View Full Version : Lexus IS350 to Compete in ALMS

05-15-2006, 08:01 PM
<IMG SRC="http://a332.g.akamai.net/f/332/936/12h/www.edmunds.com//media/il/news/2006/0515/lexus.is.500.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><B>Report: Lexus IS 350 GT2 Almost Ready for American Le Mans</B><br><I>Date posted: 05-16-2006</I> <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Edmunds</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><B>BRASELTON, Ga.  Lexus expects to begin testing its IS 350 GT2 racing car in the next few weeks with the goal of a race debut in July, according to the American Le Mans Series Web site.</B><p>A final decision on race timing will be based on test and development program results, the report said.<p>Lexus announced last December that <B>Team Lexus will field two IS 350s in the 2006 American Le Mans Series' GT2 class</B>, challenging Porsche and Panoz as well as new entries from Ferrari and BMW.<p>ALMS describes the new IS 350 as using a production-based V6 engine modified to more than <B>450 horsepower</B>. The car retains its double-wishbone front and multilink rear suspension with modifications, along with large BBS-mounted Michelin racing slicks. StopTech will provide an upgraded brake package.<p>"With the majority of the American Le Mans Series schedule taking place after July 1, it simply makes sense to be patient and develop the car properly," said Philip Gaviola, Lexus motorsports manager. "And with the caliber of competition in the GT2 class, it's going to be a steep learning curve regardless of when the IS 350 makes its debut."<p>What this means to you: The Japanese luxury brand needs the racing cred to beef up its image  and it sounds like it will be ready for some hot laps shortly. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>

05-31-2006, 07:10 AM
I wonder if it still has the automatic transmission.