LEXUS ARE ENTERING THIS YEAR’S MOTORSPORT EVENTS WITH THEIR NEW RC F GT3, SHOWCASING THE PERFORMANCE IMAGE OF ITS BRAND TO A WORLDWIDE AUDIENCE OF RACE ENTHUSIASTS
The RC F GT3, now homologated by the FIA (motorsports governing body) will participate in championships in the USA, Japan and a number of European races.
In Japan, two cars are contesting the GT300 class of the Super GT series with the LM Corsa team. In the USA, Lexus has supplied two Lexus RC F GT3 models to the 3GT Racing team, to compete in the GTD class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series.
In Europe, Farnbacher Racing and Emil Frey Racing, the two teams which competed in 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. On this basis, they will compete 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 an RC F GT3 prototype claiming overall victory in the VLN9 race on 8 October.
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 Tech Spec
Engine 5.4-litre V8
Max. power >500bhp/373kW
Transmission 6-speed sequential
Wheels 13 x 18in with centre lock
Brakes Iron discs
Overall length (mm) 4,845
Overall width (mm) 2,030
Overall height (mm) 1,270
Wheelbase (mm) 2,730
Kerb weight (kg) 1,300