SEMA 2019

Toyota goes hard at SEMA with 9 super Supra builds

Toyota showed off nine Supra models among their lineup at the annual SEMA show.

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The Toyota Supra is finally for sale at dealerships and now things are getting fun. Aftermarket outfitters have gotten ahold of customer cars and Toyota has enlisted a few to go to extremes with their new SEMA builds.

The show selection is part of Toyota's celebration of 40 years of Toyota Racing Development heritage.

"2019 has proven a momentous year for Toyota and TRD," said Ed Laukes, group vice president, Toyota Division Marketing. "The eagerly anticipated 2020 GR Supra stole the show when it debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and this year marks the 40th anniversary of Toyota Racing Development. From NHRA drag racing and drifting to the NASCAR and IMSA racing series, TRD continues to push the limits of what a Toyota can do."

Here's what they showed off.

The GRudge Match: GR Supra Heritage Edition

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This is a showdown. Ed Laukes vs. Rutledge Wood. They decided to hold a build off for the 2019 SEMA Show, and they're each building a 2020 GR Supra. This friendly competition, but there's a clear cut winner. The question is, which one is it?

This model is Laukes' entry. He tasked Marty Schwerter of Motorsports Technical Center to combine elements of the MKIV Supra from the late-90s with the new 2020 GR Supra. It's tuned to produce over 500 horsepower on a stock long block.

The GRudge Match: GR Supra HyperBoost Edition

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The GR Supra HyperBoost Edition is NASCAR analyst and broadcast personality, Rutledge Wood's Grudge Match entry. Wood worked with Rick Leos of Lucky Leos 17 Motorsports to transform the model into a 750-horsepower Supra beast. It features a 20-piece carbon-fiber wide-body kit.

GR Supra Performance Line Concept

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One part Supra, one part carbon fiber, this Supra was designed by Toyota Customizing & Development. Along with the carbon fiber aerodynamic components its has 19-inch forged aluminum wheels.

​GR Supra 3000GT Concept

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Toyota Customizing & Development also created the 3000GT Concept. It's a tribute to the iconic TRD3000GT Supra body kit of the mid-90s that was released in celebration of the Supra's success in JGTC competition.

GR Supra Wasabi Concept

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This is "a Supra for the masses according to the Toyota Genuine Accessory Team that developed the model. Dubbed the Wasabi Concept, the Toyota features Brembo B-M Brakes, Öhlins suspension upgrades, Toyota forged aluminum wheels, and Five Axis aero parts.

GR Supra Racing Concept

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Before the Supra became a reality in the marketplace, this concept was shown as a hint of what the model could be. It debuted in 2018 and gave a peek at the look of what a competition model could look like.

​GR Supra GT4

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This isn't the first time that the GR Supra GT4 has been shown. It first appeared at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show in March. Developed by Gazoo Racing (that's the GR in GR Supra), the model features an FIA compliant cage, racing suspension components, Brembo racing brakes, OZ Racing wheels and a number of motorsports components.

​NASCAR Xfinity Supra

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This Supra was built for Toytoa development driver Christopher Bell, who is racing the No. 20 Supra for Joe Gibbs Racing this year. He's currently atop the driver standings.

​GR Supra Pace Car

\u200bGR Supra Pace Car

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The Supra is competing in NASCAR for the first time this year, which gave Toyota the idea to make a pace car variant of the model. This model features TEIN coil-over suspension, Project Mu brake pads, HRE Forged P101 Monoblok wheels with Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 tires, and a Whelen LED light bar. The model is on its way to the next NASCAR race in Phoenix following SEMA.

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The vehicle is, for now, merely a concept.

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Cruising, the art of driving slowly through cities so you could see and be seen, was popular in the 90s. So popular in fact that jurisdictions nationwide passed ordinances banning the practice, which could create traffic woes. In a new video, General Motors and its Cadillac brand look to bring back cruising, this time in what appears to be a gussied up version of the Cruise Origin autonomous vehicle.

The structure of the Cadillac Halo portfolio concept vehicle looks like the shape of the Cruise Origin. This people mover, however, wears fancier clothes complete with exterior chrome design treatments and Cadillac badging. Its body is white while glass that appears clear from the inside is tinted black to eliminate some outsider peeping. The whole rig rides on large black wheels and is lighted by thin LED strips at the corners that follow vertical body lines.

General Motors Cadillac Halo concept car interior The vehicle's cabin has luxe accommodations.Photo courtesy of General Motors

There's a front window, rear window, and expansive glass roof. On one side, instead of side windows there are wall spaces with ambient lighting and wraparound hard plastic.

The video makes the Cadillac personal autonomous vehicle look like a living room on wheels. Occupants face each other on what looks more like a wraparound sofa than a traditional car seat and share legroom. There is also one recliner-like captains chair at the back that sits alongside a chaise lounge-like seat whose bottom fades into the rest of the bench seating.

The entire cabin is finely appointed with what looks like real wood and metal accents, sculpted seating, and flattering ambient lighting. The five-seater has seat belts for every passenger.

At the front of the vehicle is a long, horizontal screen that is raised, but can be lowered to near-flush showing what appears to be vehicle drive information. A larger screen that appears to be in the same location (which may just be a computer-generated error o GM's part) shows destination, time, occupant, weather, and climate zone control information.

General Motors Cadillac Halo concept car interior A large screen shows a picture of the occupants along with vital information.Photo courtesy of General Motors

When the screens are nested in the cabin, a hologram-like fire graphic can (apparently) be displayed.

There's an infotainment touch screen screen that illuminates on an embedded piece of plastic next to a seat that allows occupants to control navigation.

Voice control and gesture control are both included.

Though unseen, the video alludes to the fact that the vehicle is capable of "aromatherapy and light therapy". Many luxury cars allow buyers to add a fragrance to their vehicle so the aromatherapy aspect isn't too far out in left field. The vehicle's biometric sensors monitor vital signs to adjust humidity, temperature, lighting, aromatics, and ambient noise, according to a presentation by GM.

Though just a concept, it would be very GM-like for the company to be looking for ways to rebrand and reuse current platforms and mobility solutions.

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Three Bugatti Divos have been delivered to U.S. customers.

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Three Bugatti customers on the West Coast have started 2021 off on a better note than the rest of us. Bugatti of Beverly Hills was recently able to deliver three of the four Bugatti Divo supercars that have been commissioned through the dealership to their new owners.

Each of the models has been customized to deliver the high-performance, exclusive drive and ride experience required by its commissioner. Ahead of their delivery, the three Divos took to the track together completing laps at The Thermal Club in Palm Desert, California.

The Divo itself is a unique Bugatti even before customization. It rides on new architecture that features more air inlets than other Bugatti models and a wide front spoiler that works to provide optimal air supply and aid with downforce. The car looks lower and longer than other Bugattis due to its slimmer side line. At the front of the grille is the traditional, 159-gram Bugatti emblem.

U.S.-bound Bugatti Divos

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Each model is powered by a 8.0-liter W16 engine that achieves 1500 horsepower. That engine can propel the car up to its 236 mph top speed.

Bugatti's Atelier in Molsheim is charged with the creation of each Divo. The first deliveries of the hyper sports cars took place in August 2020. By the end of the first months of 2021, all Divos will have been delivered to their new homes.

"To see these spectacular automobile works of art go from a piece of paper to sitting here in front of me is a phenomenal feeling," says Tim O'Hara, General Manager Bugatti Beverly Hills. "It was a very involved and lengthy process that demanded our best skills and expertise. To deliver 4 of only 40 to be built in the world and see the project through fruition is deeply gratifying."

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