Friday, January 9, 2009

Goose the Foose! 2008 Ford F-150 Foose Edition

“Overhaulin’” star Chip Foose—Hot Rod Hall of Fame’s youngest inductee and Hollywood’s custom vehicle builder of choice—makes his stamp on a Ford favorite by designing the 2008 Ford F-150 Foose edition. Foose’s design visually lowers the truck, giving some hot rod style to the iconic American pickup.

At last year’s Specialty Equipment Marketing Association Association convention, the Ford truck team issued Foose a challenge: “We asked [him] to design a tough, muscular street rod based on the Ford F-150 FX2 Sport pickup that will knock the socks off even the most hard-core boulevard cruiser fan,” says Ben Poore, Ford Truck group marketing manager. “And let’s make it available in less than a year before the 2007 SEMA show.” The process was easier than it sounds, Foose says, because he had a great canvas – the Ford F-150 – to work with. It was also a labor of love. Chip Foose’s personal primary ride is a souped-up 2005 Ford F-150 Lariat.

Less than five months later, Ford and Foose are revealing the low-slung, production-intent Ford F-150 Foose Edition show truck, a precursor to the truck that will bow in the fall of 2007 as the most powerful and fastest half-ton production truck on the planet. The intercooled, supercharged Triton® V-8 pumps out 450 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 500 pounds-foot of torque at 4,000 rpm.

The 2008 Ford F-150 Foose Edition will begin life as an FX2 Sport model from the Kansas City Assembly Plant. The unique Foose elements will be customized at a modification center before being shipped to Ford dealers. The truck will go on sale by early 2008.

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