Best Fords at SEMA 2018

Best Fords at SEMA 2018

Last Updated August 8, 2023 | Meghan Drummond

Ford’s SEMA lineup is a round up of some of their most anticipated and beloved vehicles of all time. Ford has vehicles that appeal to everyone, from the super-sized F-series pickups to the sportier Mustang, and SEMA gives Ford the opportunity to show off how great a canvas their vehicles can be for some of the most creative tuners in the business.

Since 2010, Ford has won 15 of the 33 Hottest Vehicle awards presented by SEMA. Ford has one of the largest presences of any automaker at SEMA and continues to be vocally supportive of the aftermarket industry. This year Ford won three vehicle of the year awards. The F-series collected SEMA’s truck of the year award for the eighth time in the nine years that the award has been given, proving that it is in fact America’s favorite truck. The Mustang reclaimed SEMA’s Car of the Year award and Focus won the Sport Compact of the Year award.

Ford’s booth featured an exciting round up of not only Mustangs and F-series pickups, but also GT’s, Rangers, and an array of SUVs and crossovers. These were our favorites this year.

A bright blue Ford Edge.

This Ford Edge is full of little surprises. From performance upgrades like an air suspension and carbon fiber steering wheel to fun upgrades like a tablet cradle and portable audio system.

Dark grey Ford EcoSport.

The smallest crossover looks more powerful with custom fender flares and bumpers. Those tires are a great touch as well.

Bronze colored Ford Expedition.

The Expedition classic’s vintage look coupled with the light bar is amazing.

A white and yellow Ford Explorer with a kayak on top.

This Ford Explorer looks like it’s ready for your next kayaking adventure.

A bright orange F-150 with light blue accents.

This color scheme is bold, and fortunately this F-150 has an upgraded powertrain that’s equally bold. Upgraded with a twin-turbo kit, cold-air intake, cat-back exhaust, and a host of other bells and whistles this truck is powerful.

A bright blue F-150 with a carbon fiber chin spoiler.

In the midst of so many off-road designs, this F-150 really stands out with its carbon fiber performance parts.

A F-150 painted like the night sky.

This F-150 is ready for a family road trip, with a movie projector and screen integrated into the bed and a roof rack.

F250 painted with a grey topographical map.

This F-250 looks ready for survival with adequate storage for all the cargo you could want and a rooftop tent to boot.

A black Ford F-350 with gold wheels set up with a TV screen, table, and a grill on the tailgate.

This ultimate tailgating rig has a TV, sound system, extending table, cooler, and grill. It’s like a party in a truck.

A dark green Ford Raptor with Hot Wheels logo in yellow on the side.

This Raptor’s Hot Wheels design is somehow both aggressive and nostalgic.

A black Ford Ranger with a fold away tent on the bed.

With a rooftop tent set up in the bed this Ford Ranger can act as transportation and shelter.

An army green Ford Ranger with its hood propped open.

Complete with tube-style front and rear bumpers, this Ranger also features multiple light bars which coupled with its paint give it a truly off-road look.

A blue and yellow Ford Ranger with rivetted fender flares and a bed cover.

Lifted, given a custom paint job, and outfitted with 20-inch wheels—the Project Nightfall Ranger looks ready to hit the trail.

A grey and black Ford Ranger parked on a pile of rocks.

The Ford Ranger Pre-Runner design is courtesy of Ford Performance and features the FX4 Off-Road package.

A gray camo Ford Ranger with the Xbox Logo on one side.

Designed in collaboration with AR12 Gaming of Forza fame. The passengers of this Ranger can play Xbox in the backseat.

A silver and dark grey Ford GT.

Ford announced the GT carbon series at SEMA this year along with two production increases for the GT.

A dark grey Ford GT with lime green accents and the Monster Energy drink logo.

Monster’s take on the GT is sharp. You feel energized just from looking at it.

A matte black 1986 Ford RS 200.

Hoonigan’s 1986 Ford RS 200 features a variant four-cylinder motor and is tuned to over seven hundred horsepower. The matte black paint gives it a distinctive look.

Dark grey Mustang with a spoiler.

The combination of a lightweight carbon fiber body and red accents is already eye-catching, but in combination with that spoiler, it’s a gorgeous customization.

Recreation of a bright red classic Shelby GT 500 CR.

Classic Recreations Shelby GT 500 CR is worth admiring.

A dark grey Mustang GT with bronze wheels and accents

We might be biased, but the CJ Pony Parts Mustang GT turned out fantastic.

These were our highlights, but check out our footage of the Ford booth to see the entire Ford lineup!

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