March 20, 2019
Jorge Ramos of Top Gun Performance Tuning in Laredo, Texas, set out to secure a "Golden Ticket" at SEMA 2018 in Las Vegas with his team’s modified 2019 Hyundai Veloster R Spec. Only 10 of the Golden Tickets are given out at the annual trade show of the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association, to cars most likely to "shake up the field" at OPTIMA's Ultimate Street Car Invite (USCI) following the SEMA show. This is the second year in a row -- in just two tries -- Ramos has secured a Golden Ticket for the OPTIMA USCI.
Ramos reached out to us in early September, asking to use a 1" CP Impact Wrench on the Veloster R Spec's support vehicle, the 2018 Hyundai KONA. The KONA would be outfitted with equipment and accessories to be used on the Veloster R Spec at the track, and would also be on display at SEMA 2018. Both cars would be modified for quickness and would be entered in the SEMA “Battle of the Builders” contest, where Top Gun’s entry car had made it to the third round the year before.
Our experts responded with a bit of advice -- that the CP8849 1/2" Impact Wrench would be a better fit for their needs -- and Top Gun agreed. Ramos suited up the KONA with the CP8849 1/2" Impact Wrench and SS4211WP Sockets, along with a CP8915 Torque Wrench, CP8006 Worklight, and CP Soft Tool Bag, to carry all of the great tools we sent them in style. "They're very precise," said Ramos of the Impact Wrench and Torque Wrench he used for the SEMA builds, and continues to use because they're so reliable. "They are very precise, at 30 foot-pounds, 60 foot-pounds, even 90 foot-pounds. Others can slip at higher torques, but not the Chicago Pneumatic tools."