Lexus ISF autocross racing on new Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires
Tires are a key component when it comes to traction and grip in any kind of racing. I was able to test out my new Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires in my second Lexus ISF autocross race. The new tires really transformed how the ISF felt. With the old tires, the car was really loose and it was difficult to keep the 400 horsepower in check when accelerating out of corners. In addition, the lack of grip made the car very unstable and a bit scary to drive! The new Michelin PSS tires made the Lexus IS-F much more predictable and provided a lot more grip. As a result, the ISF was a whole lot more fun to drive.
Performing an aFe filter install on my 2011 Lexus IS-F.
I recently picked up a new aFe air filter for my 2011 Lexus IS-F. The air filter will improve air flow for the heavy breathing 5.0 liter V8 engine while also adding a bit of muscle to the sound. The aFe filter install process is pretty simple and also requires just basic tools. However, there are a few steps where you need to be careful. In addition, there are a couple of tricks you can use to make the process more simple. The aFe air filter is a “dry” filter, which means it never has to be oiled. To clean the aFe filter, you simply need to blow it off with some compressed air or alternatively, knock the dirt and debris out of it. That’s it!
JoeZ exhaust versus stock exhaust for my 2011 Lexus ISF!
I felt it was necessary to wake up the V8 in my Lexus ISF with a JoeZ exhaust system. The stock exhaust system is nice and has a decent rumble, however the JoeZ takes the V8 sound to the next level. This exhaust is a fantastic product at good price. I was also surprised at the quality of the construction and welding. In addition, the installation process was pretty simple and the fitment was nearly spot on. I also took the liberty to do a sound comparison between the stock Lexus ISF exhaust and the aftermarket JoeZ PTS exhaust system. The results of the sound test speak for themselves, this exhaust is a winner! The JoeZ system costs roughly $1600 dollars and in my opinion, is well worth the price. The smile that the ISF V8 puts on your face with this exhaust system is priceless!
My Lexus ISF first autocross race proved to be pretty tricky!
I have owned my Lexus ISF for about a year now. The car is a fantastic daily driver and family sports car, no doubt. However, to really get a feel for the power and handling, it must be put to the test on an autocross course. For my ISF first autocross race, I attended an event that takes place at Front Range airport. The ISF has over 400hp and 380lbft of torque, which made for an interesting day of learning car control. The car still has the original tires that are cracking and worn out. As a result, they have very little grip left in them.