LAS VEGAS–The annual convention of the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) this week is second only to CES in size. And SEMA focuses more narrowly, on accessories and modifications for cars, SUVs, and trucks. Nowhere else will you see so many paint colors that aren’t in the Crayola-64 box, such clean and chromed engines, cars suspended so low to the pavement, and trucks lifted so far above the pavement.
Here’s our take on the most interesting trends and technologies from SEMA 2017 for the aftermarket, meaning parts and enhancements for cars acquired after the vehicle is produced. They include electronic mods for cars and suspensions, modern radios with satellite and smartphone integration that look like they were built long ago, and mods to make cars go farther on a gallon of fuel.
The front parking (and outbuilding) area of the Las Vegas Convention Center was transformed into a drifting and ramp-jumping lot for Ford Mustang cars and Raptor pickups (main image; video below). If it sounds loud on your speakers, it was louder still on-site.
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