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SEMA 2018: The hall of rubber

If you've ever wondered where all the world's tyre manufacturers get together to promote their wares, it's the wheel and tyre hall of SEMA. Here you'll find brands that you've heard of, like Nitto, Mickey Thompson and Michelin, but you'll also come across brands you've never heard of, trying to break into the US market...

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SEMA 2018: Performance car hall
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SEMA 2018: Performance car hall

Trent tours the Performance car hall of the 2018 SEMA show.


SEMA 2018: Touring the performance car hall
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SEMA 2018: Touring the performance car hall

Call me a little biased, but I've been coming to SEMA since 2006 and from that very first year, the biggest highlight for me was always this hall, the aftermarket performance, hot-rod, rat-rod, resto-mod, classic cruiser, pick-up truck, muscle car - call it whatever you like - hall...


SEMA 2018: There's off-roading, and then there's this...
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SEMA 2018: There's off-roading, and then there's this...

SEMA. It's seen as the mecca of all things performance, but many punters might not know it's also a showcase for the off-road industry – sometimes in all its overstated glory. It is the United States of America after all. For me, it's the greatest car show on the planet such is the scale, variety and scope of the products and vehicles on display...


SEMA 2018: Manufacturers representing big at aftermarket show
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SEMA 2018: Manufacturers representing big at aftermarket show

It’s not all about aftermarket at SEMA – manufacturers have a big presence at the show, giving visitors a look into potential future models and parts that could roll out to existing vehicles. We toured all the big manufacturers to see what they have on offer and whether any of it is coming to Australia...


SEMA 2018: Manufacturers of the show
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SEMA 2018: Manufacturers of the show

Touring the floor at the 2018 SEMA show, the manufacturers have really taken to putting on a big show!


Chevrolet Camaro eCOPO: Electric drag racer unveiled
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Chevrolet Camaro eCOPO: Electric drag racer unveiled

Developed in conjunction with Hancock and Lane Racing, a team specialising electric drag racing, the Chevrolet Camaro eCOPO concept has an electric motor making over 522kW (700hp) of power, and 813Nm of torque. Chevrolet estimates the eCOPO can blast through the quarter mile (400m) in around 9.0 seconds, although the company admits testing is still ongoing...


Dodge Super Charger concept launches 746kW Hellephant V8 engine
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Dodge Super Charger concept launches 746kW Hellephant V8 engine

The Dodge Super Charger concept is a heavily modified and restored 1968 Dodge Charger coupe, and is the perfect vehicle to show off Fiat Chrysler's new 'Hellephant' V8 crate engine. Not only does it have a wider track with flared fibreglass wheel arch extensions, the concept car also has a 51mm longer wheelbase, significantly reducing the car's front overhangs...


Queensland Police Kia Stinger on US tour
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Queensland Police Kia Stinger on US tour

The first police force in the world to use a Kia Stinger - Queensland Police - has allowed Kia Australia to bring one of its operational police cars to the mecca of mechanical performance and modification - SEMA 2018. There's good reason for it too...


Honda Rugged Open Air Vehicle revealed at SEMA
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Honda Rugged Open Air Vehicle revealed at SEMA

Honda doesn't offer a dual-cab ute for the Australian market, but it's not truck-less everywhere in the world. If you live in North America, the company will sell you a Ridgeline, a monocoque dual-cab pickup designed to offer a car-like drive than its body-on-frame rivals. That doesn't mean it's soft, though...


Nissan 370Z Project Clubsport 23 revealed for SEMA
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Nissan 370Z Project Clubsport 23 revealed for SEMA

Nissan has revealed its 370Z Project Clubsport 23 for this year's SEMA show, headlined by a twin-turbo engine and a range of performance accessories that could soon be available to customers. Featuring a combination of OEM, aftermarket and bespoke parts, the Clubsport 23 project car "is an ongoing parts development platform", as the company hopes it previews the potential customisation options for current owners...


Kia Forte Drift Car revealed with Stinger engine
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Kia Forte Drift Car revealed with Stinger engine

Designed in collaboration with Red Bull, the Kia Forte Drift Car is now on display at SEMA 2018 in Las Vegas. Although the Drift Car started life as an off-the-shelf Forte – Cerato to us – sedan, it now has the Stinger GT's 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 crammed under the bonnet and aligned north-south thanks to "some tricky engineering"...


Chevrolet Camaro 'Shock' revealed for SEMA
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Chevrolet Camaro 'Shock' revealed for SEMA

Chevrolet has revealed a special example of its 2019 Camaro for this year's SEMA show, which kicks off on October 30. Finished in an eye-catching bright yellow dubbed 'Shock', the Camaro show car is based on the 2019 model-year SS and features new accessories and performance parts that will soon be available from US Chevrolet dealers...


Australia's hottest import and domestic cars come together for MotorEx 2018
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Australia's hottest import and domestic cars come together for MotorEx 2018

Meguiar’s MotorEx, one of Australia’s biggest and best car shows, is returning to the Melbourne Showgrounds on May 26-27th. Last year we thoroughly enjoyed our time here and this year boasts even more high-octane fun on display, so we're keen to see what is in store for 2018...


2018 Ford Mustang Roush 729 makes LA debut
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2018 Ford Mustang Roush 729 makes LA debut

Is your Ford Mustang GT a little boring? Maybe the Roush 729 concept can give you some inspiration. Created as a concept for this year's SEMA show, the Roush 729 is a supercharged, wide-body version of the iconic Ford pony car, finished in eye-catching Grabber Green - used on just 95 Mustang Boss 429s were painted in 1970...


This nifty invention converts your H-Pattern manual into a sequential shifter
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This nifty invention converts your H-Pattern manual into a sequential shifter

While wandering around SEMA 2017, we ran into Bremer Shifters, a stand that was displaying an innovative way to convert your H-Pattern gearbox into a sequential style shifter. Fitment is extremely easy, Bremer reckons, with no requirement to even drop the gearbox at all...


The SEMA 2017 Gallery: Eye-candy for everyone
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The SEMA 2017 Gallery: Eye-candy for everyone

Earlier this month, I headed to Las Vegas to cover SEMA, the world's largest aftermarket car show. Running for four days between over October and November, this is one show that truly has to be seen to be believed. Primarily a trade show, used for businesses to meet other traders, it is one sure-fire way of seeing some of the world's most incredible and downright insane builds...


Talking crate engines with Jeep Performance at SEMA
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Talking crate engines with Jeep Performance at SEMA

I recently attended SEMA 2017 on behalf of CarAdvice and StreetFX, to check out some of the aftermarket goodies on show. In this video, we have a chat to Todd Beddick, product manager in the Jeep Performance Division, to discuss the range of Mopar crate engines you can buy off-the-shelf for your project car...


Shelby 1000: Next-gen track special revealed
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Shelby 1000: Next-gen track special revealed

Shelby American has revealed its new-generation 1000 track car, based on the updated Ford Mustang GT. Unveiled at this week's 2017 SEMA show, the Shelby 1000 gets an array of upgrades to the suspension, brakes, body and engine to help it tear up 'road courses'. The powered-up Pony gets a new 5.2-litre supercharged V8 producing - you guessed it - 1000 horsepower (746kW)...


2018 Jeep Wrangler: Mopar parts teased at SEMA show
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2018 Jeep Wrangler: Mopar parts teased at SEMA show

Parts and tuning arm Mopar has taken to the 2017 SEMA show to give a sneak peak of its upcoming accessories and parts range for the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler, which itself was only revealed days ago. Some 200 products were previewed by Pietro Gorlier, head of Mopar parts and service at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)...