Chevrolet Corvette Z06X Track Car Unleashed at SEMA

GM invited us out to Vegas a day early to treat us to a sneak peek at some of their SEMA Show cars. We met at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, home to the Ron Fellows Racing School – along with one of the best private member tracks in the world. The first car that GM showed us looked right at home in this setting – The 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06X Track Car Concept.

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Chevy Camaro SSX Track Car Concept Thunders Into SEMA

The Chevy Camaro was definitely the darling of SEMA 2009, and it looks like this last pony car to the party might steal a few hearts this year too. GM invited us out to Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump to preview some of their show cars, and along with the similar Corvette Z06X, they had this Camaro – the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SSX Track Car Concept.

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2010 SEMA Show Preview: Audi to Toyota

Tomorrow will mark the start of the world’s largest aftermarket expo and with a revitalized auto industry and significant participation by the automakers at the 2010 SEMA Show, we thought an overview what to expect by the OEMs was in order.

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Ford Police Interceptor Stealth Concept Looking for Crimes Against Cars at SEMA

With so many crimes against automotive design and general good taste set to be revealed at the SEMA Show this week, he no holds barred approach to car customization could use a little policing. And what better way to keep the peace than in Ford‘s Police Interceptor Stealth concept.

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Eibach Honda CR-Z Revealed Ahead of SEMA

Knowing that they potentially have a huge hit on their hands, Honda has really leveraged this year’s SEMA show to hand some of the aftermarket’s most brilliant minds their new CR-Z. Eibach Springs is one of these companies, and having received the car in July, they went straight to work researching and developing new products for the tiny hybrid. And with such a well-known brand as Eibach Springs behind the helm of this build, it’s no surprise that Eibach’s trusted partners for the past several decades also played a role in building the CR-Z for this year’s SEMA Show.

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Kia Announces Six SEMA Show Cars; Teases Another Special Edition Soul

No specifics have been given, but a short press release by Kia outlines a total of six vehicles that will be on display. Kia describes them as being a mix of concept and “production-intent” vehicles, meaning that at least one of them is certain to show up at dealers soon.

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NASCAR Edition Toyota Camry Revealed Ahead of SEMA With 680-HP V8

Building off of their success in NASCAR, Toyota has announced the RK Collection Camry NASCAR Edition show car, which will make its debut at SEMA next week. The special edition Camry is actually a two-door coupe and was developed by RK Collection, assisting Toyota Racing Development (TRD) realize the full potential of the Camry into a NASCAR counterpart.

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Lexus to Showcase Hybrid Tuning at 2010 SEMA Show

Several tuners will will take part, including Fox Marketing, EST Styling and VIP Auto Salon, with tuner cars including the HS250h, LS600hL and an RX450h that will get such a wild transformation it will look like some of the modified BMX X6 M cars we’ve seen lately.

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Chevy to Build Corvette ZR1 Engine Live at SEMA

Chevrolet will be doing something pretty unique this year to gather the crowd around their booth at the SEMA Show. They will have a team of their mechanics and engineers present to assemble a supercharged LS9 6.2-liter V8 from scratch. And while the assembly is going on, those present will be free to ask any questions they might have on the process.

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'Elegant Equus' Headed to SEMA With VIP-Style, 450-HP Turbocharged V8

For several weeks now Hyundai has been rolling out its lineup of SEMA Show cars, from the wild ARK Genesis Coupe R-Spec to the supercar-inspired Sonata Turbo. Several Equus luxury sedans are also set to make an appearance, including one from Rhys Millen Racing and DUB. Now you can add one more to that list with the latest custom Equus coming from Mummbles Marketing, sporting a VIP-themed look and a 450-hp turbocharged V8.

Mummbles Marketing is no stranger to building one-off SEMA Show cars, and this one looks like one of their best. The “Elegant Equus” gets a 717 Motoring five-piece bodykit coated in a deep burgundy paint, while there’s also a carbon fiber hood, trunk and a carbon fiber overlay for the roof. A massive set of 22-inch Work Equip E10 wheels fit up inside the fenders thanks to an Air Lift suspension system.

Along with some Junction Produce VIP goodies inside, the Elegant Equus will get plenty of black suede, lots of audio equipment (including four subwoofers) and two iPads – which can be used to control the airlift suspension, moving curtains, stereo and windows.

AutoGuide’s 2010 SEMA Show coverage starts Tuesday, November 2nd. Until then, see our complete SEMA Preview here.

Official release after the jump:

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Oakley Design Ferrari 458 Italia Headed to SEMA With HRE Wheels

We’ve checked out Oakley Designs’ rendition of Ferrari’s 458 Italia before and now we’ll have a chance to see it in person in the HRE booth at this year’s SEMA show. By far one of the cleanest styling packages we have seen for the new Italia, the British tuner looks to to give it the American spotlight with its North American debut at the largest aftermarket show in America.

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Mopar Previews Jeep J7 Striper, NuKaiser 715 and Ram Power Wagon Ahead of SEMA [video]
Meguiar's Wraptivo Custom Wraps to Turn Heads With 'Hellaflush' Nissan GT-R at SEMA

Ernie Manansala is no stranger to building cars. Most well known for his NOS Lexus SC300, it looks like Manansala has moved on to bigger and better things, teaming up with Wraptivo to build one menacingly good looking Nissan GT-R for SEMA.

On the outside, it looks like the GT-R has received a full flat black wrap treatment with some carbon fiber accents including the roof. The wheels look fully powdercoated a contrasting matte red with a “hellaflush” fitment with wheelspacers courtesy Fatlace. That is an awesome and aggressive fitment, pushing the wheels as far out as possible, without looking too ridiculous.

Suspension upgrades come from a set of KW coilovers while the Advan wheels are wrapped with a set of Falken Tires. Ernie hasn’t disclosed any full vehicle shots, but we’ll be sure to add this to our growing list of cars to check out at SEMA this year. No doubt it will be joining a host of other wild creations at Meguiar’s Wraptivo booth at SEMA.

Full SEMA coverage starts November 2nd. Until then, check out our SEMA Preview here.

[Source: Fatlace]

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Tjin Edition Mustang Revealed Unveiled Ahead of SEMA

The Tjin Edition Mustang is no longer under any sort of car cover, and we have a first peek at the revealed rendering. In true Tjin Edition fashion, the Ford Mustang will sport functional and sporty modifications, without any over-the-top aesthetics.

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2012 Acura RL Gets 6-Speed Automatic Transmission

First there were rumors that Honda would axe the Acura RL, and then came the official word that it wouldn’t, but here is the first sign that the RL continues to carry on – even if the car has become irrelevant.

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Hennessey Venom GT to Debut at the 2010 SEMA Show

Now if you were just begging for a reason to head over to Las Vegas next week for the SEMA Show, and just really couldn’t find yourself one, we understand. Maybe modified versions of the Honda CR-Z, Chevy Camaro, Ford Mustangs and Hyundai Equus, are just not your thing. If you’re going to have to spend your hard-earned vacation days to check out some cars, you want to make sure it’s worth it. Well, now it is. Hennessey’s wickedly sick, fast, powerful and beautiful Venom GT will be hitting American soil to be seen by the public at this year’s SEMA show.

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Fortune Motorsports and Tjin Edition Honda CR-Z Revealed Ahead of SEMA

With SEMA just a week away, cars are being teased and sneak previewed left and right. Back in August, we got sight of the Fortune Motorsports / Tjin Edition Tour Honda CR-Z under wraps, literally. Now the cover’s been blown off the rendering and put on the finished product.

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Ford to Debut Seven Custom F-Series Trucks at SEMA

Given that it’s October and the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association ( SEMA) expo is just days away, vehicle builders and parts manufacturers are gearing up to display their latest wares.

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Bigfoot Themed '32 Ford 'Deuce' to Debut at SEMA

Wally Hersom heads up the Bigfoot Field Researcher’s Organization, which as the name suggests, spends much of its time engaged in projects to shed some light on the infamous Sasquatch. But when he’s not chasing down new leads for the mysterious creature, Hersom delves into his other big passion – ’32 Fords. This year, he decided to bring the two together by commissioning Rob Green of JKR Racing to build a ’32 Deuce coupe from the ground up  for the 2010 SEMA show.

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Rhys Millen Hyundai Equus Spied Before SEMA

We’ve seen the renderings of Rhys Millen’s Equus project for SEMA, and while it’s still a little underwhelming of a project (especially for a SEMA car), we’re  excited to see Hyundai pushing forward with the Equus and leveraging their existing partnerships to show the world what a little bit of tasteful modifications can do to a car.

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Fox Marketing Lexus LS600hL Revealed Ahead of SEMA

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.

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Stasis Engineering Bringing Fleet of Tuned Audis to SEMA

A few days ago we revealed that Stasis engineering would debut its 710-hp R8 Spyder in the Audi booth at SEMA and now Stasis has released full details on three more vehicles that will appear at their own booth.

Stasis will be bringing several of their Signature Series-tuned vehicles, showing off to the world just how great customized Audis can look and perform. An S5 Cabriolet will feature performance modifications that help it put out 410-hp instead of the factory 333-hp. These upgrades also enhance torque by 26 ft-lbs and SEMA visitors will be able to admire the six-piston Alcon calipers up close and personal. For the SUV lovers out there, Stasis’ Audi Q5 puts out 310-hp with upgrades to its handling and braking capabilities. Lastly, the popular S4 sedan has close to 80-hp more than the factory to go along with its suspension and brake upgrades.

Stasis Engineering products are all sold at Audi dealerships nationwide, offering up to a 25-percent increase in performance for various Audi models. This is in addition to their suspension, brake and driveline enhancing products. All Stasis Engineering products installed by a certified Audi dealership are backed with a 4-year, 50,000-mile warranty. (No wonder they’ve got such a good relationship with the folks at Audi corporate).

Look for photos of all the Stasis vehicles with AutoGuide’s complete coverage of the 2010 SEMA Show starting November 2nd. Until then, check out our SEMA Preview here.

Official press release available after the break.

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Drop Top Customs Chevy Camaro T-Top Headed to SEMA

Drop Top Customs, known to convert today’s hottest cars to convertibles, will be bringing a Chevy Camaro T-Top variant to SEMA 2010 along with their Cadillac CTS. The T-Top option for the fifth generation Chevy Camaro will give owners the versatility of a convertible when they want it, and the perfectly stock look when they need it.

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The Green Hornet's 'Black Beauty' Heading to SEMA

For those that grew up in the 1960s, the TV series the Green Hornet, probably rings a bell. The superhero’s whip, a modified 1966 Imperial Crown sedan, dubbed ‘Black Beauty‘ has since become one of the most famous TV cars of all time. An updated version of ‘Black Beauty’ (still based on a mid-1960s Imperial Crown however), has been created for a new feature length remake of the series to be aired in 2011 and starring Seth Rogen.

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Chevy Teases SEMA Cars: Off-Road Z71 Silverado HD, Motorsports-Inspired "Jake" Corvette

As SEMA approaches Chevy has just released a teaser video showing its official lineup of vehicles, which will join a long list of other creations from different aftermarket tuners in the GM booth.

Included with the video is a short blurb stating that these, “great show cars that translate into products you can buy down the road.” In other words, while we’re not likely to see the cars make it from concept to production, some of the items included on them will be.

The focus of the booth will be a long list of Camaros with all sorts of extra goodies – many of which will be made available to consumers in the future. Also teased is a Z71 off-road version of the Silverado HD. Most exciting, however, is the “Jake” Corvette. For those who don’t follow Corvette Racing, “Jake” is the mascot of the team, indicating that Chevy may look to offer some Corvette Racing inspired accessories to owners of America’s iconic sports car.

AutoGuide will keep you up to date on Chevy’s SEMA offerings with live coverage o the 2010 SEMA Show starting November 2nd. Until then, check out our SEMA Preview here.

Check out the Chevy’s SEMA teaser video after the jump:

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2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Gogogear Racing To Debut At SEMA
Hyundai has yet another SEMA car, this time in the form of a hotted up Genesis Coupe. While the car is undoubtedly a show car, a Gogogear car is slated to run in the U.S Touring Car Championship, a sanctioned sports car class overseen by the National Auto Sports Association.

Nobody would ever confuse this car, with a full interior and heavy, gloss black rims for a race car, the car’s powertrain stays pretty close to stock, with a bolt on intake and exhaust, while the the suspension has been heavily overworked with ARK shocks, springs and coilover sleeves as well as QA1 bearings. Stoptech brakes and Earl’s oil lines and associated fittings help the car achieve 1.4 lateral G’s during cornering, and keep oil flowing to the engine under these conditions.

Many may scratch their heads at the “mild” nature of the engine mods, but in many sanctioned racing series, these are tightly restricted, while chassis tweaks are where many cars make up their speed. We’re happy to see Gogogear take this approach, rather than the dreadful “Import2NR” style that still exists in the sport compact community.

[Source: Hyundai]


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Audi Announces First Ever SEMA Presence With 710-HP Stasis Engineering R8 Spyder

For the first time ever, Audi will officially have a presence at the SEMA Show this year. Taking place in Las Vegas from November 2nd to 5th, Audi is planning to draw crowds with its autonomous TTS Pikes Peak car, a custom R8 Spyder modified by Stasis Engineering and a selection of vehicles outfitted with, “a sophisticated lineup of After Sales and electronics products that enhance connectivity and entertainment.”

In total, Audi will have on hand six vehicles, although the Stasis R8 will no doubt steal the show with a supercharger mated to the 5.2-liter V10 making 710-hp!

As for the Autonomous Audi TTS Pikes Peak car, Audi plans a demonstration with the vehicle outside of the convention center on the 2nd.

AutoGuide will be on hand with full coverage of the 2010 SEMA Show starting November 2nd. Until then, check out our SEMA Preview here.

Official release after the jump:

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RENNtech Mercedes-Benz C74 Konzept Released Ahead of SEMA

Alright RENNtech, you got us good. When we first saw C74 Konzept in our inbox, our jaws dropped assuming that RENNtech went above and beyond, taking a Mercedes C63 AMG and overhauling the power plant to a 7.4L monster. But then we took a stab in the heart when we read the actual release to reveal that the “74” refers to the 74-inch width of the rear wheel track. Not as exciting as 7.4L in a C63 AMG, but the project is still wicked, looks great and performs even better.

On the exterior, the body benefits from a full carbon fiber widebody kit along with a carbon fiber rear decklid spoiler, front splitter and rear diffuser. To give the C63 the look it needs now that it’s been widened, a set of RENNtech wheels are staggered with 19×9.5-inch size in the front and 20×10.5-inch size in the rear. And even more impressive is the fact that they outfit the wheels with 275/30/19 and 305/25/20 tires.

As for performance, RENNtech specializes in Mercedes-Benz and AMG tuning, so it’s no surprise that the 6.2L now pumps out 605-hp and 555 ft-lbs of torque. Performance upgrades include larger throttle bodies, upgraded camshafts, RENNtech’s ECU upgrade, stainless steel headers and ported and polished cylinder heads.

The brakes are also upgraded with RENNtech’s performance brake package and handling is enhanced with fully adjustable sports suspension and carbon fiber front and rear stabilizer bars.

Delicious… but hey RENNtech, why not build out a nice 7.4L AMG V8? Or another V12?

We’ll be sure to bring you more shots of the RENNtech C74 Konzept from the 2010 SEMA Show and until then, check out our preview of all the show cars here and see more pics after the jump:

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IForged Teams up With Misha Designs for Widebody Mercedes SL55 SEMA Car

Vincent Wong is no stranger to building killer rides to showcase his product line: iForged Wheels. There’s just no better way to show off what you can do with your wheel line than to take some of the world’s hottest cars and widen their bodies in order to fit a real fat lip underneath those fenders. After building one of the cleanest Techart GT Porsche’s we’ve ever seen, Wong has decided that this year he’ll team up with Misha Designs and widebody-out a Mercedes-Benz SL55.

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Chrysler 300 SRT10 Gets Viper Power; SEMA Debut Likely
Chrysler has just released a short video of a very special Chrysler 300. At first look it appears to be little more than a standard 300 with some oversized rims. But wait, that’s not an SRT8 badge on the back, but an SRT10 badge, suggesting the Viper’s 8.3-liter V10 engine is under the hood.

Posted on Chrysler’s official YouTube page there’s no other info about the car but we have to think the release of the video just a few weeks ahead of the SEMA show is hardly a coincidence. That being said, if it’s at SEMA we’ll be sure to bring you more on the Viper-powered 300 with complete coverage starting November 2nd. In the mean time, check out our complete SEMA Preview here and hit the jump for a short video teaser of the 300 SRT10.

[Source: TopSpeed]

Check out a shot video of the car after the jump:

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WD-40 and SEMA Cares Team Up To Build 2011 Ford Mustang GT

SEMA has teamed up with WD-40 to produce a one-of-a-kind 2011 Ford Mustang GT that will be auctioned off at an upcoming Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Show and Auction two months after its debut at this year’s SEMA Show. The proceeds of the sale will go to Childhelp and The Victory Junction Gang Camp.

“The WD-40/SEMA Cares Mustang pays tribute to the mechanics, aftermarket professionals and auto enthusiasts who have used WD-40 for more than 50 years to get the job done,“ said Tim Lesmeister, vice president of marketing at WD-40 Company. “This is such a fun and meaningful project for us. We’re proud that all proceeds from the sale of the vehicle will continue to support two great charities, but we know it would not be possible without the time, energy, dedication and resources of our build partners.”

From the looks of the vehicle, this Mustang is pretty complete from bumper to bumper and will garner quite the attention on the SEMA show floor. Modifications include Stillen’s AP Racing 6-piston brake kit, Paxton supercharger system and a set of Forgeline wheels on each corner of the car. A full body kit courtesy of Street Scene Equipment gives the Mustang a much more aggressive profile.

The vehicle will also be seen in Nitto 1320 Legends, a virtual online drag racing game.

Official press release available after the break.

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SEMA Preview: Chevy Camaro, Silverado HD to Take Center Stage for GM

Chevrolet has revealed on its Facebook page a selection of vehicles that will be on display at the SEMA Show in just a few weeks time. These aren’t the “official” Chevy SEMA Show cars (those ones tend to be much more tame, with a near-production look), but we have to think Chevy will again be putting the focus on these two models – although we’d really like to see some custom Cruzes.

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Raging Bull Widebody Camaro Heading to SEMA

As we get closer to closer to SEMA, the buzz around all the show cars making their debut has really grown. We’re expecting GM to make another huge splash with their Chevrolet Camaro out on the show floor. Having already previewed aLL STaR Performance’s Chevrolet Camaro, we’re now introduced to Raging Bull Marketing’s widebody monster, rendered by none other than Jon Sibal (who’s done a few renderings for us here at AutoGuide).

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ALL STaR Performance Chevy Camaro Revealed Ahead of SEMA

aLL STaR Performance dropped us a quick note to reveal their fully rendered Chevy Camaro that is set to debut in just a few more weeks at the 2010 SEMA Show. We’ve been teased with a rendering of the Camaro under wraps, but now we’ve got the full, clear picture of their project. It looks like Gene Marcel will be taking a more clean and conservative route with the vehicle, accenting the Camaro’s natural lines rather than transforming them.

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Matte-Black, Widebody CULT Energy Drink Dodge Challenger SRT8 Headed to SEMA

Here’s some more American-tuned muscle that will be making its way to the SEMA show floor next month. Built by CULT Energy Drink, this Dodge Challenger SRT8 sports a menacing flat black profile, one-off custom fabricated widebody kit and a supercharged 6.1-liter V8 HEMI.

Clearly the goal of CULT was to get plenty of attention with their Challenger project, and getting these awesome photos done by Webb Bland is a good start. We’re loving the smooth widebody conversion, menacing red lights, massive brakes and the big blower popping out of the hood.

We don’t have many other details on the car, but we’ll be sure to check it out in person at SEMA 2010. One thing’s for sure, we’re pretty impressed by the work on the vehicle from bumper to bumper, and how not a single piece of the car seems gaudy or tacky. It’s all very tastefully done and clearly the fabrication work is high quality. Hell, even the minimal sticker placement by CULT is acceptable.

Check out our SEMA Preview here, which will be updated with live 2010 SEMA Show coverage starting November 2nd.

[Source: TeamSpeed]

Check out the amazing photos after the jump:

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Eight Ford Fiestas to Take Center Stage at SEMA; Including One 350-HP Version
While we still expect Ford to have a significant presence at the 2010 SEMA Show with the new 2011 Mustang, the Blue Oval has announced the Fiesta will take center stage at its significantly-sized booth.

In total, eight modified Fiestas will be on display and Ford has given us a sneak peak at just what to expect.

Most exciting is a Ford Racing Performance Parts version of the cat that will make 350-hp thanks to a 2.3-liter version of Ford’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine.

“The goal of our 350-horsepower Fiesta is really twofold – first to reinforce Fiesta’s fun-to-drive nature with an extreme version that captures the attention of the influential enthusiast, and second, to introduce the Ford Racing/EcoBoost connection in a way that’s unexpected and outrageous,” said Mickey Matus, Ford Racing Performance group marketing manager. “In both cases, we’re targeting the discriminating performance enthusiast with our message. After all, they are the people others rely on for automotive expertise and recommendations.”

Some of the added parts are already available through Ford Racing, like a short throw shifter, exhaust and 17-inch wheels. Perhaps Ford is using the SEMA Show to test the waters and see if more high-powered options would be of interest to Fiesta owners.

The Ford Racing Fiesta will be on display in a vibrant blue and will be auctioned off to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF).

Another in-house project will be the Ford Vehicle Personalization Fiesta with a body kit, special wheels and a unique grille as well as a new interior package that will be offered to customers shortly.

As for the other six, they are currently under construction by the Universal Technical Institute, 3dCarbon, L&G Enterprises, H&R Springs, Steeda Autosports (should be a cool one) and FSWerks.

Check out our complete SEMA Preview here, which will be updated with live coverage of the 2010 SEMA Show starting November 2nd.

Official release after the jump:

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Toyota Tacoma X-Runner RTR Revealed Ahead of SEMA Debut With Supercharged 5.7L V8

Built as a SEMA 2010 project, Toyota has been prepping their Tacoma X-Runner RTR and did some baseline test runs out at Pomona this past Tuesday. For those unaware of this project, Toyota was basically looking at producing a “ready to race” Toyota Tacoma X-Runner with the Tundra’s 5.7-liter V8 powerplant. But the fun doesn’t stop there – because a Tundra motor alone isn’t ready to race – TRD steps in with their supercharger and intake kit, pushing the V8 to 504-hp with 550 ft-lbs of torque.

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GReddy Building Turbocharged 2011 Scion TC For SEMA

GReddy has always been a huge supporter of Scion and its vehicles, producing a turbo kit for the original tC when it first hit the market. In fact, their tC was one of the cleanest ones ever built, so it’s no surprise that they’re already all over the new generation 2011 Scion tC, R&D’ing new parts including an exhaust system and turbo kit.

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Supercar Inspired Hyundai Sonata Turbo To Debut At SEMA

Hyundai is planning to introduce a “supercar-inspired” Sonata Turbo, taking cues from the Brabus Rocket super sedan. The concept is being produced in collaboration with 0-60 Magazine and Rides Magazine and will feature matte white paint, 20″ wheels and carbon fiber exterior bits.

Hyundai hasn’t announced any performance improvements beyond bolt-on intake, exhaust and turbo enhancements, but the “Ferrari F430 inspired” interior should make it obvious that function follows form with this concept.

Hit the jump to see the official press release

[Source: Hyundai]

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Tjin Edition 2011 Ford Mustang GT Confirmed for SEMA

We’ve been hearing through the rumor mill that Tjin Edition would be pulling off a trifecta of vehicles this year and so far we have seen the Fortune Motorsports / Tjin Edition Honda CR-Z and the Universal Technical Institute / Tjin Edition Ford Fiesta. Rounding off their SEMA projects is a brand new 2011 Ford Mustang 5.0 GT with an impressive list of modifications to really showcase what the potential of the new Mustang. Teaming up with Real Auto Works in Long Beach, California, the Tjin Edition team has their work cut out for them the upcoming months.

Once again Tjin has only released a teaser of what the finished project will look like, but Neil Tjin was nice enough to disclose some info on it. Under the hood, the Mustang will get a Vortech supercharger. But the power adders don’t stop there with a MagnaFlow exhaust and a set of American Racing headers. And for when the going gets tough, Nitrous Express will only be a tap away.

DuPont’s Cromax paint line will cover the exterior of the car, which will sport a completely custom kit designed by Gurnade and Tjin Edition and produced by Extreme Dimensions.

Air Lift will develop a full digital air suspension kit, allowing Tjin to give the Mustang GT a proper stance no matter where it is or what it’s doing. Under each fender will be a 20-inch Forgestar CF5 wheels, sporting a mean concave design and wrapped with Falken tires.

Last but not least, the interior will be completely revamped with Status Racing seats, Auto Meter gauges and a STACK cluster. And don’t worry, Tjin Edition has the in car electronics handled too thanks to Scosche, Metra, Pioneer and Image Dynamics.

This year’s SEMA seems to be shaping up to be an exciting one, so stay tuned as AutoGuide.com will have tons of coverage from this year’s show which takes place in early November.

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Cervini's to Unveil Eleanor-Influenced GT500 Mustang Body Kit at SEMA

So you’ve gotten yourself a 2010 Ford Mustang and the 2011 Ford Mustang has been announced and you’re a little… disappointed. Your first thoughts are to trade in your 2010, but then you realize it’s not a wise investment. Your second thought is to hit the Internet to scour the web to make your 2010 Mustang cooler than ever before. Well, it’s a good thing Cervini’s has your back and at this year’s SEMA show they’ll be showing off their Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 (aka Eleanor from Gone in 60 Seconds) styled body kit for the 2010 Ford Mustang.

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SEMA Introduces 'Hottest Vehicles' Awards to Encourage Manufacturer Involvement

There’s no questioning that SEMA is the number one aftermarket automotive show of the year, but there’s also no denying that it has lost a lot of its luster the last couple of years. We can probably blame the economy’s downturn for most of it, but at least now we know that SEMA is trying to work harder to get the automotive manufacturers involved with the aftermarket.

This year SEMA is introducing the Hottest Vehicles awards for the most popular vehicle in the pickup truck, 4×4 and car categories. But judging and selecting the winner isn’t exactly based on what you think it would be. Instead of just finding the coolest car of the show, SEMA officials will count the number of registrations per vehicle and the vehicle with the most registrations will be awarded the Hottest Vehicle of their respective category.

Get it yet? It’s more like a popularity contest in order to get the vehicle manufacturers more involved with the aftermarket companies. It’ll be interesting to see if this has any impact to the show as a whole. How much would you value a SEMA hottest vehicle award when choosing which car to buy?

See the official release (including which vehicles have been nominated for the first ever Hottest Vehicles Awards) after the jump:

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Meguiars Teams Up With RJ De Vera for Wraptivo Honda CR-Z Type-F SEMA Project

RJ De Vera and Honda s have become synonymous with streetable performance for over the past decade. De Vera is one of Honda’s most avid enthusiasts, building some of the cleanest, daily-driven projects we’ve seen over the years. So it’s no surprise that Honda has partnered up with RJ yet again for their newest and greatest creation, the Honda CR-Z.

We’ve been preaching since the Tokyo Auto Salon that the hybrid tuning craze is inevitably going to take off in America. While it may never reach the heights of what Japan has done in the last couple of years, the release of Honda’s CR-Z could help shape the new trend.

For SEMA this year, Honda has given away several Honda CR-Zs to car builders around the nation to show off what can be done to the fun, hot hatch. We’ve already teased the Fortune Motorsports and Tjin Edition’s build, and now we’re getting a sneak preview of what RJ De Vera has planned for his CR-Z build.

We spoke to RJ briefly and he stressed to us the focus of the CR-Z is to be a clean and fully functional street car that is fun, hence the name CR-Z Type-F. Naturally the CR-Z wouldn’t quite pull its own weight (for now) as a Type-R model, and naming it as such would just be foolish and downright silly. De Vera told us that he wants it to be fully functional so it can compete in the Source Interlink Super Lap Battle shortly after the show.

The CR-Z will be showcasing Wraptivo’s brand of products, a new division of Meguiar’s that focuses on custom car wraps. On the outside will be a matte black wrap with glossy black accents to contrast. Carbon fiber film wrap will be used on the roof, hood and part of the center section of the front bumper to show off just what Wraptivo can do for you.

Naturally a clean aero kit will be utilized along with a set of lightweight Volk Racing TE-37s in an awesome F-Zero Red color. Suspension looks like it’ll come from TEIN while Brembo will be handling the aftermarket brakes. De Vera disclosed to us that he is working closely with HKS on getting a supercharger for the hybrid, while Hondata has been working hard on cracking the ECU to eke out every bit of power.

As always, AutoGuide will be on hand at the 2010 SEMA Show in early November to bring you complete coverage.

Get more Honda CR-Z News and Info at CR-ZCraze.com

Official press release available after the break.

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Vaughn Gittin Jr.'s '69 Ford Mustang RTR-X Update

Back towards the end of May, we were teased with renders of a 1969 Ford Mustang that Vaughn Gittin Jr. would be building for SEMA 2010. Now the RTR-X is taking clear form and Speedhunters.com has revealed even more photos of the build. We have to say we’re quite impressed and can’t wait to see the finished project. This is undoubtedly one of the coolest cars we’ll set our eyes on… ever.

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Tjin Edition and UTI to Build, Then Give Away Ford Fiesta SEMA Car

The Universal Technical Institute (UTI) has teamed up with Tjin Edition to design a one-of-a-kind 2011 Ford Fiesta that will debut at SEMA 2010. Best of all, the Ford Fiesta will be built as a giveaway in a sweepstakes that opens up on November 2nd, 2010, the first day of SEMA.

Not many details have been revealed about the project, but given Tjin Edition’s past history we’re anticipating that it’ll be a killer car. Prior to be given away, it’ll tour numerous UTI campuses and other automotive events, showing off what can be done with a little creativity and experience.

Several partners are already on board with the project giving us a good idea of what the car will look like. Peeking underneath the car cover in the render is clearly a site of wheels from FIVE:AD with Air Lift Suspension ensuring the car has the profile it needs no matter the situation. Baer brakes will be peeking between the spokes while Yokohama tires will be wrapping the wheels. Exterior goodies will be coming from DuPont paint, 3dCarbon and StreetGlow while interior will receive goods from Trent’s Trick Upholstery, Autometer, Status Racing, Image Dynamics and Scosche. Performance looks to be contributed by MagnaFlow, SPEC and Nitrous Express.

Official press release available after the break.

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SEMA 2010 Preview: ALL STaR Performance Chevrolet Camaro

Design-house Gurnade has just teased us with another of its 2010 SEMA projects. This time it’s a Chevrolet Camaro built by Gene Marcel on behalf of aLL STaR Performance. This won’t be Gene’s first stab at building a SEMA project, having done successful ones in the past including a Volvo S40 that we saw ourselves in the Status Racing booth back in 2006 and a Honda Fit recently in 2009.

His 2011 Chevrolet Camaro will truly have an all star cast of products starting with a supercharger from Lysholm under the hood. The exterior will receive plenty of toys from Extreme Dimensions, Air Lift Suspension, Forgestar Wheels and Falken Tires. On the inside it looks like Gene will be gearing up with Status Racing again, STACK, Autometer and custom interior from Trent’s Trick Upholstery. On the outside the Camaro will be painted with a custom blend from Dupont.

We’re sure more exciting SEMA 2010 leaks will be coming soon and we’ll be sure to be one of the first to report them.

Press release available after the break.

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Fortune Motorsports and Tjin Edition Honda CR-Z Teased Ahead of SEMA

Hybrid tuning is about to take on a whole new face now that Honda‘s CR-Z has hit the market. Tjin Edition has been building plenty of SEMA showpieces including their most recent Chevrolet Camaro, and this year they have teamed up with Fortune Motorsports out of Miami, Florida and American Honda Motor Corporation for this year’s SEMA show.

Proving that Honda is adamant in pushing CR-Z sales to the masses, including tuners and builders, Fortune Motorsports and Tjin Edition have already teased their upcoming project well in advance of November’s SEMA Show. From what we can gather, the CR-Z will be sporting ADV1 wheels with Falken Tires, Status Racing seats and Air Lift suspension. With how successful the Prius and Insight are doing in Japan, we can only imagine the potential of the CR-Z. Will this generation of tuning catch on in America? We sure hope so, it’s always refreshing to see something new and exciting.

Official press release available after the break.

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Fox Marketing to Transform CT200h, LS600h Into Turbocharged Show Cars

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.

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CGS Performance Products Building Wild Chevy Camaro for SEMA

It’s that time of the year again, when car’s are handed out like candy bars to select companies and builders for the 2010 SEMA Show. Last year Chevrolet made a huge splash with a massive display of Camaros, having a diverse variety of builders designing and creating their own unique creations. And this year it looks like Chevy isn’t stopping, with some Camaro build previews already being released for SEMA.

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SEMA's Racers Against Street Racing Campaign Is Awesome

We at Autoguide strongly condemn street racing in principle, but even beyond that, driving on the track is like swallowing the blue pill from The Matrix. Once you’ve gotten a taste of what pushing your vehicle to the limit in a controlled environment is like, swerving through lanes and doing highway runs against your buddy just seems…well, lame.

SEMA has sponsored a new program called “Racers Against Street Racing”, a campaign designed to get people off the streets and onto the track. Best of all, the website has a nifty “Find A Track” app, that uses Google maps to show you all the tracks in your area. Based on the graphic above, it looks like there’s a track within a couple hours drive of any location in the United States. Now you have no excuse to be driving stupidly on public roads.

Hit the jump to see the official press release

[Source: SEMA]

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. Building '69 Ford Mustang RTR-X for SEMA

It’s no surprise that Gittin Jr. has really helped push the Ford Mustang brand with younger enthusiasts. From drifting to his Mustang RTR, to the awesome and RTR-C (that debuted at SEMA 2009), he has captured the attention of many using modern designs and modern Mustangs.

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Report: 2010 Saleen S281 Official Details Announced

Revealed ahead of the 2009 SEMA Show and then officially debuting at the aftermarket expo, it seems as though with all the hundreds of modified Camaros to cover, Saleen’s latest project flew under the radar. To remedy that, we thought we’d look back and give an update now that the new Saleen (Saleen Performance Vehicles) has released complete details on its 2010 S281 model.

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SEMA 2009: The Trucks of the SEMA Show

A big part of the SEMA Show each year (both in terms of quantity and, well, size) is the truck and off-road industry. Some trucks get lowered suspensions and some lifted, some run on supercharged 4-cylinders, while others rely on massive turbocharged diesel units. Yet despite all that divides some truck lovers from others, they all seem to equally love to modify their rigs – often to the extreme.

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SEMA 2009: H&R Springs Golf TDI Makes Diesel Look Cool

With all the Camaros at the 2009 SEMA Show, the number of Japanese cars were few and the number of European cars almost non-existent. H&R Springs was one of the few booths with a strong Euro presence with this 2010 Golf TDI being one of our favorites. With a Volkswagen Accessories complete aero kit, it just looks too cool to be a diesel. And yet thats exactly what it is.

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SEMA 2009: Turbo Mazda3 and Tuned MazdaSpeed3 Defy SEMA Norm By Going Clean and Less Extreme

Mazda doesn’t officially have a presence at the 2009 SEMA Show, but the Japanese automaker did decide to bring two custom cars to Las Vegas. Using in-house parts (many from the Mazda RX-8) and calling upon the automaker’s World Challenge motorsports partner, Tri-Point, Mazda has come up with two fresh and clean examples of the popular Mazda3 and its high-performance MazdaSpeed sibling.

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SEMA 2009: Trio of Tuned Kia Souls Debut in Vegas

Kia’s big news at the 2009 SEMA Show was the announcement of the brands foray into motorsports, but the track-ready Forte Koup wasn’t the only car on display at the Kia Motors booth. In fact, three more traditional SEMA vehicles were on display. Competing in the youth-oriented box-car segment, the Soul is a hit with younger buyers and so it’s no surprise to see three tricked-out models at SEMA.

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SEMA 2009: GOTO Racing Shows Its Time Attack Nissan GT-R

Modified Nissan GT-Rs are surprisingly few at the 2009 SEMA Show, but the ones that are in attendance are impressive machines. With the GT-R’s impressive Nürburgring lap time it was only time before tuners and race shops got started on tuning the GT-R to fulfill its motorsports calling.

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SEMA 2009: Robby Gordon to Compete in 2010 Dakar Rally in New Full Carbon H3

As a brand, Hummer’s time in the spotlight is pretty much over, although if there is something that can save the brand it might be a core group of enthusiasts and a strong motorsports background. While Hummers are best known for being excessive street machines, unlike a lot of SUVs, they are actually incredibly capable off-roaders.

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SEMA 2009: Modified Honda Insight Makes Sure Prius Isn't the Only Tuned Hybrid at SEMA

Situated right across the isle from Honda’s official SEMA Show booth we found a modified Honda Insight at the ENEOS Oil booth. Owned by Insightcentral.net member Xtremeview, the car features a custom aero kit and a lowered suspension.

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SEMA 2009: SMS Supercars Announces Superparts Division to Sell Parts Individually

Over the past year or so Steve Saleen’s new project, SMS Supercars has released high performance versions of the Camaro, Mustang and Challenger. This week at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) Show, SMS announces the introduction of SMS Superparts, a division of the company that will sell the parts individually through a distribution network.

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