Our night flew by and it was once again an early morning for day 2 of our SEMA tour. It was our last day and we knew we had a lot of walking to cover all the grounds to be able to see a lot. We realized that 2 days just didn’t cut it, as we felt somewhat semi-rushed. After a quick bite, we were off to the Las Vegas Convention Center.
BMW 740e, an electrifying driving sensation. Engine is powered by a 4-cylinder TwinTurbo 2.0 with 111hp electric motor. 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds and estimated EPA 63 MPGe. Crazy numbers for such a big car.
We stopped by the DelinteTires (?) booth to check out this Ferrari 488GTB built by Ghost Motosrports. The rear is adorned by an Evoklass read wing and rear diffuser. The high and square-ish wing gives it an F40 flavor . Like a modern take of the legendary F40. I was a big fan of this car.
Matt fell in love with this Jeep Crew Chief 715, he had his checkbook out and was ready to buy. This example was built as a salute to the legendary Jeep military service vehicles, in particular the Kaiser M715. I hope Jeep brings out this model to the showroom.
Kuhl Racing brought this Nissan GT-R and it is unlike any other GT-R you’ve seen. The entire body has been carved with shapes and patterns. The details of the engraving are flat out ridiculous. Not something I would ever do to a car but this was impressive.
This 964 is almost a new car and everything has been worked on. Nothing has been left untouched. There is a mix between old school and new technology and Singer just got it right. There are so many things I can say about this car. This may not be a purist Porsche but my god, if I owned this vehicle, I think I would put my bed in the garage and sleep next to it. It is that good.
The interior is just exquisite, the smell of rich leather and the different materials used inside. It just feels like an expensive place to be. A place where you go, sit down, drink scotch and have a cigar.
Paul and I were talking to a gentleman from Singer and we asked, “What were the hardest issues that they tackled when building a car like this?” His response was, “The requests from customers.” Singer wants to ensure what they produce is nothing but the best and at times the requests from customers make it challenging to produce at this level.
As we were leaving the booth, two middle-aged guys stopped me and asked me, “What is the big deal?” So, I explained a little (as much as I could) as to why Singer Porsches are so special. I did ask them to go talk to the guy from Singer but they were in awe and said, “No, no, we get it”.
We were all glad that we got to see this before we left. One of, if not, our favorite car of SEMA.
Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Kuro Concept shares its adjustable suspension with the MX-5 Club race car as well as its Brembo dual-piston front brake calipers. The concept is based on the RF-Retractable Fastback-which goes on sale in 2017.
I will finish our coverage with these photos. I think this Ferrari F1 was used in the 2015 season. Paul had arrived a little before Matt and myself and he was already in his standard position (on the floor and close and personal). Somehow he had been given permission to go behind the stanchion (look it up). I asked Paul if he could move for a couple of frames so he wouldn’t be in the photo. He did and instead of going around the stanchions, he tried to high-step his way, tripped and came so close to landing on the car. That would have been a monumental but epic failure. The expression of the girl at the Penzoil booth was beyond epic. I swear we both locked eye contact as we saw Paul mid-air in an attempt not to go over the car. There were other chain of events that transpired after that but I will omit those.
This was pretty much the end of the day and it was time to go home. Since this was the 50th Year Anniversary, I couldn’t help to think how the very first SEMA show was like. How big was it? How many vendors were they? I did tried to get some information from SEMA but they pointed back to their website which I couldn’t find anything. I know one thing, I bet Paul’s 2 million Integra that the show was way smaller than what it is right now.
The industry has changed as a whole since the very first event. I am sure you are not a fan of everything that is currently out there in the industry. But I think even the worst ideas have helped shaped what you currently do like. Sort of two wrong turns making one right. I wonder where we are going to be 50 years from now. Whatever it is I guarantee it is going to bring people together as it has before and I am very excited with the new vehicle platforms we are going (and are not available) to be getting here in the States.