LAS VEGAS — Ford Motor Co. unveiled a slew of products, racing engines and vehicles at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show here last week.
Ford showed two concept versions of the Flex sport wagon due next summer as a 2009 model. To show what can be done to the boxy four-door wagon, Ford once again went to designer Chip Foose and urban disc jockey Funkmaster Flex.
Foose and Funkmaster Flex already have designed limited-edition versions of an F-series pickup and an Expedition SUV that are due to start production next year.
Funkmaster Flex's version of the Flex features a brushed aluminum roof, two-tone paint, black leather seat covers with alligator print inserts as well as a long list of electronic gear.
Foose's version sports 22-inch wheels, lowered suspension, a blue-and-cream paint job and gray and tan leather seats.
Ford also has big plans for the Mustang.
First, Ford will offer a factory-built race car, the Mustang FR500S. It will be built on the Mustang production line at Flat Rock, Mich., will cost $75,000 and can be ordered at Ford dealers. The car has been designed to race in a new series for Mustangs called the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup.
For 2008, the base Mustang will be available with an optional appearance package that features 18-inch wheels, chrome grille insert, scoops and spoilers. Ford engineers also have created the first performance-oriented upgrades for the V-6 model. A short-throw shifter, a handling package and a power package that increases horsepower from the 4.0-liter V-6 is scheduled to be available in 2008.
Al Giombetti, executive director for Ford's customer service division, said Ford, Lincoln and Mercury buyers will be able to order parts and accessories online directly from Ford and have the items shipped to dealers for installation or sent to their homes. c