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 |  Nov 07 2013, 3:21 PM

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SEMA is the place where the very best in aftermarket car parts are on display, so of course there’s going to be a car pushing 1,000-hp. This year, the folks at Bisimoto got their hands on a Hyundai Genesis Coupe and just didn’t stop adding power.

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 |  Nov 05 2013, 4:13 PM

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Hyundai is keeping up with the tuner crowd at this year’s SEMA Show, unleashing a 1,000-hp Genesis Coupe onto the unsuspecting public.

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 |  May 29 2012, 8:01 AM

Most SEMA cars are handed out to builders from the automakers knowing that they’ll be crushed at some point in time.

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 |  May 21 2012, 10:45 AM

Maybe you’re not a fan of the wild SEMA Show cars built by Fox Marketing. Even then, it requires a certain level of heartlessness to not shed a tear when seeing these photos.

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 |  Jan 04 2012, 9:00 PM

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Fox Marketing has been building project cars for over a decade now, and it appears that Nissan‘s Juke-R project has inspired them to tackle the funky crossover themselves. They’re not in the mood to one-up the Juke-R project though, as Fox Marketing has always specialized in building projects any real car enthusiast could do also.

The team will utilize Nissan’s factory 1.6L AWD powertrain but will add a custom intercooled turbo setup in order to motivate it to 400-hp. Braking will be upgraded with a six-piston, 14-inch setup while custom 20×9-inch wheels will adorn all four corners. Fox Marketing will also add a simple, yet clean and functional aerodynamic kit to the exterior while performance springs will handle the suspension duties.

Once the body modifications are completed, BASF will contribute with some Foxy Orange paint while the interior will feature racing seats from Yonaka’s Ronin line. Fox Marketing anticipates the project to make its official debut in the coming months, so we’ll keep our eyes out.

GALLERY: Fox Marketing Nisasn Juke-S Renders

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 |  Nov 01 2011, 10:08 AM

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As expected, the focus on Honda’s SEMA Show display this year is its all-new 2012 Civic - the Si in particular. Rather than display dozens of cars like in the past, Honda has chosen just a select few tuners to create the most wildly modified Civics they could dream up.

Stealing the show at the Honda booth is the Fox Marketing car. The team at Fox Marketing has been building SEMA Show cars for years (perhaps decades) and this might just be the most extreme example yet – although apart from the oversized 20-inch Vossen wheels, it might just be the team’s cleanest. Of note on the car, apart from the obvious custom widebody and aero kit provided from CarBodyKits.com, the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine has been tuned to make 450-hp. And for a touch of trivia, the turbo used to generate all that power is the very same one used on Honda’s LMP1/LMP2 race programs as well as on the 2012 IndyCar engines.

Next up is the Bisimoto car, taking Honda’s “a Civic for everyone” approach and applying it to the race track. While Honda says there’s a Civic for everyone, ranging from young males who want a fun-to-drive Si, to a hybrid for the granola types, Bisimoto has designed this show car to serve triple-duty as time attack car, a touring car and as a drag racer. And in true over-the-top SEMA style, it makes 1,004-hp.

Sitting between the two wildly modified cars on the show floor is a mildly customized Civic Si sedan, built using Genuine Honda Accessories and some custom Honda Factory Performance wheels. Plus, it’s been wrapped by Wraptivo in a matte-silver to help it fit in at SEMA.

In addition to these cars, Honda is displaying several CR-Z models and a supercharged Accord. Two cars are still kept under wraps, but out spies have uncovered that one is a Compass 360 race car, while the other is the 2012 Civic Si HFP, a factory modified version sporting a more aggressive aero kit, larger 18-inch wheels and an upgraded suspension.

GALLERY: Fox Marketing 2012 Honda Civic Si

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GALLERY: Bisimoto 2012 Civic Si

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GALLERY: Custom Honda Civic Si Sedan

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Click here to read AutoGuide’s 2012 Civic Si Review

Discuss this story at 9thGenCivic.com and see AutoGuide’s complete 2011 SEMA Show coverage here

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 |  Oct 24 2011, 1:00 PM

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With the 2011 SEMA Show just around the corner, we’ve been getting fed tons of teasers and sneak peeks of finished projects that will be making their way to the big aftermarket expo in Las Vegas. But forget teasers, here’s the full reveal of Fox Marketing’s 2012 Honda Civic Si, boasting a wickedly clean widebody and packing over 450-hp thanks to Full-Race’s turbo kit.

The custom widebody and body kit is courtesy of carbodykits.com, while Fox Marketing opted to have the entire body resprayed by BASF’s R-M Ultrasonic Blue Pearl. Handling suspension duties are springs from Road Magnet while SSBC contributed a brake upgrade to the Si Coupe. For wheels, Fox Marketing opted for a custom 20-inch setup from Vossen. CV3 wheels adorn each corner of the project wrapped with Toyo Proxes 4 tires.

On the inside, Yonaka Ronin racing seats found their way inside after being reupholstered with factory Civic Si fabric inserts in the front and the rear. AutoGuide.com will be sure to check out the finished project up close in person starting on November 1st.

GALLERY: Fox Marketing 2012 Honda Civic Si

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See AutoGuide’s complete 2011 SEMA Show preview here

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 |  Sep 18 2011, 12:00 PM

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Fox Marketing has built some crazy rides in the past for SEMA, including several widebody Lexus vehicles blending the best of luxury and sport into one attractive package. For this year’s show, it looks as though Fox Marketing has teamed up with Honda to show off what its new 2012 Civic Si can do in the customization department. Several 2012 Civics were handed out by Honda to some of the country’s most well-known builders, and Fox Marketing is the first to disclose some details on what they’ll be doing on theirs.

Fox will be working with Full-Race to make the stock K24 engine pack up to 550-hp thanks to a custom turbo kit. It appears that Fox and Full-Race want to obtain those figures without touching the motor’s internals, which would be a testament to how great the K24 is.

When it arrives at SEMA on November 1st, the exterior will be painted a Sinister Silver paint courtesy of BASF’s R-M line. 13-inch brakes from SSBC will be on all four corners while the car will sport an aggressive stance thanks to a set of SPEC II coilovers from Yonaka.

Until then, check out all the work-in-progress pics below and check out AutoGuide’s complete 2011 SEMA Show Preview here.

Get more Honda Civic news and info at 9thGenCivic.com

GALLERY: Fox Marketing Widebody 2012 Civic Si

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 |  Apr 19 2011, 4:48 PM

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Owning a hybrid doesn’t have to be all boring as Fox Marketing demonstrates by teaming up with Lexus and building this wickedly clean widebody Lexus CT200h. Set to debut at this year’s New York International Auto Show, we were teased with some buildup photos and now we’ve finally got some snaps of the finished product.

Fox Marketing has built several Lexus projects in the past, including their convertible IS and a widebody IS-F that was shown off at previous SEMA shows. This year, Fox shows off that tuning and customizing hybrids will be on the rise by decking out Lexus’ CT200h with a very clean widebody and a set of 20-inch iForged Insite wheels featuring a killer concave setup.

The exterior of the CT200h was blasted with coats of BASF’s R-M Carizzma Cinnamon Quarts Pearl paint job to go along with the widebody conversion. Suspension modifications were done to the sedan giving the CT200h the stance it needs to sit snug on a staggered set of Insite wheels – 20×9.5-inch in the front, 20×10.5-inch in the rear. Our only real complaint on the entire build is the rear diffuser. The block-style design just doesn’t flow well with the rest of the project.

The well-executed build will also be shown off on Discovery HD Network in an episode of MotorWeek.

GALLERY: Fox Marketing Widebody Lexus CT200h

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Read AutoGuide’s 2011 Lexus CT200h review here

 |  Oct 21 2010, 8:58 PM

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Fox Marketing has built some impressive Lexus projects in the past for SEMA, including their IS350C from last year’s show, and they teased us with their luxury sedan LS600hL project earlier this year. Now we’ve got some sexy snaps of the car ahead of its SEMA reveal.

On the exterior, the luxury Japanese sedan sports a full body kit from Artisan Spirits. The kit was imported from Japan and it looks like the fitment is pretty good. Once the kit was installed, the car received a coat of BASF Glasurit Glacier Green paint. The color seems to be a rich, dark-toned green that flows well with the luxurious vibe of the LS600hL.

SSBC ponied up a big brake upgrade for the sedan (which really just comprised of enhancing the stock components) while the factory air ride suspension was modified to allow the vehicle to go anywhere from 0-4 inches lower. The most interesting part of the car is probably the wheel choice; they’re 20×9.5-inch Rotiform Concave BLQ wheels in a candy copper finish. They’re definitely different and give the LS600 some much-needed sport to go with its elegance.

We’ll be sure to snap few extra pics of the car at the 2010 SEMA Show, with complete coverage starting November 2nd. Until then, check out our SEMA Preview here.

GALLERY: Fox Marketing Lexus LS600hL

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 |  Jul 20 2010, 10:08 PM

There are a few names in the aftermarket industry known for building impressive show vehicles and one of the best-known is Fox Marketing. With a long-standing partnership with Lexus that has seen Fox Marketing develop two IS models for the SEMA Show over the past two years, we took company founder Brian Fox seriously when he announced plans on Facebook to build a custom CT200h and LS600h.

Fox has been partnering with Lexus since they first decided to showcase their cars at SEMA, helping the brand develop more appeal with a younger demographic. Lexus, in turn, did its part by delivering an F Sport line of performance goodies.

In a followup email with Brian Fox he confirmed that his company will build both models, starting with a twin-turbo LS600h – likely for this year’s SEMA Show. As for the CT200h (which we have to admit we’re more excited for), Fox is planning to roll out a turbocharged and widebody version of the luxury hatchback for next year’s New York Auto Show. Fox says he intends to take his time with the CT, so he can, ” really kill it with this car.”

And if we know anything about Fox Marketing, expect some big wheels, custom interior and a brilliant paint job.

GALLERY: Fox Marketing IS350C

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 |  Nov 02 2009, 8:57 PM

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Last year Lexus used the SEMA Show to help promote the IS-F, but for SEMA ’09, the IS Convertible is taking the stage. Lexus shipped out three IS Cs to different shops and organizations, letting them be as creative as they liked. A fourth IS C was built by Lexus’s in-house F-sport performance division.

First up is the bright green IS C from Fox Marketing (which we’ve already covered several times over). It gets a widebody conversion, iForged wheels, a Seibon carbon fiber rear spoiler and a ProCharger supercharger to make over 400-hp.

A matte-red IS350C built by the folks at VIP Auto Salon and JTuned.com might just be the nicest looking of the IS Cs at SEMA with a carbon fiber hood and trunk spoiler. Performance mods are minimal with a Joe Z intake pipe and a header back exhaust system. There’s also a TOMS air filter and reprogrammed ECU. And finally, a set of Work Gnosis GS3 MDB wheels.

The 0-60 Magazine is another relatively simple build with a Greddy exhaust and ECU. It’s a full package though with Advan wheels and Continental tires, Brembo brakes, KW coilovers and an Ings+1 body kit to give it the right look.

Finally, Lexus’s TRD F-Sport division used in-house tuning parts that any Lexus owner can buy for his or her car. They include F-Sport 19-inch forged aluminum wheels, an F-Sport big brake upgrade, F-Sport shocks, lowering springs and sway bars. On top of these parts, there’s a Five Axis aero kit and finally a custom PPG Vibrance Orange Glow three-stage candy paint.

See AutoGuide’s live SEMA Coverage here!

GALLERY: Fox Marketing IS350C

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GALLERY: VIP Autosalon and JTuned IS350C

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GALLERY: 0-60 Magazine & Design Craft Fabrication IS350C

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GALLERY: F-Sport by TRD IS350C

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 |  Oct 27 2009, 2:25 PM

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Set to officially debut next week at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, next to a selection of other modified Lexus vehicles, Fox Marketing has decided to jump the gun, revealing all there is to know about the extremely custom IS350C. While the bright green paint (in true Fox Marketing style) might be the most obvious, the most impressive mod is easily the ProCharger blower under the hood that helps the 3.5-liter V6 pump out 405-hp.

Other performance modifications include an F-Sport exhaust and set of Yonaka coilovers, to help the drop-top Lexus sit low on a new set of custom 20-inch iForged wheels. Inside those wheels there’s even a big set of F-Sport performance brakes.

Inside, the car gets Lexus’s cream white hide, while a Classic Design Concepts light bar helps give the car a sporty flare.

Outside, it’s more than just a few coats of green paint. The car received a custom 2-inch widebody conversion with new fenders, a new front lip spoiler, rear bumper and a Seibon carbon fiber rear wing. As for the paint color, Foxy Green, it’s even been named after the company known for building some of the wildest SEMA creations.

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GALLERY: Fox Marketing Lexus IS350C

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 |  Oct 01 2009, 10:52 AM

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Unlike the past two years, Lexus will have a more low-key presence at the SEMA Show for 2009. In the past, Toyota’s luxury division had significant outdoor exhibits, centered mostly around the IS and IS-F performance sedans. Last year the automaker distributed four of its IS-F sedans to four different companies (Fox Marketing/Artisan Performance, MotorworldHype, 0-60 Magazine and Import Tuner magazine/TEIN). The year before that Lexus contracted Five Axis to build a very impressive matte-black widebody IS-F (shown above).

With industry cutbacks Lexus isn’t handing out cars any more, but it will have a display. What will they put in the display then? The answer is: your car… if you’re lucky.

If you have a highly modified Lexus that you think is worthy of the SEMA Show, please send photos and a description of the car to lexus.sema@teamone-usa.com . Submissions will be received until October 8th at midnight. Winners will get paid transport (for them and their ride) to the SEMA Show, which runs from Tuesday November 3rd to Friday November 6th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

GALLERY: 2007- 2008 Lexus SEMA Cars

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 |  Sep 23 2009, 1:10 PM

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Fox Marketing is back up to its old tricks again, as the company is now part-way through building a turbocharged, wide body Lexus IS350C for the 2009 SEMA Show. Fox built a burn copper IS-F for SEMA 2008 and so this new model gets a metallic green pain job called Carizzma Foxy Green.

Once completed, the custom Lexus will also feature a set of iForged 20-inch Sprint wheels, Toyota R1R tires and plenty of Seibon carbon fiber body parts (along with a long list of custom parts).

Much of the car has already been completed and we suspect a massively powerful Artisan turbo to go on the V6 engine just prior to the show. We’ll be sure to bring you more on the car, live from the SEMA Show in Las Vegas starting November 3rd.

See AutoGuide’s live SEMA Coverage here!

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GALLERY: Fox Marketing Lexus IS350C

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 |  Mar 30 2009, 3:18 PM

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The 2009 SEMA Show is still over half a year away but contrary to popular belief, not every vehicle is assembled in a mad rush at the last minute. Wheel manufacturer iForged has already released details of what its big SEMA project will be and after last year’s 996 to 997 Porsche Turbo conversion, complete with GT3 RS green paint and TechArt goodies, we would expect nothing less than a serious performer.

Company owner Vincent Wong posted on his personal blog that the 2009 SEMA iForged project is a convertible (or roadster) version of the SL65 AMG Black Series. To be more accurate though, the vehicle will actually be an SL65, but will be converted with all the necessary bodywork to resemble the Black Series. But that’s not all.

IForged will also work with JE and Crower to build up the bottom end of the 6.0-liter V12 engine and Artisan Performance will assist with some larger turbos. The final engine output numbers are expected to be in the 1,000hp range.

Fox Marketing is also getting involved in the project, likely taking care of the body modifications. We just hope they can resist the temptation to paint the SL bright orange.

[Source: VincentWong.com]