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Chevrolet Corvette Stingray to showcase Toyo Tires at SEMA

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0700

If you thought that tire manufacturer will just have tires at their stands at SEMA... you probably haven't been to SEMA. The manufacturers' new tires tend to be coupled with spectacular show cars created in partnerships with tuners and coachbuilders, and this year there will be no shortage of show cars sporting the latest tires. And Toyo Tires has selected a very eye-catching Chevrolet Corvette Stingray to model their new Toyo Proxes T1R high-performance summer tires.

Created by Michigan-based design house TZD, the 2014 P58 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will be sitting on 20-inch front and 21-inch rear one-off Vossen Monoblock wheels, wearing the new Toyo Proxes ultra-high performance tires. And the Stingray will need those tires, as its 580 hp output will need all the traction it can get (assuming someone will be driving the SEMA show car at the limit at some point in time). Developed with GM tuning house Pfadt, the P58 uses the 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine that's been given a respectable bump in power, up from 460 hp the Stingray produces with the optional performance exhaust.

The P58 Stingray isn't the only car that will be at Toyo Tires' booth at SEMA, as a 1969 Ford Bronco built by ASC will also be showcased by the tire manufacturer, along with a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro called "Lou's Change," built by V8 Speed & Resto, and a Kontrabands Lexus IS. Also, visitors to the show will see RAUH-Welt-Begriff founder Akira Nakai's Porsche 930 and a Liberty Walk Nissan GT-R wearing Toyo Proxes R888 tires.

About the SEMA Show

SEMA — short for Specialty Equipment Marketing Association — is the biggest aftermarket auto event in the world, held in Las Vegas each fall. The show fills multiple convention halls and shows off everything from high-performance OEM specials to custom wheels and graphics from local shops. Get the full rundown on what automakers and suppliers are up to at the industry's biggest trade show at our SEMA Show home page.

By Jay Ramey