Daigo Saito’s IS-C for Formula Drift Asia

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Photos by Adrian Wong


This monster was built by Daigo Saito the man himself for competition in Formula Drift Asia this year. 


This 1,200-bhp Achilles Radial Lexus IS-C drift monster was built and developed alongside the Lexus SC430 for Daigo’s competition in Formula Drift USA. 


Car Model: 2010 Lexus ISC

Engine: 3.4-litre Brian Crower stroker 2JZ-GTE

Power: 1,200 BHP

Turbo Kit: Garrett GT42R

Suspension: BC Suspension

Suit Harness: Sparco

Race Seats: Bride

Transmission: Holinger full sequential

Internals: HPS Silicon Hoses and Air Intake

Suspension: DG5

Brakes: Willwood Dual Calliper

Tuner: ESPERANZA Tuning Japan

Clutch: SPEC Clutch and Flywheel

Intercooler: CX Racing

Nitrous: NOS

Steering: Orido Style

Fenders and Wing: SEIBON Carbon Fibre

Valves: NAPREC High Response

Lubricants: NEO Engine Oil and ATF

Camshaft Kit: DIGICAM

Fabricator: Design Craft

Tyres: Achilles R123 – 265/35R18 Rear and 265/35R18 Front

USA Technical Partner: Bridges Racing












Daigo has an unbroken winning streak of five consecutive Formula Drift Asia rounds – from his debut at Formula Drift Malaysia 2010, through the three rounds last year at Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia, to this year’s opening round at Malaysia. Will he make it six in Singapore?


Find out at Formula Drift Singapore on 30 June and 1 July – remember to catch the ‘live’ broadcast of the Top 16 battles on ESPN in the afternoon of 1 July! 


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