Our January 2001 cover car was gracing the Thermal Research & Development booth. Will it be the first in the 8s? We're still waiting to answer that question.

SEMA Best New Product Performance-Racing Category

Competition Engineering Honda Traction SystemThis Competition Engineering traction system is designed to reduce wheel hop and promote weight transfer to the front wheels.(203) 453-6571.

Street CategoryNitrous Express Remote Bottle OpenerNow the need for speed can be met at the drop of a hat. The Nitrous Express Remote Bottle Opener allows the enthusiast to bring his system on line from the cockpit-no more getting out to manually open the bottle.(940) 767-7694.

Moroso Hand Fabricated Cam CoverThis custom-fabricated cam cover features a 3/8-inch fuel rail fitting and can be ordered in three different colors. It is available for VTEC and non-VTEC engines. (203) 453-6571.

Eshleman's Carbon Works Carbon Fiber Honda VTEC ManifoldThis piece caught our photographer's eye. The intake's carbon fiber construction saves weight and has a dramatic impact on the visual appeal of the engine bay. (661) 948-5155.

Crane CamsCrane used the SEMA Show to introduce a new lineup of Honda/Acura camshafts. Grinds for VTEC and non-VTEC powerplants are part of the mix. (904) 252-1151.

Neuspeed 2.0-Liter VW SuperchargerNeuspeed's impressive blower package features an integrated design where the manifold and blower casing are cast as a single piece. Installation is a five-bolt affair and the unit comes with a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty.(805) 388-7171.

Goodridge USA G-Line XF Racing HoseThe XF Racing Hose features state-of-the-art technology, including a convoluted outer, a smooth inner and tough, Kevlar-braided covering.(310) 533-1924.

STR Reusable Oil Filter, Quick Release Hose ClampThis dynamic duo offers convenience, innovation and performance. The oil filter is reusable and offers billet construction while the hose clamp is a new concept altogether, with a trick (and strong!) approach to securing hoses. (909) 394-4719.

HKS Type 1 Turbo TimerThe Type 1 combines the traditional benefits of a turbo timer with 12 monitoring functions and warning functions. The 12 measurement features include parameters such as speed, rpm, quarter-mile performance stop watch etc.(310) 763-9600.

Focuz Ford Focus RS Type 1 Intake ManifoldThe Type 1 features aluminum construction and a reworked plenum for added flow and improved performance throughout the rev range.

FAL Integra Performance FanThis high-performance fan delivers more clearance for turbo systems, better cooling and can be ordered in a variety of shroud colors to add detail to your engine room. (253) 922-2700.

JBA Headers Ford Focus Cat4ward Header SystemKnown for its Mustang equipment, JBA has turned its attention to Ford's compact entry-the Focus. This equal-length header system is designed to add thrust and look good doing it. (619) 229-7797.

Hotchkis Performance Celica Camber AdjustersThese camber adjusters are built with a great deal of attention to detail. They are a valuable asset to the Celica pilot who plans to lower his ride and wishes to retain optimum tire adhesion and wear properties. (562) 907-7757.

Best Products Pro-M Universal Mass Airflow MeterThis new mass airflow meter technology is designed to improve performance while eliminating check engine light problems sometimes associated with the addition of intakes, superchargers or turbochargers. (248) 399-9223.