That is quote is definitely true when it comes to stick-shift cars. However, even with auto-trannied cars, sometimes it is the car and not the driver that makes a difference. That's because automobile engines are built within certain manufacturing tolerance levels. In other words, even if 2 IS300s had the exact same equipment and were built at the same assembly plant, there's a chance that one of them may have a stronger engine than the other. After all, when car companies post a horsepower figure for an engine/car, that figure is just an average, it is not an exact number that will apply to each and every one of those cars/engines that comes off the assembly line. For example, a few years ago, Autoweek put 3 identical Mustang GTs on a dyno. Ford's official horsepower rating was 215, however, 2 of the Mustangs had a little more than 215 horses whereas one only had 205.
Originally posted by DYSFUNCTIONAL:
theres a saying: its not the car its the driver.....is it true? anyone out there had a head to head with another IS, what happened?