Nerd’s Eye View: SEMA Edition 2012, Part I
By Khiem Dinh
Mediocre Photos by fresh Khiem Dinh
Crappy Photos by SEMA induced sleep deprived, overly caffeinated Khiem Dinh
Khiem Dinh is an engineer for Honeywell Turbo Technologies at the time of this writing. All statements and opinions expressed by Khiem Dinh are solely those of Khiem Dinh and not reflective of Honeywell Turbo Technologies.
SEMA 2012 is now in the books and it was PACKED. I think it might be some new record for the number of booths and cars in attendance. A previously unused parking lot was full of show cars and trailers. Registration had to be moved to make space for more booths. There was so much cool stuff to see that I’ll have to do this in two parts. Part I will cover some parts and cool ‘tuner’ race cars. Part II will look at some of the professional race car builds.
|The LoveFab Pikes Peak NSX sat prominently in the Garrett by Honeywell booth. Air is pretty thin at 14,000ft of elevation, so a lot of downforce is required.|
|Vents and louvers for cooling and downforce. What’s this in the middle? A third spring/damper? These setups are often used on high-downforce applications and it connects the suspension on each side together using a system of bell cranks.|
|The interior has just what’s needed. It looks like a STACK dash relays the vital information to the driver.|
|Cody of LoveFab devised a third spring/damper setup for the rear suspension too. As you can see, there’s a whole lot of custom fabrication on this build; coolant reservoir, Accusump system, and the big pimpin’ intake manifold.|