Friday, October 31, 2008

ICON New School FJ43

Here is ICON's third SEMA FJ. Supposedly this thing had around 500,000 miles on it before being rebuilt. Go to the cardomain page to check out the details.


This is ICON's second SEMA entry for this year. I am guessing it has the same mechanicals as the FJ43 but am not sure, I couldn't find many details on it.

ICON Baja FJ43

As well as building the LX570 in my last post, ICON is also building three Landcruisers for the SEMA show. Here are the details:

all new chassis, a hand crafted alloy body, a 450HP LS series V8, 4L65E automatic, Atlas II transfer case, and Dynatrac axles with four wheel power assisted vented and slotted disc brakes.
Hopefully I can get more details soon.


Here is Icon's LX F for SEMA 2008.

Most of my automotive design work has centered around trucks. So I guess I am known as mostly a "truck guy". Most of the time I am driving the latest ICON to come off the line, as I guess I am the "test drive guy" also, responsible with making sure each rattle and hum is settled in and fine tuned. For a while I drove an Ariel Atom to balance my automotive diet. That often ended up in conflict, as it is strictly a two seater and my two young sons would almost always end up fighting about who got to go. The Ariel and ICON set my performance benchmarks pretty high, but when I started to hear tidbits about the IS F from friends in the press and at Toyota, is seemed like a great solution.

I grabbed one as soon as they came out. What a blast! Super fun ride, and nothing can catch it. But... like I said, we are truck people at ICON, so after we did some early work on the new Land Cruiser and Lexus LX570, we began to lust for F performance values in the LX truck platform. Our LX_F "what if"? Lucky for us, the fine people at Lexus found the potential combination interesting enough to give us the go ahead on this project.

So now we are hard at work making it all happen in time to be shown at SEMA in Vegas. We started with this fine stock 2008 pre-production LX 570, which I think had been part of the press fleet at launch.

I have long been a fan of matte, stealth and monochromatic finishes. Easier to care for and longer lasting (when done right...). The anti-bling! I am sick of the usual "bling bling" and prefer a little restraint and style in a fine bespoke ride. ICON is all matte powder coated, so we plan to add a bit of the stealth IS F style complimented by some ICON surface coatings. On the performance side, we are full of ideas. Since this is a newly launched model in a segment not often modified... we will have to fabricate and prototype many of the components and systems we hope to include in our design. Join us as we go through the process, we may need your opinions.

Here is the short list of planned modifications...

- Matte two tone gray exterior.

- Black chrome trim and emblems.

- Side trim removed, roof rack deleted.

- TRD six piston front big brake kit (we hope to add custom StopTech rears brakes to match if there is time!).

- Large diameter (22-24") satin- matte or Teflon powder coated rims and Pirelli's showing off the brakes.

- F_Sport style custom intake. (Everyone loves the sound of the IS F and credit the exhaust, but most of the glorious sound is made by the dual stage intake!).

- F_Sport-TRD style stainless steel exhaust.

- Custom TRD based supercharger :).

- Rover Sport dominating ride height....

- All wood panels in the interior deleted and replaced with Carbon Fiber surface effect coatings.

- Window tint with mild chromatic effect.

You see where we are going with this? Enjoy the ride! - Jonathan Ward

Mitsubushi EVO X by Vivid Racing

This is Vivid Racing's SEMA 08 entry, a custom Mitsubishi EVO X.

This was one of the first EVO X purchased in Arizona back in late February. We have built this car complete here at with only the best in performance products from JIC, IForged, APR, Agency Power, and more. This is the FIRST FULLY BUILT EVO X in the country.

It features JIC Magic FL-TAR coilover suspension with Agency Power rear adjustable control arms for a stiff and balanced suspension. The car has a complete Test & Service body kit by Valdi Sport of Japan and includes a carbon fiber APR GTC rear wing. Under the hood is a Agency Power twin scroll GT35R turbo kit that puts out 650 horsepower. The engine features an Agency Power carbon fiber engine cover, Agency Power cold air intake kit, upgraded injectors, fuel pump, and more. To hold the power to the ground, our EVO X has a Agency Power short shifter with a Clutch Masters performance stage 3 clutch kit. To give it the great stance, we have IForged 3pc wheels with a staggard fitment to show off the aggressive gloss black lips on the charcoal centers. The tires are wrapped in Toyo R888 tires for an incredible grip.

HKS Tuned Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Hyundai is finally getting serious in the sports coupe segment with the new Hyundai Genesis Coupe, with an optional 300hp v6 and rear wheel drive, it is practically begging to be tuned, and that is what Hyundai wants. HKS upgraded the turbo and engine internals, new suspension, and an amazing bodykit. Press release below.


FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 3, 2008 – Hyundai Motor America today announced that HKS USA, Inc. will create a high-performance Genesis Coupe for the 2008 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show. The all-new, rear-wheel drive Hyundai model will make its SEMA debut at the Las Vegas Convention Center Nov. 4 – Nov. 7, 2008. HKS, the leading manufacturer of premium performance parts, is the second company to join Hyundai for this year’s SEMA show.

“Genesis Coupe has the basic DNA that HKS looks for – an excellent chassis, rear-wheel drive, aggressive styling and a new generation turbo-charged engine. These attributes provide the opportunity for HKS to maximize the Genesis Coupe driving performance capabilities for the serious driving enthusiast,” said Rick Lafferty, president, HKS USA, Inc. “HKS is allocating R&D, engineering and prototyping resources to lay the groundwork for HKS-brand Genesis Coupe performance parts. We are looking forward to working with Hyundai to realize the full performance potential of the Genesis Coupe.”

The HKS plan for the Genesis Coupe includes a HKS GT Turbo upgrade to maximize horsepower and torque, HKS engine internals, HKS limited-edition turbo exhaust system, HKS Super Mega Flow Intake System, HKS Engine Management and HKS Hipermax III fully-adjustable suspension.

“We’ve designed Genesis Coupe from the start to be tuner-friendly,” said John Krafcik, vice president, Product Development and Strategic Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Partnering with an industry leader like HKS is a terrific way for us to stretch the performance envelope of Genesis Coupe.”

The HKS Genesis Coupe will also showcase functional ground effects designed by Ken Style, HKS Time-Attack cars’ aerodynamic partner. The interior will emphasize driver comfort and control with HKS electronics including CAMP2 that monitors up to 24 data signals from the Genesis OBD2 and programmable calculations for fuel costs, average fuel consumption and fuel efficiency in real time.


* Hyundai’s first rear-wheel drive sports car

* 306 horsepower (est.) from enhanced 3.8-liter V6 from Genesis sedan

* Standard 212 horsepower (est.) turbocharged, intercooled inline four cylinder

*Genesis Coupe arrives in the spring of 2009 as a 2010 model


HKS USA, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of premium automotive aftermarket performance systems, parts and accessories. Delivering its products to both the import and domestic car markets, HKS has been recognized for its engineering and performance excellence in the automotive industry since 1973. Established in 1982, HKS USA, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of HKS Company, Ltd. Japan and distributes its products through its worldwide dealer network. For more information about HKS USA., visit their website at


Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of South Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through 800 dealerships nationwide.


Welcome to the SEMA blog, this blog is dedicated to the SEMA aftermarket equipment show in Las Vegas. I'll give reports on the upcoming vehicles and parts that will be displayed at the 2008 show, and then the future shows as they come. Enjoy.