SEMA Auto Show

SEMA Auto Show

  SEMA Auto Show is organized each year by the Specialty Equipment Market Association. It takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the biggest modified cars show in the United States. The show is divided in 4 main attractions: hot rod and muscle car tuning, modified modern car, rims and finally innovative technology. It is a must see for anyone interested in car modification.

Galpin Auto Sports isn’t the type that anyone would consider tame. The American aftermarket tuning company speaks the language of aggression and all that certainly manifested itself in their latest Ford Focus project called the "ATK."

You don’t need to be a genius to figure out that "ATK" stands for ’attack’ and that’s exactly what this car is all about. The sports hatch offers a fantastic aesthetic look, thanks to an Alchemy Gray paint finish coated with metallic gold pearls by PPG. The attractive paint job on the Focus ATK is complemented by a new 3d Carbon rear spoiler, gloss-black badges, and frosted taillights. The Focus also gets handling and set-up improvements, thanks to the addition of Eibach lowering springs, a Borla exhaust system, and a set of 19" gold powdercoated Monotech wheels with Vredestein tires.

GAS’ extensive program for the Ford Focus ATK continues with a completely mind-blowing custom Katzkin leather and suede interior dress-up and an equally ear-splitting new sound system courtesy of JL Audio. The latter includes two 8W7s, two digital amplifiers, and four 6.5” speakers, all housed in a custom enclosure.

As with most street menaces go, Galpin Auto Sports’ Ford Focus ATK is built to attack the streets and look good while doing it.

UPDATE 12/10/11: Galpin Auto Sports has released a new batch of photos for their Ford Focus ATK program. Check out the new pics in the gallery below!

The 2011 SEMA Auto Show is hours away from opening and we’re finally getting a good look at some of the custom projects that have been prepared for the show.

For Renown Auto Style, this year’s SEMA participation marks the first time the company has ever attended with a car in tow. And for their first appearance, they picked a car that can catch attention the moment it arrives.

There’s something to be said about the appeal of the Lamborghini Gallardo considering it’s been around for a while now. The program, which is being billed as the R70, involves plenty of new aerodynamic modifications that RAS built completely from scratch without compromising the Gallardo’s already-beautiful aesthetic design. Both the front and rear bumpers carry unique designs that RAS built with careful attention paid on the certain parts of the Gallardo they had to work around to maintain the design integrity of the Italian supercar. All told, RAS added a bevy of aerodynamic features on the Gallardo, including new front and rear bumpers, an aggressive new rear wing, and a new set of custom-sized wheels. Take a good look at the Gallardo R70 and you’ll immediately notice the differences. The bumpers protrude further out, making for a more aggressive stance and a sleeker overall profile.

For first-timers in SEMA, Renown Auto Style certainly brought a car that would make it seem like they’ve been doing the same song-and-dance for years.

You might remember the Ring Brothers from their Ford Mustang "Producer" project announced last month. Well, now the tuner is back with a very cool 1970 Camaro unveiled at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show called the "Diversion." The project was completed to bring the memory of the coolest Camaro ever back to life.

The new Diversion project features a BASF Mineral Gray paint and was built on a custom-built chassis with a specially fabricated body that includes extended rockers. The Ring Brothers paid extra attention to every detail of the car and all items have been carefully crafted.

Back in the 1970s, the Camaro delivered a total of 375 HP, but since the Diversion is all about bringing the past to the present, it has been updated to an impressive 650 HP. For this, the standard engine has been replaced with a GM LS7 engine mated to a Tremec TKO-600 5-speed transmission.

The modernization of the Camaro Diversion is pretty sweet, but don’t get too excited because it was only built as a one-off model.

The Chevrolet Camaro is back in Vegas at the SEMA Auto Show and just like last year, it brings plenty of iterations for the Bumblebee base vehicle.

The 1LE Concept is a modern-day take on the legendary 1LE option code designation that Camaro fans the world over have come to love. It’s only a concept - major bummer! - but it does combine the best of both worlds from the SS and the ZL1 to offer a true race-ready program.

“The Camaro 1LE concept is all about the track,” said Al Oppenheiser, chief engineer for the Camaro. “It’s an all-out race car package that pays tribute to that special option from the past.”

Dressed in a Victory Red finish with a flat black hood and hash mark extensions, the Camaro 1LE Concept is the picture of awesomeness. The car also carries a satin black splitter, rocker panels, a rear spoiler, a sport suspension system that features Magnetic Ride Control, a shock tower brace, dual exhaust outlets, and a set of 20" racing wheels wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar G tires with Brembo brakes.

Inside, the Camaro 1LE Concept was dressed in a black leather light stone stitching. It also has a graphite silver doors and instrument panel inserts, a ZL1 flat-bottom steering wheel and shifter, and a Chevrolet Accessories pedal kit.

There’s no telling what kind of powertrain it has, but rest assured, we’re frothing at the mouth just thinking about all the possibilities.

Updated 11/08/2011: We have added new images of the Chevrolet Camaro 1LE Concept from its official debut at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show. Check them out in the picture gallery.

Anytime you have an audio system get the green light from an automaker to customize one of their cars, you know that the focus will be on enhancing the car’s audio set-up.

That’s exactly what Kicker Audio did with the Subaru WRX STI 5-Door. To be fair, the car still comes with some exterior details, including blue and black body graphics that cover major parts of the car’s white exterior finish, Eibach lowering springs, and a new set of 18" Konig Black Lightning wheels wrapped on General Tires Exclaim.

The interior of the car is where the extensive audio set-up was done. Kicker Audio added a custom audio system that features a Clarion CX400 double-DIN receiver, six component speaker systems, two 6.5" woofers, and eight solo-baric L& 12-inch subwoofers powered by 10 kicker amplifiers. In addition to all of that, Kicker Audio also found some time to enable the iPod, Bluetooth, Sirius, and XM-ready, providing the kind of extensive audio modifications that very few cars can boast of.

The Subaru Impreza 5-Door Accessory Vehicle is in the same boat as its 4-Door counterpart. They’re not as much in the way of flash, as they are in previewing to customers what awaits with their new Accessory packages.

Compared to the rest of the cars that you’re going to catch at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show , this one will probably not make your most memorable list, but that’s also not what it went there to do. This car, together with its four-door sibling, will be purely for marketing purposes.

The Impreza Sport 5-Door Accessory Vehicle has been dressed in a special Brushed Titanium 3M Scotchpring textured wrap to go with a new mesh grille, an aero splash guard, a front underspoiler, new crossbars, side strakes, a sport spoiler, side window reflectors, and a Yakima fork mounted bike carrier and bike wheel holder.

Inside, the extensive accessory modifications feature an auto dimming mirror with compass and Homelink, a new cargo tray, all-weather floor mats, side sill plates, a center console sliding armrest, a 110-volt power outlet, a remote engine starter, seat back protectors, a leather shift knob, and a new speak system from KICKER Audio with a 10" powered subwoofer.

Galpin Auto Sports has proven their soft hands when it comes to the Ford Mustang , and at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show , their newest program for the Mustang Boss 302 will showcase the company’s talents for the world to see.

Designed by Steve Carpenter, the program is being touted as the world’s first widebody kit for the Boss 302. It’s called the Boss 302-X and as the name evidently suggests, it comes with a comprehensive program that features aesthetic and performance enhancements.

Speaking about the former, GAS went to work and first built a steel widebody panel by hand, one that literally added nine inches to the overall width of the car. From there, the panel was given a Matte Orange Pearl PPG paint finish, complete with the Mustang Boss’ unmistakable graphics. Then, GAS outfitted the muscle car with a set of one-off 20" wheels wrapped with Pirelli P Zero tires; they also added a six-point roll cage on the exterior to go with Recaro seats that come with custom embroidered logos.

And last but not least is a ProCharger supercharger system, which Galpin Auto Sports ever so nicely put under the hood of the Mustang Boss 302-X. Living up to its ’X’ moniker, the supercharger system was able to take the output of the muscle car’s 5.0-liter V8 engine that produced 440 horsepower and spike it into the vicinity of 780 ponies.

As comprehensive auto modifications go, this one by GAS is proof as to what a perfect Mustang tuning program should look like.

It can be argued that Subaru ’s line-up of SEMA -bound vehicles offer a look at the rich motor racing history of the Japanese automaker. That is until you look at the accessory packages for the four-door and five-door variants of the Impreza .

The former is arguably the least eye-popping of the whole line-up, but it does give us an idea of what we can expect as far as what an Impreza Accessory Vehicle is going to look like. In dressing up the car’s exterior, Subaru used a Satin White theme on a number of aerodynamic body parts, including the body side molding kit, the splash guards, and the trunk spoiler. The moon-roof air deflector and the rear bumper pain protection film round out the exterior modifications given to the Impreza 4-Door Accessory Vehicle.

Inside, the modifications were pretty subtle compared to the other models, in particular, the 4-Door’s 5-Door brother. The only notable improvements done on the former’s interior include a new cargo tray, side sill plates, and carpeted floor mats, all of which were sourced from Subaru Performance Tuning. Upgraded speakers courtesy of KICKER Audio and an auto-dimming mirror with compass and Homelink are the final two touches given to the car.

It lacks flair and all of the technological gadgetry usually associated with cars for the SEMA Auto Show, but on the other hand, it does have both style and class, two qualities that are more important to real-world patrons.

The most powerful Chevrolet Camaro is taking a turn to the dark side and we couldn’t be any happier.

No, it’s not becoming evil, although it’s about as mean and menacing as a Camaro can get. What we’re talking about is the first 2012 Camaro ZL1 special edition model: the ZL1 Carbon Concept.

To begin with, the ZL1 Carbon Concept already has everything the standard ZL1 possesses, including the massive 6.2-liter LSA supercharged V8 engine that produces a gnarly 580 horsepower and churns out 556 lb/ft of torque. But more than that, the ZL1 Carbon Concept carries plenty of unique style features that Tony Roma, program engineering manager for the Camaro ZL1, attests to. “This concept’s dramatic appearance matches the extreme performance capabilities of the Camaro ZL1,” he said.

The highlight of the ZL1 Carbon Edition’s design is the Ashen Gray paint finish, which is then complemented by an array of carbon fiber elements, including an exposed-weave carbon fiber “Mohawk” hood insert, a carbon fiber rear spoiler with stainless-steel wicker bill, and carbon fiber inserts on the interior door, and instrument panel. The car also has dual exhaust outlets with active exhaust and diffuser and a new set of lightweight 20" Satin Black wheels with machined faces and Brembo brakes.

On top of that, the ZL1 Carbon Edition also comes with a Jet Black leather interior with suede microfiber seat inserts and Torch Red stitching, a suede-trimmed flat-bottom steering wheel and short-throw shifter, a carbon fiber-trimmed shift knob, and ZL1 pedals.

UPDATE 11/08/2011: One of the cars that caught our attention at the 2011 SEMA Show was definitely this Camaro ZL1 Carbon Edition. The black exterior combined with carbon fiber highlights fit just perfectly with a powerful car like this one. And we have added real life images as a proof of our statement. You can find them in the picture gallery provided!

This 2011 Ford Explorer is special for a number of things. For one, it was jointly built and designed by Galpin Auto Sports and skateboard legend Tony Hawk. The other and more important reason why this particular Explorer isn’t your normal SUV is because it was built for the 2011 Standup for Skateparks event in Las Vegas. The event was organized by the Tony Hawk Foundation with the mission to build free public skateparks in low-income areas.

For now, the special Explorer SUV is at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show to turn some serious heads. It’s been painted with a custom gray paint and comes with a blacked-out front grille and trim pieces. GAS then added side vents and custom paint accents to the hood of the Explorer while also custom painting the Tony Hawk logo on the fenders and liftgate. Finally, GAS put in a new set of Savini multi-piece wheels wrapped around Pirelly performance tires.

As a man who’s completely in-tune with his inner-child, Hawk wanted the interior of his SUV to be built with plenty of entertainment options. So in addition to the fully custom Katzkin leather interior, the Explorer’s interior also has a new set of custom skateboard racks and an in-car Sony Entertainment System with its own Playstation 3 gaming console.


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