Thursday, March 16, 2017

Modified imported street cars at the 2016 SEMA show

Today we share modified street cars seen at the 2016 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show shown by three Asian import manufacturers – Toyota, Kia and Hyundai - and one that is beyond description.   

Toyota had the wild ‘Land Speed Cruiser’ based on a 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) which produces a purported 2000 horsepower and is capable of 220 miles per hour (MPH).

Toyota’s Motorsport Technical Center took the standard 5.7- liter DOHC (double overhead camshaft) V-8 engine and beefed it up with JE forged alloy pistons and Oliver connecting rods while Port Flow Design re-worked the cylinder heads for better performance.

The Toyota crew then added two Garrett GTX4718R forged billet ball-bearing turbochargers with the charge air cooled by custom MTCI intercoolers and the wastegate controlled by a TurboSmart unit adjustable to 55 pounds per square inch of boost.   To get the SUV to ride lower Toyota used Fox Shox and Eibach springs and installed custom TBM brakes. The Momo wheels are fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

The Land Speed Cruiser’s interior is complete with a fairly intrusive roll cage and Momo driving seats   
Hyundai offered the Gurnade Veloster Concept of the popular Veloster turbocharged sports coupe. The automotive rendering company that specializes in custom artwork and automotive design specified a new interior complete with Cobra Nogaro racing seats and a roll cage, cold air intake with NEO Motorsport coil over suspension and 6-piston caliper brakes.

The original Gurnade rendering
On the exterior the Gurnade Veloster features a front splitter, custom rear spoiler, a carbon fiber hood and hatch, and fender flares to stretch over the three-piece forged 19-inch Rotiform OZT wheels wrapped with Toyo tires and finished off with PPG Refinish Vibrance  Collection Crystal Pearl Magic Magenta 1180-7 paint with mica pgiments.

Kia had a very unique display as they unveiled four concept cars re-imagined as autonomous cars. This Kia Sorento SUV fitted with Dominator rubber tracks was envisioned as a ski gondola to transport skiers up the slopes without the need for a driver.  

Last but not least we feature this oddity- a 2006 Porsche Cayman fitted with a Ford 5-liter Aluminator  crate engine by Limitless Motorsports for owner Yu Fang of Miami Florida who apparently blew up the factory 300 horsepower 2-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine during a track day. Instead of paying more than $15,000 for a factory replacement engine, Mr. Fang chose a different route.    

Kennedy Engineered Products Inc. of Palmdale California fabricated a transmission adapter to connect the Coyote to the factory Gertag 6-speed transmission while Limitless fabricated all the required bracketry and exhaust yet somehow coordinated the Porsche and Ford ECU (electronic control units).  Now Mr. Fang’s Cayman GT track car produces a claimed 424 rear wheel horsepower and 364 foot-pounds of torque in a 3000 pound car wrapped in a scheme reminiscent of the famous Gulf Oil racing cars.    

Photos by the author unless otherwise noted.       

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