- Many auto industry suppliers come to SEMA with sponsored builds to draw attention to their products that might otherwise go unnoticed.
- ENEOS makes automotive lubricants, for instance, but who cares? You will, once you see the Jag E-Type with the Supra straight-six and the twin-engine Z.
- There will be more cars at SEMA, many more. Stay tuned.
ENEOS is Japan’s largest oil company, but how do you get anyone to notice or care? Wild concept cars at SEMA, that’s how.
ENEOS makes motor oil and transmission fluid for the majority of Asian vehicle manufacturers. And ENEOS products are poured into these three SEMA show cars. But the cars themselves, and the engines in them, are what will really draw a crowd at the crowded SEMA show in Las Vegas, happening right now.
ENEOS Jaguar E-Type 2JZ
When the E-Type came out in 1961 it had a very British Jaguar 3.5-liter straight-six. Drifter and car builder Faruk Kugay of DevSpeed Motorsports swapped in another straight-six, a Toyota 2JZ-GTE from a Supra. It’s not the first such swap with which the oil maker has been associated.
The E-Type is the third car in a series of creations that take Europe’s finest vehicles and combines them with Japan’s finest engineering, ENEOS said. Previous projects have included an E30 BMW with an F20C Honda 2.0-liter engine swap in 2021, and a 997.1 Porsche 911 GT3 with a Subaru Impreza STI EJ25 engine last year.
ENEOS says the Jaguar conversion “certainly fits the Frankenstein theme of previous years and takes it up a notch with increased use of modern technology to update the classic British sports car.”
Jag-builder Kugay didn’t use a stock 2JZ, but chose one closer to what’s in his Nissan S14 drift car, a 2JZ with a new factory head casting with Deatschwerks Injectors, and a full Nuke Performance fuel system.
Internally, the engine was reinforced with CP-Carillo pistons and rods (which will be expertly lubricated by ENEOS Racing Street 0W-50 oil, ENEOS notes), and a Borg Warner EFR 8474 turbocharger and Vibrant Performance Intercooler. A Link G4 Fury ECU provides the spark in the engine chambers. Kugay is confident that all of the above means 750 hp at the flywheel.
Underneath in the rear is a BMW E50 rear subframe, suspension, and differential. A BMW E36 ZF five-speed transmission was swapped in from an M3. Carbon-fiber fender flares in back accommodate Bridgestone Potenza RE-71 RS tires—225/45R-17 front and 255/40R-17 rear—on 17-inch Rotiform STL wheels.
Twin-Engine Nissan 350Z
If one engine is good, two engines must be twice as good.
Ashley Robinson bought the host Z—with rear-end damage—for $800. Then he put a roll cage where the smashed rear was, drifted it for two years, and swapped in a turbocharged Honda K24 four-cylinder at each axle.
The powerplants each have Hondata K-Pro ECUs that he somehow managed to get to talk to each other. There are two Honda EP3 five-speed transmissions with 4.3:1 final drives and custom AKD Performance axles.
It will be parked outside the center hall, but may be worth hanging around until Friday just to watch it drive away. Looking forward to more from this creative tuner/drifter.
1997 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER PICKUP
This creation came from RPM Off-Road Garage in Monrovia, California. RPM owner Steve Lam says, “It’s something both Japanese truck and off-road enthusiasts can appreciate.” No doubt they can.
Lam started with a 1997 Land Cruiser FZJ80 chassis that he lengthened, then put on top of that a 2009 HZJ79 pickup body sourced from the Land Cruiser Heritage Museum in Salt Lake City. The engine is a Toyota 1FZ-FE 4.5-liter DOHC 24-valve inline-six.
Just a few of the hundreds of cool cars coming to SEMA.
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Mark Vaughn grew up in a Ford family and spent many hours holding a trouble light over a straight-six miraculously fed by a single-barrel carburetor while his father cursed Ford, all its products and everyone who ever worked there. This was his introduction to objective automotive criticism. He started writing for City News Service in Los Angeles, then moved to Europe and became editor of a car magazine called, creatively, Auto. He decided Auto should cover Formula 1, sports prototypes and touring cars—no one stopped him! From there he interviewed with Autoweek at the 1989 Frankfurt motor show and has been with us ever since.