The SEMA Present is not like every other motor present on the planet. For 4 days in Las Vegas a few of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers, in addition to essentially the most expert customized automotive builders, showcase the wildest and most spectacular automotive creations they will muster.
SEMA stands for Specialty Tools Market Affiliation and is a US-based however international aftermarket physique with greater than 10,000 members. Due to that, the SEMA Present is not centered on the most recent manufacturing fashions like a typical motor present and as a substitute each producers and aftermarket firms try to out-do one another with essentially the most head-turning creation they will bolt collectively.
It isn’t simply frivolous enjoyable although, the present is a means for manufacturers to showcase new merchandise and traits within the automotive house. Latest exhibits have seen an growing give attention to electrification, with the ‘electrical restomod’ trade taking middle stage in recent times.
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This yr Normal Motors stayed away and Ford minimize down its personal presences, however there have been nonetheless some superb automobiles on show. We have picked 5 of our favorites however the actuality is there are simply too many fascinating automobiles at SEMA to incorporate all of them.
NISMO Off-Highway Frontier V8 Idea
Questioning what a Nissan model of a Ford Ranger Raptor rival may appear to be? Nissan gave the reply on the SEMA Present with this creation. The Nissan Frontier is the US equal to the Navara, and for the present the Japanese model commissioned Forsberg Racing to squeeze the 5.6-liter V8 from the larger Titan pick-up (and Patrol off-roader) beneath the bonnet and match wide-track suspension with specifically developed NISMO-Bilstein shock absorbers.
Is it only for present although? Again on the 2018 SEMA Present, Nissan constructed a 370Z powered by the three.0-liter twin-turbo V6 from the Infiniti Q60 Pink Sport – the engine that finally ended up within the new Z. So may this NISMO Off-Highway idea level to a future V8-powered Frontier?
On the different finish of the spectrum, Nissan additionally helped flip a 1987 Sunny into an electrical automobile. The compact ute has the 110kW electrical powertrain from the Leaf hatch beneath the bonnet, which can not sound like a lot however is sort of double the facility the unique petrol engine provided.
It was completed off in a retro Nissan off-road racing livery from the Nineteen Eighties to finish the look.
‘Swiss Military Knife’ Ford F-150 Lightning
The Blue Oval celebrated its widespread electrical pick-up, the F-150 Lightning, with a number of SEMA customs, however this creation constructed with customizer Neil Tjin is our choose. The appropriately named ‘Swiss Military Knife’ is a “jack-of-all-trades” in accordance with Ford, with a wide range of additions that make it appropriate for a wide selection of duties.
It has photo voltaic charging, a transportable fridge, air compressor and Thule cargo equipment on the roof and tray. There’s additionally house for a pair of e-bikes, which makes this the perfect weekend getaway automotive that highlights the Lightning in a brand new means.
Subaru-powered Porsche 911 GT3
As we talked about earlier, SEMA might have large identify producers on present, however the smaller, impartial customized automotive builders are simply as essential – and inventive. This particular venture backed by Japanese oil model, Eneos, is an ideal instance.
DevSpeed Motorsports purchased a crashed Porsche 911 GT3 (997 technology) that got here with out an engine. As an alternative of discovering an unique Porsche flat-six, the group behind the automotive discovered a distinct boxer engine – a 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-four from a Subaru WRX STI.
Whereas not the unique engine, the Subaru boxer punches tougher than the unique Porsche motor, making 405kW and weighing greater than 70kg much less for a good higher power-to-weight ratio – even when it is going to upset Porsche purists.
Lexus GX460 Overland Idea
Consider Toyota-built off-road SUVs and likelihood is you do not consider the Lexus GX, largely as a result of your thoughts will immediately go to the LandCruiser, but additionally as a result of the Prado-based luxurious mannequin is not offered in Australia.
However after seeing what Lexus and Cruiser Outfitters created for SEMA, we want it was obtainable right here. Completed in an unmissable harlequin paint job and loaded with off-road extras – together with an Aussie ARB fridge, Yakima roof tent and Previous Man Emu suspension – that is an SUV to take you anyplace and do it in consolation and elegance.
Jeep CJ Surge Idea
One of many current traits on the SEMA Present has been the creation of electrical restomods, such because the Ford F-100 Eluminator and Chevrolet Challenge X in 2021. For this yr it was Jeep who mixed its previous and future by taking an previous CJ mannequin and swapping the petrol engine for a brand new electrical powertrain.
The 200kW motor sits beneath the bonnet, whereas the 50kWh battery pack is mounted within the rear (the place the again seats would sometimes be). This can be a case research for the model to see if it will probably create a variety of appropriate electrical ‘crate motors’ for patrons who need to swap their very own Jeeps to battery energy.