Sung Kang’s Ford Maverick ‘Project Underdog’ Wins At SEMA

Actor Sung Kang has revealed his custom Ford Maverick ‘Project Underdog’ built alongside three students from Alhambra High School in California.

Kung partnered with Pennzoil and SEMA for the project that started out with an old Maverick and saw it totally transformed into a bespoke creation mimicking the design of the actor’s Datsun 240Z, unveiled at SEMA 2015.

The Maverick’s bodywork is totally new and includes a set of flared wheel arches, a custom front bumper, black wing mirrors mounted in front of the wheels and a unique set of deep-dish gold aftermarket wheels.

Additionally, the original engine of the Maverick has been replaced with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder from the current sixth-gen Mustang, promising to radically improve the vehicle’s performance.

As impressive as the finished product is, the most important part proved to be the building process. During construction, the father of one of the students passed away, leaving him understandably devastated yet eager to see the build through to the end. The students also learned some invaluable skills for working on cars while surrounded by experienced tutors and mechanics.

For their efforts, Ford awarded the car with a Corporate Design Award due to its significant contribution to vehicle design.


  • Michael Smith

    I think it is gawdy !!! Considering his 240Z from last year this car isn’t meant to be riced out !

    • Tra1aW

      Eh this is only a Ford. At least they made it prettier

      • DeCode

        AGREED. Considering it’s roots, I’m impressed he had the vision to polish a turd like the Maverick. And before anyone flips out, when I was a kid, I thought the Maverick GT was it when I was like 6.
        This is pretty awesome though. I like how they used the Ecoboost 4 for motivation as well.

  • kachuks

    Cool story, but more pics of the car.

  • Blade t

    Would be nice to see more than 2 pics of the car

  • antbee

    More pictures of the car please? From what I can see of it, it looks friggin’ awesome!

  • An Existing Person

    My favorite build out of SEMA this year.

  • TheHake

    Looks AMAZING!

  • Ron Rudolph

    Outstanding effort and contribution to the Youth whom experienced this life changing challenge ! Kudos to you Sung Kang! The design speaks for itself, the personality of the design is epic ! The engineering flawless !

  • TheBelltower

    Sooo they chose a Maverick. What’s in-line for next year at SEMA… A Pinto wagon? A Vega?

  • Wandering_Spirit


  • Six Thousand Times

    The whole thing makes you feel good about humanity.

  • Cameron

    Is that the dude from Tokyo Drift?!

    • Joe C

      Yes it is.

  • Konstantin Konyahin


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