Globally this tuning part of the industry is worth more than £21 billion as consumers seek ever more bespoke customisation and performance for their models. A lot of recent growth has come SUVs, something reflected at the 2014 SEMA show with scores of new custom trucks.
To view some of the highlights from this year’s SEMA show, click through our picture special and let us know your favourites – or those models that missed the mark – in the comments section below. Stay tuned tomorrow also for another special gallery of some of the more the weird and wonderful creations at SEMA.
Top five cars at SEMA
Ford Mustang King Cobra
The King Cobra was one of several Mustangs created for SEMA. The work of Ford Racing, the King Cobra harks back to the 1978 special edition of the same name. A supercharger boosts power of the V8 to 616bhp, while an aerodynamic pack and handling pack provide the dynamic upgrades.
Toyota Camry dragster
A humble Camry on the Toyota stand was not quite what it seemed at first glance. For under its body was the chassis of an 850bhp, tube-framed dragster. The 5.7-litre V8 engine that powers it is sourced form the Toyota Tundra pick-up truck. A nitrous oxide boost systems provides extra shove.
Mazda MX-5 Global Cup racer
This concept car previews a new MX-5 that will go racing in 2016. A global race series will launch in 2016, with championships in North America, Europe and Japan. The best competitors in each will head to Laguna Seca for an end of year shootout. The engine is a 2.0-litre petrol unit, but no other tech details have been revealed.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
This specially-created Stingray has had its livery chosen by Kiss frontman Paul Stanley. His colour choice is somewhat restrained compared to most at SEMA, Stanley going for a red base colour and then silver for the roof and other trim. Also on GM’s stand was a classic Corvette with modern mechanicals created by NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson.
Dodge SRT Viper ACR concept
The ACR concept version of the Viper previews a new hardcore version of Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s supercar. An aerodynamic package adds plenty of downforce, while weight is reduced with lighter bodywork and 19in alloys. Brembo brakes and upgraded suspension also feature, but there’s no word on extra power for the 640bhp V10 engine.
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