The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show could only be held in Las Vegas. SEMA is North America’s annual trade show for the tuning and customization market, and it’s traditionally packed with weird displays from everyone including the major manufacturers to independent tuning shops.
This year the Las Vegas Convention Center has been packed with more crazy creations than ever, including a dragster disguised as a boring sedan.
Here are the highlights of SEMA 2014.
The Toyota Camry Dragster
Created by Toyota’s Motorsports Technical Center, this is, absolutely, the highlight of SEMA. It looks just like a regular nondescript Camry from the outside, but lift up the body and you’ll find a dragster chassis that has an 850-hp 5.7-liter supercharged V8, complete with nitrous injection. Yowza.
The Sinkhole Corvette
In February of this year a giant sinkhole opened in the ground beneath the Corvette museum, swallowing eight classic ‘Vettes. The first to be rescued and restored is on display at SEMA… a fitting symbol of Corvette’s turnaround from American joke car to international supercar.
The Lexus NX 200t F Sport
Lexus is traditionally a fairly buttoned-up and proper car fit for a gentleman. Now the tuner crowd can enjoy a Lexus, too. Check out the customized NX 200t F Sport model. It’s got a body kit, lowered suspension and 21-inch wheels. All things that no one really needs, especially on a crossover SUV. Weird, right? It’s okay, though, because this is SEMA, and actual usability doesn’t matter.
The Ford Mustang King Cobra
The Ford King Cobra is a Mustang tuned up to 11. Imagine taking every piece of racing and performance parts that Ford makes and fitting it into one car. A 600-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8 lurks under that snakeskin hood and will motivate the King Cobra to complete the quarter-mile in an amazing 10.97 seconds. Just don’t tell anyone at Ford that the Camry dragster will do it in 10 flat.
This Honda Fit
Dumb cars are allowed at SEMA, too. The evidence of that lies with this customized Honda Fit, which looks like a regular Fit that’s been in some kind of horrible accident. It’s squashed in some places, stretched in others, lowered to ride just higher than road pebbles, and probably features a hot tub in the back seat. That’s just conjecture, though.
What’s your favorite car from SEMA 2014?