Posted by David on 11 24th, 2011
SEMA Auto Show is truly a unique event that brings together the hottest products and the industry’s brightest minds. Being the premier automotive products trade event in the world, SEMA Show covers performance and racing components, wheels and tires, drivetrain parts and much more. This isn’t an event which is open to the general public.
That’s why we were proud to visit 2011 SEMA Auto Show and represent our company. So here we are to report about this awesome event trying to express with words what it feels like to attend the 2011 SEMA Auto Show.
This year the SEMA Show drew more than 60,000 domestic and international buyers. It took place at the Las Vegas Convention Center on November 1st- November 4th. The magnitude of the show was obvious even before arriving at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The thrill arose once we noticed outdoor displays and show cars filling the entire front lot. With countless vendors and retailers of automotive accessories arrived, it goes without saying that wheel manufacturers boasted far more new releases than others. All the thrill surely appeared due to presented muscle cars, street rods, luxury vehicles, light trucks, and recreational vehicles.
We managed to catch one of the drifting events as well. The cars used were the turbo Focus and the Mustang GT. As the cars slid by, you could actually feel the rubber particulates raining down. While wheel and tire manufacturers were most interesting to us, first we spoke to Danny, who represented Allied Wheel. The second stop was Diablo Wheel where we met Virginia and Gary. Then Nick from MHT Wheel was happy to show us the new upcoming product lines. After a talk with Kevin from Vossen, the last visit of the day was to Velocity. After the show, we went to Asanti’s private showing of their upcoming product lines. It was pleasant to find out how nice and helpful all these guys are.
There were visits to XXR and Konig companies as well as a quick pit stop at 2 Crave Alloys’ booth on the third day of the show. Having attended the drifting event that involved an old 60’s Shelby Cobra and one of the new Shelby Mustangs, we were also guests at General Motors’ outdoor tent and the Mopar tent. What I know for sure is that it takes a lot to stand out at SEMA, but I will no longer tease you. Here are SEMA’s top 10 hottest rides for the enthusiast audience.
RAUH-Welt Begriff (or RWB) styled Porsches have gained much popularity for the past few years. This stunning green Rauh-Welt Porsche was on display in the Falken tires booth.
LS 3-Powered BMW E30 M3
The E30 BMW M3 boasts a simple, yet athletic coupe design. Kevin Byrd, the builder added the big V8 for impressive 500 hp.
2012 Ford Mustang GT by Forgiato
2012 Ford Mustang GT is a special car, which stands out among other ‘Stangs. Fitted with Forgiato Wheels, this supercar has a bold aerodynamic design offered by 3dCarbon.
MC Customs Bentley Continental Supersport
Built by MC Customs, this Continental is really excessive. Apart from this, the model has diamond-stitched Alcantara seats and no rear seats.
1963 Chevy Impala
This 1963 Chevy Impala from the DUB Wheels section is truly a masterpiece. Done by Mario’s Autoworks of Montclair, its paint work just rocks. The attention to detail is impressive, from the custom interior, to the chrome engine parts.
Hot Wheels Chevy Camaro
Much talked about, Hot Wheels Camaro is painted “over chrome green”. The concept features satin black wheels and paint-matched ground effects, as well as a ZL1 grille, a spoiler, and Euro-style taillights. The already impressive 426-p 6.2-liter V8 is accompanied with the upgraded Brembo brakes and the exhaust system. A lowering kit and strut tower brace are also added.
D3 Cadillac CTS-V
When it came to Cadillac at SEMA, we used to see either an Escalade or a classic lowrider. This year Caddy tuner D3 took the new CTS-V Coupe and outfitted it with plenty of Euro-style aggression and track styling. The CTS-V got a custom widebody and a supercharged V8.
RMR500 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
The RMR500 Hyundai Genesis Coupe might not look the best-appealing car at the SEMA Show, but it’s definitely one of the best modified cars. Its clean and simple modifications include HRE 793-RS 19-inch wheels, a carbon fiber aero kit, Brembo brakes, and a lowered suspension. The new 5.0-liter Tau V8 found in the R-Spec Genesis sedan plus new exhaust system, differential coolers, and GReddy muffler deliver 450 hp.
2012 Scion IQ
It amazes how Michael Chang changed the too-cute IQ into a serious-looking race car. A custom widebody kit and a custom 6-point roll cage, lots of carbon fiber, and Sparco seats do make it appear as a genuine touring car.
You migh have thought we forgot about SEMA Show girls, but that’s not true. It would be difficult to forget about them, because everywhere you turn your head you see beautiful ladies. Sure, incredible tuning projects attract car enthusiasts, but what really takes your breath away is these girls. Check out most sexy SEMA Show girls and tell us what you think.
You can customize your car making it worth a trophy at the SEMA Show. With the help of stylish accessories offered at CARiD you will cover every detail, from treating your interior with dash kits to upgrading your powertrain with exhaust systems, to oufitting your ride with hot wheels. You will be surprised to find out that car accessories and performance parts presented at SEMA Show 2011 are easily found at CARiD. Don’t wasteyour time! Check out a few examples of accessories to modify your vehicle:
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