SEMA 2015

FullSizeRender-15SEMA 2015 is in the books!  The show seems to get bigger and better each year; one can barely make it around to see everything.  Here is a recap of what I enjoyed……

Pictured above is the 2015 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak-426 Naturally Aspirated, complete with a roll cage fabricated to NHRA specifications (8.50 certification). Engine Block:  Mopar, Aluminum block with pressed-in Steel Liners, Bore, Stroke: 4.125″ x 4.000″ Crankshaft:  Forged, Rods:  Forged H-Beam, Pistons:  Forged 2618 Alloy, Camshaft:  Mopar Spec with 0.675″ Lift, Transmission:  Automatic, TH400 with SFI Case, Torque Converter:  8″ Race Converter

IMG_3844                                                                  Throwback to a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro

FullSizeRender-10You can definitely see this one coming, it practically glows in the dark!  Great job Chevrolet!  We all loved this Camaro!

FullSizeRender-11Kid Rock showed up to introduce his special collaboration on the Chevy Silverado.  Big bow-tie, chrome front end, in his words, “Bigger IS better.”

FullSizeRender-12How about this concept from Kia?  I would love for them to make the Optima a convertible! Can’t you just see this car on the beach?  #Miami #SoCal

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IMG_3851Ricky Carmichael, a.k.a. “The Goat,” (Greatest of All Time for those of you who do not follow SX).  Here he is showing of the Chevy Special Ops Silverado concept.

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I personally own a Kia Sorento, this one pictured looks nothing like the black one that sits in my garage.  I want this one.  This is the PacWest Adventure Sorento.  Designed by the creative team at LGE-CTS Motorsports, the exterior of the PacWest Adventure Sorento is the product of a labor-intensive, completely custom, multi-layer painting process.  The PacWest Adventure Sorento is equipped with twin LED low-profile light bars, one of which is mounted within the tubular sculpture of the front bumper, the other is nestled into the roof rack.  All new custom front under carriage assembly allows greater wheel travel and a taller stance.  At the rear, retooled and lengthened connecting and trailing arms better locate the tires for off-road excursions and lend to the vehicle’s menacing stance.  In all, the PacWest Adventure Sorento rides six inches higher than a standard Sorento.  The tailor made roof rack holds everything needed for an overnight camping trip, including an ARB tow strap and E-Z deflator kit.  A WFJ snorkel intake system allows the PacWest Adventure Sorento to be a land-based submersible.

IMG_3879Interior features include custom painted dash and door panel inserts, a Daystar switch panel and rocker switches to activate the LED lights, and rugged floor mats.  Stitched Kia logos are found in the headrests, and the seat cushions include custom tire-tread embroidery with green leather back and thigh supports.

IMG_3922Speaking of camping…..check out what Hyundai did to this Tucson.  Cool huh?  Hyundai just keeps getting better and better!  IMG_3979Again, not your average Tucson.  Rockstar Performance created this one just for SEMA.  This Tucson received a major suspension upgrade.  The paint job gives it a tougher, meaner look and the 17″off-road wheels can’t hurt either.

FullSizeRender-13Toyota’s “Let’s go places” campaign had me ready to crawl into this matte-finished Tacoma!  Now where can we go?

IMG_3896And who doesn’t love Tonka trucks?  This Toyota 4Runner concept is prepared for anything!  The Tonka 4Runner has a Bulletproof suspension lift kit, a pop-up tent on the roof, Mickey Thompson Baja off road tires and some beefy bumpers.

IMG_3930The Nissan Titan which holds the Truck of Texas title was on display, featured here is what Nissan refers to as project “Triple Nickel,” the 5.0-liter V8’s 555 pound-feet of torque is shooting for the land-speed record in the new diesel powered Titan XD.

IMG_3908Sticking with trucks, how about Ford’s F150 customized Galpin?  The F-Series has been America’s best selling truck for 38 years.

IMG_3973Ram Rebel X Concept in bold copper paint, with black trim and 35″ Toyo tires; just when you thought a truck couldn’t look any tougher.

IMG_3935A tribute to the classic 1970s era full-size Jeep Cherokee, this Wrangler based concept vehicle evokes the west coast surfer lifestyle of sun and fun with a nod to nostalgic beach rides.

Custom exterior design cues include vintage Ocean Blue exterior color scheme with a white, French Bread roof; a custom modified razor grille that the original Wagoneer made famous, halogen headlamps, removable sides for an open-air feel and flexible hauling, chrome front and rear bumpers and classic, 17-inch slotted mag wheels for a true ’70s vibe.

IMG_3904The Cobra Jet Mustang:  Limited 50-car run and is race-ready for NHRA Stock and Super Stock competition. New four-link rear suspension and electric water pump applications are firsts for Cobra Jet, which is engineered for performance at the track. This 2016 Mustang will be the most collectible Mustang ever, representing power, performance and triumph.

IMG_3906Ford Performance engineers tapped internal resources, taking technology from other parts of the company and adapting it for racing.  The Cobra Jet engine uses an electric water pump from Ford C-Max Hybrid that allows cool-down without the engine running-resulting in more consistent racing via improved management of engine temperature.

Cobra Jet Mustang is manufactured at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan, which production now under way and delivery expected the first quarter of 2016.   MRSP  for the base car is $99,990.

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And what SEMA show would be complete without a little Chevy bling?  Or a few special guests……….

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I was privileged to interview the lovely Courtney Force.  Stay tuned to read more about her and her family!

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And Rutledge Wood was on hand to help Toyota kick off their press conference.  Rutledge loves SEMA!  I have to echo his advice for first time SEMA goers….. wear comfortable shoes!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my recap of SEMA as much as I have enjoyed sharing it with you!

~ Tabatha Moran Chovanetz

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