SEMA 2012 Cruise Photos

On the last day of the 2012 SEMA Show, we stuck around to watch the official SEMA cruise. Now in its second year, the cruise is a chance to see many of the cars from the show floor in motion as they exit the convention center. It was absolutely packed with people and difficult to get good photos of the cars because of the cross-traffic. I would have liked for the road to be closed for the cruise; I think this would have made it a lot better.

So without further ado, here are a few of my best photos from the 2012 SEMA Cruise:

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SEMA 2012: Google’s Driverless Toyota Prius

In March of 2004, the United States Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) held a competition in the Nevada desert called the Grand Challenge. The purpose was to determine if an autonomous, driverless car could negotiate a 150-mile off-road course on its own. The prize? A cool one million dollars.

Fifteen teams representing Carnegie-Mellon University and a variety of privately funded teams competed in the Challenge. Each team had equipped their car with a multitude of cameras, sensors, GPS units, and onboard computers in addition to off-road tires and heavy-duty suspensions.

Not one of the fifteen vehicles completed the challenge.

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SEMA 2012: Chevrolet 2014 LT1 V8 Engine

You may have heard that Chevrolet will be unveiling the new seventh-generation Corvette in 2014. What you may not have heard is that it will also be packing an all-new powerplant: the LT1.

We got a sneak preview of the new engine at SEMA 2012. Chevrolet had a completed engine on a stand as well as a display showing each of the engine’s internals. Before we go into what’s new, I’d like to take a moment to talk about the history of the LT1 name.

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SEMA 2012: Kombat T98 Luxury Armored SUV

Have you ever thought about quitting your day job and becoming a supervillain? If so, you’re going to need a vehicle every bit as crazy as you are. That vehicle is the Kombat T98.

If an armored Mercedes or BMW is too subtle for your tastes, the Kombat T98 will surely stand out. It is a luxury armored SUV which meets the needs of your average arms dealer, supervillain, or third-world dictator.

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SEMA 2012: Factory Five Racing GTM Supercar

I love the GTM Supercar from Massachusetts-based Factory Five Racing. I’ve written about it before when a beautiful blue one showed up at a local cruise-in here in Phoenix. At this year’s SEMA show, I spied this very sharp red and black GTM Supercar at the Factory Five Racing booth.As it turns out, the car belongs to Bob Bailin of Pennsylvania, a Factory Five customer. According to what I could find online, this car features a 505 horsepower LS7 engine from a Corvette Z06 and a Porsche transaxle. The car also features Corvette suspension parts.

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SEMA 2012: Hyundai Genesis Racing Concept Car

Welcome to another episode of Extreme Makeover: SEMA Edition. Today, we’re going to take a look at this Hyundai Genesis Coupe which has been modified by the experts at Cosworth.
For those of you not familiar with Cosworth, they are a famous supplier of racing engines for Formula One cars. This Northampton, England-based company also has a long history as an OEM and aftermarket supplier for Ford Europe. Now, Cosworth has created a concept car with the most unlikely of partners: Hyundai.

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Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Special Edition

It’s often been said that adults are just kids with more expensive toys. That’s never been more true than with the Hot Wheels Special Edition Chevrolet Camaro. Starting next year, this will be a big toy that you can park in your driveway.

TheĀ Hot Wheels Camaro debuted as a concept vehicle at SEMA 2011. Now, it will officially go on sale to the public as a special package from January through June of 2013. Shown here is the final production version of the car.

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