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SEMA: Hotchkis knows what’s up

I’ll be honest, before SEMA, Hotchkis Sport Suspension wasn’t a company I was very familiar with.  After a quick look at their website you get the impression their bread and butter is modern suspension systems for classic domestic muscle cars.  I’ve always loved the idea of an old school hunk of Detroit steel with the handling of a modern car.

Which brings me back to their booth at SEMA and my surprise at seeing an FR-S present.

From what I understand some of the pieces they have developed for the FR-S are prototypes only and are on display to gauge interest before proceeding with further development.

That along with the usual suspects when it comes to suspension upgrades.

These sway bars and front tower brace are pieces are currently on sale.

But what really caught my eye, and made me realize that Hotchkis definitely has a deeper understanding of each vehicle they develop parts for, was this..

A rear cross brace.  After a chat with one of the staff present I’d confirmed my suspicions.  This brace is fully removable with only 4 bolts.  A perfect fit for this car.  Going to the track and need some additional stiffness and a place to mount some racing harnesses?  Well this does the trick and when your done, just pull it out and regain use of the rear seats.

SEMA is always a challenge to find and focus on anything with endless halls of new cool stuff, especially this year with new parts for the FR-S being such a hot commodity.  But this rear brace is one of the pieces I hope Hotchkis decides to produce and sell.  What’s your opinion on a part like this?  Are you in favor of a daily and weekend track car all in one?




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