The Falken Tires Lexus LFA at SEMA 2011

The Lexus LFA is a beautifully impressive piece of automotive art when it’s on the ground…but place it on a pedestal at the annual SEMA show and it becomes something more all together.

The production Lexus LFA features a new V10 engine and a carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) body. CFRP materials account for 65 percent of the LFA’s body composition by mass. The LFA went into production in late 2010, with a projected run of 500 vehicles at the base price of US$375,000. A circuit-tuned variant debuted in 2012 with a base price of US$445,000, making it the most expensive Japanese road car ever built.

Every Fall we make our way to Las Vegas, Nevada for the annual SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center and every Fall people ask us what it’s all about? A strangely popular question.

For starters, SEMA is short for the Specialty Equipment Market Association. The organization consists of more than 7,358 member companies that operate within the aftermarket automotive community. These are the folks that sell aftermarket product solutions for cars, trucks and motorcycles.

Fast Facts:

  • 2012 Show Dates: October 30 – November 2, 2012
  • Held each October or November
  • Takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center
  • First Show took place in 1967 in Los Angeles, Calif.
  • More than 125,000 attendees
  • More than 2,000 exhibitors
  • More than 1 million square feet of show space!
  • Industry Only: No public admittance

Those performance brakes you put on your Z or the specialty rear spoiler and front fascia that you bought bought for your FR-S; chances are they were probably manufactured by aftermarket automotive companies. Possibly the same companies that attend the SEMA Show each year.