Event: SEMA 2015 Day 1 Highlights

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First Impressions

The Cobra Jet stole the headlines, but Ford gear filled the show’s first day

By Steve Turner
Photos by Stacy Stangz

As the 2015 edition of The SEMA Show opened, almost every announcement paled in comparison to Ford Performance’s reveal of the 2016 Cobra Jet drag car. While the wheel-standing S550 cast a big shadow, there was plenty of other Ford hardware on display at the show. Naturally, SVTP was on hand to bring you the news on all the latest Ford performance gear.

Ford Performance engineers told us that a Tri-Y header was ideal to maximize the performance of the high-winding Voodoo engine in the new Shelby GT350. Fortunately, Kooks Custom Exhaust is already on the case with its 2015 Mustang GT350 5.2-liter Four-Valve 1 3/4x 3-inch Stainless Steel Tri Y Headers (PN 11542300). We can’t wait to see the results as early adopters start modding their new Shelbys.
Ford Performance engineers told us that a Tri-Y header was ideal to maximize the performance of the high-winding Voodoo engine in the new Shelby GT350. Fortunately, Kooks Custom Exhaust is already on the case with its 2015 Mustang GT350 5.2-liter Four-Valve 1 3/4x 3-inch Stainless Steel Tri Y Headers (PN 11542300). We can’t wait to see the results as early adopters start modding their new Shelbys.

Our intrepid photographer scoured the aisles for some of the best Ford vehicles and parts on display at the show. As performance types, we get a bit more excited about the hardware than the glitzy show cars. After looking beyond the flash, we uncovered some pretty great stuff. Some of it was mentioned in our New Products Showcase story, but the good stuff is worth another look in case you missed it.

The new Tri-Y headers for the Shelby GT350 from Kooks Custom Exhaust, Edelbrock’s new Victor II manifold for the 2011-and-newer Coyote Mustangs, and Ford Performance’s new Cobra Jet crate engine were the real standouts on the parts side so far. There are still a few days of the show left, but for now check out our Day 1 photo gallery below for more SEMA goodness.

Another highlight for those looking to get more power out of the latest Ford engines is Edelbrock’s new Victor II 5.0 intake manifold. Said to be 16 horsepower and 27 lb-ft of torque better than the popular Boss 302 intake, this new Edelbrock manifold features cast-in nitrous ports, and its rugged construction should be a boon to modern 5.0 fanatics running lots of nitrous or boost.
Another highlight for those looking to get more power out of the latest Ford engines is Edelbrock’s new Victor II 5.0 intake manifold. Said to be 16 horsepower and 27 lb-ft of torque better than the popular Boss 302 intake, this new Edelbrock manifold features cast-in nitrous ports, and its rugged construction should be a boon to modern 5.0 fanatics running lots of nitrous or boost.
In addition to the 50 Cobra Jets that Ford Performance will offer for sale, the factory’s hot-rodding division will also offer the CJ’s Whipple-supercharged 5.0-liter engine as a crate engine. While it comes topped with the 2.9-liter Whipple, you will have to pony up for the electric water pump and American Racing Headers, as they are not included.
In addition to the 50 Cobra Jets that Ford Performance will offer for sale, the factory’s hot-rodding division will also sell the CJ’s Whipple-supercharged 5.0-liter as a crate engine. While it comes topped with the 2.9-liter Whipple, you will have to pony up for the electric water pump and American Racing Headers, as they are not included.

SEMA 2015 Day 1 Highlights Gallery

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