Auto enthusiasts know that the SEMA Show is the premier event to recognize the best of the best, and no detail is missed. So when Mickey Thompson was awarded a Project Excellence Award by Ford Motor Company at this year's show, attendees took note.
The honor was bestowed in recognition of Thompson's custom 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty, which was built by Mike Duval of X-Treme Toyz. Its nickname, Tall Boy, was no misnomer; the Super Duty loomed over passersby from its pedestal at the Mickey Thompson SEMA Show booth, highlighting its 40-inch Baja MTZP3 tires and all 20 inches of each Sidebiter II wheels. The Blue Oval referred to Thompson's Super Duty as the "toughest Super Duty ever," according to AfterMarketNews.com, a phrase not to be taken casually. After all, the truck bested a variety of other candidates based on criteria such as new product development, vehicle appearance, marketability and brand fit, vehicle display and use of aftermarket parts. Catch more SEMA action in the video below:
As Ken Warner, the vice president of marketing for Mickey Thompson, said, “Our new 40-inch Baja MTZP3 all-terrain tires and 20-inch Sidebiter II wheels provide the perfect foundation for this sophisticated new Super Duty to deliver great style and performance. We’re honored to have received this special award of recognition from Ford, a company we’ve worked closely with on several custom project vehicles over the years.” Lon Zaback, the manager of global design planning and strategy, reinforced Warner's statement, saying in the official award letter, "Your excellence in building this project provides a benchmark for all other aftermarket companies."
Project Tall Boy features include 40/14.50R20 Baja MTZP3 tires and 20x12 Sidebiter II wheels, as well as products from brands such as AFE, Fabtec, Fab-Fours, and more. Stop by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to learn more about the Project Excellence Award and more.
As an expression of gratitude for our heroes in red, the Blue Oval's F-Series joined forces with Fox Sports, the Dallas Cowboys and actor Denis Leary to give Dallas Fire Station 43 a surprise makeover on Thanksgiving Day. The guerrilla-style renovation was an effort to show appreciation and address the firehouse's needs in a fun and unexpected way. The Ford F-Series is the Official Truck of the National Football League and is the best-selling truck in America for over 39 consecutive years, so it was only fitting for the truck to be the driving force behind the project.
After years of wear and tear, the northwest Dallas fire station was in need of repair. Ford reached out to local renovation experts and starting offensive linemen from the Dallas Cowboys - who were just named Built Ford Tough Offensive Line of the Week for the second time this football season - to turn the spontaneous rehab idea into a reality. WIth all hands on deck, the demolition and final touches were ready in time for the firefighters to use their new kitchen and dining area for the holiday dinner on Thanksgiving Day.
The cherry on top of the sundae - or rather, the whipped cream on top of the pumpkin pie? As a bonus, Denis Leary, on behalf of Leary Firefighters Foundation, pledged a $50,000 donation to the Dallas Fire Department to fund additional equipment as well, and will personally pass along the keys to a brand-new F-Series Super Duty to the Dallas firefighters donated by Ford. Leary's foundation was started in 2000 and provides funding and resources for fire departments, helping them obtain resources, technology, equipment and training imperative for the safety and health of firefighters. As of today, the foundation has raised over $10 million for fire departments nationwide. Watch the action in the video below:
“Today and every day, we’re grateful to the firefighters of Fire Station 43, and to firefighters across the country for their courage and bravery,” Leary said. “The Leary Firefighters Foundation is proud to team up with Ford to provide Dallas with much-needed equipment, and to support the men and women who risk their lives to keep us safe.”
Mark LaNeve, Ford's vice president of sales,marketing and service, echoed Leary's sentiments.
“Ford truck team members live to serve our customers, and firefighters are especially valued for their important role in our communities,” he said in a released statement. “With the toughest, smartest, most capable truck in America, it’s only fitting Ford is presenting a brand-new 2017 F-Series Super Duty to the men and women of the Dallas Fire Department.”
Learn more about how Ford is giving back by visiting Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.
Diamonds are the product of intense heat and pressure, forged in less-than-glamorous conditions. Rather than crumble from what other elements can't handle, the revered gemstone manifests itself with greater value than before. In the same way, the Ford Super Duty trucks recently emerged as diamonds in the rough - the family of trucks shined amongst a slew of vehicles to take Motor Trend's Truck of the Year award, which was decided after thorough testing and scrutiny.
As Scott Evans wrote for MotorTrend.com, "An Of The Year contest plays out one of three ways: There’s no clear winner right up to the end; there are two to three potential winners and a nail-biting vote; or there’s a clear winner early on and the rest becomes a coronation. In this year’s Truck of the Year competition, we knew by the halfway point which truck would win." Despite the competitive qualities of the other contenders, which included the Honda Ridgeline and the Nissan Titan, the Super Duties swept the title thanks to an aggregate of award-winning features. Evans added, "Indeed, the Fords’ ability to remain cool under our extreme pressure, regardless of the circumstances, made it all the more clear they deserved this award." See the trucks in action in the video below:
In regard to aesthetics, the Blue Oval's family of Super Duties struck the sweet spot with their eye-catching exteriors that took efficiency into account. Although the Super Duties are distinguishable from a distance, they put function front and center. Panels and lines are incorporated strategically and take the design a step forward, without leaving Ford's signature in the dust. The Super Duties also outperformed the Ram trucks with ease when compared for fuel efficiency; the Fords returned 11.0/16.4/12.9 mpg city/highway/combined versus 9.2/15/11.4 reported from the Rams. Considering that the Super Duties shine when it comes to brute physical labor - more than any other class of non-commercial vehicle - drivers are sure to flock to the Super Duties for their efficiency alone.
For those more concerned with how the Super Duties adapt to heavy loads, never fear. Even when filled to its 7,630-pound max payload capacity, the Duties perform well. The F-350 Super Duty, in particular, touts success that is attributable to its 925 lb-ft of torque, which causes the truck to start rolling forward at idle despite over 40,000 pounds of gross combined vehicle weight. Additional standout features include muscle from 14-inch rotors in the front and rear, as well as a strong exhaust brake.
The cherry on top of the Super Duty sundae is the variety of work-focused technologies, such as the ability to extend blind-spot detection, which Ford integrated to make trailering less of a stressful endeavor. The attention to detail for better usability shows and shines with the Super Duties, and Motor Trend took notice.
Motor Trend already anticipates the Ford Super Duties to raise the bar for other comparable vehicles. Take a drive in any of the Duties at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today and find out why the experts at Motor Trend are so confident in their assessment and prediction.
This year's recent SEMA show showcased a lot of dream cars, as well as one Nitemare.
The semi-official Ford tuner, Roush, gave show attendees a glimpse into the dark side when it revealed its 2017 F-150Nitmare, complete with a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 for 600 hp, as well as 557 lb-ft of torque. 2017's model carries the torch lit by Roush's exhibited Nitemare at last year's SEMA, which sported a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 that clocked in a 445 hp and 500 pond-feet of torque. But drivers desiring a vehicle light on its toes (or wheels), have no fear - the 2017 Nitemare has a supercar-esque output and lightweight aluminum construction, giving it the wings it needs to fly across the road. As Viknesh Vijayenthiran reports for FoxNews.com, Roush's tuner claims that the new-gen Nitemare will reach 60 mph from rest in only 4.2 seconds, the "quickest factory street truck in the world." Take an exclusive look at the 2017 Nitemare in the video below:
The aforementioned features are among a slew of others that were introduced at this year's SEMA. The modifications include 20-inch forged wheels made out of performance rubber, a specialty front bumper cover and grille, and a high-flow exhaust system. There are also options for customers who favor two- or four-wheel drive, and even more detailed upgrades - such as a full Fox suspension system and Mickey Thompson tires - to maximize off-roading.
Although details on availability and pricing are to be determined, enthusiasts can drop by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to take a spin in any of our F-150s in stock and learn more about what's on the horizon.