Toyo teases latest creations for SEMA 2019.
The 2019 SEMA show starts on November 5, and the previews have begun in earnest. The latest comes from Toyo tires, which will be hosting the Toyo Tires Treadpass exhibit with 30 cars making their debut. Rather than giving us just one dark picture with a vague shape in it or a lone image of a vehicle covered by a cloth, Toyo is having some fun in drumming up interest by releasing six samples in the form of concept art.
The Baja 911 started as a factory 1991 Porsche 911 Carrera cabriolet that's been remodeled and rebuilt by TJ Russell of Russell Built Fabrication in Sun Valley, CA. Russell used to be the lead fabricator for Singer Vehicle Design, and his idea is to design a state of the art dual-purpose off-road prepared 911. It's built around a bumper-to-bumper Chromoly race cage, with each piece of bodywork created using composite materials. That means the car is lighter than the factory original and makes the most of a 100-horsepower 3.8-liter air-cooled engine purpose-built by Jeff Gamroth of Rothsport Road and Track. Because it's for the Toyo exhibit, it sits on 30-inch tall Toyo Open Country tires.
The 2020 Toyota GR Supra Widebody is a collaboration between Daniel Song and Jonny Grunwald (aka TRMNL), designed and built in just 45 days. It uses a 17-piece Pandem A90 Version 1.5 body kit and GT wing painted in Turbulence Gray. For the chassis, the pair are using KW v3 coilover suspension matched to Cusco sway bars, chassis power braces, and strut bars. Giant Brembo GTS help the now Pure700 turbo-boosted Supra stop. The final engine power figures are 672 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque.
The Ruffian Mustang is built by Chris Ashton of Orange County in his garage. That doesn't mean its not going to be an epic car though. It's a 1970 Ford Mustang Fastback and inspired by vintage Trans Am racing series cars. The bodywork features hand-fabricated all-steel fenders, front and rear spoilers, vents and scoops. Everything has been smoothed and de-chromed, and the steel bumpers have been fitted tighter and more 'flush.' Topping off the build is some high powered heresy in the form of a Chevrolet LS3 engine making 625 hp.
One of the most popular cars at SEMA 2018 was the grey Button Built Ferrari "BB328". Mitch Button is back again this year with the BB355TT. Inspiration comes from classic motorsport, notably the Japanese Super GT series Ferrari F430 from 2009. The rear of the car, and the twin-turbos are inspired by the Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione.
Built from the ground up, sitting in the middle is a twin-turbo 3.5-liter 40-valve V8, and it rides on Universal Air Struts using an Accuair E-Level management system. The Toyo R888R tires are wrapped around 19x15 Rotiform OZR wheels.
SEMA is going to be top-heavy with trucks and SUVs, and this 1971 Ford Bronco should go down well if it's properly executed. DEFCONBRIX is an outdoor explorer and overland vehicle builder. This one is a six-month build on custom 3-link front and 4-link rear coilover suspension and driven by a Coyote engine swap pushing its power through a six-speed transmission and Atlas transfer case. It's painted with PPG Porsche Chalk to contrast with the custom red leather and suede interior.
SEMA wouldn't be SEMA without a Mitsubushi Evo, and this one is built by Rowie Landicho and Dennis Aquino. It's a true JDM Evo 5 and is fitted with a rare Varis ASSO version widebody kit. Inside are Recaro RS-G Ralliart Edition seats, plenty of hand fabricated detailing, and a custom Cusco 13-point roll cage with custom titanium door bars. The engine has been upgraded with a Comp Turbo CTR-X 550, and now produces 450 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque.
It sits on Fortune Auto 500 Series coilovers and Rays Volk CE28 Club Racer II Black Edition wheels that house competition-spec Toyo Proxes R888R tires.