Meet the Ambassador

June 26, 2016

I’ve had this car for a few months now but haven’t really posted anything about it. After the BMW 330xi packed up (still needs to be fixed) I needed another comfortable replacement as a daily commute, and what better choice than a 90s Lexus. Its a 1998 JZS161 Lexus GS300, which in the EU comes with a 2JZGE, naturally always Auto.

Fantastic interior, great functionality and one of the quietest and smoothest cars I’ve been in. It makes the weekend commutes between Switzerland and Italy a breeze as it simply eats up miles. It can comfortably cruise at any speed while still being quiet and calm.

Bought from a 90+ year-old man, it was in impeccable condition with just 110,000 km. Very low mileage for the car and also considering its a 1998.

The plan is to try and keep it as comfortable and functional as possible while still improving its looks and style. I already have a few parts for it waiting to go on. Some TEIN S-Tech lower springs should lower the car nicely while still maintaining the soft damping of the original struts.

Less excitedly I also have a tow hitch for the car so I will finally to be able to tow the Great Danton to tracks instead of driving it. Luckily the kit has a removable tow hitch which means that the structure should remain nicely hidden behind the bumper.

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There’s been a lot of news and coverage of the stunning FT-86 G Sports Concept, but I thought I would post up a video as well of Toyota/Polyphony Digital’s collaboration on the Data Logger Visualization through the “soon-to-be-released” Gran Turismo 5.

Firstly, here are some nice press photos of the G Concept:

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Looks like there will be a turbo version…

It comes with the Data Logger Visualization which basically records most of the car’s parameters and position on the track through GPS. This data can then be uploaded into Gran Turismo 5 and played back as a ghost while you drive to compared laps, some trick stuff.
Here’s a video of a test done with an IS-F at Fuji Speedway comparing real life lap to the data uploaded:

Crazy how accurate it is, there are going to be some major advancements in the use of car telemetry.
This could be seriously useful for teams to practice if they can’t do a lot of testing and if GT5’s physics are accurate enough, people could start setting up cars virtually then running them in real life.