Ford has partnered with the Custom Shop in Flanagan, Ill., to boost the fuel efficiency and the looks of the 2011 F-150 FX2 with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. The Custom Shop, which is known for being an expert in overhauling and paint jobs, is co-owned by John Wargo. He said, "Everything is going green." He said that Ford seeks to raise the fuel economy of the EcoBoost F-150 as much as it can.
The list of modifications include trimming the truck’s door handles, putting 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 has an output of 365hp and 420 pounds-feet of torque.
The Custom Shop is also installing solar panels to help charge the F-150’s accessories and using carbon fiber and aluminum panels under the body to improve airflow underneath the truck.
A Firestone air ride load-leveling system is used to lower the ride height, reducing the aerodynamic drag further. The 2011 F-150 FX2 also gets a custom Pearl Black, white, silver and copper paint job with a dual pinstripe border.
The paint is applied to the F-150’s skin using DuPont’s low-volatile organic compound base and clear-coat paint for lowered emissions. For the interior, the paint job will be matched with a similarly colored leather interior by Katzkin seat covers, a custom Sony sound system and LCD screens are fitted in several places around the cabin.
Wargo said that it has modified the vehicle to have as “little wind drag as possible,” but that it still wants to offer a “sharp-looking street truck." [via PickupTrucks]