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SEMA is known to feature some pretty radical products from various vendors over the years; it’s the place everyone comes to showcase anything new and interesting in the automotive world. While there are literal miles upon miles of products and tech, few things seldom change the game so to speak, but Accuair came strong this game with a potential game-changing product. Enough that SEMA awarded it Best Engineered New Product for 2017.

In collaboration between Accuair and WABCO a new product called the ENDO-CVT is introduced. CVT, or Compressor, Valve, Tank is a totally self-contained unit marketed for any automotive application using an air compressor. If your car has air rid, then this is a big deal. Not only is the self-contained unit compact, but is also claimed as the quietest, most efficient, and moisture free air compressor that the market has ever seen. Accuair claim this compressor does the work of two industry standard [...]

Hot Import Nights

Israel Soto

It’s the 20th Anniversary of Hot Import Nights Saturday June 3rd 2017 hosted at West World Scottsdale Arizona.  Roll-in times for the show were said to be around noon that Saturday, but I showed up a bit before noon and was welcomed by an already long line to be let into the  venue.

With all the new products that are out Motormood came out with something and entertaining, the CarMoji!  Going with the trending emojis that are used on our phones… Motormood decided to bring it to life with these light up emojis for your car.

ESE Industries, a group of designers and engineers that love carbon fiber, came to The SEMA Show with the E1 full carbon fiber wheel.

These wheels starting at a mere 11 lbs per wheel are significantly lighter than any light weight metal wheel.  Since the weight has been lifted from the wheel that means improved rotational inertia.  Faster acceleration and better braking with less rotational mass.  Less rotational mass means less horsepower being robbed from the wheels and given back to the driver.  The E1 are rated for a 3850 LB axle car.

Each year I cant help but feel a bit nostalgic as SEMA rolls around. For those who either know me or have been following my work on Car Street Journal, you know I’ve been doing automotive things for a long time. What you probably didn’t know is that it all kind of started here at SEMA.

Prior to my first trip to SEMA, Car Street Journal was a hobby of sorts. I thought I knew I wanted to get into journalism but like many other young people I really wasn’t sure until I found myself surrounded by beautiful cars, insane builds and I had burned like a million calories running across the convention center. I remember coming home from that trip and thinking “This is it, this is what I want to do with my life. Automotive journalism is for me.”

Within two weeks of my first SEMA experience I had quit my “daily job” [...]

Editorial Note: This is the final in a series of articles following Andrew Schulte through the multi-state Formula Drift sanctioned 2016 Southwest Drift series hosted by VegasDrift. Photography by Hans Marquez, Matthew Fink, and Nicole Ellan James. 

[dropcap style=”style1″]W[/dropcap]ith 121 points, Andrew Schulte earned seventh place his first year competing in all four rounds of the Southwest Drift series hosted by Vegas Drift. In the final round of the series Schulte qualified in 12th position, resulting in a head-to-head with Traverse Hillabech. Schulte nearly missed his battle due to mechanical issues with his 1993 Nissan 240SX resulting in Schultes first run of the battle to also be his first run of the day, Hillabachs advanced.

14233814_10210679563004656_1789952177_o-1-1024x683During the first round of the series, Schulte qualified in 16th position resulting in a head-to-head battle against the number one qualifier. [...]

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