JDMWong's SEMA Favorites
SEMA is such a huge show, it literally takes all four days to walk it all and even then you still miss a lot. While it was largely a Rocket Bunny invasion, I spotted more than enough other cool car trends to keep my social media feed happy.
DV8 Porsche 911 at the Hawk Performance booth
My good buddy, Nick Fousekis from Falken Tire, told me about this project long before it got underway, telling me he had come up with a plan to build an exotic car for about the price of a brand new FR-S. That immediately grabbed my attention. By sourcing a salvaged but rolling chassis, he would not restore it to factory spec but perhaps pull the ultimate sacrilegious move by dropping a V8 into its engine bay. As if that weren’t enough to shake things up, he’d also graft a 997 RSR kit to the body. The end result? Well, I think it speaks for itself. Dig those ultra deep HRE wheels, too!
Liberty Walk does Porsche also (Optima and CSF booths)
One thing I didn’t get to experience for the first time until this SEMA was roll-in of the booth and feature vehicles, and lucky me, I saw a few of the Liberty Walk projects come off the transport from California. On this particular load, two Porsches built by BBI Autosport also came with the recently launched Liberty Walk aero kits, which in my opinion really amplify the looks of these already stunning cars.
Stance Nation FR-S at the Vortech booth
One of the most popular sites for auto eye-candy is the tremendously popular Stance Nation, and recently the site owner, Elvis Skender picked up this FR-S, which sports an AIMGAIN body kit (overfender styling that’s just a little bit different than Rocket Bunny and is equally sexy), Work wheels and a Vortech supercharger upgrade.
Slammed BMW 740IL (front vehicle feature area at Central hall)
That Huge Ass Turbo on Any of Bisimoto’s Projects
It’s become a signature move for Bisimoto really, much like Michael Jordan’s Jumpman, to have that massive Turbonetics slug smiling at you from the engine bay. This year Bisi built up what is easily the fastest Honda Fit and Hyundai Sonata, hands down. Just to clarify: that’s a 480hp Fit and a 888hp Sonata.
The much talked-about concept car that’s highly anticipated to be the successor to the Supra is the FT-1. It’s truly a sight to be hold in person, and much like any museum show piece, you’ll stand there for hours taking it all in. If you can’t make it to the SEMA Show, you must see it once it makes the auto show rounds. Stunning in every way; let’s just hope the final production model is reasonably close! Be sure to checkout the rest of the coverage available throughout drivingline.com!