Four ‘Hot Rodders of Tomorrow’ Finalists Emerge from SEMA Competition

Nov 8, 2016

Four of the eight teams that will compete in the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow finale at the Dec. 9-10 PRI Show have been revealed.  The first half of the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge 2016 Dual Championship took place at the recently held SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The second half of the Dual Championship will be held during the PRI Show.

The SEMA Show competition started with 20 teams which boiled down to the top-four fastest teams, which go on to the Elite Eight at the PRI Show. The other half of the Dual Championships will take place at the PRI show to reveal the remaining four schools of the Elite Eight. From there, the Elite Eight will battle it out until the ultimate champ is revealed.

During the SEMA Show compeititon, Team Vibrant from C. D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge, Virginia came in first place with an average time of 19:18. Vibrant was the only team to have all three runs below the 20-minute mark.

“When I first learned about HROT I didn’t understand what it was about. Once I saw the engine my school team showed me I immediately became interested,” said Joel Arispe of Team Vibrant. “I grew up in an independent automotive body shop. All I ever knew at that time was to rebuild cars. I never knew much about the heart of the car (engine) until I joined CD Hylton’s automotive program and the engine build team. Seeing the engine taken apart brought a whole new world to me. I always had a passion for cars and this made me realize that this is what I want to pursue for the rest of my life.”

Team Howards Cams from Belvidere North High School in Belvidere, Illinois, came in second place with an average time of 22:04. Team Howards Cams is the first all-girls team in the Elite 8. In fact, the group is the fastest all-girls team in the history of Hot Rodders of Tomorrow.

“Hot Rodders of Tomorrow has impacted my life in many ways including teaching me life-long lessons on teamwork, leadership, self-performance, and dedication,” said BreAnna Lucas from Team Howards Cams.

Team Aeromotive from Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois came in third place with an average time of 22:52. Team Aeromotive is the only team to have perfect motors (no penalties) during the first half of the Dual Championship.

Team Taylor, also from Fremd High School in Palatine came in fourth place with an average time of 23:10. Teams Aeromotive and Taylor are both coached by Steven Elza.

The Elite 8 battle will start at 1 p.m. EST on Dec. 9 and conclude on Dec. 10.