This Jimmie Johnson Concept at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV starts with the body of a 1971 Chevrolet Corvette, strips it to the barebones, and rebuilds the whole thing around a 6.2L LT1 crate engine good for 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque.
Unofficial winner of my "Best Name for a Concept" award, the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado Toughnology Concept uses official Chevrolet upgrade parts and a custom color and graphics scheme to draw attention to the use of lightweight materials in its construction.
However, the most insane ride in Toyota's booth is the 2015 “Sleeper Camry” XSE. It may look like a standard Camry XSE, but beneath the sheetmetal is a tubular chassis built for drag racing and powered by an 850 horsepower supercharged version of the Tundra's 5.7-liter V8, transmission, and rear axle.
Matte Pearl White and Gloss Black paint complete the look; StopTech/TRD brakes and a custom suspension complete the handling upgrades; but the Yaris' performance upgrades are limited to a custom center-exit exhaust.
Over in Honda's booth, the new 2015 Fit is the star of the show. Here we have a black and gold custom built by show veterans MAD Industries along with a matching 2015 Honda Grom motorcycle. This duo is so compact, yet so badass.
The 2015 Honda Fit HPD B-SPEC Concept Race Car is a stripped-out, race-prepped hot hatch that's designed to compete in SCCA, World Challenge, and Canadian Touring Car B-Spec races. With a stock engine and chassis and race-worthy safety upgrades (including a full roll cage) B-Spec racing is a fun, affordable entry point into amateur racing.
Hondaphiles will no doubt recognize the blue and yellow color scheme of the Spoon Sports Super Taikyu 2015 Honda Fit, which has been upgraded with a laundry list of engine, chassis, exterior, and interior modifications and parts.
Also no stranger to this corner of the SEMA Show's central hall is Bisimoto Engineering. I'm honestly not surprised to learn that this Bisimoto 2015 Honda Fit Turbo outputs 480 horsepower... that's just what Bisi does.
The interior features a wood and shag carpet theme. Look closely at the dashboard and you'll spy an 8-track cassette player. Completing the ambiance is a big box of cassettes. Born in 1992, most kids Riley Hawk's age have probably never seen a working 8-track player.
Boasting one of the cleanest engine bays in the booth, the Super Street Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S deletes everything not necessary for going fast and hides all of its cables and conduits with the aid of Rywire. Individual throttle bodies highlight the lack of clutter.
You're looking at what Ford claims is one of the rarest muscle cars in the world. Only 859 Boss 429 were built and this was one of the first 50 handbuilt examples to roll off of the line with the 428 Super Cobra Jet V8 engine.
Many customs are wildly styled like this this bright red 2015 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCrew, but the point is to highlight a part or parts that consumers may want to actually buy. In this case, it's a tonneau cover for the F-150's bed.
Beneath the angry graphics this Ford Mustang Convertible is powered by a modified version of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. A cold air intake, upgraded race turbo, and custom exhaust boost the output.
Over in a kinder, gentler corner of Ford's booth is this blue Transit Connect designed by Make: magazine. This "Mobile Hacking and Fabrication Unit" is outfitted to be a rolling DIY space for makers, builders, and crafty types.
The best way to enjoy a race as a spectator is with a cold beer in hand, so Kia and Ballast Point Brewing Company worked together to transform this 2015 Sedona into a bar on wheels with two beers on tap.
The Kia High-Performance K900 is moderately and tastefully modified when compared to the rest of the cray-cray customs surrounding it. Big wheels, custom suspension, and custom lights and sound are about all there is.