At this time of year, one place in the world overflows with the coolest, fastest, most outrageous cars in the world. OK, two if you include Jay Leno’s garage, but I’m specifically talking about the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, better known as SEMA, happening through today in Las Vegas.
SEMA brings together the world’s greatest auto customizers, tuners and manufacturers with the promise of transforming even the most mundane cars into flat-out super-beasts.
For proof of that statement, look no further than what Bisimoto did to the Honda CR-Z, turning the most anemic “sports” car ever into the 533-hp bullet you see above. Bisimoto either proved the CR-Z is every bit as customizable as the old CRX, or at least showed that enough cash can overcome any car’s shortcomings. Either way, that’s what makes SEMA ooze pure awesomeness; and that CR-Z is just the tip of the ol’ iceberg. Heck, there was even a Toyota Camry NASCAR edition present.
For the first time, SEMA handed out awards this year for the hottest car, truck and 4X4/SUV. The awards were given to one model in each category, which are favorites of the customizers in attendance and deemed by SEMA organizers as the most accessory-friendly new models on the market.
For the inaugural awards, the SEMA heads have selected as winners the Chevrolet Camaro, Ford F-Series and the Jeep Wrangler, calling them “vehicles that consumers can confidently turn to for unlimited possibilities in personalization.”
If your personal preferences lean towards spending the day at the track, the Camaro SSX Concept is your dream come true. The car builders used carbon fiber in the trunk lid, hood, fenders and doors to keep weight as low as possible, while tuning the 6.2-liter V8 with new aluminum cylinder heads, a new camshaft and swapping in a dry-sump oil system, all for an output of about 524 horsepower.
Calling its creation the Pit Boss, Airhead Kustoms changed the already-rugged and powerful 2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty into the ultimate tow and support truck, built to get your race car to the track in style. Power was increased for the mighty F-350 with the addition of a Snow Performance water/methanol injection system, Nitrous Express diesel nitrous system and an AFE Power cold air intake.
Even if race cars aren’t your thing, the SEMA Show will still put you into sensory overload. Everything from extreme hot rods to hoppin’ hybrids, and all the parts to personalize them, fill the halls at the coolest gathering of automotive aftermarket awesomeness on the planet.
Do you personalize your ride with aftermarket products? If so, do you use performance pieces, cosmetic bits, or both?