Cars Coming Soon: Hot Hatches of SEMA
If you want to see some seriously over-the-top designs and custom work on cars, the SEMA Show in Las Vegas is where you need to go. Massive wings, wide body kits, outrageous colors and more turbos and intercoolers than you can shake a stick at all shout for the attention of show visitors.
This year’s show, just a few weeks away, won’t disappoint the tuner crowd. Especially with the treats being served up in the form of a whole lot of Ford Focus ST variations, and one very special 400-hp Hyundai “Velocity.”
Hyundai’s Velocity is actually a souped-up Veloster.
The Hyundai Veloster Turbo Velocity concept was designed at Hyundai’s America Technical Center in Irvine, CA, to be a street car that is also at home on the track.
The Veloster’s stock turbo engine got the Cosworth treatment, resulting in a new turbocharger, intercooler, intake manifold and engine controller, along with a custom exhaust system. All the improvements translate to 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, which required Hyundai to upgraded the car’s suspension and brakes. I’ll take one, please!
On the Ford side, Tanner Foust Racing, Bojix Design, M&J Enterprises, Galpin Auto Sports and Steeda Autosports all chipped in with different takes on the Ford Focus ST. Results range from outright sinister (Foust’s design) to a little too over-the-top for my tastes (the Galpin car).
Do you prefer your cars stock, or would you take yours after the SEMA treatment?