Aftermarket companies often rely on inspiration before they set out and build a project. For Fatal Clothing — it isn’t so much a car tuner as it is an actual clotting brand — inspiration came essentially from home, specifically Southern California.
Together with Hulst Customs, which has its own project pickup at SEMA, Fatal Clothing went about the business of building a pretty impressive program for the Ford F-150. The custom paintwork Fatal Clothings did to the F-150, specifically on the rear doors, is straight out of one of its nutty t-shirt designs. The white-black two-tone finish with the matching lime trimming adds an element of depth and character to the pickup. The exterior details are rounded out by a set of 24-inch, custom-fit DUB Wheels from MHT Wheels and wrapped in Falken tires.
Moving to the interior, Fatal Clothings made good use of Katzkin leather, custom-painted panels and Fatal Clothing artwork, including the company’s logo, which were embroidered in the seats.
Under the hood of the F-150 is a 6.2-liter, V-8 engine that Fatal Clothing whipped up to insane performance levels, thanks to a twin-screw supercharger from Whipple Industries and performance exhaust system from CGS Motorsports. With these upgrades in tow, the F-150 is now capable of hitting a staggering 650 horsepower.
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Renault-Dacia unveiled the first facelift of its popular compact crossover , Duster during the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show . The Duster has been around since 2010 and was due for a makeover. Renault-Dacia has made subtle changes to the exterior keeping the original proportions of the compact off-roader intact.
With this update, not just about the aesthetics changed though. Dacia has added new features to the compact crossover that push it further up the ladder in its affordable segment of the crossover market.
Renault-Dacia has also added a new engine to the Duster range. The new turbocharged gasoline engine promises to deliver better mileage and decent performance at the same time. The Duster has tasted success in developing markets around the world, and the new model definitely has what it takes to tackle the challenges faced in highly competitive markets like India, Brazil, etc.
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We have seen all kinds of crazy stuff at this year’s SEMA Show , but this Camaro SSL 727 Speedster just may take the cake. As you likely already know, the SEMA Show is all about taking tuning to the extreme, and it looks like the folks from The Custom Shop in Flanagan, Illinois did more than an extreme job with this Camaro.
Called the SSL 727 Speedster, this 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe has no roof and comes with an over-the-top wide-body kit that looks like it is straight from the pages of a comic book. Whether you like this Camaro SS or not is a matter of taste, so we’ll just let you — the readers — judge this one..
Fortunately, the tuner didn’t just slap on this wild wide-body kit and call it a day. It also installed a $17,500 Procharger LSX376 crate engine, giving the Camaro a 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 engine that delivers a hulking 630 horsepower, which is a huge hike over the Camaro SS’ standard 422 horsepower.
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The SEMA show has only just begun, yet the awards are already flowing. Officials for the Specialty Equipment Market Association show walked the floor before the crowds gathered and literally counted the number of new 2013 and 2014 vehicle makes and models present. The Ford Mustang and F-Series were the two top finishers, beating out the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado , Camaro , and other popular platforms chosen by aftermarket companies to show off their products.
We’ve already seen a ton of custom F-Series trucks, which includes the F-150 through F-550s and the iconic Mustang pony car in various forms. The award confirms our suspicions that the two breadwinners for Ford are quite a popular place to start a custom-vehicle project.
“Ford was the first automaker to share detailed vehicle specs with SEMA members,” said John Felice, Ford’s VP of U.S. marketing, sales and service. “Thirty years later, we’re proud that more aftermarket accessories and parts are created for Ford vehicles than for any other automaker.”
According to SEMA, the specialty parts market has grown into a $31 billion industry and employs more than 1 million U.S. workers.
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The Tokyo Motor Show opens its doors for the public in two weeks time. As we know, Nissan will make an exciting announcement at the show. Yes, it is the Nissan GT-R Nismo that debuts on November 19th, 2013. The company will also disclose the Nurburgring lap time set by the Nismo GT-R. But that’s not all, as Nissan will also showcase the Bladeglider concept.
Along with the concept car, Nissan will also reveal a concept prototype based on the Bladeglider, but toned down for actual production. The production version will have its sights set on attacking rival cars, like the Toyota GT 86 and Subaru BRZ. Andy Palmer- VP at Nissan told Motortrend that the Bladeglider will be the car for the young generation.
The origins of the Bladeglider concept can be traced back to the Nissan ZEOD RC racer , and that’s where the unconventionality begins. The designers of the Bladeglider concept describe it as "an extreme interpretation" of what a car can be. The thought behind the concept is to offer an affordable and appealing sports car to young people, according to Andy Palmer of Nissan.
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The only problem with this electric racer is that the batteries only last 10 to 15 minutes, but according to Harris, "when it’s running, this thing scrambles your brain." We’ll take his word for it on that one, especially when we consider the enjoyment and fear he displayed while whipping this monster around an airport runway.
This race-ready EV is powered by four axial-flux motors (two per rear wheel) with an integrated transmission. This system delivers a total of 850 horsepower and helped the car to hit a record speeds of 204.185 mph.
Check out the video to see what Harris thinks about the electric future of the racing world.
As the defending champions of the Toyota Dream Build Challenge, Kyle Busch Motorsports certainly has to live up to if it wants the title to stay in its garage. This year, Busch is taking a step down to let one of his NASCAR drivers pick up the mantle.
And so it is, Parker Kligerman takes the reigns from Busch and with the help of KBM, he worked on the 2013 Toyota Camry and plunged headfirst into giving it a rally look.
The car itself is billed as the CamRally, and true enough, Kligerman turned it into a true rally racer, complete with Toyota’s vintage red, orange and yellow racing color combination to go with a host of rally-oriented performance enhancements. HID driving lights from Lightforce were also installed on the sedan, while a unique window sheet material comes courtesy of 5-Star Racing Windows. And for that distinctive look, the CamRally sports a special logo designed exclusively for this model with Kligerman’s racing number 77 prominently featured on the logo.
Inside, the racing seats are rally-spec, as are closed racing windows, the standard roll cage, and heat protection, all of which adds functionality to the CamRally’s rally identity.
Performance upgrades were also part of the CamRally’s equation with Kligerman and KBM putting extra emphasis on giving the Camry a variety of engine modifications. Turbochargers have been added from Turbonetics with an intercooler system coming from Spearco. Intakes and an air filter are also new from Custom DSE and K&N, rounding out what’s looking like another winning program from Parker Kligerman and the folks from Kyle Busch Motorsports.
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On the surface, this Ford F-250 that Hulst Customs worked on looks like it didn’t receive too much of an aftermarket upgrade that’s deserving of a spot at the 2013 SEMA Auto Show .
But don’t sleep on what Hulst did to this Ford pickup. There’s a lot to like about what the tuner did, specifically the dressed-up interior that belies the rugged and mean package of the exterior. The most prominent upgrade to the Striker — yes, it’s called the Striker! — is the addition of a two-tone Katzkin leather that’s complemented by custom-painted panels and chrome accents.
Moving to the performance enhancements, Hulst Customs made use of Banks Power performance upgrades that includes a water-methanol injection system and a Monster exhaust systems that essentially took the F-250’s 6.7-liter, V-8 diesel and turned into a grunting powerhouse that you can proudly show off to anybody who comes across the pickup .
A new set of 22-inch wheels from American Rebel MFG round out the package, putting a worth exclamation mark on a program that has far more substance than you would’ve expected.
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Our friends over at MotorTrend have just announced their 2014 pick for the rather prestigious Car Of The Year award. The MT team had their work cut out for them with a large 22-car field, but after running their battery of tests, the 2014 Cadillac CTS took home the Golden Calipers.
As Editor-in-Chief Ed Loh explains in the video, the cars are not compared directly to each other, but against six key criteria: Advancement in design, safety, efficiency, engineering excellence, performance of intended function and value. The CTS had each in spades.
The CTS is offered with three engines that are not tied to trim levels, making the number of build combinations quite numerous. The 2.0-liter, turbocharged in-line four makes respectable power while keeping fuel bills low. The naturally aspirated, 3.6-liter, V-6 makes strong numbers as well and certainly won’t leave owners with buyer’s remorse. That is, unless, you’re looking for a driver’s car. Then the twin-turbo, 3.6-liter, V-6 making 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque within the CTS Vsport fits the bill.
A chassis that’s hundreds of pounds lighter than the competition, coupled with the optional Magnetic Ride Control, make the CTS handle like a surgeon’s scalpel. And speaking of scalpels, MotorTrend had only great things to say about the cutting-edge design of the CTS’ exterior. The long LED accent lights that fall from the fenders to the lower front fascia were a particular area of interest for the judges.
The contender’s field may have been 22 cars deep, but the CTS was the one that met or exceeded the judges six criteria in a big way. Cheers to Cadillac who has come so far in the last 10 years.
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Just by its name alone, you can immediately determine that this 2015 Chevrolet Suburban was created with the young and adventurous in mind. Likely no middle-aged person will understand the ’half-pipe’ tag, but for those that lived along the same time as the X-Games explosion, half-pipe is synonymous with action sports.
That’s why when Chevrolet decided to develop this Suburban, it had the young ones in mind and true to form, the Half-Pipe Concept comes with plenty of features that will tug at the heartstrings of action junkies. Chevrolet Accessories’ roof rack and crossbars were mounted on the roof of the SUV, serving the dual purpose of mounting skis or snowboards into them. And for a more distinctive appearance, the automaker also added a set of 22-inch wheels and center caps.
Inside, the modifications continue with leather-trimmed seats and a Blu-ray-based entertainment system in case the young ones need to take a break from all skiing and snowboarding, and prefer to unwind in the confines of their own mobile entertainment unit.
The Chevrolet Suburban Half-Pipe Concept is tailor-made for a specific market. Even so, it doesn’t mean that it’s limited to that exclusive group. Everybody can enjoy what the SUV is offering, even if you’re not so much into the action stuff.
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