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The GS is frequently overlooked as a performance car, probably because of the badge and fact it is a saloon but with the excellent range of engines on offer it is a really good candidate for a car tuning project.
Due to it’s size and equipment load there is a lot of weight in the GS which can hold it back. If you do some serious weight reduction you will literally transform the standard car into something quite nippy and agile. Then if you start modding it you can end up with something very special indeed.
You can do a lot worse than choose the Lexus LS for a tuning project, as it can make quite an effective track day car given the right modifications despite it’s large size. Weight reduction should obviously be a priority if you want to take the car to the maximum.
Uprating your LS’s cornering and general handling is often a big priority
On the track your priority is fast cornering and suspension plays a large part in this. Track conditions are quite forgiving and you can make some compromises like using hard suspension and lowering the car for optimum aerodynamics and a low centre of gravity.
This works well because tracks are fairly flat and you do not have a carrier bag full of eggs in the car from your return trip to the supermarket.