From the North Hall to the South Hall, and parked outside the walls of the convention center, we saw hundreds of amazing trucks at SEMA. They ranged from classics still in their original paint, to wild medium duty trucks. There were also some great SUVs at the show, and some truly rare rides. Take a look at this awesome eye candy!

1969 Subaru micro van
2007 Cadillac Escalade EXT Built by The Custom Shop
Chevrolet Silverado ZR2
Suzuki Equator by ICON Vehicle Dynamics
Ken Block Subaru STI TRAX
Local Motors Rally Fighter
1956 Ford F-100
1926 T Roadster Pickup
Cheap Trick Chevrolet Avalanche
2008 Jeep Wrangler “Weekender”
1967 Toyota FJ45 Land Cruiser
2010 Mr. Norm’s Dodge Red Xpress
2009 Ford F-150 FX4 Baja Chase Truck
2003 Ford Excursion “Velociraptor”
Ford Super Duty
2005 Dodge Ram 2500
Toyota Tundra
“Green” Land Rover Defender 110
FJ-Lite
1970 Chevrolet C10
2008 Yamaha Rhino Race
1965 Chevrolet C10
2009 Chevrolet Silverado
2004 Ford F-150 Lightning
2003 Ford F-150 Lightning

1969 Subaru micro van
Subaru's 2009 SEMA show presence will start with a little performance, some unexpected luxury, and a 25-hp micro van. On the Subaru stand you'll find the 950-lb 1969 micro van. Sure, the 2-cylinder engine gets 66 mpg, but Subaru cautions you'd need extreme patience to drive the small van for 66 miles

2007 Cadillac Escalade EXT Built by The Custom Shop
The Custom Shop of Flanagan, Illinois will be sending a 2007 Cadillac Escalade EXT with matching enclosed trailer to next month’s SEMA show. The Escalade truck is equipped with Air Ride Load Leveling Technology and will feature a custom cowl hood, 22-inch chrome wheels, chrome door handles, and tinted windows. Exterior paint color of choice is Pewter Pearl Color Shift on top and Pearl White on bottom, with a Candy Sunset center strip. The painted-to-match trailer, also equipped with air suspension, will house a complete audio/video system and display area.

Suzuki Equator by ICON Vehicle Dynamics
Representing Suzuki at SEMA this year is a custom Equator pickup truck built by ICON Vehicle Dynamics. ICON has been building off-road truck equipment for years, and with the Equator based on the long-running Nissan Frontier, building a serious off-road Equator was all too easy.

To get the Equator ready to tackle the trails, ICON added their own performance coilover spring kit with 2.5-in piggyback shocks, all mounted to their Total Chaos upper control arms. In the rear, the shocks protrude through the bed and are mounted to heavy-duty custom framework. Trail Ready bead-lock wheels wrapped in Goodyear Wrangler MT/R tires complete the dirt-ready suspension set-up. Under the hood, Doug Thorley long-tube headers and a cat-back exhaust help the 4.0L V-6 breathe better, increasing performance both on- and off-road.

To help their heavy duty Equator look the part, ICON called up Bushwacker for some big fender flares and LightForce for some big spot lights up on the nose. A brush guard on the nose gives the lamps a place to mount while a special mount in the bed holds the full-size spare. An AMP Research bed extender makes up for the bed space lost to the suspension and spare tire mounts.

Ken Block Subaru STI TRAX
We've already told you about two Subaru show cars headed for SEMA - namely, the SPI-tuned WRX STI and the Legacy 2.5GT VIP -- but the Subaru WRX STI TRAX could safely be called the wildest one yet. In the spirit of the winter season and based on a concept idea by DC Shoes co-founder and rally driver Ken Block, the STI TRAX eschews its snow tires for a Mattracks 105M1-A1 rubber track system to ensure that Block is still able to get to the halfpipe with his snowboard no matter how much snow falls this year.

In order to complete the Mattracks conversion, the 2009 STI's drivetrain was dropped three inches and custom machined hubs were added. As could be expected from a Block creation, the STI's 2.5L H-4 engine was also given a little extra kick, with a Motec M800 ECU that bumps output to a sizeable 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. A KAPS five-speed close-ratio dog-engagement gearbox was tossed in for good measure and EXE-TC Group N competition rally dampers were installed for more control when the going gets rough.

A host of standard rally car modifications add to the package, making this Snow Cat on steroids a serious winter toy. Starting life as a stock '09 STI, the interior was stripped and the body was seam-welded for additional strength and rigidity. A roll cage then went in, as did carbon/Kevlar Recaro SPA ProRacer competition seats, a HANS head and neck restraint system, carbon fiber door panels, and an onboard fire suppression system. Suffice it to say, the STI TRAX means business.

A Yakima FatCat 4 snowboard rack sits on the TRAX's roof and is filled with DC Shoes XFB-C snowboards. And if that isn't enough, a matching sleigh has been built to go along with the car. Now that's a sleigh ride we can get behind, especially with Block behind the wheel.

Stay tuned to Motortrend.com all today and tomorrow for all your SEMA updates, including live video feeds directly from the show floor!

Source: Subaru

Local Motors Rally Fighter
There are many ways to approach automotive enthusiasm, and for a great deal of enthusiasts, it's a do-it-yourself approach. From the folks who change their own oil to those who build kit cars or wild customs, pride in ownership is rampant in the car enthusiast world. Now, a company by the name of Local Motors is taking that mantra to a whole new level with the Rally Fighter.

The Rally Fighter is the brainchild of the collective talent of Local Motors' online members. On the company's Web site, its members have submitted designs, hashed out ideas and voted on specifications. The culmination of their efforts and site member Sangho Kim's winning design is the company's first vehicle, the Rally Fighter, a lightweight, environmentally friendly, purpose-built off-roader designed with the Southwestern United States in mind.

Powered by the same drivetrain as our long-term BMW 335d, the Rally Fighter uses BMW's 3.0L twin-turbo diesel inline-six with its 265 hp and 425 lb-ft of torque mated to its six-speed automatic transmission powering the rear wheels. The clean diesel engine and relatively light 3,200-lb curb weight should make the Rally Fighter easy on the wallet when you hit the pump. In fact, the company is confident that the off-roader will be fuel-efficient enough to pull of 36 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg off-road.

Giving the Rally Fighter its off-road cred is a double A-arm front suspension and three-link solid rear-axle all riding on coilover shocks and springs with 18-inches of travel up front and 20-inches of travel in the rear. It rides on 17-in. wheels with 13-in. front brakes clamped by dual-piston calipers and 13.7-in. rear brakes clamped by single-piston calipers. The ride height is manually adjustable with a difference of 8 inches between the two settings. All of it holds up a tubular steel frame covered by a fiberglass and carbon-fiber body that's covered in a vinyl wrap rather than paint, as it's lighter, cheaper and more environmentally friendly.

At 189 inches long and 80 inches wide, the Rally Fighter is significantly longer and wider than a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, though they're about the same height if the Rally Fighter is set to its taller ride height setting. In fact, it's about the same size as a BMW X6, though it's 1,500-lbs lighter than either of these vehicles. The trio share a wheelbase that is within an inch of each other.

The real story of the Rally Fighter, though, is in its design and construction. Not that long ago, the dawn of the Internet and its ability to connect people instantly around the world gave rise to a new way of developing software known as "open source." Rather than leave development to software companies, open source development allows anyone to contribute to the design. While designing an intangible such as software was relatively easy over the Internet, it's not an easy concept to apply to manufacturing, but the attempt is being made anyway.

Last year, we reported on Project Splitwheel, a collaborative effort with British carmaker Caterham that aimed to have online participants design a car that Caterham would build. The effort, though, appears to have fallen apart, but the idea is still alive. At Local Motors, though, the concept is being taken much, much further and is now being called "crowdsourcing." Not only will Local Motors online members design their vehicles, but owners will actually help build them at "microfactories" around the country.

The concept works like this: Members of the Local Motors website contribute design ideas and specifications that are voted on by the membership. Winners of monthly contests are enticed with cash prizes ranging from $1,500 to $10,000 and recognition of their work. The ultimate design winner gets another $10,000 and the notoriety of being the designer of an all-new vehicle. Buyers then put down $99 to reserve a build number and when their turn is up, they're asked to make a $5,000 deposit and head over to the local microfactory to build their vehicle. At the microfactory, Local Motors experts will help the customer literally build their own vehicle, from welding the frame to dropping in the motor to bolting on the wheels. All of the equipment is provided and the experts can either be your guide if you've never built a car before or an assistant if you've got plenty of build experience under your belt. Local Motors says that you can finish your car in just two weekends, pay the remaining balance on the estimated $50,000 price tag and drive your baby home. For service, just swing by the microfactory and grab a wrench.

While the first vehicles will be built at the company's headquarters in Massachusetts, Local Motors hopes to open its first microfactory somewhere in the Southwest where locals can come build their Rally Fighters. The Rally Fighter itself was designed with the Southwest and Baja racing in mind, hence the location of the first microfactory. Provided the concept works, Local Motors will collectively design more vehicles that appeal to other groups of enthusiasts in other regions and hopes to eventually have 25 to 50 microfactories around the country.

Overall, the Local Motors concept is designed to redo the car building process. There are no big factories, nor are there dealerships. Customers build their own cars the way they want them in local microfactories, there is no mass production and the entire process substantially reduces development and operating costs. Local Motors says that the Rally Fighter took just 18 months to conceive and build, cost just $2 million to develop and already has 31 orders.

The first Local Motors Rally Fighter will debut this week at the 2009 SEMA show in Las Vegas, where we hope to learn more about the company's plans. We're curious to see, should the concept catch on, how the company will handle safety and other requirements mandated by the Department of Transportation, especially if the company plans to build road-going vehicles in the future.

1956 Ford F-100
The design scheme makes it look better suited for the 19th century, but this F-100 doesn’t run on coal. In fact, the 7.5-liter engine has been converted to run entirely on liquid propane, creating nearly zero emissions. Upholstery work was done by Rick’s Upholstery, while PPG Envirobase “Watersnake” coats the exterior.

1926 T Roadster Pickup
Dubbed “The Black Widow,” this 1926 T Roadster pickup was built by Hollywood Hot Rods. Low slung and with well-placed red accents, this classic truck really does look like the venomous arachnid. Sitting beneath the hood (or lack thereof) is a heavily-chromed 1956 Chevy 4.3-liter V-8.

Cheap Trick Chevrolet Avalanche
This Chevrolet Avalanche was built by RealWheels last year. Designed as the Dream Police vehicle for the classic rock band Cheap Trick, the Avalanche has returned for an encore after going on display at the 2008 SEMA show. The truck pays homage to Cheap Trick and rock music with its bed-mounted Rockband video game, guitar-shaped side mirrors, and six-foot-long, drumstick-shape sidesteps. For that extra nostalgic feel, you can turn on the laser-light show and fog machine while playing Rockband.

2008 Jeep Wrangler “Weekender”
RealWheels wanted to build a family-friendly Jeep daily driver that was still fitting of its all-terrain heritage, and the result is the 2008 Wrangler “Weekender.” After attaining input from local Jeep owners, Jeep clubs, and online Jeep forums, RealWheels selected more than 15 reputable Jeep vendors for the project. Modifications include a Superlift four-inch lift, 35-inch Nitto tires mounted on Mamba wheels, Gibson Performance headers and exhaust, and more.

Sponsors: Bestop, Bushwacker, Daystar, Gibson Performance, Hi-Lift, Hobie Cat Company, KC HiLites, Mamba, Maxxsonics, Metalcrafters, Motorola, Nitto, Pocket-Pod, River Raider, Roadwire, StreetGlow, Superlift

1967 Toyota FJ45 Land Cruiser
A Toyota Land Cruiser from 1967 looks nothing like its 2009 counterpart. This FJ45 was completely rebuilt by BTB Products to tackle the great outdoors and is equipped with an Advance Adapter Atlas II transfer case, Dana high-pinion axles, and ARB air lockers. Rather than rely on the inline-sixes of yore, a GM-sourced 6.2-liter V-8 is matched to a 4L80 four-speed automatic transmission for some extra kick.

2010 Mr. Norm’s Dodge Red Xpress
Mr. Norm’s Red Xpress pays homage to the iconic Li’l Red Express truck from the 70s, complete with performance-oriented parts, custom exterior with graphics, and vertical stacks. Although the modern version isn’t offered as a stepside, you can acquire a Red Xpress in regular, quad, or crew cab with two- or four-wheel drive.

2009 Ford F-150 FX4 Baja Chase Truck
As the name indicates, this F-150 was built to live in Baja terrain even when other trucks, quads, and motorbikes break down. Skyjacker provides the lift and elevation, and the bed is fitted with a storage container, fuel cans, and a Honda CRF for two-wheel duties.


2003 Ford Excursion “Velociraptor”
Cue the “Jurassic Park” soundtrack, because this Ford Excursion would fit right into the movie. Aside from the prehistoric/dino-themed exterior, a Velociraptor head and claws can be found mounted to the rear differential. The raised ride height is sure to keep the smaller dinosaurs at bay.


Ford Super Duty
Blacked-out and riding on Radflo suspension all around, this Super Duty is sure to gain lots of attention. A 16-inch lift and KMC diesel wheels complete the exterior appearance.


2005 Dodge Ram 2500
This Ram 2500 is lifted high and features plenty of off-road parts, including differential covers, Ford and Dynatrac axles, off-road suspension, and Toyo 40-inch tires. The custom paint was provided by Street Creations and the interior has been customized with classic upholstery.


Toyota Tundra
This Toyota Tundra can be used as a recovery vehicle. Winches adorn the front and rear for extraction purposes, and extra storage solutions include a basket rack, tent rack, and bedside auxiliary racks, for those extended trips away from home. When you’re not riding in the 6-inch-lifted truck, an Eezi-Awn roof tent can be deployed.

“Green” Land Rover Defender 110
This specially built Defender was designed to run on different biofuels in the interest of environmental responsibility and sustainability. The 2.5-liter diesel engine and its fuel system components have been modified to run on synthetic diesel/biodiesel blends, 100-percent biodiesel, or waste vegetable oil, depending on climate and temperature. The sun is also put to work with the solar panels that supplement the vehicle’s charging system.


FJ-Lite
The FJ-Lite was built as a tribute to the original Volkswagen Beetles -- long-lasting vehicles that were capable both on and off the road. Citing the popularity of the compact crossover segment, Winbo USA built the Toyota RAV4-based FJ-Lite, a do-it-all ride that exemplifies the spirit of dual-sport. Smaller than the current FJ45, the FJ-Lite is equipped with an inline-four engine, ARB suspension bits, and 16-inch Konig wheels wrapped in Hankook rubber.


1970 Chevrolet C10
Original Chevrolet C10s from 1970 didn’t come with 6.6-liter Duramax diesels, and they didn’t come with 700 horsepower either. However, this all-white C10 sleeper comes with both, courtesy of Pacific Performance Engineering. The engine and Allison transmission help propel the Chevy truck to a quarter mile time of 10.53 seconds at 132 mph.


2008 Yamaha Rhino Race
As far as UTVs go, this Rhino is ready to compete. The Yamaha was given a custom chassis and body sourced from Palhegyl Design, with suspension supplied by RCD Powersports. OMF wheels and custom paint give the Rhino extra flair.


1965 Chevrolet C10
This award-winning 1965 C10 took 13 months and 3500 hours to complete, and the results are astounding. Housed within the Jim Meyer Racing chassis is a 502 Ram Jet crate motor with custom headers and exhaust, mated to a Tremec five-speed automatic transmission. Chip Foose custom wheels and the wooden bed give the C10 extra exclusivity.

2009 Chevrolet Silverado
You can file this ride under the nice and clean category. Rick Dore Kustoms took a 2009 Silverado and added House of Color paint, DJM suspension, and KMC wheels for a simple final product. The Bedrug lining the bed gives the Chevy an inviting look and feel.


2004 Ford F-150 Lightning
With two huge turbos and monstrous inlet and outlet pipes, you’d bet this Lightning was quick. And it is, as it takes two 34.5/17/16 slicks to put the power down and run the quarter mile in 6.98 seconds at a blistering 201 mph. No detail has been spared on this fully built drag machine.


2003 Ford F-150 Lightning
The world’s fastest supercharged Lightning was built from a daily driver. The Whipple 3.4 twin-screw supercharger funnels additional air into the built 5.4-liter Ford GT engine, while Lamb brakes are employed to stop the rolling Hoosiers at the end of a run.

Chevrolet Silverado ZR2
Ford ran away with the SEMA spotlight last year with their hardcore F-150 Raptor off-road truck, and when they did, GM sat up and took notice. This year, Chevrolet has fired back with the Silverado ZR2 Concept, a trail-ready, 550-hp monster aimed straight at the Raptor.

Now that Ford has debuted its new 6.2L V-8 engine with an impressive 411 hp, Chevy couldn't just throw a lift kit on an otherwise-stock Silverado. Instead, the crew dropped a supercharged 6.2L LSA V-8 under the hood, a 550-hp mill normally found on duty beneath the hood of a Cadillac CTS-V. Thanks to the cavernous space below the Silverado's hood, the LSA and its six-speed automatic transmission dropped right in with little effort and Chevrolet easily fitted a custom stainless steel exhaust system.

Power sufficiently addressed, Chevy turned to the suspension. A big part of what makes the Raptor the Raptor is its military-grade suspension, which Chevy did not try to match tit-for-tat. Instead, they turned to BDS, which outfitted the truck with a 4-in lift and gave them room to fit 20-in BBS wheels wrapped in 35-in Goodyear Wrangler tires, the largest tires they could fit on the truck without a bigger lift. Behind that suspension is, essentially, a Cadillac Escalade drivetrain that's more AWD than 4WD.

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1968 Chevrolet C10
This classic Chevy is completely slammed and customized. The exterior has been shaved, the top has been chopped, and the tailgate section has been angled to match the front grille. New parts include the front and rear bumpers and custom-fit Jeep Liberty headlights. Underneath the pickup is a custom three-link rear suspension and air bags.


1980 Dodge D50
Yes, this 1980 Dodge D50 has an extra axle attached to it. The compact truck doesn’t look much like a truck anymore, but the clean workmanship more than makes up for that detail. The chassis and frame have been heavily redone, and now the D50 rides on an Air-Zenith 200-psi air suspension system. Body-wise, it has been dropped 3 inches, the front bumper is a Toyota/Nissan hybrid, and all panels have been shaved for a smooth look. If you haven’t noticed, the truck has also been converted to right-hand drive.


1991 Chevrolet C1500
You are most likely to find this Chevrolet truck at your local cruise spot. The low-slung ride sits on air bags front and back, and the vintage 1966 Chevy retrokit gives this ’91 a classic look. Remote-operating Lambo doors, Escalade taillights, and an "Aliens" theme add a special touch to this carefully modified truck.


1992 Chevrolet Silverado
Arriving from Texas is this 1992 Chevrolet Silverado. The shaved exterior features pewter DuPont paint and 22-karat gold leaves. Katzkin hair and hide seats, suede headliner, and a wood grain air-brushed dash panel sit inside this show truck.


1999 Ford F-550 Super Duty XL
If there was ever a Ford F-550 built to travel from one end of the Earth to the other, this is how it would look. A self-contained camper is mounted to the back, alongside numerous other expedition-ready parts. The dull paint is fitting for the harsh outdoors, and the truck’s mechanical parts have been prepared for a hard life out in the open. Working in conjunction with the 7.3-liter Power Stroke diesel is a ZF six-speed manual transmission, New Venture Gear transfer case, and a heavy-duty Dana 60 front axle with ARB locker. Sitting in the rear is a Dana S135 axle.


2007 Dodge Ram 2500 TRX4
This Ram 2500 sports a Nitrous Express diesel kit, an Edge Juice with A2, and numerous off-roading enhancements. Most definitely built for the outdoors, the Dodge truck features full FOX suspension, air bags, and 22-inch KMC Monster wheels.

2008 Ford E-350 Super Duty XLT
Your eyes should be immediately drawn to the monstrous 66x43x25 flotation tires sitting beneath the tube frame and fiberglass body. In order to motivate the wheels for some proper mud and swamp action, a 9.3-liter V-8 is matched to an Abruzzi two-speed transmission. ZF axles, internal wet brakes, and eight nitrogen-charged, custom-designed shocks support the Ford during play time.


2008 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner
Toyota’s popular midsize truck gets a handful of help from the Nitrous Express team. Modifications to this Tacoma include a custom Gibson exhaust system, Bully Dog Watchdog economy monitor, and 18-inch KMC XD Enduro flat-black wheels. Changes to the suspension include a Deaver Progressive three-leaf add pack, 2.5 King coilover shocks, and OEM Performance Series Total Chaos Uniball upper control arms.


Custom Truck by BD Diesel Performance
This custom truck was built on a Freightliner Portland chassis and is powered by a Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing Center Series 60 engine, which has been tuned with a BD Diesel Performance and Borg Warner turbo system. Due to the large amount of power, the drivetrain has been reinforced for extra durability. This rig looks ready for some competitive tractor racing with its lowered stance, large wing, and side strakes.


GMC Jimmy
This GMC Jimmy is a rolling advertisement for Regen EV Shocks, complete with an eco-friendly green paintjob. Regen EV Shocks generate electricity through the shocks’ continuous dampening movements. Rather than produce heat, the Regen EV Shocks capture the otherwise-wasted energy to charge batteries and eliminate alternators.


Hummer H2T
This Hummer H2T touts compatibility with E98, a high-octane ethanol fuel. Due to higher ethanol content, the Hummer has been fitted with the Flex Fuel Platinum Series 3 fuel system to effectively handle the biofuel.


Toyota FJ Cruiser
Expedition One gave this FJ Cruiser some simple improvements, including a Trail Series winch bumper, Trailer Series rear bumper, and a Geri spare tire tank mount. It has also been lifted three inches and currently sits on Hutchinson Rock Monster wheels wrapped in 35-inch BF Goodrich KM2 tires.

2010 Subaru Outback
The subtle modifications made to this new Outback include painted body side molding, silver rear bumper and side rocker trim, and painted fender flares. The 18-inch TSW Vairano wheels employ 235-wide Nitto tires. The finished package looks showroom-new.


2008 Porsche Cayenne Turbo
The Porsche Cayenne Turbo is pretty fast from the factory, and this Cayenne adds a little more speed thanks to the JimGainer center pipes and ECU. Together, they are good for 580 horsepower, up from 500 in stock trim. Hamann-sourced body parts include the front bumper spoiler, wide body kit, rear apron spoiler, and roof spoiler.


1957 Chevrolet Truck
Project PT-57 is a uniquely-restored 1957 Chevrolet Truck. The truck’s exterior theme draws from a World War II-era P-40 fighter plane, with matching Warhawk Face graphics and olive drab to boot. The chassis is a custom C6 Corvette unit from Hot Rod Jim’s, who also installed numerous other Corvette bits, including suspension, Z06 brakes, and Z06 wheels. Supplying go-power is a custom-built, 6.0-liter LQ4 V-8. Rather than supercharge the engine like P-40s of the time, Hot Rod Jim went with the other method of forced induction and added a twin turbo system.


2004 Chevrolet Silverado
Pop the hood on this Silverado and you’ll have a TVS 2300 supercharger staring right back. The 15-psi blower provides additional kick to the already large 7.0-liter GMPP LSX V-8. In addition to the stout engine, the Chevy truck also features a Performabuilt 4L80 automatic transmission, Wilwood brakes, Belltech suspension, and 22-inch Pro Wheels.


1957 Chevrolet Cameo “Cam Air”
The Cam Air is not an official Chevrolet model, but given the quality of this custom truck, it might as well have been. This build took seven years, and the final product is a truck that melds the best lines of the Chevy Cameo truck with the instantly-recognizable Bel Air car. The two-tone paint and custom bed draw the eye, while the 7.4-liter big-block speaks to more primal urges.


1951 Ford F-1
This 1951 Ford F-1 was restored as part of the Make-A-Wish program. Justin Lilly wanted to see his family truck rebuilt, and he got just that wish. The mint truck was built by Washtenaw Community college, who added a supercharged, 5.4-liter V-8, four-link suspension, and coilover shocks. The exterior was chopped, shaved, and painted black, while the interior was given Sparco seats, a hand-built center console, and custom instrumentation. The F-1 rides on black, staggered Ford GT wheels with one-off center caps and four-wheel disc brakes all around.