1969 Camaro packs twin 427s

1969 Camaro packs twin 427s

Imagine popping the hood of any muscle car and seeing it equipped with two awesome engines! That’s exactly what one auto enthusiast found at SEMA this year, a 1969 Camaro with two 427s under the hood. According to his youtube page, the builders called it a Z-16.

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Ford F-250 from Hulst Customs is Working for the Weekend

Ford F-250 from Hulst Customs is Working for the Weekend

From Hulst Customs:

▪ Banks Power performance upgrades, including a Monster Exhaust and water-methanol injection systems
▪ 22-inch wheels from American Rebel MFG and tires from Falken Tire
▪ Two-tone leather interior from Katzkin Leather with custom-painted panels and chrome accents

The Ford F-250 from Hulst Customs is ready for that 7 a.m. commute on Monday, as well as when 5 p.m. hits on Friday. Called the Striker, the team from Hulst Customs created a truck that boasts quality and style with upgrades to the powertrain via Banks Power. It’s also been equipped with 22-inch wheels from American Rebel MFG. wrapped in tires from Falken Tire. The two-tone leather interior is matched with custom-painted black panels and chrome accents. The Striker is meant to be the full package, a truck that will take you wherever your weekend adventures lead.

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Ring Brothers show off 1965 Mustang Carbon Fiber Body at SEMA 2013

From the Ring Brothers:

– Complete carbon fiber 1965-1966 fastback body panels
– Superior quality carbon fiber with vacuum infused epoxy resins to create the best fiber-to-resin ratio and a lighter, stronger, faster car
– Fenders, doors and quarter panels are widened 2-inches per side
– Carbon fiber shell can be bonded to your original skin and unibody
– Sold as body panels for a do-it-yourself project or can be a complete build by Ring Brothers
– Custom widebody chassis is available

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Coyote-powered ’67 Shelby GT500CR debuts at 2013 SEMA show

From Classic Recreations:

Custom coachbuilder, Classic Recreations, debuted its Coyote powered 1967 Shelby G.T.500CR in the Dynacorn booth at the 2013 SEMA Show. The Classic Recreations G.T.500CR is the only officially licensed 1967 Shelby Mustang in production, and this Coyote engine model features modern performance suspension, model specific bodywork, custom paint and hand-stitched upholstery to create a Shelby with classic Mustang styling and modern driving performance-a formula for which Classic Recreations is known .

Powered by a Ford Racing Coyote 5.0 crate engine, this G.T500CR has 490 horsepower and 429 ft-lb of torque at 4,250 RPMs. Like the 545 model, Classic Recreations begins with an original Mustang body by Dynacorn, completely stripping it down and adding modernized suspension, power rack and pinion steering and a Tremec five speed manual transmission to insert modern driving experience. Other features include Carroll Shelby signature rally series 1000 seats, larger 17×9.5 rear wheels and front and rear coilover suspension for modern sports car handling.

“If you like the graceful drivability of a modern G.T.500, but prefer the classic Mustang styling, this is the car for you,” said Classic Recreations owner, Jason Engel. “Classic Recreations combines modern technology with classic styling to create a best-of-both worlds experience. Now, customers can get a CR car with the same engine offered by Ford for the current Mustang.”

Classic Recreations also offers a G.T.500CR 900s model, which has all the features of the 545 model plus boosted power to 780hp with an F1-R Intercooled ProCharger supercharged engine. Other upgrades include a 200mph speedometer and racing-style bucket seats. The 900s also boasts suspension and chassis upgrades as well as 17×11″ rear wheels and wider ultra high performance Goodyear tires.

All G.T.500CRs are available in five different color schemes and features authentic Shelby Performance parts and a real Shelby Le Mans racing gas cap. The Classic Recreations cars also come with an official Shelby serial number, badges and are included in the official Shelby Worldwide Registry.

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General Motors: E-ROD-Powered 1978 Chevy 4X4 Combines Classic Style with Modern Performance – And Emissions Compliance

E-ROD-Powered 1978 Chevy 4X4 Combines Classic Style with Modern Performance – And Emissions Compliance

From GM:

LAS VEGAS – Blending classic styling with modern performance, the 1978 Chevrolet Performance 4×4 pickup concept demonstrates the limitless possibilities for Chevrolet Performance’s Connect & Cruise crate powertrain systems.

Chevrolet introduced the truck today at the SEMA Show, the annual convention of automotive performance parts and styling accessories. It’s powered by an E-ROD 5.3L system – an emissions-compliant powertrain package that includes an automatic-overdrive transmission, control modules, wiring harnesses and other key components all under one part number.

“Chevrolet Performance continues to make it easier for enthusiasts to build the project vehicle of their dreams and this concept vehicle exemplifies only one of the countless ways enthusiasts can put the comprehensive Connect & Cruise systems to use,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “The innovative E-ROD crate engine also matches high-performance with environmental responsibility.”

The specially calibrated controllers of the Connect & Cruise powertrain systems are designed for retrofit installations in older vehicles, for easier and quicker installation and operation without the need for third-party tuning – and the E-ROD versions include additional equipment that makes them eligible for installation in approximately 20 million 1995-and-earlier cars and trucks in California that predate OBD II on-board emissions diagnostics.

The 327-cubic-inch E-ROD 5.3L engine is rated at 326 horsepower – approximately 80 horses more than the available 454-cubic-inch big-block engine in 1978 – and it’s matched with a 4L70-E automatic transmission. The overdrive transmission enhances the drivability and efficiency of the classic truck, with reduced engine rpm while cruising on the highway.

Chevrolet Performance also offers LS3 and supercharged LSA Connect & Cruise package that are available in E-ROD configurations. All E-ROD systems include complete emissions equipment, such as catalytic converters and a fuel tank evaporative emissions canister.

For builders outside of California, LS376-480, LS376-525 and LS7 Connect & Cruise systems are offered, in addition to the 5.3L, LS3 and LSA packages. Each package – including E-ROD systems – carries a 24-month/50,000-mile limited warranty.

Chevrolet Performance offers a guide for installing an LS-family engine in a vehicle not originally equipped with it. It is available under part number 88959384 and can be purchased through Chevrolet dealerships.

Restored and updated

The classic 1978 Chevy truck’s regular-cab/short-box body features a contemporary black-and-red two-tone paint scheme, along with reconditioning bright exterior trim. New 16×8-inch silver powder-coated wheels wrapped with LT305/70R16 all-terrain tires also contribute to a more contemporary stance.

The restored body is mounted on a refurbished frame that was media-blasted and powder-coated matte black. The front and rear suspensions were restored with rebuilt springs and axles, and all-new bushings. The power steering system was rebuilt, along with the original transfer case.

On the inside, the blend of vintage and new continues with re-trimmed seat weather red leatherette surrounding red-and-black houndstooth cloth inserts. The original instrument panel is updated, too, with modern gauges.

“We couldn’t improve on the vintage styling of this Chevy truck, but with its greater horsepower and comparable torque, the E-ROD 5.3L enhances its capability,” said Campbell. “That’s the essence of Chevrolet Performance’s Connect & Cruise powertrains – giving customers the best modern technology to complement their classic cruiser.”

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Bisimoto 2014 Honda Odyssey Project

Bisimoto 2014 Honda Odyssey Project

From Honda:

Bisimoto Engineering is known worldwide for awe-inspiring street, show and race vehicles. With no fear of the unknown, Bisimoto is always on the cutting edge of automotive technology. The Bisimoto 2014 Honda Odyssey “Power-Van” was no exception and was designed for those that desire the very best in performance and reliability. This “Power-Van” was built to the tune of 1029 Horsepower.

Powertrain Modifications:

– AEM Electronics
– Infinity ECU
– Arias Pistons
– ARP Headstuds and Bolts
– Bisimoto 360 degree Oil Cap
– Bisimoto Cat-Back Exhaust System
– Burns Stainless Mufflers
– Deatschwerks 2200cc Injectors
– Golden Eagle Sleeves
– Magnafuel 750cc Fuel Pump
– NGK Iridium Spark Plugs
– Odyssey PC 950 Battery
– PurOl “Elite Series” Synthetic Motor Oils
– Portflow Custom Headwork
– R&R Custom Steel Rods
– Racepak IQ3 Dash
– Rywire Mil-Spec Harness
– Turbonetics BTX7265 Twin Turbos
– Wastegate
– Blowoff Valve
– Vibrant Vanjen Clamps and Stainless Steel Hardware
– VP Racing Fuels
– WPC Treatment and Coatings

Chassis/Suspension Modifications:

– Fifteen52 Wheels
– Toyo Tires T1 Sport 255/30/20
– Young Guns Performance Exhaust Coatings

Exterior Modifications:

– Denmatic Design Scheme
– Honda Genuine Accessories
– RJ Powdercoatings
– Rueda Paint Shop

Interior Modifications:

– Bisimoto Reservoir Socks
– G&J Braided Plumbing
– Recaro
– SOS Upholstery

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Jet-Hot High Performance features 1932 Roadster

Jet-Hot High Performance features 1932 Roadster

This 1932 roadster was built by Fuller Hot Rods for Jet-Hot High Performance coatings and is being featured at SEMA 2013.

This AWD ride packs a 600 cubic-inch, 900-horsepower Boss 429 and sits on 28.5×14.50-16 Goodyear Eagle slicks.

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Silverado Cheyenne Concept: Mini Mass, Max Performance

Silverado Cheyenne Concept - Mini Mass, Max Performance

From General Motors:

LAS VEGAS – The Chevrolet Silverado Cheyenne concept vehicle to be unveiled at the SEMA Show on Monday, Nov. 4, embraces the adage that less is more. The performance-oriented version of the all-new 2014 Silverado regular cab combines a reduced curb weight with the performance of the new 420-horsepower 6.2L V-8 for a strong power-to-weight ratio and exhilarating performance.

A lowered ride height, a rear stabilizer bar and Brembo carbon ceramic brakes complement the Cheyenne concept’s high-performance character with enhanced handling and braking capability.

“The Cheyenne concept explores the performance possibilities of the all-new Silverado, which is already built on a mass-efficient layout and delivers a greater balance of performance and efficiency than any other full-size truck in Chevrolet’s history,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet marketing.

The unique lightweight features built into the concept vehicle include carbon fiber replacements for the bumpers, tailgate and inner cargo box, shaving approximately 200 pounds from the 4,503 pounds base curb weight of a 5.3L-equipped Silverado regular cab with a 6’6″ box.

Cheyenne designers matched the form of the lightweight components with their low-mass function. The carbon fiber front bumper includes racing-inspired ground effects styling complemented by carbon body-side ground effects while the carbon fiber tailgate incorporates a spoiler. The hood features a Camaro Z/28-inspired extractor vent.

The Camaro Z/28 Brembo carbon ceramic brakes save more weight because the carbon ceramic-matrix rotors are significantly lighter than conventional steel rotors. On the Camaro Z/28, for example, they save more than 20 pounds – and it saves un-sprung weight, too, which enhances driving performance with more immediate and direct handling. The truck rolls on charcoal-painted 19-inch Camaro Z/28 aluminum wheels and high-performance tires.

The Cheyenne diet removes the trailer hitch, spare tire, interior center console and some of the sound-deadening material. The truck also has a lightweight aluminum driveshaft and composite rear leaf springs.

“Lightweighting is a time-honored method of making the most of a vehicle’s performance which Chevrolet has demonstrated time and again with vehicles like the original 2001 Corvette Z06 and the 2014 Camaro Z/28,” said Perry. “And like those vehicles, the Cheyenne complements its lower weight with more horsepower.”

The all-new EcoTec3 6.2L V-8 that powers the concept truck is rated at 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque – the most power in the light-duty truck segment. It’s unavailable in regular-production Silverado regular cab models, giving the Cheyenne a 65-horsepower and 77 lb-ft boost over the production 5.3L V-8. A Borla performance exhaust system adds an authoritative note to the 6.2L’s output.

What remains is the Silverado’s production six-speed automatic transmission, which features hill descent control, as well as fuel-saving electric power steering and StabiliTrak electronic stability control with hill start assist.

Inside, the Cheyenne’s performance theme is conveyed with Recaro sport seats and a flat-bottom steering wheel, similar to the steering wheel offered in the Camaro ZL1. Available safety features, including lane departure warning, front and rear park assist and a rear-vision camera, enhance safety without detracting from the truck’s performance.

All Silverado models feature a fully boxed frame that serves as the foundation for their strength and capability. The main rails and major cross members are formed from high-strength steel, providing a rigid base for maximum hauling capability.

“Elements such as high-strength steel in the frame and body structure are found on all production models, while some also feature aluminum suspension components, contributing to the Silverado’s everyday performance. With the Cheyenne concept, we’ve taken the low-mass concept to a new level – with exciting results,” Perry said.

“It is only a concept right now, but we are continually exploring new ways to give Silverado customers more.”

FAST FACT: Cheyenne was introduced as a premium Chevy truck trim level in 1971. The name also appeared a futuristic 2003 concept vehicle.

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Chrysler Group LLC Releases Sketches of Mopar-modified Vehicles Headed for SEMA

Today Chrysler Group LLC released sketches of select Mopar-modified vehicles that are headed for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas. The show takes place Nov. 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“We developed these Mopar-modified vehicles to inspire ultimate customization,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “With catalogs full of proven, quality-tested performance parts and accessories, Mopar is a one-stop shop for factory-engineered personalization.”

The company will display 20 Mopar-modified Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram, Fiat and SRT vehicles at the show in a 15,300 square-foot exhibit. In addition to custom vehicles, the company will highlight Jeep Performance Parts developed by its newly created Mopar Off-Road Division.

Mopar Brand

Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. With the creation of the industrial alliance between Chrysler Group and Fiat S.p.A., Mopar is extending its global reach, integrating service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance dealer and customer support worldwide. Mopar’s global portfolio includes more than 500,000 parts and accessories that are distributed in more than 130 markets. Mopar is the source for genuine parts and accessories for Chrysler Group brands as well as Fiat brands.

Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler Group and Fiat vehicles – a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at www.mopar.com.

Mopar-first Features

Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:
-Vehicle-information apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with customers
-Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format. First to offer complete vehicle-information kits in Spanish
-Wi-Fi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot
-Wireless charging: first to introduce in-vehicle wireless charging for portable devices
-Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to market with interactive vehicle tracking device that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on pre-set parameters
-wiAdvisor: first to provide factory-connected tablet technology in the service lane for instant vehicle diagnosis
-wiTech: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network
-2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car

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