Stars of the 2012 SEMA Show
The SEMA show has been the main event for all car tuning and customizing enthusiasts for decades. It’s a show that brings every respectable car tuner, designer and custom car builder together and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. This year the event started October 30 and ended November 02, and it was of course held in Las Vegas, as per tradition. The show always has some spectacular cars to offer, and visitors weren’t disappointed this time around, either.
I’ll start with one of the most interesting and unusual cars that were unveiled this year. It’s the Toyota DragQuoia, a family dragster based on the Sequoia SUV. It was designed by the drag-racer Antron Brown, who created an amazingly stylish and incredibly fast dragster, but one that a whole family can enjoy in. It’s a 650-horsepower monster, with a TRD supercharged V8 engine, and 21.5-inch racing wheels. It’s tricked out with a hood scoop, a carbon fiber rear wing, a drag chute, an Aerodine injector hat and an AEM alcohol-injected fuel system. The Toyota DragQuoia received the Gran Turismo award for best truck or SUV at the SEMA show.
Another cool truck that Toyota unveiled is the Tundra concept. With 5.7-liter, TRD supercharged V8 engine, running on a fuel cell mounted in the rear, it produces 380 horsepowers and features 17-inch racing wheels, fiberglass fenders, racing seats, and a JBL audio system. The Tundra is aimed at anglers, with a storage area that can hold tackle, rods, reel, and a refrigerator.
Kia Forte Koup
Kia presented an interesting concept inspired by Justice League superheros. A band of 4 superheros was assembled, with Kia Forte Koup acting as Flash, Kia Soul was designated for Green Lantern, Aquaman got the five-door Rio and Cyborg got a five-door Forte. All the cars were auctioned off and the funds collected will be donated to the We Can Be Heroes charity organization, which aims to help people struggling with devastating hunger in the Horn of Africa.
Fashion label Enemy to Fashion unveiled a very cool Chevrolet Spark with an interesting military look. It’s covered in green camouflage color, and has black metal bars on the front and rear bumpers, as well as the backseat windows. On the top of the car is a structure that looks like a rocket launcher, but is actually a loudspeaker system that should overwhelm the surroundings with a powerful sound. The interior features Recaro sports seats, LED lights, and Kicker audio system. These were some of the highlights of the cars unveiled at the show, which along with the many more customized vehicles that were shown in Las Vegas, made for an excellent event that definitely provided a great experience for all tuning-loving visitors. Generally, the 2012 SEMA Auto Show met our expectations and provided some pleasant surprises in terms of new concepts and fresh technologies.
By Jordan Perch, blogger at DMV.com