By Jason Catullo
Several vehicles are available through the SEMA Garage to help meet the product-development needs for SEMA members. Whether it’s product fitment, vehicle measurements or emissions testing and compliance, the vehicles are accessible on site. All that members need to do is schedule an appointment to visit the garage and get hands-on with the vehicles.
The vehicles currently available are:
- ’05 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab 2WD with 5.3L
- ’15 Ford Mustang w/ 2.3L EcoBoost
- ’15 Chevrolet Camaro with 6.2L
In addition to the vehicles above, there are plans to purchase a ’15 Ford Mustang with 5.0L before the end of the year.
The SEMA Garage facility includes an Emissions Compliance Center, a full mechanics’ bay, a tech center with laser metrology and 3D printing equipment, a photography studio and a conference center.
The SEMA Garage’s Emissions Compliance Center is designed to help members reduce the time needed to take a product from concept to market. The vehicles are part of the association’s effort to help specialty-equipment manufacturers with the entire Executive Order (EO) development process. Recently, The California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued a letter recognizing the SEMA Emissions Compliance Center as a Certification Ready Automotive Emissions Testing Laboratory, which helped make it possible for SEMA to assist in all aspects of securing CARB and federal EPA emissions compliance.
“When it comes to product planning and development, one of the common obstacles for manufacturers is not having access to test vehicles,” said Mike Spagnola, vice president of OEM and product development programs. “To add more value for members looking to test a prototype, check product fitments or secure and EO, we went out and purchased some vehicles popular within the market.”