tent. The truck also has a Watergen water collector.

Skyjacker Ford Ranger

The other Ford Ranger comes from off-road suspension company Skyjacker. It has a 6-inch lift, too, and the requisite large tires. Off-road bumpers and rock sliders protect the body, and the Warn winch is there in case you or a friend gets seriously stuck. To make it a little quicker and meaner sounding, a Ford engine calibration was added along with a cat-back exhaust. Rigid lights help illuminate the road.

Hellwig Ford F-150 Hybrid

Moving on to F-150s, we have a hybrid model from Hellwig. This truck has been built for serious overlanding with a large bed cap and rooftop tent. Other camping conveniences include an air compressor, refrigerator, 10-gallon shower and an awning. Helper springs have been added to aid with the constant added weight, and upgraded anti-roll bars were fitted. The truck sits on 35-inch tires and gets rock rails, a cat-back exhaust and winch.

BTR Ford F-150 Tremor

Also in the overlanding camp is the BTR F-150 Tremor. It gets a Ford and Yakima roof rack with a rooftop tent. A refrigerator, shower, pull-out kitchen and even a projector are all loaded up to bring the comforts of home to the outdoors. A bike rack is also included to get around when the truck is in campsite mode.

Hypertech Ford F-150 Hybrid

One last camping and overlanding F-150 comes to us from Hypertech. It has even more conveniences with a sliding bed system featuring a grill, refrigerator, sink, ice machine, air compressor and a washer and dryer. Power for these various appliances can be provided by the F-150’s on-board power system. The truck also gets off-road bumpers, auxiliary lighting, a bed cap and a cat-back exhaust.

Addictive Desert Designs Ford F-150 Raptor

The final of the four F-150s is more about off-road performance and design than camping. It was built by Addictive Desert Designs, which is known for its off-road bumpers and other accessories. It has custom bumpers, rock rails a chase rack and a bed-mounted spare tire mount all from the company. It’s topped off by a custom color scheme and Rigid Industries lights.

Advanced Accessory Concepts Ford F-250 Super Duty Tremor

We now come to the first of just two Super Duty trucks coming to the Ford stage. This one built by Advanced Accessory Concepts took an F-250 Tremor with the 7.3-liter V8 features some impressive off-road upgrades. It has upgraded locking hubs from Ford, a coil-over suspension and lift, 37-inch tires and a winch kit. The body is protected by a front off-road bumper and rock rails. It also has Rigid lights, a vehicle safe, refrigerator, upgraded stereo system and a bed rack.

MAD Industries Ford F-450 Super Duty

Last but literally the opposite of least is the MAD Industries F-450. It’s one of the burliest Super Duties on offer, especially with the 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8. Like the aforementioned F-250, it has coil-over suspension and a lift, but it also adds upgraded anti-roll bars. It sits on flashy forged blue wheels matched by other blue accents, and it has a four-inch axle-back exhaust. Some of the accessories added include an air compressor, swing out tool cases, a bed cover and a pet hammock in the cab.

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