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Toyo Tires 2018 SEMA Sneak Peek #MTSEMA18

Three builds and more we’re looking forward to from the annual aftermarket industry trade show

Oct 22, 2018

And just like that, the 2018 SEMA Show is upon us! In about a week, the Super Street Network squad will be on the ground in Las Vegas, Nev. hustling up as much content as the annual aftermarket industry trade show will give us. Usually on the list of exhibitors to visit at SEMA are our friends at Toyo Tires, and 2018 is no different, with Toyo hosting three enticing project builds, a special appearance by Ken Block, and more in its display located at the South Hall entrance as well as at the Toyo Tires Treadpass, located between the Central and South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Like the last few years, the Toyo Tires Treadpass area will provide dozens of show cars to enjoy, as well as space for attendees to take a moment and get a break from the hustle and bustle of SEMA. Here is just a small sample of the vehicles that show attendees will be able to view up close in the Treadpass:

TheGullwing Photo 2/4   |   Thegullwing

John Sarkisyan of S Klub in Stanton, Calif., gained SEMA Show builder fame last year with his two vehicles in the Treadpass, a gray 356 and a matching gray 912 Porsche. Both cars were over-the-top in their design and workmanship. This year, Sarkisyan returns with a 1955 Mercedes Gullwing body perched on top of a modern SLK32 Mercedes chassis. Power is provided by a 400-hp AMG supercharged V6 engine tuned by NeedsWings. The interior and dash are custom, with workmanship that must be viewed in person.

A KW suspension lowers the Gullwing’s stance, while HRE 305 wheels are wrapped with 18-inch Toyo Proxes Sport max performance summer tires. This creation took only six months to build.

Buttonbuilt BB328 Photo 3/4   |   Buttonbuilt BB328

Exoticar, Inc. of Los Angeles built this sinister 1988 Ferrari 328GTS starting with a long-term project abandoned for several years by a previous builder. Luckily for this Ferrari, it has taken on its own unique identity with a Carbon Kevlar widebody kit along with original carbon fiber Ferrari 458 GT3 side view mirrors… the car fully stripped and painted in original Ferrari PPG Grigio Medio paint.

The 400-horsepower engine has stainless steel headers and a megaphone exhaust system that gives it a rasp. JRZ struts combined with an AccuAir e-level air ride system lower the car over the 18X9.5-inch front and 19X12.5-inch rear Rotiform DNO wheels finished in Matte Death Bronze with Satin Black hardware. The tires are Toyo Proxes R888R DOT competition rubber.

Shawn Bassett 240Z Photo 4/4   |   Shawn Bassett 240Z

Shawn Bassett of Attacking the Clock Racing in Apopka, Fla. built this remarkable 1972 Datsun 240Z. Constructed in an 800 sq. ft. home garage, this “extreme Z” sits on a full FIA spec tube chassis outfitted with an all custom or aftermarket S13 (240SX) based suspension and BC Racing ZR coilovers.

The 240Z has a full custom carbon fiber body that is approximately 12-inches wider than a stock 240Z. It includes a custom carbon fiber wing and other aero components. The cockpit of the car has a carbon fiber hand-fabricated dash with Autometer gauges, Titan seats, Wilwood pedal box, and a handmade brake.

To provide the thrust for this machine, it is fitted with a mildly built aluminum Chevrolet 5.3-liter LS engine mated to a T56 transmission. A custom Driveshaft Shop carbon fiber driveshaft delivers power to the rear axle. To help stop the car, a Wilwood big brake kit is used up front along with dual rear calipers and EBC brake components. Custom-built 18-inch BC forged wheels are wrapped with 295-front and 315-rear Toyo Proxes RR two-groove DOT competition tires.

Every day, at the top of each hour, Toyo Tires will give away limited-edition pins in their booth outside the entrance to the South Hall and in the Toyo Tires Treadpass, ten pins in all, each one represents a custom vehicle on display with Toyo Tires at the show. If you will be at this year’s show, make sure to check back often to collect the entire set of these limited-edition pins.

Ken Block, known for his award-winning viral video franchise of Gymkhana films, will make appearances on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 11am – 12pm, and Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 3pm – 4pm in the Toyo Tires display in front of the South Hall (exhibit no. 62122). Block will sign a special, limited-edition piece featuring a vehicle from GYMKHANA TEN and meet fans.

Winners of the Toyo Tires SEMA Top Build will be announced on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 1pm in the Toyo Tires Treadpass. Eligible vehicles registered in advance for the contest and will be on display throughout the 2018 SEMA Show equipped with Toyo tires. Two prizes will be awarded, a Best Toyo Tires SEMA Car Build and a Best Toyo Tires SEMA Truck/SUV Build. Each winner will receive $5,000, a Toyo Tires trophy, and will be featured on Toyo Tires’ social channels.

The 2018 SEMA Show takes over the city of Las Vegas, Nevada, October 30 through November 2.

Bob Hernandez
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