Custom Ford builds are always a treat, and there were plenty on the floor at SEMA 2022 as aftermarket parts suppliers and tuners showed off what they could make. While The Blue Oval itself didn’t have a first hand presence at the show, it made a point to highlight several exemplary machines, including a custom 2022 Mustang Mach-E GT by Tucci Hot Rods and a few examples of the Ford F-150 Lightning. A custom Ford Transit van was also present at the show, dubbed the Digital Nomad and built by John Pangilinan.
The Ford Transit Digital Nomad has everything an off-road traveler could ever want in their van, including a built-in air compressor and an off-road assistance kit to help it even in the least ideal situations. It has a full sliding kitchen a refrigerator for the ultimate culinary experience while camping. A 270-degree awning grants shade outside the vehicle, and is very off-road capable to reach even the toughest camping spots. Under the hood, is Ford’s 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine mated to The Blue Oval’s all-wheel-drive system.
The Transit lineup recently gained the all-new 2023 Ford Transit Trail, which would have been a great starting point for this build. Alas, that’s not the case here, but the Transit Trail is available in several configurations that are prime for upfitting, including medium- and high-roof models, along with a high-roof extended-length variant for maximum interior space. Compared to the regular Transit, the Transit Trail features a 3.5-inch ride height lift, making it off-road capable right from the factory. Its 3.5L V6 EcoBoost produces 310 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, and is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission for up to 6,500 pounds of max towing capacity.
With all that in mind, the Transit Trail will make it much easier for buyers of a Ford Transit to customize their vehicle to suit any off-road need, showing that the Digital Nomad is ahead of its time.