The SEMA show – the culmination of another year’s hard work, and a chance for individuals from every part of the automotive process to come together and either see what is new, or to show off what they’ve got. This year, the car of the show was said to be the Scion FR-S, and for Vortech it was no exception. Our V-3 Supercharging System for the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ was the talk of the entire show, with 4 of the 7 FR-S’ in the Scion Booth rocking Vortech equipment, and several other very high profile cars throughout the show. Of course, Vortech and Paxton more prominently known for our American Muscle Supercharging Systems, and everywhere you looked was a Mustang, Camaro, Challenger, etc. with Vortech or Paxton NOVI boost setting them apart from the rest of the pack. Add to that some Euro flavor, offroad climbers, gorgeous classics, and one quite insane Henry J…and SEMA 2012 was all about the brands of the Air Power Group putting everyone on notice! Take a look at some of the highlights from the show in part 1 of this wrap-up collection. Enjoy!
The Vortech/Paxton Booth was located in the Central Hall #23063.
Vortech Models Ashley Clark, Amanda Kerr, and Marissa Hiroko signed posters and answered questions about Vortech products. They were obviously a big hit with the SEMA crowd in attendance!
Vortech’s own V-3 H67BC Supercharged Scion FR-S was one of the main draws in the Vortech Booth, with not only the blacked out, OEM looking Supercharging System under the hood, but also the Five:AD body kit, KW Suspension, Rotiform Wheels, Toyo Tires, Baer Brakes and Borla Exhaust round out the amazing look to this car. Look for some additional goodies from Ground Control and Energy Suspension to be added soon to take this car even further!
Nikki Frost’s Vortech V-3 Si Supercharged “Gotta Have It Green” 2013 Mustang GT attracted lots of attention in the Vortech Booth, especially when she was interviewed in the booth for a syndicated automotive television show. Forgestar Wheels even awarded her the Best American Muscle Car award for SEMA 2012. Yes boys, that manual transmission Mustang with over 600 horsepower and a full gamut of upgrades belongs to her…and no, you can’t drive it.
The Vortech V-3 Si Supercharged 2013 Chevy Camaro 1LE built by Tjin Edition gained the nickname “Chocolate Love” early on in the show. Winning both the Best Chevrolet Sports Car Award and the Best New Performance Product Award (for the Vortech V-3 Si Supercharging System) from General Motors, you have to admire Neil Tjin for taking chances and being an innovator in his vehicle designs.
Vortech’s own V-3 Si Supercharged 5.7L Challenger R/T was showing off the new “wraparound” version of the HEMI system, along with it’s over 500 Horsepower right out of the box at 7.5psi. Completing the Challenger’s look is a fantastic custom Dupont paint job by LR Auto Body, Borla S-Type Exhaust, KW Coilover Suspension, Bars & Bushings from Whiteline, Big Brakes from Baer, Forgiato Maglia Wheels, Toyo T1R Tires, and some killer custom Vortech emblems from Billet Technology.
Craig Warner’s Vortech V-5 Hi Supercharged Monster Energy Kawasaki STX-15F Jet Ski was there repping hard in the Vortech/Paxton Booth, showing what our Marine division can do. Making 385 horsepower @ 9000rpm, this rocketship will jet you 0-60 in under 3 seconds on the water! The question is…with acceleration like that, can anyone but the pros manage to hold on? We certainly would love to give it a try!
Another piece of huge news from the Vortech camp is the release of the 110 twins – The V-11 XB110 and the V-21 XB110. These new compressors are certain to cause a stir in the drag race and high-horse street community, with their relatively small size-to-output capability, and especially the V-11’s ability to be a drop-in upgrade in many applications for those who are maxing out their YSi and still want more (A LOT MORE).
The infamous V-24 XB105 was also in the Vortech booth looking gorgeous. Designed to a certain sanctioning bodies’ exact specs for a specific class of racing, the blower was still banned immediately for being “too powerful”.
Still the king of the big blowers, the Vortech V-28 123 can support nearly 3,000 horsepower, and do so with discharge temperatures that are literally hundreds of degrees lower than any competitor’s unit! Vortech had 2 of the V-28’s on display in their booth, one with and one without a CDS Gear Drive attached to it.
This showed in detail all of the amazing things from the Vortech/Paxton booth, but there were so many more Vortech/Paxton equipped vehicles that we had to split it up into multiple Blog entries. Check back for additional coverage of the SEMA 2012 show coming later this week!