When it comes to customizing cars for the street, probably nobody has a better idea of what’s hot than celebrity DJ and car customizer Funkmaster Flex.
It’s a feel for the next big thing in the world of automobiles that the New York Hot 97 DJ has picked up from years of having his ears to the street and being charged with customizing rides for celebs such as LL Cool J and Queen Latifah.
One of Flex’s latest creations is a customized version of the all-new 2010 Taurus SHO unveiled at SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show in Las Vegas last week. Typically, you’ll find Flex using color combinations like black and red when customizing cars. But he decided to take a different approach with the SHO.
“This is a little more sinister, I’m usually bright when I come out,” says Flex. “I wanted it to be dark and mean, more thunderous.”
The exterior of the vehicle features a two-tone black and metal grey paint job complete with custom 22-inch wheels and Pirelli tires. The vehicle was also lowered with a HR spring kit and a Billet Grille and custom door handles were added.
“My favorite part is the wheels,” notes Flex. “I really love the way they fit.”
In addition, the vehicle features a one-off front spoiler and rear window wing. All of the rims and the trim in the vehicle were finished in brushed black chrome. The interior was left the same with the exception of adding a black suede headliner and the signature FMF logos on the headrests.
Earl Lucas, designer of the all-new 2010 Taurus SHO knew exactly what Funkmaster Flex wanted to convey when he met with him in the Bronx during the initial design consultation.
“Flex wanted to put his spin on the vehicle while keeping the Taurus’s history and sophistication in mind,” says Lucas. “What we always strived for when designing the Taurus was something timeless, something for the mature buyer. Flex was able to take that inspiration and customize it in a way that was both timeless and mature.”
“Flex really created a design that veered away from what we traditionally expect from him,” he continues. “He is amazing in what he does and what he ultimately did to this vehicle. Anytime we get a chance to work with Flex it’s a big thrill because of the perspective he brings. When you get a chance to work with someone who has perspective on what’s new, what’s hot and what’s now, it’s great.”
The design of the Taurus, says Flex, made it an easy project to work with. “Earl is so focused in what he believes in. The canvas is perfect.” We agree.