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2010 SEMA Preview: The Custom Shop’s 2011 Ford F-150 FX2 EcoBoost V-6

To push the limits of fuel efficiency and looks of a 2011 F-150 FX2 with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, Ford has teamed up with the overhauling and paint pros at the Custom Shop in Flanagan, Ill.

“Everything is going green,” Custom Shop co-owner John Wargo said. “We’re doing as much as we can to improve the fuel economy of this EcoBoost F-150.”

Planned modifications include shaving the truck’s door handles, adding a lightweight ARE tonneau cover, lightweight COR rims wearing Continental low-rolling-resistance tires, a Corsa free flow cat-back exhaust system, a larger cold air intake system and Amsoil synthetic motor oil for the twin-turbo, direct injection gas engine that makes 365 horsepower and 420 pounds-feet of torque.

The Custom Shop isn’t stopping there. It’s also adding solar panels to help charge the F-150’s accessories and installing carbon fiber and aluminum panels under the body to help improve airflow beneath the truck. Ride height will be lowered using a Firestone air ride load-leveling system, to further reduce aerodynamic drag.

Topping it all off is a custom Pearl Black, white, silver and copper paint job with a dual pinstripe border applied to the F-150’s skin using DuPont’s low-volatile organic compound base and clear-coat paint for reduced emissions.

Inside, the paint job will be matched with a similarly colored leather interior by Katzkin seat covers, a custom Sony sound system and LCD screens throughout the cabin.

“We want as little wind drag as possible,” Wargo said, “but we still want this to be a sharp-looking street truck.”

We’ll look for the finished truck at SEMA.

From Mike Levine @ Pickuptrucks.com


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