Pink wheels. Bad paint. Crazy customs. Tucked-in T-shirts. Scene kids. Buyers. Exhibitors. Capital-M Media. SEMA is a nexus for the aftermarket, and all that that entails. It can be vulgar, it can be crass, it can be revolting and amazing all at once. And there's a very good reason for all that: money.
The 450-hp ARK Performance Hyundai Genesis Coupe headed for SEMA got us wondering: How many homogeneously-tuned Gennie Coupes have hit the Vegas show? Being fresh out of interns to do the research, we'll just assume the number's 3,129.
Wanna rebel against tradition? Spit in the eye of convention? Enrage old fogies and confuse the kids? This is how you do it. The Fairlane Afterburner; one of the most original and over-the-top customs we've seen in a while.
The new Ford Taurus SHO is a pretty sweet ride, but the fellas at Mobsteel have gotten their hands on one and blacked it out, smoothed things over and slammed it to the ground. We're not sure about this one.
Seibon's created replacement carbon fiber bodies for the Smart and Elise. The former? Ludicrous. The latter? Potentially amazing, as carbon fiber's for making things lighter. Unfortunately, both are heavier and $10,000 more than stock counterparts.
Since Michelin's been dragging its wheels forever on the Tweel project, Resilient Technologies announced a competitor called, unimaginatively, the Non-Pneumatic Tire (NPT), which is being developed with US Military cooperation with planned prototype delivery scheduled for late 2011.
If you've ever seen a Mazda rotary engine or driven an RX, you've wanted the same powerplant plopped into the nose of a Miata. Mike Burlas Design has done just that and thrown in a turbo.
Dunkel Industries' Luxury 4x4, built on a Ford F-650/F-750 chassis, measures an astonishing 32 feet long! It's designed to transport the space shuttle to the launch pad, tow battleships into dry dock and house a family of nine. [Pickuptrucks.com]
Toyota's Tundra Midnight Rider Tailgater concept by Brooks & Dunn has got western belt buckle-styled door handles. As the name implies, it's designed to be the ultimate tailgating vehicle. But seriously, belt buckle handles.
Toyota's taken a Lexus GS, dropped on a bunch of F-Sport accessories and painted it a metallic brown for SEMA. The car looks the F-in' part, although no word on whether the engine upgrades are F-sporty. Still, it is brown.
The Ford SVT Raptor XT, a production version of the fully-caged, coilover-suspended, 6.2-liter, 500HP Raptor Baja pre-runner. Pick up your jaws and believe, Ford's building fifty and selling 'em for a cool $99,950.
Ford Racing has pulled the wraps off the 2010 Cobra Jet Mustang, a snarling factory turnkey drag racer. Not just a new skin, it's a completely rethought racer which does everything hardcore drag racers could want right from the factory.