by Eileen Marable
Good morning Velocity friends! Here’s the very
latest from the show floor. The SEMA Award winners have been chosen for the
hottest car, sport compact, truck and 4x4-SUV. In order, the winners are: the Ford
Mustang, Scion FR-S, Ford F-Series and Jeep Wrangler are taking home the
honors. Speaking of home, what does this mean for the likes of us at home?
These awards are given to the cars, trucks and SUVs that are deemed the best
for showcasing ad-ons, new products and general modifications. That means all
you tinkerers out there have a guide from SEMA as to what you might buy if you
want to customize to your heart’s content.
Now, about the Ford Connect. Ford has six on designs on
display and the users can vote as to which is the coolest. We love an audience
vote! If we were reading the tea leaves the general idea behind the designed Connects
and the audience vote seems to be to send the message to the audience (and
flower and pizza delivery shops everywhere) this relatively straightforward,
functional hybrid can/van can be cool. Or at the very least a cool marketing
tool to display your brand – which still seems pretty functional (until you
paint your mobile tattoo shop logo on the side.) Still, the ability to use your
car to market your business is an interesting twist on the customization trend
so kudos on the display Ford.
Photo: Emily Kaiser
Finally: THE. GRAN. TURISMO. CORVETTE. I have to
personally editorialize for a second and say as a gamer and a car lover I can
barely look at this car without fainting. Chevy has decided to release a real
life version of the Gran Turismo 6, of the famous PS3 Game fame.
Photo: Emily Kaiser
The Gran Turismo Corvette is a seventh generation
Stingray and here is presented in a stunning blue with yellow headlights, carbon
fiber trim and aluminum chassis. Under the hood you’ll find an LT1 6.2L V8 engine,
seven speed manual providing 460hp and 465 pound-feet of torque.
No release date has been given for the real life Gran
Turismo, but for gamers the long awaited Gran Turismo 6 will be released on
Don't forget, today is our SEMA panel with a wide selection of our automotive experts. We'll be filming the panel and bringing it to you as fast as we can turn it around, and if you happen to be a SEMA, make sure your check the program for all the details and drop in and join us.