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After attracting Ford’s attention in 2009, Aaron Vaccar has designed several vehicles for the Ford SEMA Show Booth

After attracting Ford’s attention in 2009, Aaron Vaccar has designed several vehicles for the Ford SEMA Show Booth

In 2015 Ford asked Aaron Vaccar to add his personal design touches to a 2015 Ford Edge Sport AWD 2.7L EcoBoost for the 2015 SEMA Show

In 2015 Ford asked Aaron Vaccar to add his personal design touches to a 2015 Ford Edge Sport AWD 2.7L EcoBoost for the 2015 SEMA Show

The name Aaron Vaccar may be unfamiliar to many, but Aaron is quickly building a name, as well as resume of custom vehicles, within the automotive industry. Building and designing custom cars as been a passion of the Youngstown, Ohio based Vaccar family since the mid 1970’s. With an interest in both design and marketing, Aaron Vaccar began to show promise even before graduating high school when he created his own online aftermarket parts store, ACV Mailorder. Jump forward a few years after Aaron graduated from Youngstown State University and one of Aaron’s custom vehicle designs received print features in Hot Compact and Import (HCI) and Import Tuner magazines. This recognition caught the attention of vehicle manufacturers, and the Ford Motor Company contracted Aaron to design a vehicle for the Ford booth at the 2009 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada.

Since that time Aaron Vaccar has designed several more vehicles for Ford, and even General Motors, for the SEMA show. In 2015 Aaron Vaccar was asked to add his personal design touches to a 2015 Ford Edge Sport. Aaron describes the Vaccar Edge Sport concept as being “all about featured amenities, power for the road, and modern fashion packaging - a perfect blend of next-gen performance and taste, with the functionality of a capable crossover.” Aaron expressed premier styling on the Edge with the use of bespoke brushed finishes and flat metallic textures; as well as an aggressive Rovos Wheels & Continental Tire fitment that is precisely stanced using advanced Air Lift air suspension and a “floating” air tank.

The base vehicle for the Vaccar styled edge is a 2015 Ford Edge Sport all-wheel-drive model powered by one of Ford’s advanced EcoBoost engines. The 2015 Ford Edge Sport is powered by the 2.7L EcoBoost twin-turbocharged direct injection V6 that is also found in the 2015 Ford F150. This engine is rated at 315 Horsepower, and an even more impressive 350 lb-ft of torque as it comes from the Ford assembly line. Since there really isn’t a need to mess around with such a potent engine, Aaron decided to stick with staple performance upgrades.

The Vaccar 2015 Ford Edge Sport is precisely stanced using advanced Air Lift air suspension and a “floating” air tank in the vehicle’s rear hatch

The Vaccar 2015 Ford Edge Sport is precisely stanced using advanced Air Lift air suspension and a “floating” air tank in the vehicle’s rear hatch

Aaron looked to a pair of K&N air filters, both number RC-9350, to provide superior airflow and superior performance to the twin turbo 2015 Ford Edge Sport

Aaron looked to a pair of K&N air filters, both number RC-9350, to provide superior airflow and superior performance to the twin turbo 2015 Ford Edge Sport

One of the easiest ways to increase power output of nearly any vehicle is to reduce the restriction, and improve flow of both the incoming air and outgoing exhaust gasses. With that in mind Aaron Vaccar looked to the automotive aftermarket to help improve the performance of the 2015 Ford Edge Sport. With the 2015 Edge Sport 2.7L EcoBoost being such a new platform, and the fact that the average crossover buyer isn’t a performance minded individual, Aaron quickly realized he didn’t have many options for upgrading the edge.

Not discouraged by the lack of performance options, Aaron decided to design his own upgrades for the 2015 Ford Edge Sport 2.7L EcoBoost. He began with a new prototype twin tube air intake kit of his own design to help increase the amount of air available to the twin EcoBoost turbochargers. The intake itself was of Aaron’s own design, but he knows better than to mess around with inferior air filters. Aaron looked to a pair of custom universal K&N air filters RC-9350, to provide superior airflow and superior performance.

Helping move spent gasses out of the 2015 Ford Edge Sport 2.7L EcoBoost engine is a true-dual exhaust system using stainless steel tubing and Flowmaster mufflers

Helping move spent gasses out of the 2015 Ford Edge Sport 2.7L EcoBoost engine is a true-dual exhaust system using stainless steel tubing and Flowmaster mufflers

The Alea Leather customizable seat coverings add Italian leather style and comfort to the Vaccar 2015 Ford Edge Sport 2.7L EcoBoost

The Alea Leather customizable seat coverings add Italian leather style and comfort to the Vaccar 2015 Ford Edge Sport 2.7L EcoBoost

Knowing the basic principles of increasing performance, Aaron Vaccar said “the twin-turbo'd power plant has also been supplemented with balanced upgrades to amplify inhaling and exhaling harmonies.” Helping move spent gasses out of the Ford 2.7L EcoBoost engine is another Vaccar prototype, this time in the way of a true-dual exhaust system. Aaron’s custom Ford Edge Sport exhaust utilizes Flowmaster HP-2 mufflers & stainless steel piping to provide both a boost in power and a more aggressive exhaust note.

Additional interior amenities inspired Aaron to say “This Edge Sport isn’t just 'up-to-date', it's cutting-Edge for the future!” For the performance enthusiast who likes to keep an eye on their engine’s health, Aaron added Auto Meter boost, water temperature, and volt meter American Muscle gauges to a center dash mounted triple gauge pod. The Alea Leather seat coverings add Italian leather style and comfort while having been tested and approved for airbag deployment. Alea Leather’s customizable packages easily allowed Aaron to add the Vaccar touch to the 2015 Ford Edge Sport’s interior.

No matter if you’re in need of K&N Universal Air Filters for a custom air intake system, or just looking for easy to install K&N Air Filters for the Ford Edge, K&N can provide the superior airflow and superior performance needed for merging onto a highway, passing a slow moving vehicle, or driving up a steep grade. Find an authorized K&N Dealer in almost any part of the world using the K&N Dealer Search.


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