Where the Cars Become the Stars
Kevin Harper - December 12, 2013 10:00 AM
This year, some of the car companies didn’t wait until the show floor to release information and renderings of the cars
There are very few sure bets in Las Vegas. The arrival of the SEMA show to Sin City gives you an odds-on favorite that the cars being seen at the show will be pushing the creative envelope a little further.
This year, some of the car companies didn’t wait until the show floor to release information and renderings of the cars that the visitors were going to see. SEMA is a trade-only show, so the general public will likely have to get to their dealer to see these products. Some of these cars were private creations that utilized the factory products in the hopes of doing something different. Take a look at some of the cars at SEMA … we didn’t have the space for the 2,000-plus that actually made the show.
Hot Rod Mustang
Hollywood Hot Rods decided to take on the supercars with its 2014 Ford Mustang GT convertible at SEMA 2013. While the classic style and proportions of Mustang say performance even in stock form, the team at Hollywood Hot Rods wanted to create something truly unique with this project car.
“We decided to redesign some key elements of the car, like the roof and rear section; to create a completely new and bold design that propels Mustang into supercar status while retaining classic Mustang DNA,” said Troy Ladd. A Ford Racing Whipple supercharger and Banks Power water-methanol injection system bring the 5.0-liter V-8 to an estimated 750 horsepower.
With a raft of technology, comfort and refinement enhancements, as well as a new front-end design, the 2014 Malibu takes on one of the industry’s most competitive segments with greater roominess, efficiency and connectivity. The Malibu LTZ SEMA concept delivers greater style, too, with performance-style ground effects and Chevrolet Accessories 19-inch wheels with a Sterling Silver finish. A Borla exhaust system lends a throatier note to the 259hp, 2.0L turbocharged engine. A concept Stage Kit and cold-air induction system support greater performance, too, from an engine that already delivers 295 lbs-ft of torque, the most in its class.
The Chrysler 300 is elevated to reach the ultimate in style and street cred with a variety of Mopar appointments utilized to create the 2014 Chrysler 300S for the SEMA Show.
Phantom Black Tri-coat colors the exterior, maintaining the elegance of the Chrysler 300S, while adding a menacing edge. Fitting its gritty, big-city vibe, the front is reinforced by a 13-bar black “Gotham” grille surround, with a lowering kit, dropping the 2014 Chrysler 300S closer to the streets. The wheels pull from the Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition with 20 x 8-inch wheels finished in a Mopar bronze, accented with Mopar wheel center caps. A black SRT spoiler embellishes the tail and helps drive the rear towards the pavement when in motion, enabling the 300S to corner urban canyons with impressive agility.
Luxurious touches rule the interior, with seats and door bolster inserts wrapped in Katzkin “Bisque” leather. Leather seatbacks are embossed with the “Imported From Detroit” logo, and matching Katzkin “Bisque” threads border the seats, door and console armrests. All bright trim is changed to Satin Black, and the Mopar Lite Bronze found on the wheels is also featured in the trim accents.
Yellow Jacket Mustang
The Project Yellow Jacket Ford Mustang created by the team at Vortech Superchargers packs a serious sting for its debut at the 2013 SEMA show in Las Vegas.
The team at Vortech added 3D Carbon’s Boy Racer kit, along with a carbon fiber cowl induction hood and other carbon accents from TruFiber all finished in a custom paint supplied by DuPont.
Under the carbon fiber hood sits the potent 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 engine topped off with a Vortech V-3 Si supercharging system packing 605 horsepower and 473 lbs-ft of torque with 7.5 psi of boost.
The Urban Cool concept builds on the Impala LTZ with custom-painted grille accents, Chevrolet Accessories concept ground effects and Chevrolet Accessories concept 20-inch wheels painted to match the grille accents. A lowered stance further accents the sporty style, while the LTZ’s high-intensity discharge headlamps and light-emitting diode, or LED, daytime running lamps lend a more sophisticated appearance. Inside, the trim is painted high-gloss piano black and anodized low-gloss black, contrasting with Sky Cool Gray leather-trimmed seats that also feature perforated leather inserts and orange stitching.
The Urban Cool concept rocks with the Impala’s available 11-speaker Bose® Centerpoint® Surround Sound System, which connects to the Chevrolet MyLink system via an eight-inch-diagonal color touch screen.
This 2014 Ford Fusion SE boasts enough horsepower and other upgrades to make any turbo-loving techy want to get behind the wheel. The Full-Race Motorsports team gave the Fusion a boost in power with a BorgWarner turbocharger, which is matched with a cat-back exhaust and cold air intake, for a 400-horsepower midsize sedan.
Inside, the Fusion is modified with the tech-savvy in mind, with a seven-inch touch screen tablet built into the dash. The tablet operates on the Android system and allows the driver to do all kinds of data logging or connect to wireless Internet.
This Fusion has been lowered with accents from a body kit, and features leather seating to build on its reputation as a comfortable yet capable street machine.