CAR OF THE SHOW

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Toyo Tires, a ma­jor spon­sor of SEMA, gave the gong to a 1968 Ford Mus­tang de­vel­oped by Amer­i­can Leg­ends.

Power comes from a Fer­rari 430 engine and the cus­tom in­te­rior has 3D printed com­po­nents.

Join­ing it on Toyo’s “tread­pass” walk was a cus­tom 1955 Mercedes-Benz Gull­wing, cre­ated by Cal­i­for­nian out­fit S Klub on a mod­ern SLK32 chas­sis and pow­ered by an AMG su­per­charged V6. Its blue leather in­te­rior is a work of art in it­self.

The GT Car­bon Se­ries lifts the bling and low­ers mass courtesy of swathes of car­bon­fi­bre. The weight-loss pro­gram in­volved a ti­ta­nium ex­haust, car­bon-fi­bre wheels from Aus­tralian com­pany Car­bon Revo­lu­tion and the dele­tion of the driver’s door bin and cuphold­ers — the sav­ing is about 18kg.

As with the reg­u­lar GT, the Car­bon Se­ries will use Ford’s 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 send­ing 470kW/731Nm to the rear wheels. Ap­pli­ca­tions to “ap­proved customers” start this week and the or­der book will be open for a month.

LEXUS

Fore­most on the stand: the RC 350 F Sport, which is on a cross-coun­try cus­tomi­sa­tion road trip that will cul­mi­nate the LA Auto Show later this month. Cos­metic up­dates in­clude forged 20-inch wheels, lower ride thanks to RS-R springs, more bark via an Apexi ex­haust, satin wrap and ex­te­rior LED ground lights.

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