Engine: 4G63T 2.0L MIVEC turbocharged inline-four; Cosworth MIVEC complete cylinder head package (1mm oversized valves, dual valvesprings, and titanium retainers), 280 intake camshaft, 272 exhaust camshaft, 1.3mm head gasket, and head studs; Tomei Expreme exhaust manifold, turbine outlet pipe, downpipe, aluminum high-flow fuel rail, oil pan baffle, and oil thermostat switch; Tomei ARMS turbo; XS Engineering front-mount intercooler and cat delete; M1 Fabrication intercooler piping; K&N intake; Fujitsubo Super Ti exhaust system; AMS stainless braided clutch lines and fuel line; AMS fuel reservoir tank with external pump; RC Engineering 1,000cc fuel injectors; Okada Projects plasma direct ignition coils; Koyo aluminum radiator; Samco radiator hoses; Ralliart thermostat; Alfit competition oil filter and sandwich adapter; SARD FPR; Earl's stainless braided lines and fittings; Innovate wideband O2 sensor; and T-Assist stiffened engine mounts

Trans/Gears/Clutch/Differential: Carbonetic twin-plate carbon clutch with flywheel, Carbonetic one-and-a-half-way front and rear carbon differentials, T-Assist retuned ACD controller, ARC cool fins

Suspension: TEIN Super Racing coilovers, (14kg/mm (front), 12kg/mm springs, twin EDFC (front/rear), SuperPro complete bushing set, Ralliart bushings, front and rear adjustable sway bars, front and rear extended wheel studs, front roll center adjusters

Wheels/Tires/Brakes: Volk TE37 in gloss black, 18x9.5 +12 for front and rear, Volk RE30 in limited silver, 18x9.5 +15 for front and rear, Yokohama Advan Neova 265/35-18 front and rear, StopTech six-piston front big brake kit, Hawk pads

Interior: Defi link in black with 52mm boost, water temp, oil temp, oil pressure, and link display; Bride GIAS carbon-Kevlar seats and Low Down brackets/sliders; Takata 3-inch six-point harnesses and shoulder pads; M1 Fabrication harness bar; Tomei Duracon shift knob; JDM carbon-fiber shifter cover; Alpine head unit; Clarion 6.5-inch component speakers (front/rear); and install kit

Exterior: C-West front bumper and canards (soon to change to Voltex street version); JDM Evo IX rear bumper; Voltex rear wide fenders, diffuser, and rear wing; Chargespeed front wide fenders; Starshield armor; Carbon trunk wing; Roof Vortex generator

Reinforcement: Carbing front tower bar with mc stopper, six-point lower arm bar, floor support bar, rear cross bar, four-point trunk brace, J-Speed fender braces, AMS moustache bar

Goals for the Competition: Win AWD Street

Build Notes: The car is built as a true high-performance street car. I used more of a Japanese tuning philosophy with attention to front and rear differentials plus an ACD controller to improve cornering speed. Engine modifications were chosen to provide good response and not huge power. Overall the car is balanced and can still be used as a daily driver, which I did for about five months.





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Tein/Import Tuner Is F
Class: FR Street
Vehicle: '08 Lexus IS F
Owner: Lexus USA (one-year loaner to TEIN USA/Import Tuner magazine)
Driver: N/A
Horsepower: 416 (stock), 480 (est. after mods), 530 (with nitrous)

Vehicle Weight: N/A

Engine: 5.0L V-8 naturally aspirated, K&N intake, Fujitsubo custom full-titanium dual exhaust, 50-shot NOS nitrous system, NOS POD system, Tom's throttle controller

Trans/Gears/Clutch/Differential: None

Suspension: TEIN Comfort Sport monotube coilovers (re-valved), TEIN EDFC, SPD adjustable front upper control arms