Hello, long time no see! Life brought my wife and I a beautiful baby girl that has consumed most of my free time, and my budget to work on the car and this blog. I do have an update coming soon of the project I have been working on this year. One event I was able to attend was SEMA, I missed it last year, here are some of the cool cars I saw.
A super clean 240z with a RB26 N1 motor out of a skyline, with a 5 speed rear wheel drive transmission. it had a full coilover suspension to keep the car on the road and a big brake kit to help it stop, an all around well built car.
Do you want to drift your STI? Drop a single turbo RB26 motor in it. There was no one car that dominated SEMA like in years past, but this motor was spotted in at least 6 different cars. Now that GTR’s are legal I wonder if American tuners will jump on this motor like the Supra’s 2JZ.
The welding on this evo’s piping is some of the best I have seen, zoom in on the exhaust manifold to see the separate pie cuts in the titanium tubing. This car was all business with a stripped and race ready interior and a sequential transmission.
Old Smokey is a tube framed F100 with a 5.9 common rail Cummins diesel engine with a compound turbo set up that pushes 106 psi. this is good for over 2000lbs of torque and smokey burnouts.
On the topic of turbos here is a triple turbo’d diesel I’ve never seen before. They idea is the same as the motor above, the smaller turbos feed boost into the larger one creating insane levels of boost and tons of horsepower. You must have a very strong motor to handle the pressure or it will go boom.
Chip Foose brought a 71 mach 1 to SEMA this year, and he worked his magic like usual. Chip’s work is only noticed when you put a factory car next to it, but I can tell he reshaped the rear lift back trunk, and removed the window slats. The wheels are now 18’s and house much larger brakes. The 351 cubic inch motor is now fuel injected and pushed over 400 hp.
There where a few VW GTI’s at the show, this one had the fairly new Injen Evolution intake. This cost about $300 and is said to be easy to install and provide a good sound, and few more ponies. I still don’t know what system I want to put in my Mark 6 GTI, maybe some one will sponsor me…hint hint.
Holley had this lm7 engine showing their new sheet metal manifold. The 5.3 liter motor was setup to produce over 500hp with stock internals using their sniper EFI, and Hooker’s new turbo headers that made turboing any LS motor so easy for only $400. I need to find something to put this in
APR brought out a fully built crate motor for the GTI. The motor uses a twin scroll exhaust manifold to push air into a EFR7163 turbo and produce 536hp and 476ft-lbs. You can buy this straight from APR for about $8,000 including the intercooler and intake.
Chris Fosberg brought his personal Datsun 510 with an SR20 motor and super wide over fenders to the show to get me jealous. His gold colored cars are starting to become a dream garage for me.
When one LS motor isn’t good enough you build two of them, or in this case a v16 consisting of 2 of them. This is a billet block with LS articture and a sheet metal intake with a total of 9.0 liters. There was no listing of horse power but it’s not a rare motor as there where 2 of them at the show.
This RX7 had a monster turbo stuffed in it’s snoot connected to an LS v8 motor. There was no intercooler so I assume it runs on methanol, and is setup for drifting or drag racing, but probably just for looking badass on a carpet, which it does very well.
Billed as the ultimate 993 chassis 911 Porsche this is the Gunther 400r. It has a 4.0 liter motor that turns out 400hp with no turbo, and a custom wide body to cover the huge wheels and race inspired suspension. Every part of this car was touched to make it better, with loads of carbon fiber and custom leathers for the highest quality build I’ve seen in person.
Cusco had a Toyota C-HR slammed in their booth. This car only has 144hp and is FWD but a fully loaded one is only $26k. I think looks great once you get it lower to the floor, but I would need some more power, maybe throw the turbo 2 liter they use at Lexus in it.
And the prize for largest turbo at SEMA goes to…. This LSX 454 powered Nissan GTR, the turbo is a Garrett GTX 4718r it makes about 1200hp for drifting
Rywire had an ITB’d equipped 2.5L F series Honda s2000 at the show. The bay was also one of the cleanest I had ever seen, (showing off the companies wire harnesses) there were no accessories just motor, and what ever it needed to make the car run and stop. I would love to hear this motor at full song.
This BMW wide body replica had a turbo charged S52 motor from an E36 M3, the welding on the exhaust piping was beautiful, as was the rest of the car.
I love rat rod trucks, This turbo charged big block equipped old Chevy would be bad ass to roll up to a track day with or just cruise.
I hope I don’t take this long for my next update on the car, but I can’t make any guarantees. Thank you for reading.