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Thursday Coverage | 2023 SEMA Show

Last but not least, today is our final day combing the aisles at the Las Vegas Convention Center in search of the hottest new performance hardware that you might put to use next season. It’s been a great week catching up with all of our industry friends and seeing all the cutting-edge gear, and we’ll hit on some more highlights here. Our next trade show stop is the PRI Show in Indianapolis, Indiana, from December 7-9, so until then, check out what we spotted in Sin City.

Classic pickups are all the rage these days, and for those building 1967-1972 Chevy C10 trucks with enhanced performance in mind, Aeromotive created this fuel cell setup. Designed to relocate the fuel storage from the cab to the rear of the truck, this aluminum tank includes steel brackets that mount it between the frame rails for enhanced safety. It comes complete with a tube-style sending unit, an Aeromotive A1000 fuel pump, and a TVS fuel pump controller.

For fans of the LS3 engine platform who want improved airflow but don’t require a full-CNC-ported head, Air Flow Research unleashed its LS3 Enforcer Rectangular-Port cylinder heads. These as-cast units share the same hardware as their ported cousins, including PAC Racing Springs, Viton seals, ductile-iron seats, and stainless steel valves. 

Performance Design offers its carbon-fiber, tunnel ram-concept intake, and the Carbon TRc for a wide range of applications, including the modern Chevrolet LS/LT, Dodge Hemi, and Ford Coyote engines. The latest engine to benefit from this intake is Ford’s 7.3-liter Godzilla engine. Featuring a one-piece carbon plenum joined to 6061-T6 billet aluminum runners, it is designed to fit under factory hoods and allows for throttle bodies as large as 103mm. It accepts factory-style injectors and connections and is ready for nitrous thanks to bosses carved into the runners.

For those running in the Dodge // Mopar HEMI Shootout who want more airflow and performance, Edelbrock created two upgrade options, the Performer RPM and Victor CNC 6-Bolt cylinder heads. The former is a bolt-on upgrade assembled with quality COMP Cams hardware and as-cast ports with CNC-profiled port entry. The latter is an all-out performance thanks to the improved sealing offered by six-bolt mounting and enhanced airflow delivered by fully CNC-machined ports and combustion chambers.

Mean and clean was the name of the game for Hellion Power Systems at the SEMA show. The company showed off its twin-turbo systems for the 2018-2023 Mustang and 2021-2023 Dodge TRX trucks. After three years of development, the Mustang system is on the precipice of emissions certification for 49-state legality thanks to a clever design that retains the carbon trap in the factory induction as well as the OE catalytic converters. It is still capable of delivering as much as 1,200 horsepower. Meanwhile, the TRX also runs clean and puts down 1,000 horsepower to the tire.

You never know what you might spot at the SEMA Show, and these dimpled pistons from Hyperformance fit that bill. They are designed with a unique combustion surface that mimics the design of a golf ball. Those dimples on the crown are said to create a boundary layer that causes the air/fuel mixture to cling to the piston surface and slow the flame front for more complete combustion, which is said to improve fuel economy and power.

In addition to the big race blower we detailed earlier in the week, ProCharger showed off a pair of kits for production vehicles. The company’s new Stage II supercharger system for the modern Chevrolet Corvette C8 hard-top convertible model allows bolting on an intercooled P-1X or D-1SC supercharger without removing the engine from the car. Meanwhile, the ProCharger system for the 2024 Mustang GT delivers intercooled boost from a P-1Z head unit to both of the car’s throttle bodies. It includes a race intercooler and a dedicated eight-rib belt drive. 

For those looking to install a Coyote 5.0-liter engine into a ’79-’93 Mustang, QA1 put together the gear needed to simplify the swap. The company’s K-member and suspension components are the centerpiece of the swap, but the company’s experts outlined the engine mounts, oil pan, and headers to round out the upgrade, and you can find the recipe on the QA1 website.

While a C10 pickup was the showstopper in the Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center booth, the company showcased several of its high-output crate engine options. Among them is this SDPC Raceshop 6.2-liter REDEYE Hemi engine. Based on the factory block, this engine features upgraded internals in the form of Manley H-beam rods and a COMP camshaft. Its supercharger spins slip-free thanks to a 2.85-inch Griptec pulley. All told it is good for a reliable 1,000 horsepower.

For good reason, you think of manual transmissions when you hear the name TREMEC. However, the company also offers electric powertrain products, which it showcased in a New Edge Mustang in Vegas. The centerpiece of this build is the company’s TKe, an electric drive unit that mounts in the transmission tunnel. This clever design allows mounting batteries and supporting equipment in the engine compartment as seen here. In this Mustang it delivers more than 400 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque and a top speed exceeding 140 mph.

Keeping inlet temperatures in check is key to maximizing the performance of a boosted application, and the team at VMP revealed a new Trunk Ice Tank at the show that can supply ample ice water to an air-to-water intercooler. Designed to fit in ’79-’23 Mustang applications, the tank can work in universal applications as well. The toto-molded tank features a pressure-release valve and an internal shape that is said to reduce aeration in the fluid. Fitted with an internal strainer to keep ice out of the pump, it can support several pump configurations thanks to a selection of silicone tubing options.


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