Lexus unveils new RC F GT3 racer that will take part in GT3 events in the US and Japan

Article by Christian A., on January 16, 2017

The final version of Lexus’ GT3 racer is now here at last and it looks meaner and more menacing than the namesake concept it was derived from. Welcome the new Lexus RC F GT3 that will be competing in several GT3 events not only in the United States, but also in Japan.

It took nearly three years before Lexus was able to unveil the final version of the Lexus RC F GT3. The Japanese premium carmaker introduced the RC F GT3 Racing Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

It was derived from the Lexus RC F Coupe that was introduced at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The development of the concept car was focused on meeting Group GT3 international racing standards. Furthermore, testing commenced in 2014. Serving as the core of the Lexus RC F GT3 Racing Concept was a higher-tuned version of the 5.0-liter V8 engine that powers Lexus RC F Coupe. This engine delivers over 540 hp of output to power the 2,755.8-pound RC F GT3 Racing Concept.

After almost three years of design revisions, development and testing, Lexus Gazoo Racing is now ready to bring its new Lexus RC F GT3 to the track and prove that it is capable to competing with the best. Two race cars will compete in the 47th season of International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) GT Championship, also known as 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, in the GTD category under the helm of 3GT Racing. At the same time, another two Lexus RC F GT3 units will compete in the GT300 class – as Lexus RC F GT300 – of the Super GT series under the LM Corsa team. To note, the GT3 and the Japanese GT300 share specs.

This new car will be immediately put to its paces by the end of the month at the 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race (January 26-29). Two Lexus RC F GT3 race cars will be driven by the 3GT Racing team. The #14 Lexus RC F GT3 will be driven by Gustavo Menezes and Ian James and by Sage Karam and Scott Pruett. On the other hand, the #15 Lexus RC F GT3 will be piloted by Austin Cindric and Dominik Farnbacher and by Robert Alon and James Hawksworth.

Nonetheless, the new Lexus RC F GT3 doesn’t intend to be limited with GT3 races in the US and Japan. Koei Saga, Chief Officer and Technical Director at Toyota Gazoo Racing Factory remarked that four Lexus RC F GT3 fielded for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the US and the Super GT Series in Japan represent just the first step. He remarked that they intended to transform the Lexus RC F GT3 into a model that appeals to customer teams around the world.

Press Release

LEXUS RC F GT3 to Race in 2017 GT3 Category

Car to debut in the 24 Hours of Daytona and to compete in the SUPER GT Series in Japan
LEXUS GAZOO Racing will introduce its LEXUS RC F GT3 in the GT3 category races in Japan and the United States starting from the 2017 season.

The LEXUS RC F GT3 was developed based on the RC F, the automaker's high-performance coupe, specifically to compete in the GT3 category races, a worldwide popular customer racing category.

Following the car's debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona, one of the world's three great endurance races, from Thursday, January 26, to Sunday, January 29, 2017 (U.S. time), Lexus will enter two vehicles each in races held in Japan and the U.S. during the 2017 season. In the U.S., the vehicle will compete in the GTD category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series under 3GT Racing, and in Japan, it will compete in the GT300 class of the SUPER GT series under LMcorsa.

Senior Managing Officers of Toyota, Tokuo Fukuichi (Lexus International President), and Koei Saga (TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Factory Chief Officer and Technical Director) commented on the introduction of the LEXUS RC F GT3.

Tokuo Fukuichi
President, Lexus International

"Lexus is embracing new challenges as a luxury lifestyle brand as it strives to inspire customers with amazement and excitement that exceed the imagination. Our decision to enter in customer motorsports will both refine the performance of our high-performance F models and give our customers an amazing experience."

Koei Saga
Chief Officer and Technical Director, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Factory

"I'm pleased that we are able to introduce the LEXUS RC F GT3 in the GT3 category, which represents the highest level of customer racing. The first step is to place four cars in races in the U.S. and Japan, but in the future we will nurture our RC F GT3 into a model that is loved by worldwide customers."

LEXUS GAZOO Racing will put more focus on participatory motorsports with the production model-based LEXUS RC F GT3 racecar, strengthen the performance image of the Lexus brand and offer surprise and excitement to an even larger audience worldwide.

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