Car tuners look forward to the SEMA show every year to showcase their builds and be inspired from others. The Speciality Equipment Manufacturer’s Association, uses the show, to leverage the capabilities of low-volume part makers to cater to custom requirements and how. So here is a compilation of tuner cars unveiled on Day 1 at SEMA where your stock roadrunners have been tuned to blow you away.
Ford Focus ST Cinemotive: The Ford Focus is probably the sportiest hatch across the globe with only the Honda Type-R being the nemesis. The Focus RS built by Cinemotive is a sleeper. Only when you look at the large wheels and the stance is when you get to know that it is special. The 1.6-litre EcoBoost gets a MR300 upgrade, pimped intercooler and piping, coil-over suspension and yes a six-speed manual.
Hyundai Santa Fe by Rockstar: Rockstar loves it big and mad and this time it is the Santa Fe that gets a large dose of steroids. The soft-roader SUV has transformed itself into a marauding truck with tyres that could scrape off boulders and the ground clearance to drive over your Lamborghini. It gets a 3.3-litre tricked out V6 under the hood to make this mammoth move around.
Toyota Land Speed Cruiser: This is what happens when dad buys you a Land Cruiser when you wanted a GT86 and you love stance. Well not exactly, because this two tonner is capable of shooting to a top speed of 220mph (355kmph) and Toyota calls it the Land Speed Cruiser. With close to two thousand horses galloping out of the turbo V8, it has been lowered with added aero props to keep it from flying away.
Jeep CJ 66: This is the most un-SEMA build and we love it, especially the 1966 Jeep CJ body shell. The classic lines of the retro-mod hide some serious brawn underneath. The 5.7-litre big-block Hemi V8 powers the Dana 4x4 axles through a six-speed manual. It gets on-board tyre inflation along with front and rear diff-locks, rock-sliders and the Dodge Viper’s racing buckets. Drool. And more drool.
Hyundai Veloster Gurnade: Gurnade Inc has taken the Hyundai Veloster to another level. The Veloster has been a tuner favourite last year as well. Gurnade has built this Veloster to be ‘race ready’. It gets a bigger intercooler, cold-air intake and an ECU remapped to bump up the engine output. It also gets sticky tyres and a super agile suspension setup to clock great lap times.