The 2013 SEMA Show Coverage…Part 2…

Still got a lot of SEMA coverage coming your way so let’s dive right back into the coverage. We’re at Part 2 already but these photos were actually captured on day 1 of my trip to SEMA. Hope you guys enjoy the photos and make sure to read through it to see what was all involved with putting some of these great cars together. SEMA always has a ton of really crazy builds that it is easy to miss the details. If something caught my eye, I really tried to capture it and also remember what made these builds special. Luckily the Internet is a great resource for information in regards to many of these cars as they take the time to put out press releases on the companies and shops involved in creating these masterful car creations. If you ever wondered why I have so much information for you guys to read, well, it’s because I’ve done my research. I look through the cars at the show obviously and remember the details but most of the time, I just go home and dig around until I get the info I need to give you guys the appropriate descriptions. I could easily just drop photos for you guys to peruse but what good would that do without any information?…

If you missed Part 1 of the 2013 SEMA Show Coverage, click the link below to view the cars featured in that section…

The 2013 SEMA Show Coverage…Part 1…

Today features a lot of variety, much like yesterday, of great builds from all over the country. Enjoy…

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Kickin’ off Part 2 with this gem… I caught wind of this project a couple weeks before SEMA because the Ryans from Rywire were busy wiring up this 2014 Lexus IS over at Evasive Motorsports. They described some of it to me in detail but I didn’t expect for the car to look this good, especially on Advan TCIII wheels. The execution overall is excellent and the key to this entire build is the stroked 3.4L 2JZ-GTE engine swap. One of my favorites from the entire SEMA show and I found myself going back to look at it repeatedly throughout the week…

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Over at the Mackin Industries booth, I got to check out Brian Duong’s latest Varis widebody Mitsu EVO X build. The Varis kit looks great but it is the simple graphical scheme on the car that really makes it pop. Blazoned across the front doors is the signature “Gram Lights 57C6” logo, which is there to represent the new Rays wheel that is on the car. The best thing about this scheme…

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…is that the color is completely different on the other side and almost seems to create an entirely new look for the car. You’re probably going to want to scroll up again to see the car in red. Yes, I promise you, they are one in the same. Brilliant execution on the builder’s part to do this…

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Yellow R35 GTR from The R’s Tuning featuring Volk Racing’s new G25 forged wheel…

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Spotted this 1973 Chevy Camaro in the Autometer booth, built by Randy Johnson from D&Z Customs. The Camaro featurs Autometer’s newest LCD Race Dash that you can see has been retrofitted into the dashboard. Nice touch with the push button start as well…

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The Airlift booth featured this bagged satin red Liberty Walk E92 M3 on deep step-lipped Rotiform TMB…

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Another Liberty Walk BMW coupe was also in the central hall on display for Vortech Superchargers…

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Loved this Tjin Edition custom widebody Ford F-150 pick-up. This truck is Ford Ecoboost Turbocharged with Vortech Intercooler and features custom 24-inch Rotiform Six Shooters…

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Fox-body Mustang seated next to the Tjin Edition F-150 with a Vortech supercharger and V-mounted intercooler set-up. The engine position has also been moved back along with the driver’s position for better overall weight distribution. Really cool build and I can’t say that I’ve ever been a fan of this body style Mustang…

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Bisimoto Engineering’s 1,000HP Hyundai Genesis coupe with Turbonetics twin-turbocharged 3.8L Lambda motor, tuned on AEM engine management system…

Here’s a cool little video that Hyundai USA put together for the SEMA show that was on display all day at their booth…

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Also on display for Hyundai USA was this widened Genesis coupe built by ARK Performance, dubbed the “Legato Concept”. This coupe features a stroker V6 motor that makes around 400HP and 425LB-FT TQ…

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According to ARK Performance, the the Legato conveys “the seamless integration of exotic design, tuned performance and luxury coupe interior ambience.”…

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The interior of the Legato looks like something straight out of the future with the AiM Sports Strada GT steering wheel and digital instrument display….

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JP Edition Hyundai Genesis coupe built by John Pangilinan and design by Jon Sibal…

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Fox Marketing’s turbocharged 370HP Hyundai Veloster…

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The group that was with me that first day at SEMA… (From left to right) Our friend Ayako who is also the Japanese-English translator for Tactical Art, Ryan Der, Ryan Basseri, Takeshi Kobayashi from Type_K Autosource Japan, and Yasutaka Shimomukai from Tactical Art…

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One of the cars that I was not expecting to see were a bunch of Ford Transit Connect wagons that were modded and placed throughout the SEMA show. They definitely make for an interesting vehicle when they are modded but I can’t help but think that they look like cargo vans with Ford Focus front ends on them…

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I didn’t stick around in the Ford section very long this year but I did catch this 2013 Gulf Racing Edition Ford Focus ST, built by Tjin Edition. This Focus features custom widened fenders and 19-inch concave Forgestar wheels…

After walking through the Ford area, I headed over to Scion’s section where the three Scion Tuner Challenge cars were placed. I was strongly considering doing the competition this year but just felt that there wasn’t enough time to complete the project with all that I had going on. Maybe I’ll attempt it this year but it was good to see the competition because it was a very close one this year…

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The first is a build dubbed “Simpli-tC”, built by Young Tea representing the West Coast. The Lite Teal Pearl tC features a custom molded wide body kit, lip kit from MV Designz, and a Garrett T3 turbocharged motor under the hood. Wheels are Nutek forged wheels wrapped in Nitto tires…

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This custom widebody Scion tC was built by Croll’s Customs and features a one-off right hand drive conversion, hot rod orange paint, and concave Forgestar wheels…

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The third competitor in the Challenge this year was Walter Franco’s “VIP-styled” Scion tC. This is probably the more luxurious of the three with custom diamond-stitched interior, air suspension system, and pearl white paint. The engine bay also has a pretty unique nitrous oxide induction system installed that I’ll show you guys some photos of in the later parts of my SEMA coverage…

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Bulletproof Automotive’s Varis-kitted Scion FR-S on Volk Racing G25 wheels….

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One of the more impressive vehicles that I found on my first day at the 2013 SEMA Show was the GReddy Racing Scion FR-S Prototype wearing TRA Kyoto Rocket Bunny Version 2 aero and Rays Gram Lights 57XX wheels…

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The GReddy Prototype also has a GReddy-tuned Toyota 2JZ-GTE engine swap. Here you can also see the remote reservoirs for the KW Variant suspension…

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The face of the Rocket Bunny V2 kit. Love how they used the exterior as a diagram to show off the parts that were used to build this FR-S…

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I should also mention that the press release on this vehicles states that it makes 750HP and 730LB-FT TQ…..Pretty wicked thanks to the 2JZ swap. Love how this whole build comes together and is definitely one of the highlights of my trip to SEMA…

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Audi S7 on Accuair’s Sport Air Suspension system and 21-inch Vossen Preciscion Series wheels…

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In the H&R Suspension section was this mint green Porsche 964 roadster on Fuchs-style Rotiform wheels…

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DeviantART, the world’s largest online art community, held a competition a while back to show off artist’s renditions of what they felt was the ultimate 2014 Lexus IS. The winner of the contest would have their vision come to life and the vehicle would then be placed on display at the Lexus booth at SEMA ’13. The above Lexus IS F-Sport, designed by Robert Evans, was the winner. The car comes to life via the work of VIP Auto Salon and Evans received 1-year lease on the all-new 2014 Lexus IS, all expenses paid trip to the SEMA show in Las Vegas, a 1-Year Premium Membership to deviantART.com, 8,000 deviantART Points, and $2,000 USD cash prize. Not bad. CLICK HERE to see the 2nd and third place winners, including the original design art for Robert Evans’ build. All the other sketches and designs can be seen HERE….

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Seibon had this Varis widebody Scion FR-S on display, rocking their carbon fiber doors and hood. Hopefully they didn’t go and copy the Varis kit just yet but you never know, haha….

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Airrex bagged Cadillac CTS-V….

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Lexus GS from AG Automotive, also on Airrex suspension…

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Kris Yu from 5Fifteen Autobody’s recently completed Acura NSX build on Work Meister S1Rs and Airrex air suspension. The NA1 also has a Burn Up front bumper and masterful paint work by Sunny Wong from 5Fifteen…

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Ultimate Auto’s BASF Red 1967 Chevrolet Camaro with supercharged GM Performance LS9 engine and custom Vellano VKS wheels…

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One of the top builds at SEMA ’13, domestic, import, euro, or otherwise, had to have been this Ford Torino Talladega GPT Special, built by “Rad Rides by Troy”. The execution of this entire build is on point, highlighted by the BASF Glasurit Tennessee Whisky Gold Gloss/Daytona Sand Satin two-tone paint finish and the bevy of custom fabrication work on the Art Morrison chassis…

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Under the hood is a Boss 530 motor with Kaase aluminun heads and Rad Rides Fuel Injection set-up. The intake manifold is a super rare Ford experimental piece that was found at a swap meet a few years back. Originally designed for Hilborn injection, the Ford intake was drastically modified at Rad Rides to accept their fuel injection system. The manifold was bored out, and new throttle shafts and plates were fitted. Injector bungs were installed to host the Precision Turbo 58 lb injectors. Rad Rides also fabricated the butterflies, linkage, and fuel rails that mount up and out of sight….

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The interior has also been paint-matched with satin Daytona Sand Glasurit finish. Note the custom door panels, dashboard, dash display, roll bar, and even the leather bucket seats. There isn’t an inch of this vehicle that hasn’t been left untouched…

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Everything about this build was just incredibly intricate and well executed. It doesn’t even matter if you’re into domestics or not. If you’re a real car enthusiast, you could literally stand there and study this thing for hours and hours. It’s a beautiful build and if I had to name a top build at SEMA, it’d probably be this custom creation…

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SpeedElement’s TRA Kyoto Rocket Bunny Ver. 1 Scion FR-S on Air Lift Performance suspension system and 2-piece MTechnica Aero wheels…

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Part 2 concludes here for today with this Scion FR-S rocking APR Performance aero add-ons and Rays Gram Lights 57C6 wheels…

That’s all for today. Back with more tomorrow. Thanks for viewing…

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