The Craziest Builds from SEMA 2018

The Craziest Builds from SEMA 2018

Last Updated July 21, 2021 | C.J. Tragakis

SEMA show is not for everyone, and it certainly has its critics. Some think that the show goes too far reveling in gaudy impracticality and excessive grandeur. That's certainly a fair view, but if you go into the show being ready for crazy, imaginative, and inventive builds, you'll leave seriously impressed. There's no other place that can compare to the Las Vegas Convention Center's massive floors being filled to the brim with automotive creations of all shapes and sizes, showing off accessories and ideas that push creative design to its absolute limits. You'll see works of art, homages to racing history, and massive trucks that will bring out the kid in people of any age. Even if the vision of a particular aftermarket company doesn't really mesh with what you're interested in, it's not hard to admire the hard work that goes into these projects. That's why, this year, we wanted to take a look at some of the craziest builds from SEMA!

It's hard to argue against the notion that, at least for auto enthusiasts, there are bound to be some cars and trucks at SEMA that anyone can appreciate! With that said, check out our list of crazy builds below, which may or may not be your cup of tea.

Kelderman Snow Track Truck

Kelderman's truck is looking more like a tank at this point and is ready to tackle some snowy environments with those rubber treads.

Hot Wheels Twin Mill Purple

This mean, purple machine has twin V8 engines and style like it was designed by futurists in the 1960's. In a way, it was. This show car started off as a build based off of a Hot Wheels car, using a Corvette as the starting point.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted BMW M3

Nothing too crazy here, just a perfect re-creation of the main car from one of the greatest racing games of all time, the original Need for Speed: Most Wanted!

Low Rider Red Pickup Truck

This low-rider can't get much lower...speed bumps could be a minor issue.

Bull Wrecker Truck

I certainly would not want to get in the way of this big bull.

Tailgate Ford Pickup Truck

With a tailgating set-up like this, you're sure to be the talk of the town. No doubt you'll make some new friends as well!

Black and Gold Motorcycle

An answer to the question, "What type of motorcycle would a pirate ride?".

C&R Racing Skeletal Car

I feel like this car is missing something, but I can't quite put my finger on it. This skeletal ride is a project from C&R Racing.

Black Jeep with Red Tint and Light

Another spooky rig. Jeep Wranglers seem to be getting more and more angry, and this one's got red tint and ground effects to go with the ominous black body.

Big Lifted Super Duty Ford Pickup Truck in Red

We're all for the spectacle that SEMA offers, but does this truck really deserve to have the phrase "off-road" displayed on it?

Ford Pickup Truck Wilderness with Topographical Paint and Real Mud

This truck doesn't have anything crazy going on about the build, just a really sweet paint job. What is crazy, however, is the fact that they've got real, actual mud splattered on the sides! No cleaning crew needed for this pickup.

Old Roadster with Road Signs

This old-timey roadster is really the cat's meow! It's ready to take you on all sorts of grand adventures, see? Just ignore the fact that it looks to be constructed mostly out of road signs...

Articulating Jeep Wrangler with Big Tires

It's difficult to articulate just how crazy this Wrangler is. Despite those beefy tires, it gets up!

Off-Road Ford EcoSport

Again, this certainly isn't the craziest car you'll see at SEMA. But doesn't it take just a little bit of insanity to turn a Ford EcoSport into a rock-crawler? Perhaps "pebble-hopper" is a better term in this case.

Whiteline Mustang Exterior

Is that the new Jeep Scrambler?! In 2-door form?! No, just a pretty sweet customized Wrangler. With a name like "Sandstorm", I'm wondering if it needs a theme song. Because I have one in mind...

Never Enough Crazy Car

This guy looks like a first-gen Scion xB exploded in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. The theme is "Never Enough", but we might have to agree to disagree on that one. I'm not even sure what this poor thing started its life as...maybe a Suzuki Sidekick? (Edit:'s a Geo Tracker).

Ford Edge ST Camera Car

Ford's got an Edge ST that's geared up to be a camera car. Think it can keep up with that Mustang?

Low Rider Gray Hot Rod

Giving new meaning to the phrase "short and sweet".

Ford Performance Hoonigan Truck

Ken Block's Hoonigan truck is crazy by design, but that's the way it should be!

Cliffride Jeep Wrangler Camper RV

This is not your grandma's camper. We're hoping Jeep starts making some Wranglers like this right from the factory!

Big Red Pickup Truck Carrying Off-Road Vehicle

For when you need a big 4x4 to carry your big 4x4!

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The Craziest Builds from SEMA 2018

The annual SEMA show allows companies to show off some of their most wild ideas, turning pipe dreams into reality. Here, we've compiled some of the craziest builds that we saw at SEMA in 2018, showcasing design that is bold, fascinating, or just plain weird!