SEMA: Check out the awesome concept cars (and fitments)

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Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Kuro and MX-5 Speedster Concepts. | © Mazda

SEMA: Check out the awesome concept cars (and fitments)

Major car manufacturers have been wowing crowds on day one of the SEMA Show in Las Vegas with their new prototypes and concept cars. Traction News takes a close look at some of the concept vehicles and finds out what tires and wheels they’ve been fitted with.

Mazda MX-5 Miata Speedster Evolution and RF Kuro

Mazda has revealed two concepts: the lighter, “more ruthlessly efficient” MX-5 Miata Speedster Evolution and the stealth-like MX-5 RF Kuro — based on the 2017 MX-5 RF retractable fastback going on sale early next year in the U.S.

MX-5 Speedster debuted at the 2015 SEMA Show and Mazda says it is designed as “an ode to the lightweight, frills-free, pure driving experience of 1950s sports cars,” — which is a romantic way of looking at things.


BFGoodrich g-Force Rival R1.

MX-5 Speedster Evolution has an adjustable suspension from the MX-5 Global Cup racecar and BFGoodrich g-Force Rival R1 grooved racing slick tires, sized 225/45R17—the same model of tire used as the cars competing in the Battery Tender Mazda Global MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires. The wheels are RAYS 57 Transcend Gram Lights 17 x 8.5 wheels, 40mm offset.

Mazda’s second concept, the MX-5 RF Kuro, adopts much of the same MX-5 Global Cup technology but in “a much more street-focused package.” MX-5 RF Kuro also shares its adjustable suspension with the MX-5 Global Cup race car as well as its Brembo dual-piston front brake calipers.

The MX-5 RF Kuro is also fitted with BFGoodrich Rival G force, but in a 215/45R17 fitment. The wheels are RAYS 17-inch Global MX-5 Cup.

For more on the cars, check out the Mazda website or if you’re at SEMA visit booth #11647 in the North Hall.

Hyundai shows four new concepts, including “Santa-Fast”

Hyundai has four new concepts on show at SEMA.

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Hyundai’s Santa-Fast. © Hyundai Motor America

Hyundai and Bisimoto have developed a 1,040 horsepower, rear-drive “Santa-Fast” SUV (above). It has a flex-fuel turbocharged, Hyundai-based 3.8L Lambda V6 engine making for reliable power, positioned longitudinally and driving the rear wheels.

It’s in Toyo’s R888 racing tires, size 265/35R19, and Fifteen52, 19-inch Tarmac R43 wheels.

Hyundai’s Rockstar Santa Fe CUV


Hyundai Rockstar Santa Fe

Hyundai and Rockstar Performance Garage have partnered to develop a nitrous-powered Santa Fe CUV capable of serious off-roading. The Hyundai-based 3.3L Lambda V6 engine drives all four wheels through any terrain via a raised Santa Fe off-roading setup.

The concept on show at SEMA has Mickey Thompson Baja Claw 35-inch off-road tires and 17-inch off-road KMC XD 301 Turbine bead-lock wheels.

Hyundai Veloster

Hyundia Veloster

Hyundai Veloster

Hyundai teamed up with Gurnade Inc. to develop the race-ready Gurnade Veloster concept car. It has integrated flares, front splitter, racing canards, three-piece lightweight forged wheels and a custom rear spoiler.

It has Rotiform 19-inch OZT three-piece forged wheels and Toyo competition-spec tires.

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic

Honda Civic Type R

Honda’s radical new Civic Type R prototype makes its North American debut at SEMA 2016 — straight from its global introduction in Paris. The Civic R Prototype offers a glimpse into the styling of the next-generation Civic Type R, which will top off the tenth generation Civic line-up when it launches next year.

The radical Honda Civic Type R Prototype builds on the low and wide proportion of the new Civic Hatchback and is enhanced by muscular body styling and modifications to aid aerodynamic performance. The exterior is wrapped in a highly reflective, finely-grained, brushed aluminum-effect finish, which is unique to the prototype car. At the front, the aggressive fascia is accentuated with a winged carbon fiber splitter and sporty red accent line. Additional slatted ducts add width to the fascia, and diamond-mesh inserts fill the sculpted air intakes.

Carbon fiber side skirts run the length of the side sills, between 20-inch piano black alloy wheels with red accents and 245-section high-performance tires.

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