Neon lights, parts displays, wheels and endless branding—this is what you know about the Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association show in Las Vegas. I had never been to SEMA before, but I knew of its reputation for ridiculousness. But I wondered, could I find something truly rad there?
SEMA cars don’t usually do it for me as they tend to be more show than go, but Kelly-Moss Road and Race built a ridiculous 911 that’s meant to go everywhere. Words cannot express how much I want to hoon a 911 through the dirt, and the car that won SEMA’s “Best Off-Road Vehicle” is extremely relevant to my interests.
The only thing better than a Hellcat is a Demon. The only thing better than a Demon is a Hellcat engine with 1,100 horsepower. The only thing better than that is when the engine is stuffed into an AMC Javelin AMX. And the only thing better than that? When it’s all wrapped up in JALOP GOLD.
When the Ford Focus RS came to the United States, it captured our hearts not only because of its awesome hot-hatchiness, but also because it entertained the little drift demon that lives inside all of us with its Drift Mode.
It’s Day 593 into the war. Or Day 840. Or 1,383. You can’t keep track anymore. And it’s not really your job to, anyways. You’re just the scout. The runner. You simply complete the missions until there aren’t any more to complete. You aren’t paid to ask questions.
Revology, an Orlando-based manufacturer of classic Mustangs, just debuted its new reproduction 600 horsepower Shelby GT500 at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association in Las Vegas. And though the car is far from cheap, it takes good looks from the ’67 pony, and melds them with modern components. And that’s…
I could be wrong, but I think there’s a pretty stereotypical checklist of items you need to complete in order to be considered manly. An affinity for meat. A thirst for whiskey. A love of going outdoors. Flannel. Ron Swanson stuff—and stuff I can generally get behind. But this new RTR truck concept? I dunno.
I know more than a few folks who had just one question about the new 2017 Honda Civic Type R: “When can I get that engine?” For those of you with dreams of swapping this powerful turbo motor into something else, there’s finally good news. Sort of.
There’s good news for everyone who’s been prowling Copart for wrecked Dodge Hellcat Chargers and Challengers: Fiat Chrysler’s Mopar division just announced a new 6.2-liter supercharged crate engine kit called “Hellcrate.” Because every car deserves 707 horsepower.
Well-known aftermarket exhaust purveyor Borla is applying an ancient technology to its new product and I am tentatively intrigued. Its new “Polyphonic” exhausts use a series of different-sized pipes to make multiple notes simultaneously just like a pipe organ.
The turbocharged, rotary-powered FD Mazda RX-7 is one of the most legendary Japanese cars ever, but even with modifications, it was never really the hypercar-slayer that its owners dreamed it to be—until now. Here’s everything you need to know about what could be the most powerful and unique Mazda RX-7 ever made.
The folks at Roush Performance are under the impression that a Ford Focus RS with 350 horsepower and a “drift mode” is not quite bonkers enough. So naturally they cranked up the output, decked it out with some other mods and showed it off at SEMA.
The 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is like a Ford Raptor Lite—daily drivable pickup with strong off-road pretenses. The Taco’s just a little smaller. And slower. And not that much cheaper. But you can still get it with three pedals, so it’s hard to hate—and it’s going racing for real next year, in the desert.
Kia’s treating its SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association) concept cars as a chance to do some healthy pretending. Specifically, Kia is pretending that it can build fully-autonomous cars. The result is actually quite interesting, especially in the case of this Soul concept. Kia gets the basic key to…
By far the best things to come out of SEMA that don’t involve rhinestones are the race cars that somehow sneak into the show. Naturally, Ford’s latest turn-key racer, the Mustang GT4, looks to be shined up for the show but mostly built for go—just like we like it.
Aftermarket parts house Proform has blessed our unworthy eyeballs with this magical glistening creation, showcased at this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association show. Doing this to a crate engine is SEMA distilled into its glitziest, silliest, and most pointless essence, and it’s perfect.
Jeep just dropped a 1966 Jeep CJ body onto a second-gen Wrangler frame, bolted on some modern Wrangler bumpers and threw in some Dodge Viper seats. The result is a true masterpiece.
SEMA is mostly bro trucks and sad sack automaker cash-ins, but there are still some genuinely wonderful things that come to Vegas. For instance: this water-cooled Porsche 997 kitted out to look like a legendary slant-nose from the 911's air-cooled days.