As is tradition, the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas was filled to the brim
high-end builds and custom vehicles, practically overflowing with talent
Making the scene this year was this fully bespoke 1969 Chevy Camaro from Lopez
Performance and Sean Smith Designs. Nicknamed “Illicit,” this Camaro rocks a supercharged LSX V8,
Performance chassis, tons of custom carbon bits, and a fully customized interior.
The concept for ‘Illicit’ was inspired by modern muscle car innovation such as the ZL1,”
“Jesus Lopez from Lopez Performance wanted to keep the classic silhouette
Camaro while accenting it with contemporary design cues such as aero parts forged from
The build started as a series of exterior sketches, after which the team went
computer to design 3D models for components like the splitter, rocker panels,
hood, and deck lid, all while maintaining elements of the original design.
The grille, for example, is a multi-piece design that incorporates carbon fiber inlays.