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Matt's Turbo Lexus

Over the course of more than 15 years, the Lexus IS (chassis code SXE-10) has been proven a worthy platform for tuners to modify. While most retain the 2JZ inline-six, others choose to think outside the box. This video showcases one such vehicle...built, fabricated, calibrated, and driven by Matt Owen of Dedicated Motorsports. With a desire for a more usable powerband, an LS-based GM V8 (5.3L LC9) was swapped in using a Dedicated Motorsports engine conversion kit. For monstrous power, across the entire operating range, twin 70 lb/min turbos were added. Calibration is handled with a Motec M150. Retaining a (TR6060) 6-speed manual transmission and an independent rear suspension were also requirements for this build. The ultimate goal of all of this insanity? Run an 8 second quarter-mile pass. Bangin' gears every step of the way. Watch Matt's journey progress from the concept stage, to the build process, on to the tune, and subsequently...to the race for an 8 second pass.