SEMA 2015: Toyota Turns A Sienna Minivan Into A Track Day Weapon (Video)

Posted on 11.04.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


What if I told you that someone made a track car out of a Minivan?  What if I went onto tell you that despite that same minivan out lapped a V8 Camaro?  What if I continued to tell you that same minivan out lapped a V8 Camaro despite having a stock V6 engine?  You would probably think I was a liar or crazy…Or a crazy liar.  Yet, this is all true.  The track minivan part not me being a crazy liar.  Anyhow, for SEMA Toyota reached out to performance shop DG-Spec to see if they could turn a Sienna minivan into something that could hold its own at the track.  Not only did DG-Spec create a Sienna that could hold its own, they created one that could out pace a sport tuned muscle car by over a second!  The crazy part is that DG did little to nothing with the Sienna’s engine.  They focused their efforts on breaking and suspension.  By out handling other cars the Minivan dubbed the Sienna R-Tuned Concept can out pace its competitors by cornering faster.

To get a behind-the-scenes look at the Sienna R-Tuned build check out the video below.  You can also find a 20+ picture gallery and a press release with more info.  You really do want to watch the video.  Trust me you will love seeing this thing in action.



Press Release:

Toyota Sienna R-Tuned Concept Pushes the Limits at Toyota’s 2015 SEMA Display

Sienna with Stock Engine and Transmission Outpaces Camaro SS
November 03, 2015
2015 SEMA/Toyota – Sienna R-Tuned Concept Specs

TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 3, 2015—Why turn a Sienna minivan—the least likely product in the Toyota lineup—into a performance vehicle? It’s one thing to make an LFA supercar go fast around a racetrack. People expect that. But no one sees a Sienna coming.

People’s perception of just how much fun you can have driving a family hauler will change dramatically when they see the Toyota Sienna R-Tuned concept, which made its debut today at Toyota’s 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show display.

Toyota Technical Center collaborated with championship-winning performance shop DG-Spec to modify a stock Sienna SE “Swagger Wagon” with performance tires, wheels, brakes, double-adjustable shocks with racing springs, and a clutch-type limited-slip differential to deliver radically enhanced performance.

The result? Even though the concept uses the Sienna’s stock 3.5-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission, it has outpaced even a 6.2-liter V8 Camaro SS on the test track. At the Streets of Willow Springs, just north of Los Angeles, the Sienna R-Tuned turned a blistering 1:27 lap time, sailing past the 6.2-liter V8 Camaro by a full second around the 1.7-mile sports car course.

“When we produced the Sienna SE, we started moving in the direction of more sportiness beyond what you would find in a family hauler,” said Andrew Lund, chief engineer for the Sienna at Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “With the Sienna R-Tuned, we wanted to see if we could create a vehicle that would push the limits even farther. We definitely proved that it’s possible.”

When asked how the Sienna R-Tuned could go faster than a 426-horsepower sports car, Lund said, “We looked at the overall dynamics of the vehicle, and made adjustments to make the vehicle handle and brake better. The Sienna R-Tuned simply carries more speed through the corners.”

Yet the Sienna R-Tuned isn’t a vehicle that can only be handled by a professional driver. When tested by a select group of everyday drivers, they were truly surprised at how easy it is to drive. People felt more confident, more in control and more secure behind the wheel.

The Sienna R-Tuned can be seen November 3-6, 2015, in the Toyota display booth (#24700) located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the 2015 SEMA Show.

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SEMA 2015: Acura Restores Ludacris’ Prized ’93 Legend Sedan (Video)

Posted on 11.04.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Galpin Auto Sports 2016 Acura ILX & Ludacris Legend

There are a lot of famous and successful people who have come from humble beginnings.  Because they come from such beginnings they tend to appreciate the fruits of their labor a little more than someone born into it.  Rapper Chris “Ludacris” Bridges is one such person.  Back when he was first making his way in the music industry he used the money from a few of his very early successes and bought a 1993 Acura Legend.  Luxurious and sporty, Ludacris felt that the car fit his personality.  He loved the car and took really good care of it and spent a lot of time in it.  In fact much of his first few albums were written in that car.  Despite blowing up and becoming world famous and having the money to buy Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Porsches he still kept his Acura Legend and still drove it often.

Unfortunately, during one of those drives he got into a wreck which beat up his beloved Legend pretty badly.  Acura heard about this and decided to step in to help.  They took Ludacris’ Legend (which had well over 200k miles on it) and restored it to its original condition (with a few extra mods).  On top of that they also enlisted the builders at Galpin Auto Sports to build a one-off 2016 ILX Sedan for the rapper as well.

You can See Ludacris’ reaction to his newly restored Acura Legend below as well as get a look at what Galpin did with the 2016 ILX.

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SEMA 2015: Mazda Creates “Speedster” And “Spyder” From New MX-5

Posted on 11.03.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Roof you say?  Mazda says they need no such thing!  Mazda has built two special edition one-off MX-5s and neither of them have a roof or a conventional top.  Why?  Because weight that’s why!  The main message of the MX-5 Speedster concept and MX-5 Spyder concept is “lightweight”.  Both of these custom iterations of the MX-5 are all about losing pounds and gaining driving pleasure.  Notice how I didn’t mention any addition of power?  That is because the builders at Mazda wanted to keep things as well balanced as possible.  Both the MX-5 Speedster and Spyder retain the stock SKYACTIV-G 2.0 liter engine but have received their own respective aerodynamic and suspension tweaks to sharpen up handling and increase grip.

Of the two I would probably say that the Speedster is my favorite since its roofless throwback styling matches so well with the lines of the new MX-5 and the color is pretty fresh!  The Spyder does have something of a cover (which Mazda refers to as a “Bikini top”) but its very sparse compared to the standard convertible roof that normally comes with the MX-5.

Sadly, its unlikely that either of these MX-5 examples will be put into production but that doesn’t make them any less fun to drool over.  Click on the thumbnails below for larger pictures of Mazda’s custom MX-5’s and for more information a press release along with spec sheets for both cars can be found under the gallery.  Let us know what you think about this pair of MX-5’s in the comments or tweet your thoughts to us at @MotorworldHype.


Press Release:

  • MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster concepts debut at 2015 SEMA show in Las Vegas.

  • SEMA is the world’s largest speciality automotive product and tuning trade show.

  • Mazda North America collaborated with various aftermarket parts suppliers to create the concepts.


The 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas sees the debut of two design concepts based on the all-new Mazda MX-5. The MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster concepts take the MX-5’s lightweight fun-to-drive roadster doctrine a step further, reducing even more weight while accentuating open-air driving.

Designers drew inspiration from vintage roadsters. The MX-5 Spyder features a bikini top, Mercury Silver exterior, carbon fibre aero kit, grille intake, lightweight 17-inch Yokohama ADVAN Racing RS II wheels and a Spinneybeck PRIMA natural full-grain leather interior. The MX-5 Speedster, meanwhile, pares the roadster back to the bare essentials – it even has a deflector in place of the windscreen – for an old school wind-in-the-hair sports car experience. Mazda took its weight-cutting passion to extremes with for example carbon fibre doors and seats as well as custom 16-inch RAYS 57 Extreme Gram Lights wheels. The Speedster tips the scales at only 943kg, and is also 30mm lower than the production MX-5 thanks to an adjustable coilover suspension.

“Both MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster are uncompromising designs that highlight the core strengths of MX-5,” said Ken Saward, design manager at Mazda North American Operations. He and his colleagues at Mazda collaborated with various aftermarket parts suppliers and performance shops to create the two concepts. “With the all-new 2016 MX-5, we have a clean sheet to show how the aftermarket can go wild on our flagship sports car while staying true to its mission.”

The MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster are on display at Mazda’s stand in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Centre. The SEMA Show is an annual trade event for automobile aftermarket specialty products organised by the Specialty Equipment Market Association. The 2015 event runs until the 6th November.

Selected specifications:

Mazda MX-5 Spyder
Engine: SKYACTIV-G 2.0 DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with VVT
Wheels: Custom Yokohama ADVAN Racing RS II 17 x 8 (42mm offset)
Brakes: Front Brembo four-piston calipers with vented rotors
Tyres: Yokohama ADVAN A048 225/45/17
Shocks: Adjustable coilovers
Weight:  1,043 kg
Exterior colour: Mercury Silver
Interior: Seats and doors trimmed in Spinneybeck PRIMA natural leather

Mazda MX-5 Speedster
Engine: SKYACTIV-G 2.0 DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with VVT
Wheels: Custom RAYS 57 Extreme Gram Lights 16 x 8 (45mm offset)
Brakes: Front Brembo four-piston calipers with vented rotors
Tyres: Kumho Ecsta V710 225/50/16
Shocks: K&W adjustable coilover suspension
Weight:  943 kg
Exterior colour: Blue Ether
Seats: Lightweight carbon fibre seats developed by Mu-Len Delta Seat exclusively for the 2016 MX-5, trimmed in black Alcantara

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SEMA 2015: Lexus RC-F Sporting Pandem Widebody Kit Makes Its Very Orange Debut

Posted on 11.03.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Just when you thought you were safe from the infamous Rocket Bunny a new brand from the Japanese aero stylist debuts this year at SEMA.   Rocket Bunny’s brand “Pandem” looks to be a division of Rocket Bunny/TRA Kyoto that will deal mostly with luxury cars with the first being the Lexus RC-F.  Now, this may look similar to something you saw last year but that was Rocket Bunny taking on the Lexus RC 350 F sport.  This is a slightly different animal and there are some styling cues that haven’t been seen before albeit subtle.  Either way though this is definitely an aggressive looking treatment for the already aggressive Lexus RC-F.  The 3M “Gloss Burnt Orange” vinyl wrap only does that much more to drive the message home that this car is meant to look fast and flashy all at once.

Beyond the visual stuff, actual performance modifications are relatively light.  An Advanced Flow Engineering Takeda intake and a Greddy Supreme SP dual exhaust are the only engine modifications to speak of.  Though other areas have been addressed nicely.  The stock suspension set up has been replaced with a KW Suspension Variant 3 coilover kit, the front brakes upgraded to Brembo monoblock 6-piston calipers, a 6-point custom interior roll cage by Evasive Motorsports, and a set of Volk Racing 20 inch TE37 “Ultra” wheels round out the upgrades.

All together this is a pretty decent build and while sparse on the performance side the total package comes together nicely.  Although this would be a tricky street car to pilot given the roll cage and wide proportions.  While it is never expressly mentioned by Lexus, I am thinking this car is likely meant for track days only.  For a full gallery of the Pandem Lexus RC-F check out the gallery below.  For more info there is a full spec sheet below the gallery.

Let us know what you think about the Pandem Lexus RC-F in the comments or tweet your opinions to us at @MotorworldHype!


Spec Sheet:


Display Location: Lexus, 21601, Central Hall  #LexusRCF


Custom Evasive Motorsports 6 point roll cage and rear cover panels
MV Design body work, kit installation and paint
Daily Visual 3M Gloss Burnt Orange wrap


Volk Racing TE-37 Ultra, Matte Blue Gunmetal  Front:  20 x 10”  Rear:  20 x 12”
Bridgestone Potenza tires


Brembo Performance
Front  6 Piston monobloc caliper, slotted type-3  405 x 34mm 2- piece floating disc assembly
Rear slotted type-3  345 x 28mm 2-piece floating disc assembly


• KW Suspension Varient 3 coilover kit


GReddy Supreme SP dual exhaust system •
Advanced Flow Engineering Takeda retain intake system
Sparco USA Grid Competition FIA approved race seats


• Pandem Custom RC F widebody GT kit

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SEMA 2015: Vaughn Gittin Jr Reveals 2016 RTR Ford Mustang Competition Car (Gallery)

Posted on 11.03.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


SEMA is not just the time of year to see all the new parts and goodies that you’ll soon be able to buy for your car but it is also the time when new race cars and liveries debut.  This is especially true when it comes to new Formula Drift cars.  It looks like the first new drift car debut out of the gate is Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s 2016 Ford Mustang RTR Sponsored by Monster Energy Drink and Nitto Tire.  Built on a 2016 Ford Mustang, Gittin’s competition spec drift car went on a major diet with the help of carbon fiber body panels which brings the car’s weight down to 2,800 lbs wet with 50/50 weight distribution.

Up front is a Ford Performance/Roush-Yates built 900HP 436ci V8 engine that will redline at 9,000RPMs thanks to some serious tuning and individual throttle bodies.  Outside the livery is similar to what Vaughn designed for 2015 but with new shape motifs and a bit more color thrown in for extra contrast.  Take a closer look at Vaughn’s new car by clicking any of the thumbnails below.  For more info you can read the official press release below the pictures.  What do you think of Vaughn’s new ride?  Do you like the new look or not?  Do you think this car will help Vaughn earn his second championship in 2016?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.


Press Release:

Las Vegas, NV – World Champion Drifter and Professional Funhaver, Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Dave Pericak, global director of Ford Performance, unveiled the competition-spec 2016 Monster Energy Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR drift car today at  Ford Motor Company’s annual press conference at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV.

In January 2015, Vaughn debuted his prototype competition car, which his team used all year as a platform to meticulously develop the new competition-spec drift car for the 2016 Formula Drift season.

The competition car, built on the globally-available 2016 Ford Mustang platform and prepared at the RTR special projects lab in Charlotte, North Carolina, will utilize the confidence-inspiring independent suspension design featured in the all-new Ford Mustang, coupled with the sticky Nitto NT05 to ensure Vaughn will have the traction that he needs to drive in excess of 100mph sideways on any track put in front of him.

“It’s incredible to see how much drifting has progressed on all fronts in the last 10 years, It’s just crazy, the things we are doing on the track these days and I am pumped to have such an awesome car that will enable us to continue pushing the envelope,” mentions Vaughn. Consistent with Ford’s internal initiatives, the RTR team utilized modern light-weighting technology by using composites and other light metal alloys to drop the car to a near 2,800lbs wet with a 50/50 weight distribution.

Under the hood is a 436 cubic-inch Ford Performance/Roush Yates-built engine that revs to 9000 RPM and makes over 900 horsepower via individual throttle body injection breathing through K&N Performance Air Filters.  Vaughn shares his excitement on the car, “It’s crazy to think that I’m driving the equivalent of a 9-second drag racing car…. sideways. Needless to say, I’m pumped to get out there and have some fun!”

All the fun starts on Wednesday at SEMA when the Monster Energy Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR will be at the Ford Out Front experience giving rides and putting on a show for fans and convention attendees all week long. This is the first time a competition car has been unveiled inside and then brought out to flex its muscles.

The car will make its competition debut in April at the first round of the Formula Drift Championship in Long Beach, CA.  Although the competition car won’t be available to the public, the new Mustang RTR will be available at select Ford dealers in the USA and Europe in the spring of 2016.

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SEMA 2015: John Pangilinan Building An “AdventureMobile” From Hyundai Tucson

Posted on 10.19.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

We don’t typically cover SUVs and crossovers on this site but we just caught wind of what our pal John Pangilinan has in store for SEMA and it looks pretty sweet.  John is going to take the new Hyundai Tuscon and turn practically turn into an all-purpose off-the-grid wilderness vehicle.  In addition to being sprayed with BASF “Army Green” paint to blend into its surroundings John’s Tuscon will have a full-on roof tent as well as solar panels to power any electronic accessories needed while the Tuscon isn’t running.  Its pretty bad-ass if you ask me and I’m looking forward to seeing it in person at SEMA this year.  I think I may ask John to build another one for us to use when we reach the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

What do you think about John’s “AdventureMobile”?  Would you go camping in something like this?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.  For a full spec sheet check out the official press release below and for a larger version of the rendering just click the thumbnail above.

Press Release:

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 19, 2015 – John Pangilinan, the renowned Southern California tuner known for creating vehicles that blur the lines between lifestyle and automotive, has released details on his 2016 Tucson SEMA build. Dubbed the “Adventuremobile,” the vehicle blends Hyundai’s new crossover platform with a passion for the great outdoors, perfect for the weekend getaway. The car will be revealed at Hyundai’s SEMA press conference on November 3 at 11:30 a.m. PT, in Las Vegas.

The “Adventuremobile” is just as home on the daily commute as it is lugging gear up into the mountains for the weekend out of town. Most obvious is the addition of a Treeline Tamarack roof-top tent, with ample room to sleep two campers, and Goal Zero solar panels to power all of their accessories. The exterior has been beefed up with the addition of an Aries bull bar and side steps, Rigid Industries LED lights, and the vehicle has been finished in a BASF army green paint scheme by Strasse Sport. A custom 1.5-in. suspension lift provides greater ground clearance, and Toyo Open Country A/T II tires with RAYS Gram Lights 57DR wheels provide the extra grip needed for the occasional off-road excursion.

Giving the Tucson a power boost, AEM provided an upgraded intake and charge pipe kit, and the engine breathes more freely through a Magnaflow exhaust system.

“Designed with the weekend adventurer in mind, the Tucson was the perfect platform for an ‘Adventuremobile,’” said John Pangilinan. “The build blends performance with the excitement of the great outdoors, without sacrificing daily usability. The vehicle promotes exploration, making it ideal for the daily commute, weekend excursions, and the occasional road trip.”

Follow #HyundaiSEMA to keep up to speed on all of this year’s SEMA activity.


  • AEM Intake
  • AEM Charge Pipe Kit
  • Magnaflow Exhaust
  • Lucas Oil


  • Custom Suspension Lift
  • Wilwood Custom Fabricated Brake Kit with Matching Army Green Painted Calipers
  • Rays Gram Lights 57DR Wheels, Semi-Gloss Black
  • Toyo Tires Open CountryA/T II Tires
  • Project KICS Leggdura Racing Lug Nuts
  • Project KICS Wide Tread Spacers


  • BASF Army Green Paint by Strasse Sport
  • Aries Bull Bar and Side Steps
  • Thule 47-in. Aeroblade
  • Thule Rapid Podium Foot Pack
  • Thule Fit Kit
  • Treeline Tamarack Constellation Gen2 Roof-Tent
  • Goal Zero Nomad 20 Solar Panel
  • Rigid Industries
    • SR-6 LED Lights with Tucson Light Bracket
    • E-40 LED Light Bar
    • Rock Light Kit
  • Decals by S&A Design


  • Katzkin Custom Leather Upholstery
  • Seat Belt Planet Custom Army Green Seat Belts
  • Truck Vault Storage with Trekpak System
  • Goal Zero
    • Yeti 400 Solar Generator
    • Light-A-Life 350 Lights
    • Lighthouse Mini
    • Venture 30 Recharger
  • VLEDS Lighting
  • CTEK Battery Charger
  • Car Audio System Built by BP Auto Sound
    • Clarion
      • SRG1623S Components
      • EQS755 Equalizer
      • MCD360 Crossover
      • WF250D Shallow Subwoofers
      • XC1410 Full Range Amp
      • XC2110 Sub Am
  • Scosche
    • EFX Series Multi-Core Interconnects
    • EFX Speaker Wire
    • EFX Amp Power Kit
    • EFX Power and Ground Distribution Block
    • Hyperflex Accumat Sound Deadening Material
    • MagicMount System
  • Scosche Optimized for Outdoors
    • reVOLT Dual USB Car Charger
    • StrikeLINE Rugged LED Lightning and Micro USB Cable

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

For more details on Hyundai Assurance, please visit

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Photo Hype: Formula Drift Irwindale Gallery 1: Fatlace Offset Kings Showcase

Posted on 10.13.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Our first gallery from Formula Drift Irwindale is here!  In this gallery we take a look at the best cars from the Fatlace Offset Kings showcase.  Admittedly there wasn’t as many cars as usual.  I figure the show organizers are getting more strict about the cars they let in.  To balance things out this gallery also includes some of the sweet vendor cars and a few shots from the on track pit area.  It is all below so scroll down and enjoy!


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Drifting Hype: Watch Formula Drift Round 7 Final Fight Here LIVE

Posted on 10.09.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


This weekend is likely to be one of the most significant weekends of drifting in a very long time.  Allow me to list the reasons why:

1. This is officially the last round of the season.  With China event cancelled, Irwindale is the last round of the Pro and World Championship

2. Since China was canceled and Irwindale is the final round for both Championships its worth DOUBLE POINTS!

3. Sadly, this could very well be the last Formula Drift event to happen at Irwindale Speedway as it is very likely that its going to be demolished to build a outlet mall.

So, if you can’t be there in person I really feel for you but you can still watch live via the stream below!  We’ll keep this post pinned to the top of the site all day Friday and Saturday for your viewing pleasure.  So scroll down and enjoy!  It is going to be one heck of a weekend.

Viewing Schedule:

Friday –
PRO Qualifying –  12:30 PM PST
PRO 2 Top 16 – 6:45 PM PST
Saturday –
TOP 32 – 3:00 PM PST
TOP 16 – 7:00 PM PST

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SEMA 2015: Blood Type Racing Returns With Sinister Hyundai Veloster Build

Posted on 10.07.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

The SEMA train rolls on as today we get another build rendering from Hyundai.  Today we get a preview of Blood Type Racing’s return to the show.  If Blood Type Racing (BTR) sounds familiar that is probably because they were at SEMA last year with an absolutely beastly 1,000 horsepower Genesis Coupe.  This year the BTR team is building what looks like an absolutely evil Hyundai Veloster Turbo.  Its “carbon black” finish combined with the blood red racing stripes and accents make this car look like it was designed by the Empire (Star Wars reference FTW!).

Making the car look even more menacing are one-off “demon eye” red projector headlights.  A night shot of this thing would look like the stuff of nightmares!  The BTR Veloster Turbo will also have carbon fiber wide fenders at the corners which will shelter SSR Professor TF1 3-piece wheels which have a custom red finish.  The Veloster will sit on a set of BC coilovers and will have its stance dialed in by a host of Pierce Motorsports suspension components.

As with their last build, the BTR Veloster’s real story is under the hood.  Through the use of a long list of internal engine parts, a large Garrett GTX turbocharger, and a few magic spells or two the BTR Veloster will make about 500 horsepower from its 1.6 liter engine.  That kind of power in this package would definitely make this thing an absolute terror on the streets.  Can you tell there’s a theme to this post yet?

Anyhow, I am looking forward to getting up close to this build to see how many other small details come to the surface upon closer inspection.  For now you can click the thumbnail image for a larget version of the official rendering (done by Jon Sibal) and for a full spec sheet check out the press release below.

Also, let us know what you think of this build.  Do you like the sinister theme?  Or do you think this is over the top?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

Press Release:

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 7, 2015 – Blood Type Racing Inc., the renowned Chicago-based tuner known for his extreme take on Korean vehicles, has revealed its Veloster Turbo R-Spec built for SEMA. The BTR Edition Veloster has an evil twist, designed to look as though it just switched over to the dark side. The car will be revealed at Hyundai’s SEMA press conference on November 3 at 11:30 a.m. PT, in Las Vegas.

The vehicle’s evil appearance began with a “Carbon Black” paint job, accented with a red racing stripe running from the front splitter up onto the hood. A carbon fiber wide-body kit gives the car a muscular, more aggressive stance, and front-mounted aero canards, front splitter and a rear deck spoiler provide down force at speed. Red accents on the custom SSR three-piece wheels, along with red projector “demon eye” headlamps add a final demonic touch to the vehicle’s exterior.

Using the Veloster’s 1.6-liter “Gamma” four-cylinder as a starting block, BTR added new cylinder sleeves, a high-boost turbocharger from Garrett, and custom connecting rods and pistons. With a retuned OEM ECU working in tandem with the strengthened engine internals, power output is now more than 500 horsepower, maintaining OEM drivability through use of Hyundai’s latest GDI technology. The interior has been stripped down and given the full, race-spec treatment with the addition of a four-point roll cage, Sabelt bucket seats, harnesses and steering wheel, along with audio upgrades from Rockford Fosgate and Tanabe OLED Revel gauges.

“The focus of this build was to boost the performance capabilities of the Veloster R-Spec while creating one of the angriest-looking Hyundai vehicles to chew up the pavement,” said Sam Lee, Director of Marketing, Blood Type Racing, Inc. “The engine tune on this vehicle is pushing the small-displacement motor to the edge. With a specific output of 312 horsepower/liter, we’re pushing this small displacement motor close to Formula 1 levels of performance. We’ve developed a number of internal components to help manage the power demands of this new engine, and paired with our hunkered-down suspension and aggressive exterior visuals, this Veloster is guaranteed to turn heads on the SEMA show floor.”

Follow #HyundaiSEMA to keep up to speed on all of this year’s SEMA activity.


  • Pavel’s Racing Engines (PRE) Custom Forged Pistons
  • PRE Custom Forged Connecting Rods
  • PRE Custom Sleeves
  • PRE Custom Bearings
  • PRE Custom Valve Springs
  • KMC Fabrication Custom Intake Manifold
  • Devils Own Methanol/Water Injection System
  • KMC Fabrication Custom Dump Tube
  • KMC Fabrication Custom Cat-less 3-in. Exhaust
  • Custom Front-Mount Intercooler
  • Garrett GTX3582R Dual Ball Bearing Turbo
  • KMC Fabrication Custom Sidewinder Turbo Manifold
  • Synapse Engineering Radial Blow Off Valve
  • Synapse Engineering Wastegate
  • Clutch Masters Upgraded Clutch 


  • BC Racing Coilovers
  • Pierce Motorsports Strut Tower Brace
  • Pierce Motorsports Under Body Brace
  • Pierce Motorsports Torsion Bar
  • Slotted and Dimpled Rotors
  • Performance Brake Pads
  • Upgraded Brake Lines
  • SSR Professor TF1 19×9.5-in. Wheels with Custom Red Face
  • Toyo Proxes R888 Tires
  • Tire “Toyo Tires” / “Proxes” permanent sticker


  • SoCal Garage Works Carbon Fiber Wide Body Fender Kit
  • SoCal Garage Works Carbon Fiber Front Canards
  • SoCal Garage Works Carbon Fiber Side Skirt Covers
  • SoCal Garage Works Custom Front Grill
  • APR Carbon Fiber Front Lip
  • Seibon Carbon, Carbon Fiber Hood
  • Seibon Carbon, Carbon Fiber Rear Hatch
  • Seibon Carbon, Carbon Fiber Hood Prop
  • Sequence Garage Devil’s Spoiler
  • Sequence Garage Rear Bumper Lip
  • Rally Armor Red Mud Flaps
  • BASF Carbon Black Paint
  • Genuine Hyundai Side Mirrors with Turn Indicators
  • Custom Diode Dynamics Headlights with Demon Eyes


  • Sabelt GT-130 Racing Seats
  • Sabelt Saloon 4-Point Harness
  • Sabelt SW-465 Steering Wheel
  • Pierce Motorsports 4-Point Roll Cage
  • BTR Custom Rear Seat Delete
  • BTR Custom Subwoofer Box
  • BTR Custom Trunk False Floor
  • BTR Custom Battery Trunk Relocation
  • Rockford Fosgate P3SD4-10 Shallow Subwoofers
  • Rockford Fosgate P1650 2-Way Coaxial Speakers
  • Rockford Fosgate P165-SI 2-Way Component Speakers
  • Rockford Fosgate P1000X5 Amplifier
  • Tanabe VLS OLED Boost Gauge
  • Tanabe VLS OLED Wideband AFR Gauge

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Hype: Scion Teases New Concept To Debut At LA Auto Show. We Know Exactly What It Isn’t.

Posted on 10.06.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


While normally this is the time that OEMs reveal teaser images for their SEMA builds, Scion is getting a Jump on the Auto Show season by revealing a teaser image of a new concept car that will make its debut at the 2015 LA Auto Show.  As you may remember a few years ago Scion revealed the concept that eventually turned into the new iA and iM production cars and Scion has promised that it would be releasing several new cars over the next few years so this announcement is not much of a surprise.

However the mystery is what the heck this thing will end up looking like and ultimately becoming.  I personally have no idea.  But, I think I know what not to expect.  Here is my short list of what this concept probably isn’t:

  • It probably isn’t the future replacement for the FR-S.  The FR-S is still selling like hot cakes as is.  No need to refresh it yet.
  • It probably isn’t another hatch back.  Scion just released the iM which fills the hatch back slot in their line up.
  • It is definitely not a time-machine.  Only Delorean’s can do that remember?

OK, OK its easy to play it safe by guessing what I think this concept wont be so I will man up and make a few guesses at what it could be:

  • It could be a cross-over SUV.  Its something that Scion hasn’t done yet and would be appealing to their target audience, the “urban” individual.
  • It could be a new front-wheel drive coupe.  The Scion tC is pretty long in the tooth at this point.  This is a good time to replace it with something new.
  • It could be a plug-in hybrid or full electric car.  Because, why not?

Obviously everything I’ve guessed on both sides could be totally wrong but speculation is fun!  The world will find out with certainty what this concept really is once it gets closer to its debut at the LA Auto Show this year.  Actually it will probably be before that during the obligatory before the “fill in the blank” auto show internet leak/reveal” period that happens before every major show.


Ether way, as soon as I know what it is I will let you guys know.  In the meantime you can click the thumbnail for a larger version of the teaser image and/or you could read the incredibly short and vague press release below to see if you can CSI any hidden details.

What do you think this new Scion concept will ultimately end up being?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

Press Release:

Third New Vehicle for Scion’s Youth Brand

TORRANCE, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2015) – Following the recent introduction of the Scion iM 5-door hatchback and the sporty Scion iA sedan, the youth division of Toyota is preparing to further expand its lineup with a third all-new vehicle, beginning in 2017. The world debut of the next Scion concept will take place at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov. 18-19, 2015.

About Scion

Scion continues to be the test laboratory division for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. From its start in 2003, Scion’s goal was to offer products and processes that stand apart from the crowd. Scion offers distinctive vehicles that reflect owners’ passions with a model line-up that includes the all-new iM five-door hatchback, the all-new iA sports sedan, the iconic xB urban utility vehicle, the tC sports coupe, and the FR-S rear-wheel drive sports car. Scion also appeals to a youthful audience by offering a simple, no-haggle buying experience and by engaging with potential customers in meaningful and creative ways. For more information, visit



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