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Highlights from SEMA 2014

Posted by: Mark Bilek

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is an annual celebration of everything automotive. Unlike the Chicago Auto Show, though, SEMA isn’t open to the public. It’s intended for automotive media, manufacturers, automotive exhibitors and buyers. Products highlighted at SEMA are mostly intended for the automotive aftermarket and motorsports industry.

In all, it’s a $30 billion-a-year industry business that includes performance and racing components, cosmetic and functional accessories, wheels and tires, mobile electronics, safety products, restoration parts, handling equipment, drivetrain parts and more. The industry covers Hot rods, muscle cars, classics, luxury vehicles, sport compacts, street rods, light trucks (off-road and sport trucks) SUVs, Custom and recreational vehicles.

For the automotive aficionado, SEMA is a little slice of motorized heaven. For the average Joe, it can be a bit overwhelming. Here’s a few of the coolest four-wheel sites we caught this year.


A great example of what makes SEMA so appealing, King Slime -- a producer of a tire sealant product -- created a customized off-road vehicle, monster truck and hauler to attract attention among the thousands of exhibitors.


Acura TSX race car created for the Pirelli World Challenger series and driven by Peter Cunningham.


BMW Z4 GTE prepared by Rahal Lanigan Letterman Racing that will be driven in the new United SportsCar Championship.


A.R.E. Accessories 2015 Ford F-150 Extreme Sports Project Truck.


2015 Ford Mustang King Cobra.


General Motors Futureliner, One of 12 built by GM, a self-contained display and transport vehicle created by the GM design staff under Harley Earl's direction.


Kenny Vinces Project Fit


2014 Genesis Coupe from Bood Type Racing Inc., a Chicago-based builder specializing in extracting extreme, street-friendly performance.


Emma Gilmour's 600-horsepower Hyundai/RMR Veloster Turbo for the Global Rallycross.


The Ballast Point Sedona is a complete about-face for Kia's minivan, turning the family hauler into a beer truck for infield parties.


Those with a sweet tooth will be drawn to the Smitten Ice Cream Soul EV.


Mazda Global MX-5 Cup racecar (hint, that's the next-generation MX-5 Miata)


2015 MINI Cooper and Clubman, DJ and model not included.


Scion  FR-S race car.


Toyota FT1, the next Supra?


Toyota Camry drag car.




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