Superlux Ford Taurus on its way to hit the dealerships

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

This is the story of how one person's automotive artistry led him to big breaks beyond his wildest imagination. At the recently held Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) automotive aftermarket trade show at Las Vegas, Tommy Zondervan of Hudsonville displayed his Superlux version of the 2010 Ford Taurus.

In his early 20s, Zondervan began creating exterior paint designs and personalized interiors for friends who were building hot rods and custom cars and trucks.

This is how Tommy Z Design started. Initially, it had shops in Troy and Western Michigan but it has now consolidated into a 4,000-square-foot facility in Hudsonville. Even with no formal automotive design education, Zondervan got his big break in 2004 when he made sketches of how he'd tweak the styling and showed them to several Chrysler dealers.

A Chicago dealer was impressed enough to offer a car, which Zondervan used as a full-scale canvas for a customized 300C he displayed at the 2004 SEMA Show.

He soon found himself not only designing grille and body kits for vehicles such as the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger, but also in the aftermarket manufacturing business. No less than Ford approached him earlier this year to apply his style to a Taurus, which was set to be showcased at its corporate stand at the 2009 SEMA Show.

Ford already had its sporty, aggressive, twin-turbocharged Taurus SHO but Ford wanted him to illustrate how the Taurus might look as a luxury car. With a mid-grade Taurus SEL, he shunned the overly aggressively aerodynamic body kit and handsome mesh grilles and instead went for a tasteful, more subtle look.

He added light-emitting diode (LED) headlamps, some chrome trim and Vibrance by PPG aspen white custom paint. To emphasize the stance, he installed Pedders Suspensions XA springs and bolted on 22-inch OZ Racing wheels. For its interior, Zondervan placed special perforated leather and suede seating and trim -- black with white double-stitching. He also installed an enhanced audio/video system using Audiovox and Jensen components.

Surely, he heightened the car's performance by adding air filter and exhaust hardware and by supercharging the car's 3.5-liter V-6 engine, which now pumps out 430 horsepower. Now, this new package will be available and the body kit will cost around $1,200; the leather package around $1,000; and the supercharger $2,500-$3,000.

Topics: ford, ford taurus, sedan

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

The highlight of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show may be based on some of these keywords---connectivity, integration and partnership. Just like in the previous year, you’ve probably heard and read...
by - January 16, 2017
Less than three weeks to go and the Super Bowl LI – one of the most awaited and most watched sports events in television – will commence on February 5,...
by - January 16, 2017
New Tesla vehicles will have to pay when charging at any of the carmaker’s Supercharger stations once they exceed their annual limits. This comes as Tesla Motors announced revisions in...
by - January 16, 2017
Off-road driving with an open air vehicle provides another kind of experience for many off-road enthusiasts and fans. For this sake, Ford is planning to offer a version of the...
by - January 16, 2017
For those who love driving, future autonomous cars should be like the Toyota Concept-i that is drawing in a multitude of visitors at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las...
by - January 15, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries