The auto show season is quickly approaching and this means that we have to start thinking about the upcoming SEMA show. Apparently, Lexus has been thinking about SEMA for far longer than we have, as it and DeviantART held a contest that put some of the best design artist in the nation head-to-head in an attempt to create a bad-ass concept based on the 2014 IS Sport Sedan for the 2013 SEMA show.
Lexus whittled the contest down to 25 finalists and finally announced a winner and his creation today. Above, you can see Rob Evans’ first-place-winning rendition of the IS Sport Sedan . His mods are subtle and extreme at the same time — if that’s possible. Up front, you can see a mesh spindle grille, an extended front apron with massive air vents and a front splitter for some added downforce.
Down the side, he added in wider fenders that look to add at least 5 inches to the car’s stance, a set of side skirts that look like they were formed by the wind and a large rear vent to help keep the rear brakes cool. And we certainly cannot miss those monstrous concave wheels that are coated in a deep bronze or gold.
From the rear three-quarters shot, you can see fender flares cut off abruptly, adding a futuristic touch to this already stylish sedan. He also added a large rear bumper insert and diffuser with integrated trapezoidal tailpipes to cap off the design.
The real-life version of this Lexus IS will be in Lexus’s SEMA stand in the front of Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center between November 5th and 8th.
Click past the jump to see the second- and third-place entries.
Second Place (Lucia Lee)
Lucia Lee came in second place with this awesome concept that features widened fenders with vents and a modified front apron with LED-wrapped air intakes, smoked headlights and a carbon-fiber splitter up front. Around back, Lee included a custom rear apron with diamond-shaped exhaust exits, a stylish diffuser and a custom trunk lid with an integrated spoiler. Don the side, Lee tossed in custom side skirts with air intakes.
In terms of performance, Lee added a big-brake kit and an IS F performance suspension setup that lowers its center of gravity and increases its handling capabilities.
Third Place (Guanghao Huang)
Guanghao Huang took third place with a matte-silver-painted model that features a red pinstripe that highlights the shoulder line and the spindle grille. Huang also added custom seven=spoke wheels, revamped LED taillights, a blacked-out hood with nostril vents, vertical LED fog lights, and revised front and rear bumpers.
2014 Lexus IS Sport Sedan Designed to Deviate at 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show
- Lexus and DeviantART Challenge Creatives to Modify IS
- 25 IS Finalists Selected – Inspired by Performance and Design
- First Place Submission to be Modified and Displayed at SEMA
TORRANCE, Calif., – August 19, 2013 – The all-new 2014 Lexus IS sport sedan is getting closer to making its grand entrance this November at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas. The third-generation IS will turn heads at SEMA with new aggressive exterior styling demonstrated by a spindle grille, wider stance and sporty rocker panels. To make the IS stand out more, Lexus partnered with DeviantART to find creatives who envisioned the sport sedan to be even edgier.
DeviantArt and Lexus challenged the design community to show their vision for the 2014 IS with custom exterior treatments and modifications. The ultimate IS sport sedan concept will be modified by VIP Auto Salon in 10 weeks to reflect the rendering. It will also be displayed at the Lexus space at SEMA.
Community members spent countless hours conceiving concepts and creating visions that would further enhance the IS. Four judges narrowed more than 600 innovative submissions down to 25. The top 25 entries were selected based on being true to the essence of the 2014 IS design, being consistent with the image of the Lexus brand, originality and potential as an actual executable design.
Lexus and DeviantART announced the first, second and third place winners today. Rob Evans from Seattle, Washington took first place. His rendering will be built and displayed at the SEMA show. The second place winner was Lucia Lee of Pasadena, California, while Guanghao Huang from Southfield, Michigan placed third.
In addition to having their creation come to life, the talented first place winner will receive a one-year lease of a 2014 Lexus IS F SPORT; $2,000; a trip to this year’s SEMA Show to see their IS concept on display; 8,000 deviantART points; and a one-year premium membership to deviantART.
The second and third place prize packages include $1,500; a six-month premium membership to deviantART; and 4,000 deviantART points. Semi-finalists will receive 2,000 deviantART points; a three-month premium membership to deviantART; and a Lexus slim master hardcover notebook.
The four judges were Brian Bolain, Lexus corporate manager marketing communications; Clark Ishihara, VIP AutoSalon president; Nate Martinez, Motor Trend associate online editor; and Alex Shen, Calty Design Research, Inc. studio chief designer.
The all-new IS landed at dealerships in June. Lexus will feature the DeviantART IS at the SEMA Show in its exhibit located at the front of Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, November 5-8.