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So what do you do with a drift car that struggled to find its rightful way to the podium? You cut it up and hang it on the wall of course. Discount Tire has taken the now defunct Lexus IS350 drift car that they built in collaboration with Falken Tire for Formula Drift, cut it up in half and turned it into a wall ornament for their office.
Originally driven by Hiro Sumida and then Daijiro Yoshihara, the Discount Tire / Falken Tire Lexus IS350 was a promising project that packed plenty of custom fabricated components and was revolutionary for a drift car. Unfortunately both drivers never found their way with the car, making it a predictable sliding machine and ultimately it was scrapped after numerous run-ins with the wall.
Needless to say, Dai has found a new home in his current S13 with a chance of closing off the championship in Formula Drift’s final event at Irwindale Speedway. As much as it probably pains Discount Tire that the IS350 was scrapped, we’re sure they’re pretty content in the possibility of locking down a championship. And hey, we’re pretty jealous that they were able to decorate the wall of their office with a former race car. Sure beats getting dumped at a junkyard.
GALLERY: Discount Tire Lexus IS350 Drift Car
[Source: Wrecked Magazine]
Lexus is looking to build up their F-Sport lineup in a similar manner to how AMG and the M Division add a performance boost to Mercedes and BMW. To get the ball rolling, Lexus is offering special pricing for a limited time on their F-Sport packages for the IS and GS350.
The base F Sport suspension kit will be available for $1,450, a savings of $549. For your coin, you get a set of lowering springs that drop the ride height by one inch, additional chassis bracing as well as uprated sway bars (with different specs for rear or all-wheel drive cars) that should help deliver a modest performance boost without sacrificing Lexus’ legendary comfort and ride quality.
For $4,495 (a savings of $1499), you can get a set of forged 19-inch wheels along with your suspension package, shod in Michelin Pilot Sport PS2s for the rear-drive cars or Yokohama Advan S4 all-seasons for the IS250 AWD. For those who feel the need to go one level up, all the suspension and wheel upgrades can be added to the F Sport High Performance Brake Upgrade, which retails for only $8,995, a savings of $1749. The brake kit gives you six piston calipers and 14-inch rotors up front with 4-piston calipers and 13.6-inch rotors in the back – serious brakes normally seen only on high end sports cars.
The F-Sport options have a distinct advantage over aftermarket parts, given that they don’t void the warranty and likely are made to a higher standard than most tuner pieces. When you’re dealing with things like brake parts, quality control is very important, so the peace of mind might be worth the extra money.
[Source: Lexus Newsroom]