Lexus is really getting into this whole SEMA thing. Besides the IS F, plenty of which we'll be showing you shortly, there was this slick GS 460 done up by long-time Toyota collaborator Five Axis. The Project GS is Troy Sumitomo's follow-up to last year's sweet IS F. It features a Five Axis widebody conversion slathered in PPG custom formulated Satin Titanium Pearl paint with onyx and papaya accents, a custom fabricated exhaust with dual finishers by Five Axis, Five:AD ONYX 20-inch wheels wrapped in Yokohama Advan concept tires, sport shocks, performance lowering springs and a high-performance Big Brake Kit. While the front fascia is a bit too Mazda concept-ish, the overall look is slick and stealth. Matte finishes are probably just at the end of their useful lifespan, but these guys do it right. Hit the jump for official details from Lexus and check out the gallery for more live shots in hi-res.
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NEW PRESS RELEASE - 10/28/2008
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 Exhaust
- Custom fabricated exhaust with dual finishers by Five Axis
- FIVE:AD ONYX R5:F alloy wheels Front: 20x8.5", ET25 Rear: 20x10.5", ET22 Tires
- Yokohama Advan concept tires with tread design by Five Axis
- Front: 245/30- ZR20 Rear: 295/25-ZR20
- Sport shocks
- Performance lowering springs
- High-Performance Big Brake Kit - Front 355mm x 32mm rotors - Six-piston opposed, 2 piece fixed, bolt-in-bridge caliper
- High-Performance Big Brake Kit - Rear 345mm x 28mm rotors - Four-piston opposed, fixed, bolt-in-bridge caliper
Lexus Brings New Project Cars and Energy to the 2008 SEMA Show
Torrance, CA, October 16, 2008 - Lexus is taking its performance message to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show for its second official appearance this fall with a bevy of new project cars and multiple ways to sample its IS F high-performance sedan and F-Sport products. Headlining the project cars will be a fresh take on the Lexus GS 460 by Five Axis.
"The introduction of the IS F last year was our first opportunity to stimulate major interest from the performance community," said Brian Bolain, Lexus national engagement marketing manager. "We followed up with the F-Sport line of performance accessories for the IS 250/350 and judging by the market's overall response, there was clearly some pent-up demand."
A good barometer of that response lives in the array of project cars that will be on display in the Lexus space which, like last year, is situated next to the Motor Trend proving ground between the Central and South halls.
Projects On Display
Riding a wave of momentum from its Project IS F car introduced at SEMA last year, Five Axis has turned its attention to the Lexus GS 460. Project GS will debut inside the Lexus SEMA booth on Tuesday, November 4 and designer Troy Sumitomo will be on hand to talk about his latest creation.
Project IS F also returns to SEMA with a newly (and heavily) modified V8 engine filling its engine bay. Now bored and stroked to 5.75 liters, the car was a major hit at SEMA last year and has been bulking up on horsepower and torque ever since.
Four unique IS F project cars created by these independent builders will be on display at the Lexus space:
- Fox Marketing/Artisan Performance
- Import Tuner Magazine/TEIN Suspension
- 0-60 Magazine
Lexus will also display a special LX 570 created by ICON 4x4 Design. This concept brings a stealthy and functional look to the LX ("anti-bling" says ICON's Jonathan Ward) augmented by several performance upgrades.
Step into the air-conditioned Lexus booth next to the proving ground and you will find several displays including:
- IS 350 equipped with F-Sport accessories and concept body kit
- F-Sport accessories on display with information
- 2009 IS F with the latest factory updates including a new interior color and other detail changes
A small test track (Motor Trend Proving Ground) adjacent to the Lexus booth gives attendees the chance to drive the potent IS F as well as an F-Sport-equipped IS 350. The track will be open to Lexus cars during normal show hours beginning Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 9:00 a.m. until the track closes Thursday at 5:00 p.m.
Next to the booth, Lexus will strap an IS F to a chassis dyno for full throttle runs through a simulated ¼ mile. Power shifting the 8-speed Sport Direct Shift transmission is encouraged. The dyno will run from noon Tuesday until 3:00 p.m. Friday.
Also not to be missed are the IS F video racing simulators where drivers can pit themselves against one another on Laguna Seca's iconic Corkscrew for prizes and bragging rights. Helmets are optional.