2018 Hyundai Ioniq SEMA Ultimate Street Car
The Hyundai Ioniq Electric may not look like a race car, but leave it to Hyundai to create something out of seemingly nothing with the Ioniq Electric 2018 Ultimate Street Car. Developed to defend its 2017 title in the GTE class of the Optima Ultimate Street Car series, this one-off Ioniq Electric isn’t for the faint of heart. It looks the part of a race car. It’s fitted with a number of racing components. Most importantly, it’s the recipient of an electric motor transplant from the Hyundai Kona, giving it the juice to compete against the likes of Chevrolet Bolt EV and the Tesla Model S P100D. The Hyundai Ioniq Electric is scheduled to compete in the last two races of the 2018 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational.
2018 Hyundai Veloster SEMA Ultimate Street Car
Prepared to compete at the Optima Batteries’ 2018 Search for the Ultimate Street Car, Hyundai unveiled an all-new special Veloster N. It will enter the Optima Batteries GTC class and compete at the last two events of the year. The reasoning behind this new special edition Veloster N is straightforward. Hyundai is about to reveal the performance-focused Veloster N in the U.S. Generating hype by competing in events like this can only further the cause of linking the Veloster N name with performance and excitement.
"The OPTIMA Search for the Ultimate Street Car competition is the perfect venue to allow Hyundai to showcase its expanding performance envelope and introduce the N-brand vehicles to performance enthusiasts," said Joshua Vedder, Senior Group Manager, Customer Connect, Hyundai Motor America. "The vehicles are modified in a way that mirrors a typical enthusiast – gripper tires and suspension, increased power, etc.; and then tested in this severe environment. This is one way we ensure our vehicle will exceed our customers’ expectations."
Apart from the new specially prepared racing Veloster N, Hyundai unveiled an awesome Ioniq with the drivetrain from the Kona Electric. That one will try to defend the title it won at the 2017 National Championship in the GTE class. Nevertheless, we are focused now on the Veloster N as it did receive some serious upgrades over the streetcar that will come soon to our market, but it remain a street-legal machine.
Applying much the same magic as to the stunning i30 N, Hyundai translated the Veloster N into a car capable of competing with the likes of the Civic Type R, the Golf GTI, and the Focus ST, among others. We have been expecting the Veloster N for some time. Actually, ever since we saw that stunning mid-engine Veloster with a 2.0-liter, 296-horsepower turbocharged engine back in 2014.
Hyundai Gives Us A First Look At Two Of Its SEMA-Bound Projects
With the 2018 SEMA Auto Show a month away, Hyundai is getting the anticipation started by unveiling modified versions of the Veloster N and the Ioniq Electric sedan. Hyundai created the two one-off models not only to showcase their aftermarket potential but to compete in Optima Batteries’ 2018 Search for the Ultimate Street Car. The Ioniq Electric will defend its 2017 National Championship in the GTE class while the Veloster N will compete in the top GTC class. Both cars will compete in the last two Ultimate Street Car events as part of Hyundai’s plan to use the two vehicles to “collect data on multiple tracks across the country to aid in development and validation.”
Audi has launched the Audi TT Clubsport Turbo Concept at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The TT Clubsport provides a strong reminisce of the Audi 90 IMSA GTO from the 1980’s. Lots of parts for this car have been drawn from Audi Sport Performance Parts. Audi has managed to garner enough attention at the SEMA show with its visually appealing looks.
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2017 Ford Mustang GT Convertible By Speedkore Performance Group
The Ford Mustang is going to be well-represented at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show, as a total of seven different creations are all set to be in attendance. One of these Mustangs comes to us through the SpeedKore Performance Group, the the Wisconsin-based tuning house that stole the show at last year’s event with a Mustang that was literally covered from head to toe with carbon fiber panels. It was without question one of the most-talked-about cars at the event, so it’s no surprise that SpeedKore’s returning to the scene of one of its greatest triumphs with a new aftermarket interpretation of the iconic pony car.
Truth be told, the tuner’s new program is probably not as memorable as last year’s creations. But, that’s not necessarily a bad thing because that model literally turned into one of the most significant tuning programs for the Mustang we’ve seen in a while. This year’s version is important in its own right, largely due to the similar approach that SpeedKore adopted, including the prominent use of carbon fiber and the promise of putting focus on the ‘Stang’s classic American roadster heritage. The result is what you’d expect from a company like SpeedKore. It probably won’t be the showstopper that last year’s model was, but it’s certainly capable of stealing the spotlight.
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2018 Ford Shelby Mustang 1000
It’s been only four three model years since the sixth-generation Ford Mustang arrived in showrooms, and the pony has already spawned an impressive number of versions wearing the Shelby badge. Although the iconic GT500 has yet to be revived, Ford has already launched the GT350, the Super Snake, GT-H, and GTE, just to name a few. The GT500 may still be a year away, but sixth-gen Mustang, but Shelby just launched yet another performance model. This time around it’s the Shelby 1000, the brand’s most menacing creation in terms of output and straight-line speed.
The Shelby 1000 is closely related to the GT500, as the first model to wear this badge, launched in 2011, was based on the fifth-generation GT500. Offered in both street and 1000 S/C track versions, the first iteration of the car was discontinued in 2012. The 1000 returned in 2013, once again based on the GT500, but now with the 5.8-liter V-8 instead of the old 5.4-liter unit under the hood. Both the street package and the S/C track package were offered. Also available as an upgrade for the GT500, the package was discontinued in 2014, after only two years on the market. The new Shelby 1000 is the first such model based on the sixth-generation Mustang, so everything about it is new compared to previous iterations. Let’s have a closer look at the car in the review below.
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2017 SEMA Show – Worst In Show
This year’s SEMA Show brought out some out truly fantastic builds to bask in the limelight. Don’t forget to check out our Best In Show list here for a breakdown on all of our favorites if you need any evidence of that. Indeed, we had a hard time picking just a handful of rides to celebrate – it really was that good. That difficulty extended into our picks for this list as well, as finding offenders wasn’t an easy task. But find them we did, and we’re calling ‘em out right here in the following Worst In Show list for SEMA 2017.
Included is a batch of ho-hum concepts from Toyota, further dilution of Bimmer’s M brand, and a few upgrades that are getting a bit ahead of themselves. And, as always, we wanna know what you think dear reader. Do you agree that these were the worst to show at SEMA this year, or did we miss something even more egregious? Perhaps you even like one of these things. Either way, post your opinion in the comments section below!
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2017 SEMA Show – Best In Show
The 2017 SEMA Show has come and gone, leaving a flurry of custom rides in its wake. Without fail, this annual extravaganza manages to bring out all the good stuff from the world of the automotive aftermarket, with the latest version showing us a cornucopia of weird and wild builds, new parts, and even a new hypercar that could very well shift the balance of power at the bleeding edge of speed. From this collection of highly worthy vehicles and equipment we’ve plucked out our favorites, then compiled them all right here for your collective lust and admiration.
Indeed, the show in Vegas brought us some truly outstanding automobiles this year, and it was tricky to pick just a handful for the list. Making it even more difficult was the sheer diversity of products on offer, with much more than just cars on display. Stand-alone performance parts are another huge draw at SEMA, making us think about all the exciting possibilities awaiting those willing to take the plunge into modification. So without further ado…
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EarthRoamer is no stranger to building high-end, custom, off-road RVs. The Colorado-based company has been building them since 1998. Their main model, the XV-LT, is built using the Ford F-550 Super Duty platform. It’s a go-anywhere rig designed for off-the-grid living. Well, now the company is building something even bigger – the XV-HD. It’s based on the massive Ford F-750 medium-duty truck and is converted to 4WD with a solid front axle. The fiberglass body is one large piece with no seam, and the interior is fully customizable and built to suit each owner. Obviously, something like this won’t be cheap – and it’s not. It carries a price tag of $1.7 million.
The truck (building on wheels?) has 46-inch-tall mud-terrain tires, a 30,000-pound recovery winch inside its custom front bumper. It can carry 115 gallons of diesel fuel, 250 gallons of fresh water, and its solar panel array generates 2,100 watts of power and feeds a 20,000 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Oh, and there’s an automatically starting generator should the batteries need to be recharged in the dark.
There is a ton more information, so keep reading for the details.
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2017 AMC Javelin AMX Defiant! By Ringbrothers
The SEMA Show in Las Vegas is a great event if you like aftermarket car upgrades and various equipment for SUVs and pickup trucks, but sometimes it’s a nice place to find restomods. Ringbrothers is one of the companies that bring one or two new restomods at each edition, and needless to say, it’s doing a great job at combining classic designs with modern features and drivetrains. Well, Ringbrothers did it again this year, but unlike previous events, the 2017 SEMA Show hosted the public debut of a truly special car. While most tuners usually go with Fords, Chevys, and Dodges for their restomod projects, Ringbrothers picked a 1972 AMC Javelin this time around. Yup, this underrated competitor for the Big Three muscle cars of the late 1960s and early 1970s got a complete makeover with all the bells and whistles Ringbrothers is known for.
Granted, choosing a Javelin for such a project may seem like a weird choice with much more popular muscle cars around, but it’s great to see that big companies like Ringbrothers is trying something different for a change. And needless to say, the Defiant! turned out great. It’s not only the coolest AMC restomod yet, but it also puts most projects from this year’s SEMA Show to shame. Keep reading for the full details.
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2017 Infiniti Q60 Red Alpha Concept
Raise your hands if you feel a little hoodwinked by Infiniti and its Q60 Red Alpha Concept. I know I have my hands in the air because I expected something completely different from this concept. But, that’s the beauty of the auto industry. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, it gives us a car like the Q60 Red Alpha. I don’t think I’m the only one who thought that the concept would be a traditional go-faster iteration of the performance coupe. You know, something along the lines of the Q50 Eau Rouge with some extra luxury offerings thrown in for good measure.
Instead, Infiniti went a completely different direction in achieving the same goal. There may be a significant power and performance increase, but any hints of wood or carbon fiber trim are not just in short supply, they’re non-existent, to begin with. What we do get is a gutted interior with a roll cage in the back, Mickey Thompson drag racing tires, and a racing parachute in the back. A racing parachute! Did anybody see that coming? Granted, the concept does also come with a range of performance parts that will be available in the future for Red Sport 400 versions of the Q50 and Q60. We can at least look forward to that. But everything else about the Q60 Red Alpha speaks about a car that’s been heavily modified for one purpose: drag racing. I will admit though that I’m a little curious on how it’s going to fare on a drag strip, even if it’s something that I completely did not expect.
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This Ford F-150 By CJ Pony Parts Is the Ultimate Rock Climber
The 2017 SEMA Show was packed with modified pickup trucks, but none was as spectacular as this EcoBoost-powered rock climber built by CJ Pony Parts. The aftermarket parts supplier has been a constant presence in Las Vegas in recent years, showcasing a restomod 1965 Ford Mustang built with TMI Products, a custom Focus ST with Ford, and a beefed up Mustang EcoBoost with Ford Performance. In 2017, CJ Pony Parts chose to stay away from the car performance realm and opted to create a stunning off-road-equipped F-150 pickup truck.
Already a solid truck thanks to its aluminum body, leading technology, and fuel-efficient engines, the F-150 is now able to tackle the Moab Easter Jeep Safari alongside the most hardcore Jeep Wranglers out there. CJ Pony Parts says that its goal with this build was to create something "that not only looked tough but can back up that look with massive off-road capability," it seems that the result matches the description. Exterior upgrades are numerous, starting with Lund fender flares, custom two-tone paint with orange graphics, and a rear differential cover. There’s also a T-Rex grille; Rigid Radiance LED lights, Rock Slider side steps, and new Stealth Fighter and Honey Badger bumpers front and rear. The truck also features an Oracle Lighting ColorShift LED underbody lighting kit.
The list of accessories continues inside with a Raptor steering wheel with orange stitching, Ford Performance door sill plates, custom headrests with CJ Pony Parts logo, and orange accents on the dashboard, door panels, center console, and floor mats. But the really important upgrades were operated under the skin.
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2017 Ford F-350 “The Operator” By Hellwig
We love it when a builder goes just a little bit of crazy, creating something over-the-top, but only just. This extensively modified F-350 from Hellwig is exactly that. Dubbed “The Operator,” Hellwig started with a stock 2017 Ford Super Duty F-350 Lariat Crew Cab, then added upgrades until it had created the “ultimate recon adventure vehicle.” The most obvious thing to pick out is the large UTV this truck is hauling in its bed – or rather, above its bed might be more accurate. But there’s more to it than just that. “From recon runs in the desert to family camping trips in the dunes, the Operator is capable and comfortable,” says Hellwig, and we believe it. In addition to the usual off-roader gear outside, there’s nice stuff inside the cabin as well, plus a few choice upgrades under the hood to round it out.
All told, while the UTV certainly has our attention, it’s the little details in this build that really impress us. Hellwig didn’t neglect a thing in building its idea of “ultimate,” and in the end, we can’t help but stand back and admire the handy work.
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2017 Chevrolet ZR2 Race Development Truck
Chevy brought two custom Colorado ZR2 pickups to SEMA this year with some heavy modifications that make them even better off-road. One was built in collaboration with American Expedition Vehicles and meant for over-landing while this, the Colorado ZR2 Race Development Truck, is built for high-speed desert running. In fact, many of the upgrades on this truck were first tested on Chad Hall’s Colorado ZR2, which ran in the “Best In The Desert” race series.
The list of modifications isn’t overly extensive, showing just how capable the Colorado ZR2 is from the factory. The truck’s crown jewel is its DSSV spool valve shock absorbers from Multimatic. DSSV shocks were developed for supercars and F1 race teams, so its adoption for an off-roader was unconventional. The factory truck also has better ground clearance than a regular Colorado, along with bespoke bodywork that improved approach and departure angles. Adding to its capability are front and rear electronic differential lockers – something not found on any other Colorado. Still, Chevy improved on the ZR2’s design for hard-core racing.
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2017 East Coast Defender “Project Beast”
The name “Defender” carries some serious weight in the world of off-roading. With a long history of military service and simply unflappable talent off-road, this iconic model from Land Rover serves as the bones for myriad capability-focused vehicles. Florida-based auto shop East Coast Defenders knows this well, making its name building custom versions of the British model for enhanced style, greater interior comfort, and even greater agility while traversing the great outdoors. Now, ECD is invading the sands of Vegas with its latest custom build, dropping the sheets at the 2017 SEMA show. The project was a collaboration with Warn Industries, a manufacturer that specializes in vehicle recovery equipment, and is based on a Defender 110 model from 1985. Created by hand and equipped with a litany of custom parts, ECD appropriately calls this build “Project Beast.”
Framed as an “elite off-road SUV,” Project Beast was actually completed in 2016, built in ECD’s “Rover Dome” in Kissimmee, Florida. All told, it’s got the right stuff for attracting attention at SEMA. Read on for more.
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2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT By BDS Suspension
Ford brought more than 50 vehicles to the 2017 SEMA Show, ranging from factory fresh models and high-horsepower Mustangs to SUVs and lifted trucks. That last one is exactly what we’ve got here – a massive F-250 Super Duty that’s been re-engineered to handle any off-road situation. Ford partnered with BDS Suspension in building what’s been dubbed “Project SD126: No Mission Is Impossible.
The truck started life as a 2017 F-250 Super Duty XLT with a regular cab and long bed powered by the 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel and backed by the six-speed automatic transmission and stock 4WD system. BDS broke out the Sawzall and cut the long bed down. The wheelbase went from 142 inches to 126 inches, hints the SD126 name. From there came the suspension parts, new body panels, and reworked interior. Nearly every inch of the truck has been touched. Check out the details below.
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