I owned multiple project cars throughout the years, got even more on my wish list but I have to admit that Lexus IS200 (or in Japaneese nomenclature Toyota Altezza) never appeared on that believe me long list.
Never intended to get one probably because of it’s shape which was too ordinary for me – just normal everyday car.
One of the first things I’ve done to this car was custom made body kit, big spoiler and wider rims to make it look better.
Interior was upgraded with bucket seats, 4 point RRS harness, rollcage and a lot of tiny details.
Basically it’s a full interior drift car!
Sequential up / down shifter acts both as shift request input and mode selector. Heavy duty design and solid click sound makes that great motorsport feel and reduces chance of accidental shifting to zero. Isn’t that what’s super important while drifting? We all know it is 😉
7 inch display in place of OEM cluster shows all important ECU and GCU live data with nice and clear gear indicator in the middle.
What I have to admit is that this car is so much fun to drift, easy to use and acts like it has 200 more horsepower than it actually does. That’s because of full on-load up and downshifts, gear gear ratio, adaptive preselection and Clutch-by-Wire system.