Vehicle technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate and helping SEMA members understand and leverage emerging vehicle technologies is one of the association's top priorities, according to John Waraniak, SEMA vice president, vehicle technology.
Editor's Note: Last week we reported that the NHRA was under new management. To clarify, the NHRA will remain a non-profit 501(c)(6) corporation, will retain all its non-professional racing, safety and educational activities and continue to be the sanctioning body for all NHRA racing activities, including the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.
SEMA and Nissan North America have set a measuring session for Tuesday–Wednesday, June 19–20. The session will feature four 2008 Nissan vehicles—the Versa five-door hatchback, the Sentra and Sentra SE-R sedans and the all-new Altima Coupe.
Each company will get 60 minutes with the vehicles, and cameras are permitted. To participate, members must register by Friday, June 15.
The passing of Bill France Jr. this week elicited an outpouring of tribute among motorsports fans, professionals, writers and those in the specialty-equipment industry.
SEMA Show exhibitors that would like to build a Nissan-based project vehicle are reminded that the deadline to submit project-vehicle proposals to Nissan is Thursday, June 15. Proposals based on all current Nissan models will be accepted. Nissan's 2007 SEMA Show strategy will focus primarily on the 2007 Sentra and the 2008 Altima Coupe.
SEMA's eight councils and two committees are set to tee off on the greens of the Strawberry Farms Golf Club as part of Council Cup - Cash for Kids, a friendly game of golf to benefit children's charities. All groups will compete in teams of four. The teams are:
Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO)
Ernie Silvers, Egge Machine Co. Inc.
Jim Barber, Classic Automotive Restoration
Dave Mihalko Jr., Restoration Specialties
Alex Tainsh, SoffSeal Inc.
American drivers continue to embrace the notion of customization and personalization, having purchased a record $36.72 billion worth of specialty automotive products in 2006. The number represents a 7% increase over 2005, when sales reached $34.28 billion.
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The Formula SAE competition is for SAE student members to conceive, design, fabricate and compete with small, formula-style racing cars. The restrictions on the car frame and engine are limited so that the knowledge, creativity and imagination of the students are challenged. The cars are built with a team effort over a period of about one year and are taken to annual competitions for judging and comparison with other vehicles from colleges and universities throughout the world.