This week we have had the pleasure of tuning the Japspeed Lexus IS200 fitted with a 2JZ engine.

The car is fully kitted out as a drift car and the Lexus body hides a 2JZ engine.

Racing the Lexus this year is Anthony Thompson; Japspeed mechanic, who has been given the opportunity to be driving in the UK grassroots series…Hel DriftCup.

The Japspeed IS200 has seen some action over the years – it has taken plenty of abuse from some famous faces including Formula D veteran Ryan Tuerck, Gymkhana Grid Champion Luke Woodham, and Japspeed brand ambassador Rick Van Goethem. The Lexus has been out of action over the winter months for some TLC. The original set-up had a twin turbo 2JZ engine but is now running the single turbo on a Syvecs ecu. Hence the need for the car to come to ADE Tuning for mapping.

With the car strapped down on to the rolling road we began the task of mapping the Syvecs ecu.

We ran the car on the rolling road as we wrote the map for the Syvecs ecu, carefully monitoring the air fuel ratio etc. Once the car was making good power within a safe parameter, we made the phone call to Anthony to let him know his car was ready for collection.

We couldn’t really go on a test drive with this one 😉

Check out the drift car on the rolling road whilst being tuned…

ADE Tuning would like to wish Anthony and Team Japspeed all the best in the upcoming competitions 🙂


To keep an eye on how Anthony gets on in his first round down at Rockingham Speedway head over to Japspeed .


Car maintenance – Was your car ready for the Beast from the East?

Blizzards, strong winds, drifting snow and bitter cold have caused death and disruption as the weather system nicknamed the “Beast from the East”. The snow and low temperatures caught a lot of motorists out. Lack of preparation and car maintenance could have made their journeys a lot safer.

Here at ADE Tuning, we understand the importance of preparing and maintaining your car over the colder months and that is why we have a winter check program.

Our winter program consists of five major points:

1. Coolant – The mixture is extremely in winter as it protects against freezing. This mixture needs to be made up of equal parts antifreeze and water and if you have had to top it up over the warmer months, it is extremely important that you get this checked out.

2. Screen Wash – In the winter months you use your screen wash a lot more than you would think due to the increase of salt on the roads and motorways. We will replace your current screen wash mixture and ensure that you have the correct consistency. We will even have one of our mechanics show you where your washer bottle is and advise when best to top the screen wash up.

3. Wipers and Washer Jets – We carefully check each wiper blade individually to ensure the rubber blade hasn’t cracked or perished. We also check that the rubber blades aren’t leaving any smears or streak marks on the windscreen. Any defected wiper blade will need replacing. We also check that the washer jets are functioning correctly and that they are also pointing in the most efficient direction.

4. Tyres – If the tread on your tyres is getting low you may want to think about getting them replaced before winter arrives. A decent tyre depth is fundamental for good grip in wet conditions along with good tyre pressure. Cold temperatures can cause the tyre pressure to fall. Our mechanics will check both of these in the winter check program.

5. Lights and Battery – We will check all of your lights to ensure the bulbs are all functioning correctly. If your car has been struggling to start recently it could be due to the battery or alternator. A flat battery is the biggest cause of breakdowns in the winter months. We will check this for you.

I have put together a list of things you should pack if you have to make a car journey in the winter months especially if it is snowing. Most of the items listed are common sense items and some of which could stay in your car all year round:
• Ice scraper and de-icer
• Torch and spare batteries – or a wind-up torch
• Warm clothes and blankets – for you and all passengers
• Boots
• First aid kit
• Jump start cables
• Food and a warm drink in a thermos
• Shovel
• Reflective warning sign
• Road atlas
• Sunglasses – the glare off the snow can be dazzling
• Mobile phone charger

If the weather is particularly, you may also want to consider the following additional items:
• Snow socks
• Chains

But the most important piece of advice I can give you is, if the weather is bad and your journey is not essential stay at home!