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Lexus 2008 SEMA Project Car Guide

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Lexus marks its return to the SEMA Show with another selection of exciting project cars following its official debut at the 2007 show. This year, Lexus will feature eight project vehicles at its exhibit:

• Five Axis “Project GS” luxury sport sedan
• Five Axis “Project IS F” with a newly fortified engine
• F-Sport-equipped IS 350 with a new concept body kit
• Four new projects based on the IS F high-performance sport sedan
• A specially modified LX 570 luxury utility vehicle

All of the vehicles will be available for viewing at the Lexus exhibit tent, located outside between the Central and South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The tent sits next to the Motor Trend Proving Ground powered by Lexus, where the 416-horsepower IS F and an F-Sport equipped IS 350 will be available for test drives.

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Those are sick F's, I really like the greddy exhaust and carbon fiber! I'm excited to see what parts actually come out after SEMA :) we're all going to need to keep our eyes out for new products :)

Project GS by Five Axis

After wowing the SEMA Show crowd in 2007 with the amazing Project IS F, Troy Sumitomo makes a return engagement, this time with a fresh take on the Lexus GS 460. Sumitomo brings the considerable expertise of his Five Axis automotive design company to bear on this exciting GS concept. The car will be unveiled on Tuesday, November 4 inside the Lexus SEMA Show display where Troy will be on hand to discuss his latest creation with members of the media.


• Five Axis widebody conversion
• PPG custom formulated Satin Titanium Pearl paint by Five Axis with onyx and papaya accents

• Custom fabricated exhaust with dual finishers by Five Axis Wheels
• FIVE:AD ONYX R5:F alloy wheels
o Front: 20x8.5”, ET25
o Rear: 20x10.5”, ET22

• Yokohama Advan concept tires with tread design by Five Axis
o Front: 245/30- ZR20
o Rear: 295/25-ZR20

• Sport shocks
• Performance lowering springs

• High-Performance Big Brake Kit - Front
o 355mm x 32mm rotors
o Six-piston opposed, 2- piece fixed, bolt-in-bridge caliper
• High-Performance Big Brake Kit - Rear
o 345mm x 28mm rotors
o Four-piston opposed, fixed, bolt-in-bridge caliper
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Project IS F by Five Axis

Following its stunning debut in 2007, the Five Axis Project IS F went back to the shop for another makeover, this time in the engine compartment. With 416 hp on tap right out of the box, the standard IS F is no slouch. But the Project IS F concept brief included exploring the performance potential of its direct-injected 5.0-liter V8, so it now sports 5.8 liters while receiving ported and flowed cylinder heads, a new exhaust system and changes to the electronic controls. The upshot is enough power and torque to put an evil grin on even the most jaded enthusiast’s face.


• Bored to 100 mm and stroked to 91.5 mm to yield 5.8 liters
• Forged JE Pistons
• 12.8:1 compression ratio
• Titanium intake and stainless steel exhaust valves
• Nitrided crankshaft
• Dyers connecting rods

• Custom fabricated low restriction system with dual finishers

• Five Axis Design 6” wide body conversion
• Five Axis custom satin black pearl paint with satin bronze accents Interior
• Five Axis Design Sculpted Front and Rear Seats Upholstered in Alcantara with Garrett Basket Weave Leather and Stainless Steel Woven Inserts
• Material Specifications by Zing Design
• Upholstery by Turinmodel, Inc.
• Uniquely Appointed Five Axis Design Interior Trim and Color Enhancements
• Chilewich floor mats

• FIVE:AD S5:F Wheels with Satin Bronze Finish
o Front: 20x8.5”, +25mm offset
o Rear: 20x10.5”, +33mm offset

• Yokohama Advan Sport
o Front: 245/30-ZR20
o Rear: 295/25-ZR20

• TEIN Adjustable Coil-over Suspension

• Brembo GT Brake System
o Front: 380x32mm 2-Piece Floating Disc with 6-piston Monobloc Caliper
o Rear: 345x28mm 2-piece Floating Disc with 2-piston Caliper
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IS 350 with F-Sport Accessories

The IS 250/350 is Lexus’ entry point into the luxury sport sedan arena. It’s a tuner-friendly and robust platform that responds extremely well to performance upgrades. This car is fully loaded with all the offerings from the F-Sport performance accessory catalog. It also sports a new concept ground-effects body kit designed to complement the increased performance and aggressive stance provided by the F-Sport components.


• Four-piece ground-effects body kit and grille by Five Axis
• Lexus Genuine Accessory rear spoiler
• PPG Vibrance Orange Glow 3-stage paint with satin accents

• Custom leather interior appointments by Five Axis and Turinmodel, Inc.
• F-Sport floor mats Engine
• F-Sport Performance Air Intake
• F-Sport Carbon Fiber Engine Cover Exhaust
• F-Sport Performance Exhaust

• F-Sport Bilstein Shocks
• F-Sport Lowering Spring Set
• F-Sport Sway Bar Set
• F-Sport Under Chassis Brace

• F-Sport 19” Forged Aluminum Wheels
o Front: 19”x8”
o Rear: 19”x9”

• Yokohama Advan Sport Ultra-high
Performance Tires
o Front: 225/35-ZR19 88Y
o Rear: 255/35-ZR19 96Y

• F-Sport Performance Brake Upgrade Kit (Fr)
o 355mm x 32mm Rotor
o Six-piston opposed, 2 piece fixed, bolt-inbridge caliper
• F-Sport Performance Brake Upgrade Kit (Rr)
o 345mm x 28mm Rotor
o Four-piston opposed, fixed, bolt-in-bridge caliper
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IS F by Fox Marketing/Artisan Performance

Fox Marketing and Artisan Performance teamed to create this subtle yet aggressive makeover of the already aggressive IS F. The subtle part involves the numerous bodywork changes, which enhance rather than rethink the lines of the IS F, making it look even more muscular in the process. ‘Aggressive’ can be applied to the engine which gets the full twin-turbo treatment. Fox expects the changes will yield something north of 600 horsepower.


• BASF Glasurit Sunset Orange Pearl paint
• Webasto Hollandia 9001 sunroof
• Licensed Fox Marketing front bumper
• Licensed Fox Marketing side skirts
• Licensed Fox Marketing rear valance
• Custom fender flares
• Lightwurkz BASF Black painted HID headlights
• Lightwurkz BASF Black tinted taillights
• Impressive Signs graphics
• Meguiar's Car Care Products
• Paint & body by Powell Customs

• Black leather seats with blue stitching
• Callaway golf clubs in the trunk

• Artisan Twin-Turbo kit
• Artisan air intake with AMSOIL filter
• Artisan front mount intercooler
• Brian Crower connecting rods
• JE Pistons
• Mishimoto radiator
• AMSOIL 0w-30 synthetic engine oil
• AMSOIL transmission fluid
• Tuned by Kenny Strickler -

• Artisan cat-back exhaust Suspension
• Eibach Pro Kit Wheels
• Front: 20x9.5 iForged FS Imola
• Rear: 20x11.5 iForged FS Imola

• Front: 255/35-20 Toyo T1R
• Rear: 305/30-20 Toyo T1R
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IS F by Import Tuner Magazine/TEIN

Import Tuner Magazine and TEIN suspension company put their collective heads and expertise together to create an IS F that’s focused on track performance, while still remaining practical for the street. Weight reduction, added chassis stiffness, special suspension and big sticky tires take care of the corners, while a comprehensive nitrous system boosts the engine for bursts of overtaking power. Coming soon to a track near you.


• Five Axis dry carbon front lip
• Black chrome dipped emblems and front grill
• Smoked headlights
• S&A Design vinyl

• Bride racing seats (Brix II for driver, Xax II for passenger)
• Custom tinted interior trim
• TEIN Dampachi mascot

• NOS 12.8 lbs composite bottle
• Nitrous bottle opener
• Single fogger wet nitrous system
• Quick release bottle bracket
• Ntimidator dual LED purge kit
• Nitrous bottle heater
• P.O.D. system
• Nitrous pressure gauges
• K&N intake
• Tom’s Linear Throttle Controller

• Fujitsubo custom full titanium dual exhaust

• TEIN re-valved Comfort Sport monotube coilovers with Electronic Damping Force Control (EDFC)
• SPD Metal Works adjustable fr. upper cont. arms
• M1 Fabrication stitch-welded body seams (strategic locations)
• Tom’s upper performance rod
• Tom’s front and rear suspension member braces
• Tom’s rear body strengthening brace

• Volk RE30s
o Front: 19x9”; +38 offset
o Rear: 19x10”; +38 offset

• Yokohama Advan Sports
o Front: 255/35-19
o Rear: 275/35-19

• Brembo GT Big Brake kit
o Front: 6-piston calipers and two-piece rotors
o Rear: two-piece rotors
• Baker custom rear stainless steel brake lines
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IS F by 0-60 Magazine

With track performance a common theme among IS F builders, 0-60 Magazine ups the ante on their IS F project with a supercharger to tease out another load of horses from the big V8. Carbon fiber body components reduce weight while lowering the center of gravity and a custom roll cage adds stiffness and protection. A beefy brake upgrade kit was added to balance the performance equation.


• Seibon Carbon Panels: Hood, Fenders, Trunk, Spoiler

• Design Craft Fabrication custom roll cage
• Sparco Chrono Road Seats wrapped with interior-matching leather

• Greddy MP92 Supercharger w/ custom aluminum intake manifold
• Greddy Intelligent Informeter Touch
• Greddy Intake and filter
• Braille Carbon Battery

• Custom system using Greddy Spectrum Elite components

• Tein Super Street Coilovers w/ EDFC Kit

• Yokohama Advan Racing RZ Wheels
o Front: 19x9”
o Rear: 19x10”

• Hankook Ventus EVO V12:
o Front: 245/35-19
o Rear: 275/30-19

• Performance Friction Lexus IS F Z-Rated brake upgrade kits (front and rear):
o Forged 4–piston monobloc calipers
o Radial mount caliper brackets
o 2-piece rotor/hat assemblies (372mm front; 355mm rear)
o Z-rated Carbon Metallic ® multipads specifically for IS-F chassis
o Stainless steel braided brake lines
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IS F by

MotorworldHype has taken another path that is a bit less aggressive, yet more easily accessible for the average consumer. Lots of carbon to reduce some unwanted mass and a well-rounded package of suspension, brake, engine and cosmetic changes provide sharper responses in all directions.


• Carbon fiber aero package featuring carbon front chin/splitter and rear diffuser
• Weight reduction package featuring carbon fiber replacement trunk lid
• Lexus Starfire White paint
• Gloss black emblems
• Gloss black window sills and roof
• Matte black tips

• Blue Alcantara seat inserts

• Custom air intake system

• Borla high performance exhaust system

• Tein Full Suspension System w/ EDFC Wheels
• Rays Engineering Volk Racing TE 37 in matte black
o Front: 19x8.5”
o Rear: 19x9.5”

• Michelin Pilot Sport 2
o Front: 235/35-19
o Rear: 265/30-19

• Brembo GT Big Brake Kit w/ 6 piston front calipers and floating rotors
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LX 570 by ICON 4x4 Design

ICON specializes in 4x4s that are typically off-road oriented. But they envisioned something different for the plush yet rugged LX 570. Their approach here is to give the LX a clean and stealthy appearance through clever use of colors and trim, then top with performance improvements to further enhance the appeal of Lexus’ premier luxury utility vehicle.


• Matte two-tone gray paint
• Black chrome trim and emblems
• Side trim removed, roof rack deleted

• All wood panels replaced with carbon fiber surface effect coatings
• Window tint

• Custom intake system

• Stainless steel exhaust system

• Custom finish 24” MOZ Calgary wheels

• Pirelli Scorpion Zero Asimmetrico 285/35R-24

• 6-piston front, 4-piston rear performance brake system
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Great info, looks like we can all find some tuning options...finally!:cool:
Here's the GS....

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holy shitba**s!! That is one sick looking GS...those look like the Porsche Carrera GT wheels, any pics up close Flipside? Are you enjoying yourself out there?
Five Axis brought a tuned Lexus IS F to last year’s SEMA show. For 2008, the automotive design company is back again with two project cars: last year’s IS F (sporting a larger engine) and a new custom based on the GS460. Five Axis has widened the body of Lexus’s second-largest sedan and given it a custom titanium-pearl paint job “with onyx and papaya accents.” The show car will sport a serious aero kit that sharpens the sedan’s soft lines. Judging by the drawing released by Lexus, the front air dam is especially aggressive, with blue highlights that match the blue brake calipers. Those calipers are part of a high-performance brake mod and are nestled behind five-spoke rims wearing tires with Five Axis-designed treads. A Five Axis exhaust and a lowered sport suspension complete the package.
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