• Jan 21, 2008

Remember that luscious Lexus IS-F racer study that received its fair share of unrequited attention the Tokyo Auto Salon? According to AutoBild, it turns out the car isn't an IS-F racer at all -- well, at least not beyond the hood and fact that it has four doors. The German paper reports that the car is actually a Lexus reskin of a 2004 Opel Vectra DTM racer (above, top). Even the engine is from the Opel DTM car, and not a Toyota V8. This could explain why no one at the Lexus stand at the salon would say a word about the car.

So Lexus might get away with never claiming it was a Lexus... cough, cough... but it's a bit odd that they would let Winding Road get the idea that it's the pet project of the IS-F's chief engineer, designed to show the true potential of Lexus' hot sedan and "something of what a full race IS-F might just feel like." Perhaps what a full-race IS-F might look like. Unless Lexus really intends for a full-race IS-F to feel like a 4-year-old Opel.

Thanks for the tip, Georg!

[Source: AutoBild]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      If its really a Lexus everything it drives past will be greener, and it'll save whales, make lakes and rivers cleaner, hell if its really a Toyota product it'll damned well make the world a better place for all mankind! ...if not I'm betting its just a Opel.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As much as fanboys of both Toyota and GM like to think that there's some sort of cutthroat competition between the two OEMs the truth is they help each other out a lot by sharing suppliers, collaborating on projects and (gasp) making cars for each other.

      This is a good laugh at the expense of Toyota but it's probably far from being an exposed secret for GM to capitalize on.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Seriously, if Lexus was going to have to redo pretty much the entirety of the Opel DTM racer, why the eff would they go out of their way to get some 4 year old Opel race car?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I know what the article says genius. That doesn't meant that the writers of the article weren't tripping on acid when they pulled it out of their behinds.

        And I don't drink Toyota Kool-Aid, I prefer Toyota Juice.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Calm down and take a drink of your Toyota Kool-Aid. Here is the Google translation of the Autobild piece. The first kilometer is the new Lexus IS-F already covered. The similarity to a DTM car is also amazing. No wonder, because the Japanese prototype racing is a copy of the Opel Vectra DTM in 2004. Lexus has a Vectra and simply bought a Lexus drübergesetzt body. The tests ran even Opels DTM motor and not Toyota V8 engine (423 hp). At the Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota subsidiary, the Lexus IS Model racing-F. But without a series of call, in which they want to start. "We want us to keep open the possibility, in Europe races to go," said a spokesman of Toyota Motorsport Japan on demand from IMAGE MOTOR CARS. The probability that Lexus vehicle in the DTM, is the earliest in 2010. If Toyota F1 to the end of 2009, no licence successes, the plant used and the back-Williams team. One possible step would be consequential, Lexus then in the DTM to place.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Dumb. I guess that is a cheap way to work on a design study and maybe pick up some race knowledge by tearing the car apart.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Et tu, Brute?
      Nothing seems as it is anymore.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thank you, SoloTwo, for your intelligent commentary, insights and links to pictures proving the absurdity of that AutoBild story. Here's what I wrote for the my.IS site:

      http://my.is/forums/f47/tabloidization-lexus-f-racing-concept-stories-continues-351241/
        • 7 Years Ago
        Dont get so worked up. It is a concept car. They do this all the time. The Lexus in Minority Report was a chevy with a chevy engine too.
      • 7 Years Ago
      How the hell would they get ahold of the factory Opel car? This is a manufacturer's series isn't it?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Oh drat, look below. Opel hasn't raced in DTM for two years. But my comment moved itself to the bottom.
      • 6 Years Ago
      check out the pics of it on http://www.isftalk.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      Apparently everyone has over looked my comment.

      IF it is indeed an Opel which I'm doubting, every panel is DIFFERENT then the Vectra. Its even more evident when you look at pictures that aren't of a black Opel and haven't been resized with ms paint by a 6 year old.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why?
      • 7 Years Ago
      great work autoblog!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Between Autobild and Winding Road, in terms of credibility, I'd be inclined to believe the latter not the former.

      Besides, Toyota has already shown a JGTC IS concept as well (for the super gt class). Why would they need to reskin an old opel touring car?

      This is probably another example of internet rumor bollocks.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Nah, I am not buyin it. Of course they'd use standard DTM hardware such as wheels and brakes (regs most likely mandate them). The pictures you cite don't really prove anything to me.

        As to the credibility of Autobild vs any other mag, hot rumors sell magazines and many publishers are guilty of posting sensational headlines. How long has Motor Trend been touting a mid-engined Vette?

        I certainly could be wrong, but I doubt highly that Lexus would need to re-skin an existing DTM car in order to get a concept out to the masses.
        • 7 Years Ago
        edmunds credible?

        Autobild is one of the largest printcar magazines in the world with 600,000magazines sold every week, it is published in 30 languages weekly..

        why Toyota/Lexus did it? To show that they possible race 2010 the DTM, buying a used DTM racer adding a carbon siluet of a other car is much cheaper as to develop a complet fully working concept car.. next to that they can check if they fit into the regulations of DTM.

        Ask yourself why a japanese concept race car has the driver on the wrong side..
        the fuel opening on the wrong side
        sits on old German ATS rims from 2004

        http://www.blogsmithmedia.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2008/01/is-f-racing.jpg
        at this picture you can id the yellow ATS logo on the rims..

        according to www.motorsport-total.com the Lexus IS-F concept race car shown at Tokyo was fitted with "used" DTM standart race brakes were you still could ID the DTM logo which is the same on all DTM race cars.

        according to www.speed-magazine.de Toyota has officle bought the 2004 DTM Vectra from Opel... and from there it went to TRD in Japan.

        here is a 1/3of a 2004 DTM Vectra race car..pretty easy to model a different look to such parts... without changing a single screw at the chassie..

        http://www.dtm.com/fotos/83/2004-04-30-064.jpg
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