► SEMA show 2022 preview
► Modded monsters from manufacturers
► Las Vegas convention turns up the heat
The 2022 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show is kicking off, with the usual wild modded cars from the aftermarket community as well as car makers themselves.
SEMA is practically a US car show institution with thousands of attendees and exhibitors filling the Las Vegas Convention Centre every year with the latest performance parts, paraphernalia and pride in workmanship. The 2022 show is running between Tuesday 1 November and Friday 4 November.
And, for a good while now, car makers have muscled in on the action to show off the latest tech demonstrations, as well as what design teams get up to on their days off. Here are some of the highlights of the 2022 show:
The Blue Oval is showcasing 10 different custom builds from designers and engineers. Some of the highlights include a stanced Mustang Mach-E by Dom Tucci Design with widened, 3D-printed wheelarches, bespoke wheels and a more aerodynamic bodykit.
Elsewhere, engineers have taken to the new Ford F-150 Lightning, with a collaboration between Tjin Edition and car storage designers, Thule, to create the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of electric trucks, with Recaro racing seats, storage boxes, solar charging, a fridge and portable air compressor for the ultimate weekend getaway.
A couple of other designs are focused on providing support, with another F-150 Lightning being imagined as a race support vehicle, as well as the Bronco Service Unit Vehicle. The Bronco is inspired by classic, rugged medical vehicles for emergencies in the wilderness.
Nissan’s always been a big attendee at SEMA. As well as demonstrating performance parts for its new Z car, the brand is showing off a 1300bhp drift car designed for Formula Drift champion Chris Forsberg.
Some of the wackier builds include the Nissan Ariya ‘Surfwagon’ concept car, which is designed as a surfers’ dream car with cream paint and faux wood panelling. Elsewhere, Tommy Pike Customs has taken a Nissan Sunny Truck and turned it into an EV using Leaf batteries.