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well as i am nearly finished, i thought id let you see how i am doing so far.

this was started around october time.

IS200 Sport 2 Litre 24v inline 6 with 6 speed manual gearbox

2003 model

22,000 miles

Here is the progression from car through stripped Shell to the eventual finished product, ready to race.

PIC 1 Stripped shell, sunroof roof skin removed

PIC 2 Dash removed

PIC 3 View Forward..dry fit of Sparco seats

PIC 4 Underneath View

PIC 5 Ysection for Duel exit exhaust, and removed centre box

PIC 6 Battery Box, showing Overload breaker box on Box side

PIC 7 Heatproofed Engine bay

PIC 8 New Manifold heat shield

PIC 9 Bonnet Pins

PIC 10 Bulkhead Blanking Plate

PIC 11 Boot Hooks

PIC 12 New location for ECU...passenger seat location

PIC 13 Battery Master Switch location in Dash(Radio Location)....MOMO steering wheel

PIC 14 Power Steering Cooler(Mocal, with Nomex III hoseing)

PIC 15 New roofskin.....Without sunroof

PIC 16 Extended towing eye

PIC 17 RE-Painted car....Satin Black, old race car in the background

PIC 18 Re-Painted car...RHS..showing twin exhaust pipes

PIC 19 Diamand effect on rear Quarter panel

PIC 20 Front Diamond Effect, showing, Extinguisher pull and Battery pull Handle's in bonnet

PIC 21 front quarter....

PIC 22 Starting to place, Advertisements, and Sponser Logos

PIC 23 Club sticker and URL........where it should be

PIC 24 Roll cage (dry fit) from the drivers side

PIC 25 Roll cage from the "passenger" side

PIC 26 2 lexus in the workshop.......i am busy indeed

PIC 27 DFL Sponser logo 1

PIC 28 DFL Sponser logo 2

PIC 29 BAHAMUT CARS Sponser logo

PIC 30 The rear of the race car lowered....80mm

PIC 31 Drivers door switch plate.....switches removed, and covered in Alacantara

PIC 32 Plexiglass...holding screws and fixings

PIC 33 Altezza import advertisement Decal

PIC 34 Side view of car, Glass and plastic windows back in, New Sparco seat

PIC 35 View forward at dash,

PIC 36 ECU mounted passenger side floor

PIC 37 Fire Extinguisher mounted

PIC 38 View Rearwards, showing Fire Extinguisher, seat and ECU/Fuse box mounted

PIC 39 Centre console, showing Battery cut off(top), and fire extinguisher T handel(bottom)

PIC 40 Centre console...again different view

PIC 41 Car front

PIC 42 car outside 2

PIC 43 Car on the Public Highway

PIC 44 Car at Night with lights on

PIC 45 Front now lowered

PIC 46 Fire extinguisher system

PIC 47 LOC logo rear

PIC 48 Black wheels

PIC 49 Black wheels, 3/4 front shot

PIC 50 SEE, the car does move...it was raining so this is as far as it went tonight

PIC 51 And heres the proof it runs........Vapour coming out BOTH exausts

PIC 52 I think someone will notice me Braking......with 5 brake lights

PIC 53 Cold air inlet, in Bumper for the air filter

PIC 54 Cold air feed pipe from bumper to air box

PIC 55 Induction pic 1, showing cold air box, and Oil catch tank

PIC 56 Induction pic 2, different angle

PIC 57 Induction pic 3, with Cover fitted

PIC 58 Aluminium sump guard

couple more pics taken after the road run yesterday

PIC 59 Pic of Car outside..after short jaunt 1

PIC 60 Pic of rear of car outside

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I have been looking from time to time on LOC but that is completely mental! :thumbsup:

It looks excellent, you must be so chuffed with how it's turned out. :yes:

So whats the plan for it? What sort of competition are you going to enter it in?

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you deserve the utmost respect Matt, as that is just something that I would absolutely love to be able to do... great to see the work from start to finish, to show more or less the amount of detail and work that goes in to making a fantastic car.

nice one, and hope to be there at JAE again but this time NOT "singing in the rain" out your back window...! LOL

I love it, and if only i had the experience to allow me to do something like you've done... ah well, at least you said we could have a "go" :thumbsup:


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0-60 and 1/4 mile times are irrelivant as it is a track car not a point to point sprint car.as for 0-60 though id say roughly 6.5 - 7.0 secs

i say this as the car is now 400 + kilo lighter than a production is200

as for timescales to full competition im still looking for a major sponser, this is why the rear and rear doors have been left blank... :yes:

as to what i can compete in.....not sure yet some production saloon class hopefully

Pav, i think your mixing the mats up......my is2 was the white one...not the silver one driving around playing the "Bizarre" music :D

the car is running, and running quite sweet, there is a problem at the moment with the electronic throttle but i am working on that one...

the car handels amazingly, this is due to the seam welding, roll cage and chassis and strut braces, plus the combination of TTE coilovers and anti roll bars

the brakes are too effective now the car is lighter, but the steering is a dream :thumbsup:

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yeah, its a bizzare rule, motorsport is all about the sound and the smell. I know at Oulton park, sunday racing is restricted, not starting till late morn etc because of this. but hey cant have it all ways I suppose!!!

Look forward to seeing the motor up there sometime (maybe)?

Good Luck! :thumbsup:

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:o oops! sorry for confusing you with the other Matt, Mat! Bet he wishes he had your car tho, so am sure he won't mind! LOL

can't wait to see it in the flesh, and good luck finding a main sponsor

Pav :)

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Hi mat

That is some serious amount of work you have done there mate. Dam i would love to be able to do stuff like that. You must be a dab with a spanner ah!! Look forward to seen it on the track mate. Well done mate and i hope you get someone to sponsor you as you have done a lot of work to the car and you deserve it :thumbsup:


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Bl :censor: dy fantastic mate, well done. I must ask though..... whats it like to work on a clean car with no rust.... god that must be such a dream :lol:

Looks like ur gonna have a lot of fun.

Did anybody catch the bathurst 24hr... their was a is200 in that.

Well done again!!!!lol

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and so begins................


First things first, start preparing the potential new block..


Next thing to do, is remove last years decals..


and then.............Ditch the old exhaust :huh:


and now......The Surgery :ohmy:


WHY i hear you ask............well the Bodyshell still requires more weight reduction :yawn:


More to come.....................

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a few more pics................


Altezza and Race car at home..............


Modified rear end of car, all part of the weight reduction process


Modified Boot Floor from Above, Floor now removed and covered with Aluminium


Modified Boot Floor from Below, New exhaust, and few bits still need doing


TRIAL Fit of silly little wing mirrors



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