The SEMA show is quickly approaching. This means we are starting to get our first taste of wild concept vehicles from big name manufacturers. One of those automakers is Ford, which is rolling out five custom Mustangs this year.
The first of the five is the Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) Widebody Mustang.
Based out of Van Nuys, California, GAS is no stranger to building some impressive rides. Probably its best-known creation is the GTR1, a coach-built topless Ford GT that made its debut in 2013. Alongside that, GAS has an impressive resume consisting of film cars and promotional vehicles.
It was also the home of MTV’s Pimp My Ride for its fifth and sixth seasons too.
For SEMA this year, GAS is continuing the Pimp My Ride theme too. That is to say, the entire car looks a bit… well, let’s call it an acquired taste.
As the name suggests, it does get a widebody kit. It also gets a pretty awful purple and black paint job with matching 20-inch Forgeline Wheels.
Thankfully, it’s not all show and no go. The 5.0-liter V8 gets a Rousch supercharger along with a Ford Performance Exhaust. There’s also a full Ford Performance suspension and GT350 brakes to back it all up as well.
The second Stang comes courtesy of CJ Pony Parts and channels its inner drifter.
Like the CAS Mustang, the CJ car gets a widebody kit as well, along with other aero bits. In addition, it also sports a set of 20-inch HRE wheels and some dark gray paint.
Its party piece is its suspension. With drifting in mind, CJ Pony Parts paid close attention to this area of the car. It gets a set of Ford Performance springs along with upgraded rear suspension from UPR. Finally, to cap off the sideways parts, it gets a hydraulic handbrake from Sikky Manufacturing.
Under the hood sits the 5.0-liter V8 along with a Roush supercharger.
Up next is, in our opinion, the most tasteful car of the group from CGS Motorsports.
Like the other two, it features yet another widebody kit — sensing a trend yet? — and various aero parts. However, unlike the other two cars, it looks like it will fit the Mustang a little better.
The paint scheme is worlds better too. Instead of going for something off-the-wall, CGS sticks to simple black and gray. This is further accented with 22-inch Savinis, which will look absolutely huge.
Like the other cars, it too gets a Roush supercharger on its V8. But the primary focus here is on its gigantic brakes. Clocking in at an impressive 16.1in with six-piston calipers, they should stop this Stang in no time flat.
There is one thing worth mentioning with the CGS Mustang too. It does have under glow lights — yes, like cars in the Fast and Furious films. Maybe it’s not as tasteful as we first thought.
The fourth car of the bunch comes from TJIN Edition and is a little different from the other four. Instead of a roaring V8 under the hood, it opts for the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-pot.
It’s not a standard EcoBoost either. To boost power, TJIN added a Borg Warner high-performance turbo along with race quality manifold and charge tube. To round out the go-fast parts, it also gets Ford’s custom cat-back exhaust as well.
The TJIN Stang also bucks the trend of the widebody kit too. It still comes with a full RTR kit though. Then there’s the paint. It’s a sea of purple and comes with 20-inch, gold Forgeline wheels.
It’s eye-catching for sure, but not really our thing.
The final Mustang comes from Bojix Design and less performance-driven than the others.
It still comes with the V8 under the hood but lacks the supercharger or really any other performance parts. It’s only major upgrade is the Bojix Design cat-back exhaust.
The suspension is pretty standard as well, using more Ford Performance bits like the other vehicles. It does use a set of two-piece Brembo brakes though, but not as large as the CGS car.
Thankfully, it forgoes the wide-body trend as well. It instead gets an Air Design front bumper with APR carbon fiber splitter. To round the entire exterior off, it gets a rather bright coating of light blue, with a silver roof treatment.
SEMA 2018 kicks off October 30 in Las Vegas. We’ll be on the show floor, so stay tuned for more crazy cars between now and the doors opening.