The Trevor Browne automotive technology program took the fruits of their talents to the top earlier this month at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, the largest automotive trade show in the world. SEMA stands for Specialty Equipment Market Association. The students built two cars, in conjunction with the C3 after school program (Cars, College and Careers,) that were shown at SEMA, One of the cars was a 2018 Ford Mustang GT for Procharger's Official Trade Show booth. Through the C3 program with the help of sponsors and donors, the students were able to modify the vehicle with a Procharger Supercharger sport suspension, custom wheels and tires, intake exhaust modifications, and light body modifications involving carbon fiber upgraded parts. The second vehicle was a 2018 Ford Raptor that was built to be a part of Ford’s Official Ford Performance booth. The modifications to the vehicle included upgraded turbos, intake and exhaust modifications, upgraded cooling system radiator, upgraded transmission cooler, upgraded charge air cooler, custom wheel and tires, and installation of off-road front and rear bumpers that included some vehicle frame modifications.
“Generally it is a feat to have one vehicle built and ready to be shown at SEMA and our students took on the challenge of building two our first time out. It took a lot of late nights after school in the shop to get it done but our students were determined to make it happen,” instructor Will Medina said.
Students performed 95% of the work on the vehicles; the remainder of the work was safety sensitive and had to be done by their instructor. In his conversations with other builders and industry members at the show, Medina said they were shocked that students actually built the vehicles and did not believe it until he showed pictures of the students getting their hands dirty during the build process.
“Some mentioned that the vehicles we brought could stand side-by-side with any professional builder’s quality and workmanship. Great work by the students involved.”
On the SEMA website, it says of the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world: “It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place.” Nice to know Trevor Browne students are part of that crowd.