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Lexus Puts Spectators Behind the Wheel of an IS F at the 34th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

April 16, 2008 – Torrance, CA – While professional race car drivers display their skills on the famed Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (TGPLB) street circuit, spectators can test their high-speed driving talents without even wearing a helmet. Lexus will offer race fans attending this year’s TGPLB (April 17-20) the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the all-new Lexus IS F high-performance sport sedan while experiencing Sony’s Gran Turismo™5 Prologue. Released on April 15, Gran Turismo™5 Prologue is Sony Computer Entertainment America’s newest driving simulator for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™).

The Lexus display, located in the Lifestyle Expo, will feature six Virtual GT racing simulators running Gran Turismo™ 5 Prologue on PS3 systems. Visitors to the booth can climb into one of these advanced simulators and race a virtual IS F on the famous Fuji Speedway, one of six tracks available in the game.
Fuji Speedway is the IS F’s home track where it was extensively tested and tuned. Racers can enter Fuji Speedway’s 0.92-mile straight and experience the ultra-quick shifts of the IS F’s 8-speed Sport Direct-Shift transmission and its 416 horsepower, 5.0-liter V8, which launches the car from 0-to-60 mph in just 4.6 seconds. After reaching IS F’s 170 mph top track speed, racers can utilize the gripping force of the Lexus-designed high-performance Brembo® brakes while braking hard into turn one.
Gran Turismo™ 5 Prologue features a new physics engine that delivers next-generation vehicle-specific handling that highlights the IS F’s high-performance suspension throughout Fuji Speedway’s 16 technical turns. The stunning visuals provided by the PS3 system’s high-definition graphics will bring driving enthusiasts closer to the reality of driving the IS F than ever before.
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About Gran Turismo™
With more than 48 million units shipped worldwide*, the award-winning Gran Turismo™ franchise for the PlayStation®, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and PLAYSTATION®3 system is regarded as the best and most authentic driving simulation ever created due to its true-to-life graphics, authentic physics technology and design. Since the inception of the Gran Turismo franchise, famed creator Kazunori Yamauchi and Polyphony Digital Inc. in Japan have revolutionized the racing category as we know it today. His offerings provide users with the most true-to-life driving simulation in the industry and a unique mediumfor automotive manufacturers to showcase their products.
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About Lexus
Lexus has become synonymous with luxury since its introduction in 1989. By offering some of the finest quality luxury vehicles and providing benchmark customer service, Lexus has remained the top-selling luxury nameplate in the United States for seven years in a row. Lexus and its 223 dealers have repeatedly achieved high honors for both the products they sell and the customer service they provide.
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