Our first day at SEMA continues. If you missed the early part of the day please check out Part I of our coverage.
I think it was somewhere around midday when I started to feel as though I had walked 10 miles. Although I was very light as far as equipment went, I was already feeling it.
We started walking toward the South Hall when we saw this Colorado Race Support Concept truck towing a jet-powered racecar. As you can see, we were more intrigued by the race car than the support truck.
Once we walked around, we started talking to the owner of the car and little did we know it belonged to none other than Chris Forsberg. Super nice guy and incredible build, no wonder it won the Super Street Best in Show.
I was actually excited to go to the Ford booth and see what they had for the Ford Focus RS.
But first I saw this wild Ford Fiesta ST which I ended up liking a lot.
Oh hey, another hatchback that is turbo and AWD…..hmmmm. Our local peeps of Full Race built this Ford Focus RS.
I am a big fan of the Ford Focus RS and was happy to see the aftermarket supporting this model. In my opinion, aesthetically, the Focus RS looks much better than the new Civic Type R. I don’t know how much different the Civic will look once it hits the showroom. I have not driven the Focus RS and I don’t know how the Type R would drive. What I am happy about is that we are finally getting two great platforms that we can choose from. And that makes everyone a winner. Maybe one day I will be able to drive both and have a better-educated opinion.
I was a little more excited to see the No. 68 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT of Sébastien Bourdais, Joey Hand and Dirk Müller. The trio took the No. 68 car to victory in the LM GTE Pro category at Le Mans.
Their victory comes exactly 50 years on from Ford’s 1-2-3 victory at Le Mans in 1966. How fitting to have the No. 2 Ford GTMk. II that won the 1966 Le Mans on display at the 50thyear of SEMA. You can’t make this up.
We heard the Injen Technology booth also had a Type R so we went to check it out.
The Civic Type R FK2 just looks better. It still displays aggressive lines but it is done a little more tastefully. It is not shouting in your face. I know Matt is a big fan of the FK2, and so are we.
Extremely aggressive FR-S with a Vlene body kit. Apparently, from what I heard, the kit is over 100mm wider than oem. That is wide as ever. Wheels are Rotiform WGR , with 19×10 at the front and 19×12.5 out back. Just wow.
The Lexus booth is also a favorite since they always bring head turners. The spotlight was on this yellow LC500; which could be mistaken for an RC F. This concept LC500 is pushing a hair over 500 horsepower and rolls around in HRE 22-inch wheels.
1991 BMW 318is at the H&R booth looks as if it just rolled out from the BMW factory. I love that it looks stock besides the H&R RSS coil overs and BBS E50 wheels. Fun fact, the 318is was one of the cars I learned how to drive a manual transmission with.
This was another surprise, Ryan Tuerk’s Toyota GT86 fitted with a Ferrari 458 engine. The 2.0 flat-four was ditched in favor of Ferrari’s 4.5 V8 producing 562hp. I’d say that is a big difference. The GT86 looks just as wild as the swapped mentioned.
At this point it was closing time. I knew that we hadn’t made a dent in covering the halls and we only had one more day but I was so happy to be done with the day. So what do you do after you shoot for 8 hours, you go and shoot some more.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for our last part; day two.