Sung Kang's four-cylinder EcoBoost Ford Maverick gets SEMA debut
22 November 2016 - Autoblog
At this year's SEMA show, Fast and Furious star Sung Kang finally revealed the finished 1972 Ford Maverick named "Project Underdog."
The car is the actor's second big project after the Fugu Z and is a unique machine. The car was originally slated to get a conventional V8 swap, but Kang later decided to go with the 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from the Ford Mustang, which he said is a tribute of sorts to the Brazilian market Maverick that came with a four-cylinder.
Along with the turbocharged heart came the Mustang's six-speed manual transmission. The car received a custom body kit from famed kit designer Rocket Bunny, as well as a Maverick Grabber-style hood and trunk lid made from carbon fiber.
The project was also special in another way. Three high school students from Alhambra High School in California helped build the car. Not only did these students have the opportunity to work on a cool car with a famous actor, they will also receive funds for college when the car goes for auction. Proceeds from the car's sale will benefit the teens, as well as the general SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund. You can read more about the students and the car's build in our interview with Kang from earlier this year.