• Apr 24, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Lexus IS F.

The introduction of the IS F proved that Lexus was serious about taking on its Germanic counterparts, but it's taking another page out of the BMW and Audi playbook by beginning to offer a high-performance driving experience to prospective owners. The Lexus Performance Driving Academy has announced dates and locations for 2008, giving attendees a choice of two courses to suit their needs and pocketbooks.

The first course consists of a two-hour session that puts you behind the wheel of the IS250, IS350, GS460, GS450h and the IS F. These basic sessions are available on Saturday and Sunday and here's the kicker: it's free. If you're willing to take a Friday off, you can upgrade to the "Ultimate" session that puts you behind the wheel of the IS F for a half-day, and includes your basic chalk talk (racing lines, grip dynamics, etc.), a team time attack, timed autocross session and a lead/follow exercise around the racetrack. Not a bad deal for $295.

Four tracks are available, including the Autobahn Circuit in Joliet, Illinois; the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California; the Summit Point Motorsports Park in West Virginia; and the Atlanta Motor Speedway, in Hampton, Georgia. You can head over to the Lexus Performance Driving Academy website for all the details.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm thinking the same thing as Scott. Seriously, this car has jowls... who though that was a good idea?
      • 6 Years Ago
      It says invite only.. but I was able to register by going through the waiting list option... Not bad for a that cash...

      I will be there that weekend anyway for BMWCCA HPDE the next 3 days lol. with my e46 M3. Should be interesting to compare the ISF with my car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        For the ultimate at 11:30.... At Fontana.
        • 6 Years Ago
        For those of you like Fooman that encountered the Waiting List, Lexus has now issued an Invitation Number especially for Autoblog members. Unfortunately, the Los Angeles/Fontana event is booked solid, but there is space available for the Chicago, West Virginia and Atlanta events. To register, just enter LP79550333 in the white box next to "BEGIN REGISTRATION" at this link:
        http://www.tasteoflexus.com/performance/registration.asp
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Drivers in all sessions must be at least 21 years of age and present a valid U.S. drivers license."

      Well screw you too Lexus.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It says "Invitation Only"...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Funny you should say that, because I was thinking this actually looks WORSE than the regular IS, which is a shame to say the least.

      That hood is all wrong.
      • 6 Years Ago
      sweet. i'm signed up for the "ultimate" one for June 27th in West Virginia. about 4 hour drive away from me, but hopefully worth it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No NorCal stop. Drats.
        • 6 Years Ago
        My sentiments exactly.
        • 6 Years Ago
        thinking the same thing :/
      • 6 Years Ago
      In for the 7:30 at Atlanta.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow this is great. i'll recommend it to all my idiot friends who can't drive a stick!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      hahahahaha
      in the FAQs they refer to the IS-F as "the ultimate high-end performance machine"

      granted it performs better than my Maxima, but I highly doubt their claims would hold any water against any "high-end performers" such as Bugatti, Ferrari, Lambo, etc...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I wasn't saying it wasn't high-end, I was saying it's far from the ultimate performance car
      • 6 Years Ago
      Chrysler did it right with the SRT experience...buy an SRT get a free day to run the mill of SRT vehicles they had on hand in different parts of the country. Not sure if it applied to the 4's but I know it did for the 6, 8, and 10's

      I never did it but wish I could have since I now own an SRt
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sweet, I'd love to drive the hell out of a super Lexus.
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