When the new Lexus RC F GT3 Concept had its premier at the 2014 Geneve Motorshow, The Lexus has signaled that it plans to support GT3 sports car racing in 2015. It took over two years to develop this race car, and it was developed by Lexus International and its branch Techno Craft, and built by the latter in Japan. The RC F GT3 concept is based on the new RC F coupe, the Lexus’s most powerful V8 performance car developed so far, but designed to meet the Group GT3 racing regulations.
The Lexus RC F GT3 Concept is wider and lower that the standard RC F, 4705 mm long, 2000 mm wide, 1270 mm high and with a wheelbase of 2730 mm, it has the interior stripped to racing specification, and weighs just 1,250 kg. Under the hood there is a modified version of the RC F’s V8 engine capable of producing 540 hp. The launch of the RC F GT3 concept marks the start of a long-term commitment to GT3 racing by Lexus.
Lexus RC F GT3 Concept Exterior
The soon-to-be unleashed race car looks truly bad-ass. All the necessary racing components are there, and clearly visible just from the first look. The bespoke bodywork, with the vented hood, flat underbody treatment and aggressive diffuser are designed to minimize aerodynamic drag and hold the car to the ground, while the massive rear spoiler is positioned tall and wide to deliver extra downforce and increase speed around bends through improved stability, and is as distinct as the heavily modified front bumper. At the same time, the same carbon fiber technology pioneered in the Lexus LFA has been used wherever appropriate to keep the car’s weight to a minimum. The new Lexus RC F GT3 also gets a nice set of racing wheels and like with any true racing car, the suspension is lowered to improve its aerodynamic performances.
A tuned version of the Lexus RC F GT3 Concept V-8 engine delivers “a maximum output exceeding 540-horsepower,” according to Lexus. The rules of various racing series around the globe could impact total output, along with the RC F GT3 Concept’s 2,755 lb. curb-weight. Because the engine hasn’t been fully finalized yet expectations are that it will be matched with a transmission similar to the 8-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission which is currently being used in the RC 350 F.
Global racing contender
With the car tested in the 2014, Lexus will supply GT3-compliant vehicles in this year. Certified by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, the RC F GT3 will be able to enter legendary races around the world, including the 24 Hours of Nürburgring in Germany and the Super Taikyu Endurance and Super GT series in Japan. Lexus also plans to be a part of the U.S. series in 2016.
The most logical home in America for the Lexus RC F GT3 Concept is the GTD class in the Tudor United Sports Car Championship. By the words of the people from Lexust, the team is carefully watching the rules for each series in the USA before committing. He said the RC F GT3 would need some aerodynamic modifications, but could be eligible for GTD class in the Tudor series, with the assumption that the regulations don’t change for 2016.