2012

2012

Details on one of the vehicles that will be stealing the show in Las Vegas have finally started to surface online, and they’re making us drool. The first Ford Mustang package for the SEMA has been provided by Mothers, Autosport Dynamics, and RTR, and includes some exterior modifications, interior tweaks, and a killer engine upgrade.

The Mustang package starts off with an aggressive RTR carbon-fiber body kit and continues with a new set of wheels and tires and a track-ready suspension. These elements were then draped in a lusciously red exterior paint finish for the ultimate muscle car look. For the interior, the tuner has chosen to add a new set of custom Sparco seats, a new cockpit, and custom upholstery.

Under the hood, the Ford Mustang’s 5.0 liter V8 engine was updated to produce a speedy 650 HP - a significant increase compared to the standard 420 HP. No details have been provided as to how these extra 230 ponies were achieved, but we’ll dig a little deeper to find out once the 2012 SEMA Auto Show pens its doors.

For right now, all we can say is, Vaughn Gittin Jr., your Mustang is ready!

Ford is reestablishing their tuning connection with K-Daddyz Kustomz with another rendition of the F-150 for the SEMA Auto Show. This tuning package really isn’t anything new considering this team put together the same package for the 2009 SEMA Auto Show , but hopefully we’ll be pleasantly surprised with new upgrades when the show doors open.

The Ford F-150 by K-Daddyz Kustomz is based on a 2013 Ford F-150 FX2 Sport Super Cab and features the same description as the tuning package from a few years ago: street influence with a touch of urban luxury. In art, that translates to a bright red monochromatic exterior paint finish with new 24-inch wheels and tires. The first details suggest that the model will also include a fully detailed undercarriage and a mind-blowing Rockford Fosgate audio system.

Under the hood, the tuner will keep the same 5.0 liter Ti-VCT V8 engine, but will add a supercharger that will most likely will help in increasing the standard output of 360 HP.

Katzkin - the global leader in vehicle interior transformation - will be celebrating its 30th anniversary by unveiling a series of 100 vehicles with updated interiors. One of them will be based on the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo which will include both exterior and interior updates.

The new Veloster "KX 1 Concept" will feature two Katzkin leather front seats, and an updated dashboard and center console. The interior also looks highly modified with a very cool paint scheme that coincides with the grey exterior paint finish and orange racing stripes.

Katzkin will also be unveiling the company’s latest VIS 2.0 (Vehicle Interior Selector) configurator that allows customers to design the interior of their vehicles in whichever way they desire. This new program will allow customers to better select premium, custom, and limited edition interior designs. The VIS 2.0 system will be integrated into the dashboard for guests to experience the new and easier navigational “How to Buy” features.

Tuning packages for muscle cars and sports cars are always fun to look at, but every once in awhile, we need a tuned up truck that will answer the needs of every off-roading truck lover in existence. Ford is answering that call with a line-up of updated F-Series pick-up trucks for the 2012 SEMA Auto Show.

The first truck is based on a Ford F-150 FX2 Sport Super Cab and has been developed in cooperation with Truckin’ Magazine. The tuner opted for a grey exterior paint finish with a custom stripe kit in order to provide the car with an aggressive look and feel. This very cool F-150 has also received a new set of wheels,as well as a lowered stance and a high-performance brake package. The interior was largely left alone except for a few luxury touches.

The Ford F-150 FX2 Sport Super Cab by Truckin Magazine is powered by the usual 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 engine, but at this point, we can’t say whether or not the engine has been privy to any engine boosts. That being said, the truck’s 365 HP should be more than enough for off-road adventures.

The rising gas prices have been impacting all of us for many years, but the world of racing seemed almost immune to these price hikes for many years. Well, with the price of fuel teetering in the $4-per-gallon range, even racing circuits are feeling the pinch at the pump. With this pinch and racing series also wanting to become more eco-friendly, they have almost all been looking into ways to modify their cars to fit this mold.

IndyCar and F1 have been at the forefront of these changes, and these changes spawned the birth of the DeltaWing in an attempt to infiltrate IndyCar in 2003. The DeltaWing was ultimately rejected by IndyCar, but its developers didn’t stop there, as they slowly worked toward getting it a spot in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which it finally achieved in 2012. The Nissan DeltaWing, unfortunately, did not finish the 24 Hours of Le Mans , but its strong start did show that it had definite potential.

Now with the DeltaWing scheduled to run in the 2013 American Le Mans Series and taking home fifth place in the 2012 Petite Le Mans, the DeltaWing and its builders are well on their way of realizing their dreams. So what makes the DeltaWing so great?

Click past the jump to read our full review and learn what makes this odd-looking racecar so special.

We’re used to seeing tuning projects that provide a nice little exterior upgrade and a killer engine upgrade to satisfy our need for speed. With regulations getting stricter and electric and hybrid vehicles gaining momentum, we’re going to have to get used to seeing projects with zero engine upgrades and plenty of exterior mods to make up for it. Case in point, the Fisker Karma lineup headed to the 2012 SEMA Auto Show with a variety of paint finishes.

Fisker teamed up with 3M to present four different paint schemes, each introduced for every 24 hours span of the SEMA Auto Show. Four days, four cars, and four colors, all with deep meaning, according to Fisker. The first paint finish for the Karma is a combination of Gloss Burnt Orange and Brushed Black Metallic "October Sun" to commemorate Fall. Next, there’s a Karma "Riverside" painted in Matte White with Gloss Blue Metallic racing stripes - a tribute to American racing heritage.

The third Fisker to be presented will feature a "Classic" Hot Rod Red combined with a bold, brushed aluminum-trimmed Gloss Black stripe honoring the great American custom car scene, while the fourth version - "Onward" - combines a very cool Satin Black and Gloss Burnt Orange to reflect Fisker’s new brand look and feel. This version will also have 3M’s Crystalline Automotive Film applied to its windows.

More details on these painted up Fisker Karmas will be unveiled during the 2012 SEMA Auto Show, so stay tuned.

Although everyone expects the Ford Mustang to be one of the biggest attractions at the upcoming 2012 SEMA Auto Show, we haven’t heard much about the tuning packages that will be displayed in Las Vegas. At least, not until now, as we’ve received the first details on a kit developed by the guys over at Pictographics.

Based on a 2013 Ford Mustang , their Track Fighter package features a paint scheme inspired by a WWII P-51 Mustang, or Major Edwin W. Hiro’s P-51-D airplane, nicknamed the "Horses Itch," to be exact.

The paint scheme is the first noticeable addition, but people don’t just come to SEMA to show off a fresh coat of paint. This Mustang also received a series of rather impressive updates: Doug Thorley Headers and helmets with communication gear; an iPhone and iPad dash integration with RAM mounting brackets; tow hooks; and Boss front splitter. The car sits on a new set of forged wheels wrapped in Nitto tires and combined with a new coil-over suspension system and Eibach springs.

If the Z-Spec 2.5 Concept is a little too much, then you’ll be happy to know that Chevrolet has another Sonic -based concept prepared for the 2012 SEMA Auto Show: the Sonic Z-Spec 1 Concept. This latest concept combines the Z-Spec’s exterior look with a more capable driving experience.

The Z-Spec 1 Concept is painted in a custom Synergy Green color combined with an Ashen Grey Sonic RS rear spoiler and Z-Spec stripe, as well as logos and Piano Black mesh-style upper and lower grilles with Ashen Grey surrounds. The final piece of the exterior is a new set of 18" wheels in a split-spoke design with Synergy Green inserts.

To improve the driving experience, Chevrolet has lowered the ride height with a Chevrolet Performance concept suspension kit, including lowering sprints, performance dampers, and a new concept brake kit featuring four-piston front disc brake calipers with 16-inch rotors. A new Borla exhaust system enhances the sound of the engine.

For the interior, Chevrolet combined Jet Black and Titanium with Chevrolet Accessories stainless steel pedal covers and sill plates. The concept also received some cool technologies like a MyLink color touch screen and Sub and Amp Kit, with a KICKER 200-watt DSP amp and a 200-watt powered subwoofer.

Some may think that the 2012 SEMA Auto Show is just for sports cars getting a boost here and there, but in reality, every car segment is represented at this tuning free-for-all, including the Ford Escape . Ford is showing up to Las Vegas with the Urban Escape Adventurer developed by VACCAR. According to Ford, this project aims to "visually express the potential of the all-new Ford Escape . It represents the ideal balance of rugged off-road attitude, upscale comfort and potent EcoBoost engine."

Not many details have been provided for the Escape just yet, but it looks like the Urban Escape Adventurer will feature a very cool body kit, a gray exterior paint finish, and a new set of wheels.

As far as power is concerned, the Urban Escape Adventurer is run by a 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine combined with a 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. Nothing has been said on whether or not this engine will bring some boosted power or not, but we’ll find out as soon as the 2012 SEMA Auto Show opens its doors.

Let’s be fair, when someone buys a Chevrolet Sonic , they do it because they want a small car for their family, not because they want to update its looks at some point with some crazy tuning packages. That being said, the Sonic will still be well-represented at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show, allowing Chevrolet to prove to all of us that even a small car like the Sonic has an infinite number of personalizing possibilities.

One of these possibilities is the Z-Spec 2.5 Concept, which displays a number of parts from Chevrolet Performance and GM Accessories. The concept is painted in a very cool Abalone White Tricoat exterior paint combined with Z-Spec graphics and a very cool set of 18" wheels in Galvano Silver with Signal Red edges. The same Galvano Silver paint was used for the grille surround, fog lamp bezels, and door trims. The exterior updates continue with a very cool aerodynamic package, lower fascia extensions, and a rear spoiler. The company’s attention to detail is prevalent in the tinted windows and fog lamps, which combined with the other exterior add-ons, make the little Sonic almost unrecognizable.

The concept’s interior combines a Jet Black leather trim with Orange Crust leather inserts and orange accent stitching. There is also a leather-wrapped steering wheel, stainless steel pedal covers, and a very cool MyLink color touch screen. Chevrolet also threw in a Sub and Amp Kit with a KICKER 200-watt DSP amp and a 200-watt powered subwoofer for good measure.

To make the Sonic look mean with its small stature, the company lowered its ride using aChevrolet Performance concept suspension kit with lowering sprints and performance dampers. We’re not sure if the concept is now more powerful than the standard model, but we do know it has also received a cold-air intake kit and a Borla exhaust system.


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