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I'll be there this saturday to watch the qualifying. If I do see it, I'll try to take the pictures and post up here.
BTW, we are talking about TRD here, they have alot of stuff in their hands they usually don't like to tell people.
 

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It will be on ESPN this Sunday starting at 2:30pm ET. Watch it, it should be a great race. If you have never watched a CART race before, you should start. These races on the Super Speedways are just great with the Hanford Device.
 

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hmm, this is kind of off topic, but you think anyone out there will attempt to drop a Champ Car TRD engine into the IS? 900+ hp at the shaft!
The engine is actually smaller than the one in the IS right now and weights probably 100 or so lb lighter, the only problem is that the turbocharger is huge (T06 turbo means nothing when put next to these beast) so there may not be a place to fit them.
Anyone want to take on this project?
 

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So despite repeated denials of a TRD supercharger coming from TRD themselves, there is in fact an SC for the IS! Maybe a release of the non-warranty voiding blower will be sooner than we all think!
 

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Specifications IS 300 Pace Car

VEHICLE TYPE 4-seat, 4-door RWD compact sport sedan
ENGINE TYPE 24-valve, in-line 6 TRD supercharged
DISPLACEMENT 2997 cc
HORSEPOWER [email protected] rpm
TORQUE (lb-ft) 245 lb-ft
TRANSMISSION 5-speed manual
WHEELBASE 105.1 in.
FRONT SUSPENSION Double wishbone Eibach racing coil springs
REAR SUSPENSION Double wishbone Eibach racing coil springs
SHOCK ABSORBERS Bilstein
WHEELS BBS Front - 18" x 8" Rear - 19" x 8 1/2 "
TIRES Bridgestone Potenzza SO-2 Pole Position
Front - 225/35ZR/18
Rear - 245/35ZR/19
BRAKES Front - Brembo four piston caliper w/12.9"
floating ventilated discs
Rear - single piston caliper w/12" rotor
PAINT PPG Automotive Finishes
GRAPHICS Molly Designs

SOURCE Lexus
 

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The supercharger they slapped on the "pace car" is unlikely to be production ready for street use.

L-tuned says close to a year before we can expect to see a street legal TRD S/C for the IS300.

By the way - for whatever reason - that IS300 pace car didn't pace the race...
 

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Muhhamed from Swift says the IS300 S/C should be ready by the middle of January. I hope that the S/C doesn't unravel the cars handling too much. I know when you add more power you have to add stuff to balance out the power, ie brakes, suspension, trasmission, etc.
 

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I heard that TRD is on their 3rd motor with that car. They keep blowing them up trying to get it working right. Supposedly they took some press out before the race and trashed one motor so it wasn't able to actually pace the race.
 

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Hmm, doesn't that just sound familiar. TRD blowing up motors? Wow, what a surprise.
You guys should ask CART teams what they called the Toyota motors before the 2000 season. They really need to buy out Yamaha, and have all their engine people do the tuning.
 
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