Posted: March 01, 2013
CGS Motorsports Ford F-150
The Ultimate Customized Truck That Combines Performance And LuxuryBy Dan Sanchez
Customizing a truck with aftermarket accessories can really help to move products off your shelves. But for people like CGS Motorsports, who have been building award winning, SEMA vehicles for several years, bolting on products just isn’t good enough. The father and son team built this 2012 Ford F-150 for the 2011 SEMA Show, and came home with the Sony Playstation Grand Turismo Award for Best Truck.
At the 2012 SEMA show, tonneau cover manufacturer Extang, wanted this highly customized truck to be on display in their booth, showcasing the company’s new Encore tri-folding tonneau cover. Why? Perhaps it is because the CGS Motorsports F-150 is a provocative piece of work and craftsmanship that hasn’t been seen in a while. Truck customizing began in the late ‘80’s by hot rod enthusiasts who thought of ways to customize their parts trucks. Smooth bumpers, aluminum grilles, and rear roll-pans were all made by hand back then, but are now manufactured as bolt-on truck accessories that you can purchase anywhere.
While there are a few bolt-on parts to this F-150 the handy-work involved to create this truck is phenomenal. To begin with, the factory hood was cut and a hand-made scoop was added. The rear roll-pan was seamlessly integrated into the body. The front bumper may look stock, but it’s been smoothed and tucks in closer to the vehicle, giving the front-end a very clean and aerodynamic appearance.
CGS likes the pro-street look and didn’t hesitate to apply it to the F-150. The wheel-wells on the bed-sides were stretched to accommodate the huge 24x15 inch Colorado Custom wheels that are mounted to a pair of Pirelli PZero Nero tires. A custom rear subframe and four-link rear suspension was grafted to the truck’s original frame, along with a shorter rear axle assembly. Underneath the Extang Encore tri-folding tonneau cover, a pair of large inner wheel wells is visible in the bed. These were added to allow the truck to sit low (about 11 inches lower than stock), yet provide plenty of tire clearance.
The factory front suspension was also modified by adding a pair of drop-spindles, lowering struts and new coil springs. Both the front and rear get some added stopping power from a set of Baer 6S six-piston calipers and large rotors. The added stopping power helps when a Whipple Supercharger, CGS air intake and exhaust system were added to the 5.0 liter V-8.
Looking into the interior requires opening the suicide rear doors of this Super Crew truck. New C-pillar door pockets had to be created, and the custom door handles are made from billet aluminum. Once you get past the doors, the custom red leather interior supplied by Pecca, and stitched together by Stitchcraf Interiors of Westminster, California, is awe inspiring and luxurious.
There’s no doubt this is a one-of-a-kind truck provokes new ideas for truck accessories that may have never been thought of until now. Thankfully, because of the ingenuity, dedication, inspiration, and artistic design of custom vehicle builders like CGS Motorsports, a truck like this allows us to really think about the roots of our industry. More importantly, it fuels excitement for a new generation of industry leaders and products that keep the heart of this industry beating strong.
Photography by: Dan Sanchez
The F-150 sports a Whipple supercharger that's fed via a CGS Motorsports air intake, and exhales through a CGS exhaust system.
Fitting huge tires under the bed did not come easy. Frame, body and axle modifications were necessary to make this flawless appearance seem simple.
The red Pecca leather interior adds a bold flash of color. Its no wonder Pecca used this vehicle as a show piece at several shows.
Extang outfitted the truck with its Encore tonneau cover that fit perfectly with the truck's clean and custom appearance.
The dash, steering wheel, shifter and console, were all covered in the red Pecca leather to tie in the vehicle's entire interior.
Colorado Custom wheels mounted in Pirelli P-Zero Nero tires fit nicely within the wheel wells of the lowered F-150. Baer 6S brakes were also added at all four corners.