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Ready! Set! Record! Hennessey Wants Speed Title for Venom F5

Limited-edition supercar can be had for $1.6 million.

by on Nov.03, 2017

The new Hennessy Venom F5 was purpose-built for one reason: To be the fastest car on Earth.

The allure of holding the title of “Fastest Car on Earth” was enough for John Hennessy to create the Hennessy Venom F5, which made its debut at the SEMA show.

The Venom F5 is an all-new hypercar designed and built from the ground up with one goal in mind: To be the absolute fastest road car on earth, Hennessy officials proclaim. Whether or not it’s the fastest production car remains to be seen.

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However, it is among the most exclusvie and expensive, coming in at $1.6 million for just one of the 24 models the company plans to build. With a new design, chassis and carbon fiber body, the new model boasts a coefficient of drag of just 0.33.  (more…)

Toyota Ready to Rumble at Battle of the Builders

Company enlisted four NASCAR drivers to design Camrys.

by on Oct.31, 2017

NASCAR analyst and former Top Gear USA host Rutledge Wood designed a "Blurple" Camry for entry into SEMA's "Battle of the Builders."

Toyota rumbled into the SEMA show ready to do just that with two entries for the show’s famed, “Battle of the Builders.”

The Japanese automaker is entering a 2018 Camry and a Toyota C-HR into the competition featuring the efforts of Real Time Automotive and DG-Spec.

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“The Camry and C-HR are two all-new vehicles that we’ve introduced this past year, and we wanted to see just how far we could take them” said Steve Curtis, vice president of Media and Engagement Marketing for Toyota Motor North America. (more…)

Chevy Goes Big at SEMA Show With Luke Bryan’s Suburban

Custom ute focuses on Bryan's outdoors-oriented lifestyle.

by on Oct.31, 2017

Chevrolet customized a 2017 Chevy Suburban for country music star Luke Bryan.

It is “SEMA Week” in Las Vegas and Chevrolet has put together a display that features more than 20 concept and production vehicles, including a special edition of the ever-popular Chevrolet Suburban developed for country music star Luke Bryan.

Bryan introduced the Suburban, which includes a crate engine system and accessories that reflecting his “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” outlook.

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“Chevy has been part of our family and a part of our work life on the farm for as long as I can remember,” said Bryan. “If you were a Bryan, you drove a Chevy — and I’m a longtime Suburban owner. (more…)

Chevy, Hot Wheels Team Up for 50th Anniversary Camaro

New collectibles ready for SEMA week.

by on Oct.30, 2017

Chevrolet and Hot Wheels have teamed up to come with two new Camaros in time for the SEMA show.

The annual weeklong SEMA show, one of the high points of car culture in the U.S., rolls into Las Vegas this week and Chevrolet is doubling its fun this year by offering a unique version of the Camaro COPO Camaro on “Hot Wheels” toy cars long popular with the sandbox set.

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition, will celebrate 50 years of partnership, performance innovation and design, officials from General Motors said, and the full-scale version will be available through Chevy dealers in the first quarter of 2018.

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“The Chevrolet Performance design studio is full of designers who were inspired by Hot Wheels,” said Tom Peters, director of Exterior Design for Chevrolet Performance Cars. “The Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition captures that passion, turning childhood fantasy into reality.” (more…)

Kia Wants You to “Live the Autonomous Life” with Four Self-Driving Concepts

Korean carmaker's SEMA Show stand also reveals possible full-size SUV.

by on Nov.03, 2016

Kia is bringing four autonomous vehicle concepts to SEMA, including the Niro Triathlon, which aims to let elite athletes travel comfortably between events.

Like it or not, the age of autonomous driving is fast approaching. And that eventually will mean more than just letting a motorist take hands off the wheel. It could mean some major changes in the way tomorrow’s cars are engineered, with interiors designed to let you do other things while on the road.

Kia is exploring some of those options with a set of four new concept vehicles the Korean carmakers put together for this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas. These range from an autonomous off-road SUV to a mobile recording studio.

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“This year’s SEMA show gives us the opportunity to ponder what the future of living the autonomous life may one day resemble,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president and marketing chief for Kia Motor America. (more…)

Chevrolet Screams into SEMA with COPO Camaro Concept

Camaro SS Drag Race Program “exploring” 10-second quarter mile options.

by on Oct.31, 2016

Chevrolet is bringing the thunder to SEMA once again with its new 2017 COPO Camaro: Only 69 will be built.

Forget Halloween. If you’re looking for something scary, take a trip out to the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas this week to see the latest in high-performance parts and accessories – and a few complete car projects.

Chevrolet is a perennial presence at the Las Vegas Convention Center and it’s back again this year with several Camaro projects designed to put some fear into the competition. That includes a new track-ready concept version of the COPO Camaro that could soon be dominating the drag strip. Chevy is also showing off a variety of concept parts designed to help get weekend racers down the quarter mile in 10 seconds through the Camaro SS Drag Race Development Program.

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“From sportsman classes to the pro ranks, Camaro has been one of the most popular cars ever to launch down the drag strip,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “For 50 years Chevrolet has supported Camaro drag racers and these new SEMA vehicles demonstrate our commitment to the sport, with parts development and the advancement of the historic COPO Camaro program.” (more…)

Hyundai Gets it in Gear for SEMA

Two high-performance Santa Fe SUVs on tap.

by on Oct.06, 2016

The Hyundai Bismoto Santa Fe puts out more than 1,000 horsepower and is headed to SEMA.

Forget snail-slow rock-crawling, the two Santa Fe SUVs Hyundai plans to bring to the SEMA show early next month are all about performance.

The Korean carmaker has become a regular at the annual Las Vegas event, and the two Santa Fe utes are likely to be joined by several other Hyundai models to muscle up for the show – which has traditional put a premium on performance.

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Hyundai first pulled the wraps off a 1,040-horsepower Santa Fe developed by tuner and frequent SEMA partner Bisimoto. Now, it is lifting the covers on a ute tuned by the Rockstar Performance Garage, and while not quite as powerful, it still had enough under the hood to muscle its way around any on- or off-road environment. (more…)

Kid Rocks Patriotic Silverado 3500HD for SEMA

by on Nov.04, 2015

Chevrolet and Kid Rock teamed up to design a customized 2016 Silverado 3500HD for the SEMA show in Las Vegas.

General Motors hasn’t let some controversial comments about the Confederate flag from Kid Rock stop it from slapping the star’s name on a special edition of a heavy-duty Silverado on display at the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas.

Kid Rock collaborated with Chevrolet to design a customized 2016 Silverado 3500HD “dually” celebrating freedom and honoring American workers, according to Jim Campbell, GM vice president of performance products, who noted that it isn’t the first time Chevy has used Kid Rock to help advertise a product.

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“We’ve used his music in our ads,” he said, adding that the singer was born and raised in the Detroit suburbs and is considered something of an icon. (more…)

Mopar Set Up for SEMA with Concept Vehicles

Performance brand sales are up 20% in 2015.

by on Nov.03, 2015

The Dodge Challenger GT AWD Concept boasts a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine using an AWD package to power all four wheels, plus an eight-speed transmission.

One of the bright spots in Fiat’s acquisition of the Chrysler Group has been the boost Mopar, the aftermarket division, has given the company’s bottom line and put extra spark in the company’s model line.

FCA doesn’t break out the financial number for Mopar but it has said sales are up 20% and Mopar is showing off a huge line-up of production and concept parts and accessories at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas.

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“The line-up of Mopar-modified vehicles premiering at SEMA represents real-world examples of our brand’s continued commitment to helping owners create customized dream rides that suit their specific lifestyles and passions,” said Pietro Gorlier, head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA – Global. (more…)

Ford Teams Up with Michelin for Performance Tires

Tire maker producing customized rubber for Ford's performance line-up.

by on Nov.03, 2015

Michelin is producing custom-engineered tires for Ford's performance vehicle line-up, including Focus RS.

Few events highlight the importance and fun of what car owners can do to their vehicles to make them go faster and look cooler than SEMA. However, Ford is using the show as a springboard to highlight what all of that speed and coolness ride on: tires.

Ford announced that Michelin is now the exclusive provider of custom-engineered tires for the maker’s performance vehicle line-up at the show in Las Vegas.

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Michelin will provide tires for the Ford GT, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R Mustang, Fiesta ST, Focus ST and RS and F-150 Raptor. (more…)