So whom are these uber-wealthy individuals bringing modified supercars to the SEMA Show? As though it wasn’t enough to spend six figures on the most elite of elite vehicles, these people also spare no expense in customization, and then have the chutzpah to bring their prized possession (probably one of a few in their stable) to the biggest aftermarket industry trade show on the planet and symbolically drop the mic in the most dramatic way possible. BOOM – here’s my whip, just try and one up me.
We didn’t find many at SEMA 2016 – mainly Ferrari, Lamborghini, and McLaren, as you’ll see in the photo gallery – but what we did spy was worthy of a photo or four. We applaud the souls brave enough to affix a widebody kit to their cars – cut fenders, rivets, and all – as that seemed to be the most common modification beyond a method of lowering (in most cases, airbags appeared to be the most popular way to drop a car). There’s also a special joy to be had looking at these machines converted into race cars, especially after they’ve seen a season of competition like a couple of IMSA racers in the crowd.
As we put this gallery together, the age-old question crossed our mind: what exactly is a supercar? And which platforms make the grade? We won’t delve too deeply here, except to say Nissan GT-R, Audi R8, and Porsche 911 almost made this album, but ultimately GT-R and 911 got their own posts, and there just weren’t enough R8 for a collection, so they will be included in our overall roundup of European cars from SEMA 2016 – look for that gallery to go up in the next few days.