It’s T-minus one week or so until the start of the 2017 SEMA trade show in Las Vegas, Nev., and our buds over at Toyo Tires have floated us some teaser renderings of a handful of its display cars and their specs for this year’s big affair. Toyo’s entire stable of SEMA rides actually numbers more than 30, so this is just a small sampling of what will be on exhibit; the cars will be spread out over two principal show areas at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the returning Toyo Tires Treadpass, which serves as part of the walkway between the South and Central Halls; and Toyo Tires’ Outdoor Exhibit, which is near main entrance to the South Hall. In addition, the Road to SEMA video series showing now on YouTube.com/ToyoTires follows several of the vehicles and gives an inside look at what it takes to build some of these amazing machines.
1971 DATSUN 240Z
Dominic Le has the Midas touch; his last two creations – a 1974 Datsun Sunny “Hakotora” pickup and 1974 260Z – have won the Internet upon release, and his latest – this S30 (pictured in the lead) – only further cements Le’s rep as one of the best. Done in a custom PPG red paint, the Z features Marugen ZG flares, custom front and rear spoilers, carbon fiber bumpers and splitters, and a titanium intercooler shroud.
Under the hood power comes from a built SR20DET inline-4 mill, while a Greddy intake manifold and custom Apex boost GTX3071R turbo facilitate boost pressure. The drivetrain, suspension, and stopping power have been upgraded with Porsche 930 Turbo CV joints and chromoly axles, a T3 custom billet rear end, T3 lower control arms and tie rods, Swift springs, 32-way coil overs, and a big brake kit. Le’s 240Z rides on 15x10.5-inch front and 15x11.5-inch rear WORK Equip 40 wheels wrapped with Toyo Proxes R888R DOT competition rubber.
BULLETPROOF AUTOMOTIVE X VARIS MITSUBISHI EVO X FINAL EVOLUTION
Ben Schaffer of Bulletproof Automotive in Hawthorne, Calif., collaborated with Toyo to present the world debut of this 800-horsepower 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X equipped with a Varis Racing Concept Version 3 widebody kit. The car is a limited production and numbered “Final Evolution,” which represents the final production run of the Evo 10.
Additionally, it is the world debut of HYPERLOCK Model HL-6S center lock forged wheels in a 19x11-inch size; the wheels are shod in 295/30ZR19 R888R competition tires. Also considered a world first for an Evo is the installation of R35 GT-R brake calipers with GT-R Overtake carbon ceramic rotors; the setup includes 6-piston front calipers and 15.5-inch rotors, along with 4-piston brakes on the rear. An Aragosta coilover suspension kit with front cup system works together with Whiteline and Cusco suspension components.
The Bulletproof full custom Alcantara interior is stitched in charcoal, red and black for a one-off look. Recaro Japan SR-7 reclining seats are also a part of that interior conversion, while an Overtake dry carbon steering wheel helps to direct the car down the road. After the SEMA Show, this Evo X will be displayed in the Varis booth at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon.
ALLROAD S6 DTM
Constructed by Austin Sarnelle of Allroad Outfitters, Inc., in Woodland Hills, Calif., this DTM-inspired Audi serves as a display car for Allroad’s line of products, while delivering massive amounts of all-wheel-drive performance. The car’s color scheme replicates Audi’s competition livery and features a DTM widebody concept by Allroad. Its twin turbo V8 engine has been tuned to produce more than 800-horsepower, while its larger turbos are fed through a bigger intercooler… its Borla exhaust helping increase flow. Extreme lowering with H&R ETS Module gives the widebody car a true competition appearance along with its massive APR Performance rear wing. Upgraded Audi RS brakes help to slow the car with its enhanced capabilities.
The car uses 20-inch forged wheels wrapped with wide 315/30ZR20 R888R DOT competition tires. And for owners needing to haul their extra gear to the track or car shows, the Allroad S6 DTM is equipped with a Thule® roof rack/storage system.
CARTEL 61 AKA “BONNIE”
Built by Cartel Customs, this 1961 Chevy Impala “Bubble Top” features a two-tone Roman Red paint on the main body, and Ernie White paint on the roof and accents. Gabe’s Custom Interiors built the custom formed seats, along with leather interior accents and rear deck lid and kick panels. Agoura Autosounds installed an Alpine head unit and amplifiers, along with 12-inch Type R subwoofers and matching Type R components.
While Cartel has been known for their import builds in the past, they remained loyal to the tradition of this American iron by upgrading the 283 Chevy small block and mating it to a 700 R4 transmission. Cartel fabricated a center exit exhaust system for its own unique identity.
This old-school car received all-new components underneath the chassis. Those include an Accuair air-ride kit with leveling system, and massive Forged Narrow Superlite 6R big brakes on the front, along with Forged Narrow Superlite 4R brakes on the rear. SRP two-piece rotors (14-inch front and 12-inch rear) are mated to Wilwood BP-10 Smart Pads, and powered by a Wilwood master cylinder kit. Custom three-piece Modulare Forged SR1 wheels (20x9-inch front, 21x11-inch rear) are wrapped in Toyo Proxes T1R ultra-high performance tires.
1954 COE TOY HAULER
Built by Troy Spackman of Legacy Innovations in Emigsville, Pa., this one-of-a-kind build began with a Chevy COE (cab over engine) tow truck – its body installed on a late model four-wheel-drive truck chassis with a custom fabricated pickup bed. With special placards designating it the 5700 Allison Transmission Duramax, it is clear what powers this classic two-tone painted beast. To finish off the look and heft of this truck, big alloy wheels are wrapped with Toyo M-Line commercial tires.
2014 BMW X5 SDRIVE 35I M SPORT
Located in Toyo’s Outdoor exhibit, this X5 sDrive 35i M Sport constructed by Brian Garin of Infinite Auto Design in Huntington Beach, Calif. rides on Toyo Proxes ST III tires, designed to enhance both the look and performance of SUVs and sport trucks. This new tire has a distinctive tread design and complements the 22-inch Hamann wheels that surround big brakes on each corner.
The X5 has a full IAD grey color change and it received a 2017 facelift. The suspension uses Airrex struts with Accuair Eleval and an Endo Vt tank to help lower the ride, while it has a full carbon lip kit and carbon fiber hood. Under the hood, the engine received both a turbo and intercooler upgrade for more power, flowing through a performance exhaust system. The interior is also customized, including an upgraded sound system.
In addition to admiring these impressive cars, attendees will have a chance to meet Ken Block, star of the Gymkhana and Climbkhana video series. Block will sign autographs Tuesday, Oct. 31 between 3 and 4pm and Wednesday, Nov. 1 between 2 and 3pm.