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$90,000 FireBall Camaro With 990HP Ready To Challenge Hellcats 3
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in Camaro, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Videos, new cars, SEMA, SEMA show, video on 11 3rd, 2016

The maker of the FireBall Camaro almost describes this build as the ultimate Hellcat and Roush ‘Stang hunter. We think it has something to do with the car’s 990 hp power figure.
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Dozens Of Customized Fords Take SEMA By Storm 3
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Ford Mustang, Galleries, SEMA, SEMA show, tuning on 11 3rd, 2016

A seemingly never-ending array of modified Fords are currently on display at SEMA from a range of different tuners who've tweaked some of the brand's most popular models.
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Kia Hits Las Vegas With Array of Custom Concepts 3
Posted by Brad Anderson in Galleries, Kia, SEMA, SEMA show on 11 3rd, 2016

Kia is displaying no less than four eye-catching concepts at SEMA 2016, designed to provide for different active lifestyles and to show off the company's interest in custom vehicles.
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Ken Block And Ryan Tuerck’s Insane Drift Cars Pose At SEMA 3
Posted by Brad Anderson in drifting, Ferrari, ferrari 458, Ford, Ford Mustang, Gymkhana, Ken Block, SEMA, SEMA show, TOYOTA, Toyota 86, tuning on 11 3rd, 2016

Two experts in the art of getting a car sideways are displaying their latest creations at the ongoing SEMA Show 2016.Yes, we're of course talking about Ken Block and Ryan Tuerck.
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Honda Civic Type R Prototype Celebrates U.S. Debut At SEMA 3
Posted by Brad Anderson in honda, Honda Civic, Honda Civic Type-R, Hot Hatch, SEMA, SEMA show on 11 3rd, 2016

Following the world premiere of the 2018 Honda Civic Type R Prototype at the Paris Auto Show, the car is celebrating its North American debut at SEMA 2016 in Las Vegas.
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SpeedKore’s Full Carbon Muscle Cars Stun At SEMA 2
Posted by Brad Anderson in Dodge, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, Ford, Ford Mustang, Ford Videos, Plymouth, SEMA, tuning, video on 11 2nd, 2016

Among the most intriguing cars currently on display at SEMA 2016 are four carbon fiber-clad muscle cars built by the SpeedKore Performance Group.
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Chevy’s Colorado ZH2 Can Power A Small Field Hospital For Hours 2
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet Concepts, concepts, SEMA, SEMA show on 11 2nd, 2016

Fuel cell vehicles are often boring, awkwardly shaped machines, built with maximum efficiency in mind, but not this one.
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Ford & FCA Dominate SEMA Awards Once Again 2
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Dodge, Dodge Charger, FCA, Ford, Ford F-150, Ford F-Series, Ford Mustang, Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, Mopar, SEMA, SEMA show on 11 2nd, 2016

Want to know which are the best cars and trucks for tuning? Wonder no more, because the ballots have been cast and the tallies are in from this year's SEMA show.
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Restomod FJ43 Crawls Out Of The Eighties And Into SEMA 2
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Classics, SEMA, SEMA show, TOYOTA, Toyota FJ Cruiser, Toyota Land Cruiser on 11 2nd, 2016

That 2,000-horsepower monster may have garnered the lion's share of attention when it came to Toyota Land Cruisers at the SEMA show this year, but those who appreciate craftsmanship and classic forms will want to take a look at the vehicle you see here.
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Ford Shows Twin Turbo Mustang Cobra Jet Concept At SEMA: Video 31
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Concept Vehicle, Ford, Kurt, Mustang Cobra Jet, SEMA on 10 31st, 2012

Ford’s Mustang Cobra Jet Twin-Turbo – image: Ford Motor Company

In the process of developing its fuel-saving EcoBoost technology, Ford has learned a thing or two about optimizing a twin-turbo setup for maximum performance, too. It makes sense, then, that Ford would find a way to add a biturbo setup to its factory-built, turn-key drag racer, the limited-production Mustang Cobra Jet.

Relaunched in 2008, the modern Cobra Jets originally got a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8, but this was swapped for the 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 in 2011. Customers can now buy Cobra Jets with or without a supercharger, and it’s likely that the twin-turbo Cobra Jet will join the lineup in the not-too-distant future.

Why turbocharging over supercharging? As Ford explains it, the 2.9-liter supercharger used on the Cobra Jet can rob as much as 100 horsepower from the engine at high boost. Turbos, on the other hand, produce nearly “free” horsepower, but need to be tuned to overcome turbo lag. For the Cobra Jet, Ford is using ball-bearing turbos with low-inertia titanium aluminide turbine wheels for the quickest spool-up.

Ford isn’t releasing performance numbers on the concept Mustang just yet, as it’s still in the developmental stage. Once the setup is optimized for both performance and durability, we’re sure it will be terrorizing dragstrips from coast to coast.

2013 Chevy Camaro To Come In Hot Wheels Edition 30
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2013 Chevy Camaro Hot Wheels Edition, Automotive, Chevrolet, Kurt, SEMA on 10 30th, 2012

2013 Camaro Hot Wheels Edition – image: GM Corp

Growing up, we’d bet that all of us had extensive collections of Hot Wheels cars and related accessories. Eventually we progressed on to slot cars, then things with motors and wheels, and eventually, real cars. For many of us, our passion for automobiles can be traced back to our first Hot Wheels track set, complete with jumps, loops and clamps that provided plenty of gravity-induced acceleration.

2013 Camaro Hot Wheels Edition – image: GM Corp

Chevy understands that some people never grow out of that, so it’s created an officially licensed Camaro Hot Wheels Edition, which made its official debut at this week’s SEMA show. Available in both V-6 and V-8 versions, as well as coupe of convertible body styles, each special edition Camaro starts with a Kinetic Blue paint job with ghost flame graphics.

2013 Camaro Hot Wheels Edition – image: GM Corp

Next, the cars get a ZL1 upper grille, a ZL1 rear spoiler (coupes only), an aero body kit, 21-inch wheels (complete with the familiar red stripe), matte hood graphics, blackout taillight panel graphics and Hot Wheels logos. Inside, Hot Wheels cars get a black leather trimmed interior with red accent stitching and Hot Wheels logos on the seats and door sills.

2013 Camaro Hot Wheels Edition – image: GM Corp

A limited run of Hot Wheels Camaros will be built in the first quarter of 2013, so we wouldn’t put off a trip to your local Chevy dealer if you want one parked in your own garage. The package will add $6,995 to the price of the car.

Bisimoto Builds Hyundai A 600 Horsepower Elantra GT For SEMA 24
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT, auto show, Automotive, Hyundai, Kurt, SEMA, Tuners on 10 24th, 2012

Bisimoto Engineering’s Hyundai Elantra GT

If we had to pick a favorite front-wheel-drive Hyundai model, chances are good the nod would go to the new Elantra GT, Hyundai’s answer to the Mazda3 and VW Golf. It’s got plenty of room inside, handles impressively well for a non-hot hatch and gives buyers a surprising amount of luxury at a bargain basement price. While the 148 horsepower cranked out by the GT’s 1.8-liter four is enough for commuting duties, it really isn’t enough to provide solid entertainment value.

Enter Bisimoto Engineering, a California tuner that will soon be answering the question, “exactly how much horsepower CAN you get from Hyundai’s 1.8-liter Nu four cylinder?” For SEMA 2012, Bisimoto is building an Elantra GT that promises to deliver 600+ horsepower, which works out to be a truly impressive 333 horsepower per liter.

As for the “how” part, Bisimoto will use forged pistons and connecting rods to ensure structural integrity before adding a Turbonetics turbcharger, water-methanol injection and high-pressure fuel injectors. We suspect there’s a high pressure fuel pump delivering that fuel, along with Bisimoto-developed ECU programming.

There are no details on suspension or brake mods, but we suspect the car will ride on coilovers and benefit from a big brake kit, larger wheels and stickier rubber. If there’s a body kit, it’s a tasteful one, even though the paint job is a bit less than subtle.

While a 600 horsepower FWD hatchback is a bit extreme for street use, it’s good to know that tuners can extract that much horsepower from a basic 1.8-liter Hyundai mill. Making a reliable 250 horsepower, then, should be no trouble at all.

Hyundai Bringing Veloster ‘Velocity’ Concept To SEMA: Video 16
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Concept Vehicle, Hyundai, Hyundai Velocity Concept, Hyundai Veloster, Kurt, SEMA, video on 10 16th, 2012

Hyundai’s Veloster “Velocity” concept

If you like the idea behind Hyundai’s Veloster Turbo but think the Korean automaker could have upped performance a few more notches, chances are that you’ll love the Velocity concept that Hyundai is bringing to this year’s SEMA Show. Like the Track’ster concept shown by family brand Kia at this year’s Chicago Auto Show, the Velocity seems to ask the question, “how far to the performance extreme can we take a production car?”

A collaborative effort between Hyundai America’s Design and Engineering divisions, the Velocity gets the best components available. It’s 1.6-liter turbo engine was pulled and shipped to Cosworth Engineering, which fitted it with new pistons, connecting rods, larger turbos, a bigger intercooler, a revised intake system, a higher-flow fuel system and custom ECU maps, which boosts output to “over” 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Underneath, the Velocity gets Bilstein springs and dampers, Brembo four-piston calipers and 19-inch HRE wheels shod with Kumho Ecsta SPT tires.

Outside, the Velocity wears a racing design motif in a white, red and gray livery with a ghosted Hyundai logo on the doors. The body kit was designed specifically to reduce front and rear lift at speed, and consists of new front and rear fascias, a front splitter, a rear diffuser, side skirts and a basket-handle rear wing.

Inside, Sparco supplied new seat belts, while Race-Keeper provided a video GPS data acquisition system for keeping track of your lap times. CPR installed an integrated roll bar, while Katzkin provided black and red suede for the Velocity’s seats and interior trim.

Like the Track’ster, we seriously doubt the Velocity will see production, but we’re encouraged by the fact that this is the second Cosworth-tuned car Hyundai is showing at SEMA. Could this be the start of an ongoing, performance-related relationship? We certainly hope so.

Cosworth Building ‘Ultimate Performance’ Genesis Coupe For SEMA 5
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Concept Cars, Cosworth, Hyundai, Kurt, SEMA on 10 5th, 2012

The Cosworth Racing Genesis Series, coming to SEMA 2012

In case you needed another reason to make a pilgrimage to Las Vegas for this year’s SEMA show, here it is: Hyundai has teamed up with new development partner Cosworth to create what it’s billing as the “ultimate” Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Called the Cosworth Genesis Racing Series (CGRS), the satin blue coupe is designed to deliver performance gains without sacrificing driveability, making it the best compromise between a street car and a track day car.

Starting with Hyundai’s 3.8-liter V-6, Cosworth adds its own intake and exhaust systems, installs its own ECU programming and improves thermal management to boost output to 389 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. That’s a gain of 41 horsepower and 30 pound-feet of torque compared to a stock 3.8-liter Genesis Coupe.

Further enhancing performance, the CGRS gets a Cosworth big brake system and a Cosworth performance suspension. Details on either upgrade are lacking, and Cosworth is best known for its engine tuning, so we suspect the suspension and brake upgrades come from a third-party manufacturer.

The Cosworth Racing Genesis Series, coming to SEMA 2012

Aside from the in-your-face satin blue paint, exterior changes are subtle to preserve the Genesis Coupe’s styling. Add-ons include a new front bumper with brake cooling ducts, a front splitter, side skirts, a diffuser, a trunk spoiler, unique wheels and Cosworth logos. Unlike many SEMA concepts, this is one you could drive to work without embarrassment.

Inside, the CGRS gets a Cosworth-logo steering wheel, shift knob, machined pedals and shift boot. Further styling tweaks include two-tone seats and a two-tone interior treatment.

We hope this is the start of a lasting relationship between the two companies, because a Cosworth-engined production Genesis Coupe would certainly get our attention.

High Gear Concept Chosen For SEMA All-Female Build 7
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Ford, Ford Mustang GT, High Gear Mustang Concept, Kurt, SEMA on 06 7th, 2012

The High Gear Mustang Concept, designed by Jennifer Seely

To show that women are as capable of designing and building cars as men, Ford teamed up with the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) to sponsor the inaugural SEMA Mustang Build Powered by Women. Three proposed designs were posted online, and fans got to vote for the concept they’d most like to see built.

In the end, a concept called High Gear, penned by Ford’s Jennifer Seely, won top honors. Seely drew her styling inspiration from categories as diverse as jewelry, couture clothing and architecture, and says the theme carries an international influence as well.

Based on a 2013 Mustang GT (which was donated to the project by Ford), the SEMA build will get a satin black paint scheme, accented by rose-gold wheels, mirror caps and exterior trim. Inside, more rose-gold accents the cabin, which also sports leather trim and quilted black suede seats.

The Mustang will get engine, suspension, drivetrain and audio system upgrades as well, although details on these upgrades are lacking. High Gear will debut at this year’s SEMA show, and it will be auctioned on eBay afterward to raise money for the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund.