Taking on fresh and exciting challenges is very much a part of being a luxury lifestyle brand.
One of those challenges is to continually refine and improve the performance of our F models. We believe, by strengthening our experience and expertise in a wide range of racing disciplines, we can offer our Lexus drivers around the world an amazing driving experience. That's why we're increasing our focus on motorsport in 2017 with the RC F GT3.
We're not only committed to reinforcing our standing with every race we compete in, we want to fuel the passion of our growing global audience of race enthusiasts.
The RC F GT3 has a 5.4-litre V8 engine with a six-speed sequential racing transmission. The bonnet, bumpers, rear spoiler, roof, door panels, engine air-box and dashboard are all made of carbon-fibre, taking it's overall weight down to just 1300kg.
Now approved by the sport’s governing body, the FIA, the RC F GT3 will participate in racing championships in USA and Japan, as well as selected European races.
In the US, we've supplied two Lexus RC F GT3 to the 3GT Racing team, to compete in the GTD class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series. While in Japan, two cars are contesting the GT300 class of the Super GT Series with the LM corsa team.
In Europe, Farnbacher Racing and Emil Frey Racing, the two teams which competed in the VLN Endurance series with RC F GT3 prototype vehicles last year, will continue their development work this season, aiming to compete at higher levels in GT3 racing in Europe in the future. They will be competing in European races in 2017, including selected events in the International GT Open series.
Last year, Lexus became the first Asian carmaker to win a VLN Endurance Championship race at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, with a RC F GT3 prototype claiming overall victory at the VLN9 race held on 8th October 2016.
Lexus also achieved outstanding results last year with the RC F GT500, another racing car derived from the RC F. The 2016 RC F GT500 dominated the Super GT series in Japan last year, with Team SARD and drivers Heikki Kovalainen and Kohei Hirate respectively claiming the team and drivers’ championship titles in the GT500 category.
||LEXUS RC F GT3
||373+ kW (500+ DIN hp)
||6-speed sequential racing gearbox
||13x18 ft, 13 x 18 rr - centre-lock 13 x 8in front and rear with centre