Every year a large contingent of people from the Wilwood offices go to the SEMA show to demonstrate our latest and greatest brake innovations to the automotive aftermarket. We are constantly meeting with people and talking to builders and buyers at our booth at the show, but we still get plenty of pictures of our products on the builds there. Wilwood's premium brake calipers and rotors are on so many builds even we are often taken by surprise when we see them.
Here are some things we noticed looking back at the images after the show...
Electric Powered Tuner Cars
Custom performance EV swapped resto-mods are becoming a thing - Sure, there were a lot of cars at the show with internal combustion engines and LS swaps, but there was some impressive electric-powered muscle there as well. EV Muscle Cars built a gray 1972 Plymouth Satellite with Tesla power that they claim will go 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds and still has a 300+ mile range! We'd miss the rumbling sound and feel of a V8 like in the Hellcrate swapped vintage Charger sitting right out front, but the EV is probably more daily commute friendly.
There were several EV-swapped sporty cars there, too, notably a Nissan 350Z and a Toyota GR86, and the instant torque makes them a lot of fun in autocross or a canyon drive.
The Ford Bronco
The new Ford Bronco is a big hit - Sure, there were tons of vintage Mustangs, Camaros, and Corvettes at the show, but the most popular late model vehicle would have to be the Ford Bronco. There were also plenty of vintage Broncos, with updated power and suspension, and even a stretched four-door version. But we were impressed with how quickly the aftermarket has embraced and developed parts for the all-new for 2021 Ford Bronco.
Wilwood is also developing brake kit options for these SUVs, but we have yet to set a release date. Several builders couldn't wait and built custom kits based on our calipers and rotors for Broncos at the show.
Professionally built, high-quality phantom/replicas - Did you catch any of the Mercedes-Benz 300SL customs at SEMA? It takes nerves of steel to customize a car that sells for more than a million dollars in rough condition. But these were not customized examples of a rare classic. Those SEMA cars were replicas, but done sparing no expense or detail - they use genuine Mercedes glass and trim pieces. Underneath, they use a custom tube frame chassis, LS power, and Wilwood brakes.
There were also several different modern interpretations of early Corvettes (which admittedly are pretty agricultural to drive these days), stretched slightly to fit wide modern tires and a cockpit for 21st-century man. Chip Foose sketched a classic Ferrari-esque roadster, and Luc and Inger De Ley made it real. The result is part Jaguar E-type and part Daytona, but wholly original and unique, especially in bare metal.
Mega Gallery Slideshow
Pictures of the cars mentioned above and 100 more are below in our mega gallery slideshow. We will have detailed info on a few of our favorites in later blog posts. If your build featured Wilwood brakes, we'd love to see it. Tag us on social media or send us a link so we can find you.