Limited Edition

800-hp Steeda Steve McQueen Limited Edition Bullitt Mustang builds on Ford's tribute model

Just 300 of the Steeda Steve McQueen Limited Edition Bullitt Mustangs will be made.

Photo courtesy of Steeda

The movie "Bullitt" is nearly as iconic as the Ford Mustang. In 2018, the Dearborn, Michigan automaker revealed the limited edition Ford Mustang Bullitt, a V8-powered, high-horsepower take on the new Mustang, with some throwback design elements to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the "Bullitt" movie. Now a new "Bullitt" inspired Mustang has debuted with a limited production run promised. This time, it's not a straight up Ford model.

Steeda, the world's largest aftermarket Ford tuner, has teamed up with McQueen Racing, and Steve McQueen's son Chad McQueen to create the Steeda Steve McQueen Limited Edition Bullitt Mustang. Just 300 will be made globally and less than 100 are currently unspoken for.

Steeda Steve McQueen Limited Edition Bullitt Mustang The car retains its classic green paint job but gets numerous enhancements.Photo courtesy of Steeda

The car is based on the 2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt and buyers can choose to upgrade the engine along with the list of other features. Under the hood of the most basic upgrade is a supercharged Stage One Bullitt upgrade that adds a 3.0-liter custom and color-coded Whipple twin screw supercharger and 10-rib belt pulley system to the car's already powerful 5.0-liter V8 engine. The resulting output is 720 horsepower.

The car also gets Ford Performance 1500-horsepower rated half shaft axles, which are a standard fit for all cars fitted with the installed supercharger kit.

Buyers looking to get more than 720 horsepower can upgrade to a Stage Two 800-horsepower supercharger kit that includes a green Alcantara wheel, free flowing H Pipe exhaust, and the option to delete the rear seat and add a color-coded half roll cage with embroidered harness belts.

All the models sold as part of the series gain suspension upgrades including a Stop the Hop package that utilizes the Steeda IRS alignment and subframe bushing system, IRS subframe braces, vertical links and rear adjustable toe links. Steeda says that by stiffening and aligning the rear subframe, the car's frame movement and wheel hop are minimized. The bushings help this happen without negatively effecting the car's nose, vibration, and harshness standards. The overall result is a car with increased traction off the line that launches straighter, according to the company.

Steeda has added Dual Rate Ultimate Performance springs to "make the most of the Ford MagneRide dampers" and increase roll control on the track. The outfitter is also giving all the cars Steeda's Tri-Ax shifter, which is machined from billet and delivers "a 30-percent shorter throw and more precise gear shifting action".

The car also gets some visual upgrades. There's a new front bumper and 10-inch and 11-inch wide 20-inch wheels that are colored gunmetal and have a polished finish. The wheels are wrapped in 275/35/20 and 305/35/20 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires (replacing the 255s and 275s are fitted on the car straight from Ford). Steeda is also giving the car McQueen badging inside and out, and gas bonnet struts.

Each owner gets a letter of vehicle authenticity with purchase as well as an exclusive Steve McQueen Edition baseball cap, key fob, and a signed and numbered Steve McQueen Edition Bullitt print by Camilo Pardo.

Pricing for the model starts at £26,000 in the U.K. The first deliveries of the model have just occurred.

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Custom SUVs

Ford Bronco to rule SEMA this year

The Bronco RTR features a fun livery and several off-road upgrades.

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The annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show is an opportunity for the aftermarket and manufacturers to come together on wildly customized vehicles and to show off the latest parts and tech in the space. Now that the Ford Bronco has finally made its way to the public, it's not surprising to see several wild SEMA takes on the hottest SUV to hit the market in some time.

2021 Bronco by Tucci Hot Rods The tracks are said to improve the Bronco's abilities in deep snow and ice.Ford

2021 Bronco by Tucci Hot Rods

The new Bronco is capable and rugged on its own, but Tucci Hot Rods felt it needed more. The shop gave it that boost with a set of tracks in place of wheels, which are said to be great for deep snow and ice. This Bronco features a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine and a seven-speed manual transmission to go with its Mattracks 88-Series quad tracks.

2021 Bronco RTR Fun-Runner by RTR Vehicles

Vaghn Gittin Jr's RTR Vehicles imagined a Bronco package that could be installed at the dealer. The result is the Fun-Runner, which features several Ford Performance and Ford Licensed Accessories parts. It's based on a 2021 two-door Bronco Badlands, and comes with an eye-catching wrap, an Ultimate Dana 44 front axle, Ultimate Dana 60 semi-float rear axle, RCV Performance CV axles, and a performance intake for its four-cylinder engine.

2021 Bronco by BDS Supensions SEMA presents an excellent opportunity for shops to show off their skill and imagination.Ford

2021 Bronco by BDS Supensions

BDS is a subsidiary of Fox Shocks and has worked with Ford for quite some time. The results of that long-running relationship are on display with the BDS Bronco, which features Fox 2.5 PES coilovers, BDS rear adjustable control arms and track bar, swaybar disconnect, and 37-inch BFGoodrich KM3 tires. The Bronco's bumpers have been replaced with CrawlTek Revolution units that feature a recessed winch mount, recovery hooks and more.

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Ford EV manufacturing

Ford plans new plants in Tennessee and Kentucky

Ford's new TN facility may be one of the largest in U.S. history.

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Earlier this year, Ford outlined its plans for significant investments in electric vehicle development and construction. Today, the automaker announced a big step forward in that roadmap that will include two new facilities, billions in new spending, and thousands of new jobs.

The $5.6 billion Stanton, TN factory will be called Blue Oval City and will bring 6,000 new jobs to the area. Ford says the site will include a BlueOval SK battery plant, and that electric F-Series trucks will be manufactured there. The assembly plant is designed to be carbon neutral and to send zero waste to landfills once it's up and running.

Ford Blue Oval City Ford plans to create a combined 11,000 jobs.Ford

Ford notes that Blue Oval City will be one of the largest automotive manufacturing sites in U.S. history. The campus sprawls 3,600 acres over six square miles, and will house assembly, battery production, and a supplier facility. The vertical integration of all functions on one site should lower Ford's production costs and reduce its carbon footprint.

The $5.8 billion Kentucky site will be a dedicated battery manufacturing complex that houses two separate battery plants. The location will supply Ford's North American assembly plants and is expected to create 5,000 new jobs. The facilities in both states are being built as part of a joint venture between Ford and SK Innovation, pending regulatory approval.

Ford Blue Oval City The TN facility is expected to be carbon neutral when it's up and running.Ford

The increase in production capacity can't come soon enough for Ford. Earlier this year, the Mustang Mach-E EV debuted to strong demand, and the automaker will soon roll out the first electric F-Series truck. Called the Ford F-150 Lightning, the pickup will be the first electric truck from a legacy automaker.

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