The green flag has flown in Las Vegas, and the barrage of media from all over the planet has descended on the city's convention center to get a taste of aftermarket insanity in the annual sausage-fest known as the SEMA Show. Ok, so there are more women working in the biz these days, so the ratio has evened out a bit (but only a bit), but the rest is still the same; SEMA remains a four-day blur of cars, parts, press conferences, parties, and more cars.
Many automakers and a few aftermarket businesses use the first official day of the show to make announcements and show off project vehicles, and in 2015 that included outfits like Hyundai, Kia, Ford, Formula D, and others. The likes of Honda, Toyota, and Nissan also made news on Day 1, but each should get there own separate story on the site (and in the case of Honda, look for a recap on its website). Scroll down to see what caught our eye from the first day of the 2015 SEMA Show.
ARK Performance Solus Hyundai Genesis Coupe
We teased this Hyundai Genesis Coupe build previously, and the final product came out killer. Check out the preview post for a full run-down on the ARK project specs.
Rally Innovations Ford Focus ST
Another build previewed earlier, this time from Ford. The Gundam action figure sitting on the Focus ST's dash is one of the nicest touches, and all around not a bad creation from the Blue Oval.
Blood Type Racing Hyundai Veloster
Some may say the Blood Type Racing Veloster is a little too rice, but we totally dug the end result. Hit up the preview post for the skinny on the project.
Bisimoto Engineering Hyundai Tucson
From rendering to reality, the Bisimoto Engineering Tucson is another notch in the shop's cavalcade of great builds. Check out the teaser for a full rundown on details.
Formula D 2016 Announcements
In what has to be a record for press conference length, FD kept it short and sweet in revealing plans for the 2016 season. The biggest news is arguably the addition of one more event to the Pro calendar, for eight total, the first time they've added a round since 2005. The World Championship and Pro2 Championship are returning in '16, as is FD Canada and FD Japan. Hit up their website for full details.
JP Edition Adventuremobile Tucson
And now for something completely different - we saw quite a few SUV and crossovers at the show that actually weren't half bad, and John Pangilinan's led the pack. Head over to the preview post we ran for a thorough recap of project specifics.
Photo Safari Kia Sedona
The Photo Safari Sedona takes the term multi-purpose vehicle to another level. What began as a standard eight-passenger Sedona minivan has been transformed to a two-passenger image-capturing machine. Designed and crafted by the creative team at LGE-CTS Motorsports with multiple custom features, nearly every aspect and component of the stock Sedona was modified or enhanced. A custom fabricated tubular steel roof rack is utilized for mounting traditional DSLR cameras, a high definition WASPcam action sports camera system, booms, or jigs. It's strong enough to support a photographer (or a brave production assistant), who can be secured safely to the outside of the vehicle via a safety harness and integrated mounting hooks. The rear bed area has been left open for easy accessibility and has multiple compartments for storage, exterior outlet ports, and a hidden compartment for lower angle shots. The Photo Safari Sedona is equipped with a Street Scene Speed Grille and a Hellwig auto level 2,500-lb. airbag suspension system that automatically adjusts ride height. Designed for use day or night, the Photo Safari Sedona incorporates ultra-bright 6-in. KC HiLites pro-sports gravity LED lights on all four sides of the vehicle. An easy-to-spot dash-mounted Daystar switch panel helps instantly turn a darkened glen to daylight. The Photo Safari Sedona has on- and off-road capability with Nitto Dura Grappler 265/65R17 tires wrapped around 17-in. Method "Rally" wheels bathed in a matte gold finish.
PacWest Adventure Kia Sorento
Designed and hand-built by the creative team at LGE-CTS Motorsports, the exterior of the PacWest Adventure Sorento is the product of a labor-intensive, completely custom, multi-layer painting process utilizing pearls and candy effects that give the vehicle an ever-changing chameleon effect. Toned-down hues of electric and deep-forest green combine to capture the rugged beauty of the region. All chrome accents are painted matte black to provide some visual toughness to the Sorento's sporty appearance. The Sorento is equipped with twin LED low-profile light bars, one of which is mounted within the tubular sculpture of the front bumper, the other nestled into the roof rack.