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The annual SEMA (Specialty Equipment Marketing Association) Show is seen as the world’s premier automotive and aftermarket industry trade show, the trade-only event allows automotive speciality equipment manufacturers to display their new wares alongside new model and concept car debuts from automotive manufacturers. In many cases, the cars on display are collaborations between manufacturers and aftermarket component manufacturers, but the cars that attract the real attention are those from performance component manufacturers who create special one-off builds to help highlight their products as well as their car-building skills. It’s also where you’ll find the completed projects from some of the world’s biggest and most popular automotive YouTube stars, and that’s the kind of thing that SXdrv loves. The 2023 instalment of the show takes place over four days, the 31st of October to the 3rd of November, and it pulls in over 160,000 attendees, over 70,000 buyer companies, over 3,300 media reps from around the world and features 2,400 exhibitors that represent over 140 countries. The show is set over 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space and has an additional 1 million square feet of features and attractions scattered throughout the expansive Las Vegas Convention Center. If there’s ever a show to add to your automotive bucket list, it’s SEMA.

From Nissan this year, there are some pretty cool attractions. The one you see here features the latest Nissan Z that has been built to not only show off the quality concepts Nissan can create, but it’s also a homage car that pays tribute to the Datsun 240Z rally car that won the 1971 East African Safari Rally. The car was built by Tommy Pike Customs and his South Carolina-based team carried out all the right mods to create a modern interpretation of the iconic 70s rally car. The Safari Rally Z Tribute features custom KW Safari suspension mated to NISMO suspension parts to raise the ride height by 2 inches. With more space, the Z is fitted with 17-inch prototype NISMO Safari wheels wrapped in Yokohama GEOLANDAR M/T G003 tyres. A new front bumper guard and skid plate was added along with an assortment of NISMO Off Road LED lights mounted to the lower section of the front bumper and on the top of the bonnet. Interior changes include a custom roll bar with a set of 4-point harnesses that keep occupants scrapped into the custom-trimmed Recaro Pole Position seats. Under the hood is the usual twin-turbocharged V6 that’s been fettled with by renowned tuner AMS. The setup includes a NISMO Track cat-back exhaust, a cold air intake, a carbon fibre engine cover, a coolant expansion tank, a heat exchanger and a street twin-disc clutch and flywheel. To make the display even cooler, Nissan brought in a vintage replica of the rally-winning 240Z, on loan from collector Randy Jaffe.

Take a look at the YouTube video that was created to show the new Nissan Safari Z car that was created to be shown off at this year's SEMA show in Las Vegas - the car pays homage to the Datsun 240Z rally car that won the 1971 East African Safari Rally: Nissan's 2023 SEMA Safari Z | CWMedia

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