What? Another SEMA post? Yes. Another! We have tons of cool stuff to show you from SEMA. We are still going over the cool cars, we haven’t even got to the awesome products yet! Anyway this post is all about an insane kit car from “Factory Five” known as the GTM. Basically the GTM is a build-it-yourself supercar that is a modpodge of parts from GM and Porsche with some turbos thrown in and put together in a frame with a result that weighs only 2350lbs! If you assemble this thing correctly it will beat an Enzo, Ford GT, Murcielago, Carerra GT, and even a open wheel Champ car to 60mph!
Performance aside this thing actually looks pretty good for a kit car. Usually “cars in a box” of this type come out looking like they were designed by Chris Bangle’s alcoholic cousin Bob, but not the GTM. It has nice lines a cool stance and looks unique enough to turn some heads.
If you are handy with a set of tools then you can buy the kit yourself from Factory Five but you will have to source the LS series V8, Porsche transmission, and various other bits for yourself. Alternatively, you can call up All Angles Collision and they will build one for you.
While we were in Las Vegas for SEMA we saw a ton of fresh cars all over the place. SEMA seems to draw all the quality cars towards Nevada when the show is in town. However, occasionally we come across a car that does not quite fit in to the party. Such as the awesome Ford Focus you see in the picture above. It had been so long since we’ve seen an aluminum wing that we just had to take a picture of it. We were going to tweet it in the moment but we just could not find the right words to go with something this epic.
Instead we are going to turn it over to you, our readers to come up with a caption for this photo. The best caption of the day (which will be announced tomorrow morning 11-11-11) will get a Forza Motorsport 4 DLC code!
There are two ways to enter your caption. You can write it in the comment box of this post or you can tweet it at @MotorworldHype with the hash tag #MWHPicCaption. We will look over all the captions tonight and make a decision by 11pm pacific time. We will then announce the winner tomorrow morning on 11-11-11. Good luck!
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While import cars are a big favorite at SEMA, for the last few years the modern domestic muscle has pretty much taken over. A clean Honda Civic is still cool but it seems like these days its a tough Camaro or fresh Challenger that is turning all the heads. Now the muscle aftermarket is going luxury with the rise of the new Cadillac CTS-V and the D3 Group has grabbed hold in a big way. They had their CTS-V coupe on display at the show and it was making everyone stop in their tracks. Their CTS-V coupe was flat-black, supercharged, and ready to murder anyone who thought their balls were big enough to sit in its driver’s seat. If you have a CTS-V coupe or wagon that you are looking to mod then you might want to ring up D3 first.
Had your fill of green yesterday? We thought so. That is why today we are kicking things off with this amazingly clean yellow Mitsubishi Evo X built by EvoSoul and Pentech Automotive. We don’t know too much about this car other than it comes equipped with a bunch of EvoSoul goodies and Hankook tires but the clean execution of this car was enough to grab our attention. SEMA always has its fair share of crazy over the top rides and some of them actually pull off that look well but every now and then we come across something that is clean, simple and done right. Thus our reason for posting this lemony yellow Evo X here.
We realize this is the third green car in a row that we are posting but the Jotech Motorsports widebody Nissan GT-R just needs to be seen! We can’t help it if all the best car builders decided to go with green this year! Anyhow, even though some could argue that current Nissan GT-R is old news, we just can’t get tired of them around here. Especially when people do crazy things with them like epically widening the rear! It shouldn’ t look good but it does! Jotech is no rookie when it comes to widebody treatments so it should be no surprise that their GT-R project looks so good with stretched fenders.
This GT-R is also a beast in the power department. It makes 942HP thanks to a “stage 4″ Jotech tuning package which includes upgraded turbos by GReddy and a pletheora of internal engine components. All of that makes this green GT-R capiable of a 9.76 second quarter mile. Ladies and Gentlemen we give you the REAL Godzilla..
General Motors had a HUGE exhibit at the SEMA show this year and there were more than a few head turners but the Hot Wheels Camaro concept screamed for all the attention. Chevy and Hot Wheels went all out on this build right down to the Hot Wheels Track presentation. We know the special “Over Chrome” green paint will probably be polarizing to say the least but we dig it. We also like the other more subtle exterior touches like the Hot Wheels emblems and the ZL1 grille. However, before you shrug this off as a show-queen you should probably know that there is a 6.2 liter LS3 V8 with 426HP under that brightly colored and decorated hood. So to recap this Camaro has looks, power, and a theme that brings us back to our favorite childhood toy. I think that officially makes this a dream car! The toy version of this build is already on our x-mas list.
We know what you are going to say. “This Porsche is everywhere!” Yes, it is everywhere and now it is here because it is awesome. You have probably seen tons of pics of this car elsewhere but can someone ever really see too many pictures of something that looks this good? This Porsche was easily one of the most anticipated builds of the show this year marking RAUH-Welt Begriff’s (RWB) official foray into the American market. Nakai-san of RWB set up shop just across the way from the Fatlace Paddock and from that point on it was a match made in heaven! Both Nakai-san and Mark Arcenal of Fatlace immediately got to work putting together the first RWB Porsche built on American soil and what you see here is the end result. Nakai-san is known for naming each one of his builds, usually after a favorite brand of alcohol or borrowing from some other point of popular culture. This build, was named “Pandora One.” We are not sure why, but who cares! Pandora One is beautiful, functional, and that is all that matters to us. Expect to Pandora One at select track events in 2012.
When attending the SEMA show you can always count on Pirelli to bring something special. We still remember the year that they brought a genuine Pagani Zonda R to Vegas. That was the first time we were able to get our grubby hands on the legendary beast. This year the highlight of their booth was a Ferrari 458 Italia clad in the complete Mansory carbon fiber aero package built by RTW Motoring here in southern California. One would think that the naked carbon and vents everywhere would be a turn-off but somehow this kit just seems to work. Which, is amazing because we know that when Mansory gets it wrong they get it very, very wrong. This Ferrari probably wont get any awards but it is easily one of our favorite cars of the show this year.
A lot of people will probably tell you that Honda is where it began when it comes to the sports compact movement yet surprisingly Honda tends to have a subtle presence at SEMA. Although while small, count on Honda to bring quality builds and newsworthy announcements when they come to the mecca of all things aftermarket. In addition to showing off the new Civic Si in both stock and race trim, also brought out a Neil Tjin Civic Si creation sporting a set of custom Rotiform wheels that immediately caught attention as their bright finish contracted against the Civic’s full “Sil-Grey” vinyl wrap nicely. On the announcement side Honda revealed that through their Honda Performance Development (HPD) arm they will offer Civics in bare “body in white” form so that would-be race teams can buy a chassis ready for race modifications. There will also be various race ready goodies available from HPD that will be offered along with the bodies should the customer want to get a head-start. While this offering is meant for racers we anticipate that there will be at least a few hard-core Honda-heads that will use the new HPD Civic body-in-white as the basis for a super clean show car.
Once again Scion held its annual “Tuner Challenge”. This year the canvas of choice was the new Scion iQ microcar although there were a few entires built on Scion’s xB and tC platforms as well. The contestants of the challenge came up with really cool themes and unique executions including a completely paint-less iQ and a full on track ready race iQ but in the end it was Jon Sibal who took the victory in his Veilside clad widebody creation. Despite the other challengers fully committing to their theme Jon decided to swing for the fences and go for the all around package and came up with a car that could be reasonably adaptable on the street, the track, or a car show.
While Jon’s iQ was the winner of the competition the star of the booth was Scion’s FR-S concept. The FR-S had a constant ring of people around it as photographers and spectators alike did their best to try and get photos of the concept from every possible angle using their point-and-shoots, DSLRs, and cell phones. In other words getting the pictures of the FR-S that you will see in our slide show below was not easy! All in all our visit to the Scion booth was worth the long-ass walk across the Las Vegas convention center. Congrats to Jon for his Tuner Challenge win!