It is interesting to recall how it was at the same event that took place in Geneva three years ago when Lexus first unwrapped the RC F GT3 Concept. Before it hits the motorsport arena in US, Japan and Europe, Lexus is going back once again to Switzerland for the premiere of the RC F GT3 racer.
Donning an all-black getup with a sinister body to boot, the 2017 Lexus RC F GT3 is unmistakably a tough race car to defeat in the racing circuits. To some, it does look like a winner already although the race hasn’t started yet. One thing’s for sure, we know it’s going to be a very busy year for Lexus.
In the US, there will be two RC F GT3s that will be joining the 3GT racing team. It will take part in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series under the GTD class. This is just for the US competition. Also this year, two more Lexus RC F GT3 will be arriving in Japan to join the LM Corsa team. It will be racing among the GT300 class of Japan’s Super GT Series.
When it comes to Europe, Emil Frey Racing and Farnbacher Racing will recommence the development work which they begun in the previous year. According to Lexus, they will be competing in selected events this year such as the International GT Open series. Lexus won last year at the VLN Endurance Championship race using an RC F GT3 prototype at the Green Hell in Germany.
The GT3 racer is based on the road ready RC-F using a much more powerful 500hp 5.4-liter V8 engine. The standard model only comes with a 467hp 5.0-liter power plant so that makes the GT3 version way better.
However, there are no details yet regarding the V8’s torque output but the regular RC F boasts up to 389 lb-ft of torque when driven on public highways. In any case, it will be mated to a 6-speed sequential gearbox to fit the GT racing specifications. Also, it weighs significantly lighter than the street-ready RC F with the GT3 version weighing 1,300kg (or 2,866lbs) against 1,795kg (or 3,958 lbs) on the regular model.
The rest of its features have yet to be seen but definitely all the specs are approved by the FIA racing regulations. To celebrate its world premiere, the 2017 Lexus RC F GT3 will be joined by the new LS 500h at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show happening next week.