For those of you who don’t know, SEMA is most likely the largest aftermarket performance automotive show of the whole year. Located in Las Vegas, USA (what genius thought of that?) it’s a huge event with all of the main performance part manufacturers and tuners in the USA, alongside Ford who has a HUGE presence at the show.
The show is literally rammed shoulder to shoulder, every day of the week and spans the entire Las Vegas Convention Centre which is the size of a UK Village itself.
You may have noticed but we’re going through a crazy V10 phase at Regal currently. So the first port of call was to checkout all of the boosted Audi and Lamborghini V10s of the show.
First up we checked out Kevin Gordon’s Huracan Performante. It’s fitted with the VF Engineering Hypercharger system, Brixton Forged wheels and full 1016 industries body kit.
In the next hall was Brian from Rotiforms Audi R8 RWS. Fitted with the new Rotiform Motorsport Wheels, complimented by some aggressive aero and all backed up by a VF Engineering VF800 Supercharger System. There’s no doubt that this R8 has more than enough power going to the rear wheels only.
On the BBS booth, fitted with the FI-R (read further down to see it on LMs) and a WILD Super Trofeo body kit was Marc’s 580-2 Twin Turbo. Centre exit exhaust and screamer pipes through the rear bumper completed the extremely aggressive look.
Then there was one of the main talking points of the show. The S55 powered E30 M3 on the CSF Radiators booth. It’s fitted with a full S55 M4 drivetrain. Despite what others may think, it starts and runs! We hope to see this out on the track next year!
Some of the other highlights on the CSF stand was obviously their products. They debuted the E Series N54/N55 version of their Stepped, Curved Bar & Plate Intercooler. It features a unique curved bar which increases flow through the core and increases the surface area. We’ll be receiving our first batch in December.
Next up we have a couple of their world record holding S55 and S63 charge air coolers. These plug and play liquid to air intercooler upgrades dramatically improve the cooling power of the stock liquid to air intercooler, dropping charge temps consistently. Improving power, torque and boost response.
Something especially cool to see at their booth was the MQB Cooling Package which we have co-developed with CSF. Specifically to overcome the engine water and DSG oil temperature issues the MK7 R, MK7 GTI, 8V S3, 8S TTS, Octavia VRS and Seat Leon Cupra suffer on the road and track once power is increased. You can read more on this upgrade by clicking here
Another crazy build on the CSF booth was the 458 Spyder with Prior Design Body Kit & Sheepey Built Twin Turbo System. Utilising a full suite of CSF products to cool the 900HP on tap including liquid to air cores and heat exchangers, ensuring the coolest charge temps possible. The N/A 485 is one of the best sounding cars on the planet and thanks to Speedhunters you can hear that a Sheepey Built TT 485 sounds like!
Something we did not expect to see or like at the SEMA show was this Nissan Juke. It’s been completely stripped and rebuilt from the ground up with the purpose of rally and the occasional track day. Equipped with some aggressive aero, extensive modifications to the powertrain including a Wavetrac differential, we look forward to following this build into 2019.
Carrying on with the rally theme we found this Classic 911 Rally. Noticing the dirty exterior left over from the previous round at a show full of gleaming cars, that’s something we can get on board with! This car also uses a Wavetrac ATB LSD to great effect.
Another cool car of the show was this incredible 1200hp Honda S2000. Despite the show car looks the owner drove the car to and from SEMA and said that the car will happily wheel spin at over 160mph. With 1200hp, we’d have to believe him.
Alongside the S2000 was the Sparta Evolution Brakes booth. As you’ll probably already know, we use the Sparta EVO Big Brake Kits on Ash’s Track 7R and Ryan’s Track E92 M3 to great effect. They offer incredible performance, awesome aesthetic all at a great price.