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SEMA 2019 Preview - Toyo Treadpass

New builds to debut from Button Built, Daniel Song x Jonny Grunwald collab; TJ Hunt to make an appearance

Bob Hernandez
Oct 30, 2019
Photographer: Toyo Tires

Are you ready? Pretty pictures from SEMA 2019—the world's biggest car show based around an aftermarket parts industry trade show—are about to choke your feeds like so many forgotten memes, and in the days leading up to the expo's November 5th opening, super-nerds like us are keeping an eye on where the potential hot builds will pop up in the Las Vegas Convention Center's massive three-hall complex over the week of the event.

Exhibitor Toyo Tires' booths at SEMA have reliably been places to hunt some of the best creations of the show, and it looks like their 2019 presence will be another to count on. Returning with its popular Treadpass in the space between the LVCC's Central and South Halls, the booth will feature more than 30 builds making their world debuts, and last week Toyo teased Treadpass via press release with a curated blend of rides that aim at all stripes of enthusiast.

BUTTON BUILT FERRARI "BB355TT"

2019 Toyo Tires Treadpass Preview Button Built BB355TT Photo 8/8   |   SEMA 2019 Preview - Toyo Treadpass

Before last year, we didn't know what "Button Built" was, but then they unveiled their slammed Ferrari BB328 in Toyo's booth and the enthusiast world took notice. For the 2019 show, Button Built returns to the Toyo Treadpass with its "BB355TT," based on a 1999 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta. This Super GT-inspired widebody supercar is painted an original Ferrari color from Maranello's Scaglietti palette that was used from 1964-1966—the color is called "Azzuro la Plata," first seen in 1967 on a 275GTB Le Mans race car.

The BB355TT sports a 600-rwhp twin turbo version of its 3.5-liter 40-valve V8, with tubi-style exhaust manifolds, Tial wastegates, and Xona Rotor's XR5455 Echo Series symmetrical turbos. Tial blow off valves in the charge plumbing work alongside CSF intercooler cores and radiators designed and fabricated to provide a compact fit within the car, and the tune was by Eric Cheney of VDE. The cabin of the BB355TT features a 6-point roll cage, carbon fiber fixed back seats with a 6-point harness system, and a digital display along with a full interior upholstery. The lowered suspension is made up of an Accuair E-Level management system with an Endo CVT tank, while Universal Air struts are mounted to custom tubular control and a-arms. Toyo Proxes R888R tires in a 285/30ZR19 front and 345/30ZR19 rear sizes wrap around 19x11-inch and 19x15 Rotiform OZR wheels with hidden hardware and a double step lip.

2020 TOYOTA GR SUPRA WIDEBODY

2019 Toyo Tires Treadpass Preview Widebody 2020 Toyota GR Supra Photo 8/8   |   SEMA 2019 Preview - Toyo Treadpass

All signs are pointing to a big influx of project A90 Toyota Supra this year at the SEMA Show, and tossing their hats into the ring are builders Jonny Grunwald and Daniel Song, friends of Super Street's teaming up for a very special collaboration! With just 45 days to design and construct their Mk V, they chose to go the widebody route with a full 17-piece Pandem Version 1.5 body kit and GT wing, much of the body work and installation done by Tuan Hoang of Pigment. KW version 3 coilovers and Rays TE37 Ultra Track Edition 2 wheels shod in Toyo Proxes R888Rs are at all corners, with Brembo GTS big brakes at the front, and a full complement of Cusco sway bars, chassis power braces, and strut bars keep the car riding on rails.

A Pure700 turbo upgrade by Pure Turbo coupled to a full SSR Performance downpipe, titanium exhaust, and custom tune helps produce 672-horsepower with 625 lb./ft. of torque. Koyorad's auxiliary coolers help keep engine temps low with all the additional power, and Eventuri's new carbon fiber intake replaces what came factory. Inside the car, rare Japanese-market-only Recaro Pro Racer RMS seats have been mounted along with a Takata Race 2x2 harness and full Studio RSR roll cage and rear brace.

THE BAJA 911

2019 Toyo Tires Treadpass Preview Baja 911 Photo 8/8   |   SEMA 2019 Preview - Toyo Treadpass

The trend toward lifted and off-road is undeniable, even among our audience, and this bad buggy, although just a rendering here, looks like it would make for an unreal good time. It is the handiwork of TJ Russell from Russell Built Fab, who is an ex-lead fabricator from none other than Singer, and himself designed, engineered, and crafted this 1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 cabriolet project. Russell set out to create the most state of the art, dual-purpose off-road prepared 911, and then outfit it with a nice interior, climate control, navigation, and other creature comforts expected from a high-end Porsche build.

Build specs for the Baja 911 include a bumper-to-bumper chromoly race cage and 12 inches of wheel travel thanks to the use of billet aircraft aluminum spindles, a-arms, and a box plate chromoly trailing arm suspension. The Porsche sits on 15 x 7-inch fifteen52 Integrale Gravel FIA approved wheels wrapped with gnarly 30-inch tall Toyo Open Country A/T II (all-terrain) tires, and a purpose-built 3.8-liter air cooled engine built by Jeff Gamroth of Rothsport Road and Track delivers a 100 horsepower more than the original car, while the composite widebody kit shaves a bunch of weight from the 911. And the best part? If you want one, the Baja 911 is planned for low-volume customer-tailored production builds beginning in early 2020.

MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO 5 WIDEBODY

2019 Toyo Tires Treadpass Preview Widebody Evo 5 Photo 8/8   |   SEMA 2019 Preview - Toyo Treadpass

It's a good year for friends of Super Street having cars at SEMA! In addition to Jonny and Daniel's Supra, 2017 Show Car Shootout winner, Rowie Landicho, teamed up with Dennis Aquino for this Evo 5 widebody. This 1998 right-hand-drive Mitsubishi was produced only for the Japanese market and features a rare Varis ASSO version kit for the CP9A platform. A Fortune Auto 500 Series coilover suspension facilitates stance, and Rays Volk CE28 Club Racer II Black Edition 18x10.5 wheels wrapped in 295/30ZR18 Toyo Proxes R888R DOT legal competition rubber dress each corner.

The Evo 5's 4G63 inline-4 engine has been upgraded with a Comp Turbo CTR-X 550 to produce 450 horsepower with 380 lb.-ft. of torque. The interior includes several hand-fabricated details, along with a custom Cusco 13-point roll cage with custom titanium door bars. A set of Recaro RS-G Ralliart Edition bucket seats helps hold front-row occupants in place.

2019 Toyo Tires Treadpass Preview TJ Hunt Photo 8/8   |   SEMA 2019 Preview - Toyo Treadpass
2019 Toyo Tires Treadpass Preview Ken Block Photo 8/8   |   SEMA 2019 Preview - Toyo Treadpass

Toyo will also have a booth at the entrance to the South Hall, where you can check out other builds if you can't get into the show. That's where driver Ken Block and YouTuber/builder TJ Hunt will be signing autographs through the week, and where Toyo will give away its limited-edition vehicle pins that were so popular last year (they'll be handing them out at the Treadpass, too). The 2019 SEMA Show takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada, November 5-8.

2019 Toyo Tires Treadpass Preview Treadpass Entrance Photo 8/8   |   SEMA 2019 Preview - Toyo Treadpass
By Bob Hernandez
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