The Best GM Cars From SEMA 2021Nov 12nd, 2021
After a year hiatus, the 2021 SEMA show is back! The - almost - yearly show in Las Vegas showcases the best in the aftermarket automotive industry. Everything from wheels, body kits, crate engines, engine components and so on are showcased from manufacturers. It has become so popular that automotive manufacturers themselves also take part and showcase what their own in-house design teams can create. Here's a look at the best GM vehicles from the show.
Widebody C8 Corvette.CFR
The custom widebody Corvette C8 was built by "The Custom Shop" in Flanagan, IL and is dubbed the C8.CFR. The body kit features wider fenders for both front and rear wheels, large side skirts, a much more pronounced front bumper, a larger rear diffuser, and a big rear wing.
To add the finishing touches to the car, it is fitted with 21-inch Forgeline wheels, gold mesh intake vents, a Magnaflow exhaust, stainless steel engine bay panels, and KW suspension dampers. The whole kit will set you back $14,995 USD but if you want the body kit in carbon fiber, that'll be $24,995 USD.
Supercharged 1971 Chevy Nova
This 1971 Chevrolet Nova is a case of continuous upgrades. It was first modified by Camburg Engineering and then later enhanced on by RJ Fabrication. It now features massive 345/30R19 tires wrapped around beautiful multispoke black 19-inch wheels, Baer brake calipers and discs, an upgraded rack and pinion steering system, and Detroit Speed Engineering suspension components.
This car needs all of these brake and suspension upgrades because under the hood lies a 1,000 hp 418 cu-in supercharged V8 engine. The power is sent to the back through a Currie Enterprise rear end and a 4L80 automatic transmission.
Tesla-Powered Chevy C10
We all know that electric vehicles are the future but that won't stop the aftermarket community from producing electric powered muscle cars & muscle trucks. This custom Chevrolet C10 features a dual-motor Tesla powertrain that was built by the Florida-based fabrication shop called Salvage 2 Salvage.
As their name suggests, the shop took the motors out of a salvaged Model 3 and put them into a 1985 C10. Other parts of the truck had to be modified such as the front suspension which is in fact a modified C5 Corvette setup.
With the popularity of the show, auto manufacturers themselves are taking part. At the 2021 SEMA show, Chevrolet turned up with "The Beast". It is based on the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 but was designed with extreme off-roading in mind.
Built by the Chevrolet Performance Off-Road team, the Chevrolet Beast is powered by a 6.2L Supercharged LT4 V8 engine. Just like the C7 Z06 which it powered, the LT4 engine produces 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. The Beast has massive 37-inch tires mounted on 20-inch beadlock wheels with upgraded Chevrolet Performance Big brakes, and has a custom five-link rear end.
The open air body work make the Chevrolet Beast look quite similar to the Warthog from the Halo video game series. Jeff Trush, GM Program Manager for Specialty Show Vehicles, said that the Beast "flat-out flies in desert running". Of course it is a concept vehicle at this time and it'll probably never see production but it could see racing action and some components of the build may end up in the production version of the Chevrolet Silverado.
Eagle Ridge GM – Coquitlam, British Columbia