Bouncing through the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center during SEMA week is very much like Black Friday shopping. That means you're going to bump shoulders with thousands of others and you're all but guaranteed to get caught behind some very slow-moving individuals who have absolutely no idea what's happening so they'll often stand in the middle of high-traffic areas sifting through Instagram. It's science.
Fortunately, with four full days to make our way around the massive, multi-level tradeshow, we're able to stop by various booths to see what's new, what's in the works, and what to expect. As we said in Part I of the new products showcase, the new Supra by far had the biggest push and whether all of this attention will help push sales and in turn more parts development, remains to be seen. A few years ago, when Honda finally released the new Civic Type R and it showed up at SEMA, brands jumped at the chance to start producing parts and the FK8 took on a life of its own - in turn helping to bolster the overall 10th gen. Civic market's interest, which is now at a fever pitch.
Seibon - @seiboncarbon
The carbon giant, Seibon Carbon, once again brought a row of variety to their booth with the most talked about vehicle of course being their red MkV Supra. Loaded with upcoming Seibon carbon pieces, the hood and hatch were unique in that they were produced using a red carbon weave.
Other pieces, like the wing, side and rear diffusers and door garnish rely on a traditional black/grey weave and all of these pieces will be available soon, though Seibon officials noted that the red weave option would remain strictly for the hood and hatch with no immediate plans to transfer that style to other pieces.
Other non-Supra goods included the group's new OEM-style carbon fiber hood for the Toyota Tacoma along with their new fender flares.
Garrett Advancing Motion - @garrettmotion
Those looking for big power in a compact package have a new tool they can add to their arsenal in Garrett's G-series G35-1050 turbo. More than capable of belting out up to 1,050hp on 2.5-5.5L engines, this unit carries advanced aerodynamics technology for quick boost response and reliable power. These new series is available in both standard and reverse rotation.
CSF Radiators - @csf_radiators
For the past few years, CSF has displayed some incredibly interesting booth cars. From the Rywire Integra Type R to Sheepey Built's Lamborghini, this year the race division's head honcho brought out his 2014 911 "street car" that just so happens to pack a 1,000-plus hp punch and is inching ever-closer to the 200mph half-mile mark.
Other than driving ridiculously fast, the group also produces high-performance cooling goods like this A90 Supra heat exchanger with a 62 percent increase in core fluid capacity in a drop-in design available in black or polished.
Their secondary in-series BMW N55 oil cooler grants five additional rows of cooling for a significant increase in heat defense and a single-pass design for optimal flow, all wrapped up in a convenient drop-in kit.
They also displayed this all-aluminum unit designed for Toyota models that include the FJ Cruiser and various generations of the 4Runner, Tacoma, Tundra, Sequoia, and Land Cruiser. The overland market is on the rise and brand's like CSF are more than ready to help it grow.
HKS USA - @hks_usa_inc
Last year the HKS booth at SEMA featured a Civic Type R and was tucked behind the Seibon booth without a clear walkway from the main sections of the show. This year their booth was just next to Hondata, only a few steps away from the Honda booth and foot traffic was monumental. Those walking through got an up close and personal look at the HKS Widebody GR Supra Street Concept aero kit wrapped in classic HKS livery over a matte grey finish.
Their basic, very affordable Super Air Filter panel filter is already available...
...and they're currently testing their Racing suction Intake with carbon fiber elbow and iconic HKS "mushroom" filter as well as a dual exhaust system with factory exhaust valve control and they even brought out their prototype downpipe.
In addition, their Hipermax Touring adjustable suspension and an ECU Power Editor are all in the works and expected in the near future.
Victor Racing - facebook.com/VictorRacingInc/
Taking home the SEMA Global Media Award is Victor Racing with their universal Smart Active Aero wing. Controlled by dual fast-action actuators, the wing only requires 12V power and an on-board CPU with software will position the wing for DRS, low, medium and high downforce as well as aerobraking from one of a trio of user-programmable presets.
Remark - @remark_exhaust
Exhaust manufacturing newcomer Remark had a large display that included their new Supra offering with T304 stainless steel construction and burnt titanium tips.
The Supra exhaust system is ready to go and carries an ETA of late January.
Produced in titanium, this cat-back system is built for the FK8 Type R using 3in piping, high-flow mufflers and resonators and factory hanger locations. The classic burnt titanium tips are a nice touch for the rear of Honda's hottest hatch.
These elongated exhaust tips, shown in "burnt blue" stainless, are part of Remark's Boso Edition series and are intended for late model WRX/STi as an axle-back system.
Razo USA - @razo.usa
Razo dropped two new shift knob types in the new products section this year. Their RA64 model is height adjustable, allowing you to pick the best length for your particular preference using a series of adapters to get it just right.
Function & Form - @functionandform
You're already familiar with the name Function & Form as they've been in the industry for many years with a full array of coilovers and air suspension options for dozens of applications. More recently, the group has seen some major changes in both ownership and management and the future looks bright.
On display at SEMA we found their well-known Type 1, pre-tuned coilovers, Type 2 adjustable damping option and their Type 2 adjustable damping with air bag conversion kit on display.
In addition, the group showed off their inverted monotube system with optional camber adjusters and bottom-mounted adjusters. The group tells us they're hard at work developing more applications and promise a renewed focus toward motorsport-level options to accompany their current, well-known line up.
Revel USA - @revelusa
We've seen and actually used some of the gauges produced by the folks at Revel USA and for 2019's show, they debuted a slick update to the VLS II line of analog style gauges which now give you the option to switch colors on the fly. Both the white and red display versions are incredibly easy to read, even in direct sunlight, thanks to their bright LED backlighting.
A small remote that can be mounted just about anywhere allows you to control peak/hold and warning options as well as your color choice.
You've gone to adjust your coilovers before and had to fight to get the collars to release and move freely due to dirt and debris lodging itself between the threads. It happens to all of us. Fortunately, Revel has a solution with their neoprene coilover covers that install with a simple zipper system to keep those threads clean and user-friendly, even in dusty environments.
Revel's GT Dry carbon pieces use real carbon fiber overlays to dress up interior and exterior parts without having to actually replace them - installation just takes a few minutes. In addition, their new GT Design series uses a carbon fiber-like material with colored stitching to protect the bottom of the door and give you a custom appearance.
Energy Suspension - @energysuspensionofficial
While the internet fights over the Supra name, MkIV owners that are more interested in improving their car's handling have a complete front control arm bushing kit now available from Energy Suspension. The Hyper-Flex polyurethane components drastically improve handling and aid in control on the track and the street. While you're under the car, Energy also offers a rear control arm and front/rear sway bar bushing kit upgrade.
Vibrant Performance - @vibrant_performance
Fabricators that rely on Vibrant Performance for various parts and supplies are in for even more innovative products early next year. Their wildly popular titanium fabrication parts list will see significant growth with new bellows, resonators and pie-cut kits in various diameters.
New fuel filters in different AN sizes and compact fluid fill caps were on display and offer even more flexibility for builders.
Vibrant's new intercooler end-tank kits are pre-notched and ready to be welded into position. The locking tabs insure the pieces don't move during welding for a trouble-free procedure.
The Vanjen clamp mock-up assembly allows fabricators to size their intake and intercooler piping properly without having to actually weld in the Vanjen clamp's ferrules. A time saver and a great way to help speed up things like turbo kit production.
Cusco USA - @cuscousa
Cusco is now fully invested in the new Supra, already offering multiple suspension pieces for Toyota's latest offering.
Their A90 display car was fitted with a full array of Cusco goods including this 4pt front bar.
Other parts include their stout exhaust hangers, sway bars, under bracing and more.
Fortune Auto USA - @fortuneautousa
We're so used to seeing Fortune Auto's signature green finish that we were thrown off by the gunmetal grey and blue color combo mixed in when we first it. The updated look is outstanding and featured on their Dreadnought 2-way coilovers with 24-step independent rebound and compression settings, concave flow digressive piston technology and radial bearing mounts, all in a completely rebuildable package.
Along with their coilovers, Fortune brought their Remote Damper Controller allowing full control of the stiffening and softening of rebound right from the driver's seat as commands are sent to a series of servos to make adjustments.
HPS Performance Products - @hpsperformance
To add some more power to the new Supra and BMW Z4, HPS Performance displayed their new intake system that relies on an HPS high-flow filter, reinforced silicone hose and a powder coated steel heat shield that actually integrates with the factory air scoop. There's no tuning required and HPS says this system won't trigger a check engine light. Also, HPS has a titanium version already in the works to take things up a notch.
K Sport USA - @ksportusa
New Supra owners have yet another suspension option available in KSport's Kontrol Pro fully adjustable coilover.
Adjustable camber plates and 36 levels of damping adjustment give you the ability to fine tune your A90's ride on the street and the track, and these new coilovers are available right now.
aFe Power - @afepower
Attacking the factory downpipe on the new Supra will undoubtedly unlock some additional power and knowing this aFe has already developed their twisted steel downpipe with high-flow cat. Mandrel bent with a brushed finish on its 304 stainless steel piping, aFe notes that it doesn't need any tuning and won't signal a CEL. A secondary bung is in place to add a wideband or other device.