Muscle Car UK at SEMA 2019

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Written by Harrison

3rd December 2019

Muscle Car UK at SEMA 2019
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Muscle Car UK at SEMA 2019

SEMA 2019 is the biggest motor show in the world. Not open to the general public but only to people active in the motor industry, SEMA has something for everybody, whether you’re a sprayer, mechanic, car salesman or vehicle wrapper. People fly from all over the world every year to witness this giant three-day spectacle in Las Vegas, USA.

For petrol heads like us, it was… well, picture Charlie Bucket walking through Willy Wonka’s factory and you’ve got a pretty good idea. We were most unsettled: usually it’s our factory that makes people’s jaw drop.

What To See:

The variety of cars at SEMA 2019 is incredible; some of the modifications that vehicle owners install blew us away! Now, we know we were in the USA, where cars aren’t cars unless they take up the whole road, but there were pickup trucks with raised suspension and massively increased wheel size that looked like monsters. Now, supposedly the 2006 Pixar movie Cars occurs in a post-apocalyptic world where humans are extinct but cars have gained sentience as a side-effect of long-term exposure to radiation. We’re not saying SEMA is the Indus Valley equivalent to that universe, but… let’s just keep a tight hand on those nuclear reactors, okay?

The Stands

In a similar vein, some of the cars at SEMA 2019 looked like they were straight out of a Hot Wheels packet. The inner child screams with delight at this one. Later on, we found an actual Hot Wheels stand, where we could confirm that the owner’s time, love and money were well spent. Breathtaking level of detail.

Then came the Ford Motorsports stand, where their team explained some exciting prospects for the future of the company. After the announcements we were treated to a show of Mustangs losing rubber as they spun, drifting and doughnut-ing their way around a giant ball of tires. A sight to behold, and a level of noise to match.  

With our inner child now satisfied we moved on to the Shelby stand. This was by far one of the most popular stands in the whole of the convention, and unfortunately we could barely get close to any of the cars.

However, excitement levels went up again at the sight of these backdraught Cobras. As readers may know, we custom-produce Cobras and Speedsters ourselves in Henfield, England, so this was like a little piece of home in a wildly exotic setting. The price tag is stunning, but so are the cars! These beasts come with the 5.0L V8 Roush engine, pushing out a whopping 550HP.

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To give you an idea of the scale of this convention and just how many people attend, here is just one room out of the dozens more in the convention centre (not to forget the outside!). A veritable sea of individuals.

We battled our way through the crowds to see the Richard Patty stand. A bit of background first: Richard Patty was a NASCAR driver with the most NASCAR Cup Series wins – a combined total of 200. This was where he was presented the “Wrap like a king” trophy for best vinyl wrapper of the show. Also on show was his team’s mean race car.

 

Curiosities

We decided to head back out and look at some of the more unique and interesting vehicles that were on show. We came across a seriously powerful speedboat, about the size of a small island. The imagination that some people must have to think of some these concepts is astonishing.

   

However, the main show we had come for was the unveiling of the electric Mustang for release in 2020. The meshing of classic and ultra-modern is sometimes a thing of true beauty: the Mustang Lithium is an all-electric with over 900 horsepower and over 1000 lb-ft of torque. This silent beast is complemented with Brembo brakes all round, 20-inch alloy wheels, and the chassis lowered by another inch. Using the touchscreen system inside the car you can use it to select the four different drive modes: Valet, Sport, Track and Beast!

 

It is our professional report that the palms of even the most stringent of purists present were itching to try it.

Unfortunately, this car is likely to stay as a one-off as it was made to showcase the company’s collaboration with Webasto, who produced a one-off hood to show off their battery and thermal management tech. Shame!

Would you like to see any of these in our UK Showroom if they ever became available? Do you think that a Pony should have a roaring V8 strapped in? Let us know at + 44 (0) 1273 493 860 or [email protected].

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