SEMA 2016: Nerd’s Eye View – Tuner Cars and Parts


Check out the welds on this merge collector used in the header.
Koni coilovers are used in the suspension. The front control arm joints appear to use standard passenger car bushings as opposed to heim joints probably to keep a more street car friendly ride.
Check out the width of those rear tires! There’s a lot of triangulation in the roll bar and backend of the chassis for improved strength.
For all you guys and gals building Pro Touring track monsters, StopTech has developed a new brake setup in conjunction with Ron Sutton Race Technology.
It’s designed to work with the Pro Touring brake kits based on Corvette brakes. Maybe one day, I’ll build that ’69 Camaro I’ve dreamt about.
GM had this interesting concept vehicle in its booth. You’ll notice all the orange cables under the hood identifying them as high voltage.
I guess it can’t be called an engine bay anymore but maybe a power bay with the fuel cell stack generating kilowatts of power. The fuel cell, like an internal combustion engine, can have its power density increase with some forced induction. Here you can see the air box going to the compressor cramming air into the fuel cell. It looks like the air goes from the compressor into an air-to-water intercooler.

So those were some of the more interesting tuner cars and parts I saw at SEMA this year. Maybe I’m just noticing this now, but there seems to be a lot of old-school cars being upgraded with some serious modern horsepower. That modern horsepower is getting easier to make too. Stay tuned for some of the track cars from SEMA.

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