Performance and class go hand-in-hand once you spot the 2016 Ford F-150 built by CGS Performance in Chino, California. Company founders Ron and Casey Scranton, are a father and son team who are veterans in building performance air intake and exhaust systems for the automotive aftermarket. With a good knowledge of performance, they are also good at building vehicles for Fords’ Aftermarket Project Vehicle Program. These are cars and trucks that are taken to shows like the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Detroit Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, and many others as part of Ford Motor Company’s vehicle displays.
While CGS Motorsports has built pro-street Mustangs and other vehicles in the past, they’ve always had a fondness for trucks. So when they were asked to build a 2015 Ford F-150, they built it using a combination of aftermarket parts and innovations to set it apart from the crowd, but yet give it a distinct custom appearance that doesn’t distract from the truck’s original DNA.
One of the first things that people notice on the truck is it’s lowered stance. This was done by adding a three-inch suspension drop in the front, and a five-inch rear axle flip- kit in the rear, all provided by McGaughys Suspension. The lowered stance is accentuated by the red Savini Forged wheels measuring 24×10-inches and mounted to a set of Pirelli P-Zero, 305/35R24 tires.
Some subtle upgrades to the truck come from incorporating front headlights from Ford’s Raptor pickup truck. This gives the F-150 some slight attitude, along with an AirDesign USA hood that adds to the overall performance appearance. The F-150 also features a custom paint job applied by Andy Meeh based out of Vista, CA. Meeh used an Axalta Coating System custom paint, giving the truck its silver and black two-tone color scheme, mixed with a touch or red on the mirrors to match the wheels. The bed of the truck was outfitted with a Leer hard tonneau cover that was also painted to match. The combination gives the F-150 a long and lean look of a German sports car.
Inside the cab, CGS had Alea Leather Specialists re-upholster the truck in black leather, adding their company logo to the headrests and including a silver and black perforated center inserts that give a sporty appearance to the factory seating. While the ride may be more comfortable and luxurious, the truck also has some more power with some modifications that were added to the engine. These included adding an intercooler to the factory 3.5Liter Eco-Boost V-6 engine. Taken from a Whipple supercharger system, the intercooler provides added boost via more dense air, providing extra power from the factory turbocharger. Combined with a CGS air intake system and cat-back exhaust, the truck’s performance is wrapped up in a classy package that truck enthusiasts can’t help but notice. More images and information on the CGS Motorsports truck can be found on the Trucking Times magazine website.