Lexus RC F GT3 prepares for 2017 Geneva Motor Show debut

Article by Christian A., on March 2, 2017

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.

Press Release

ALL-NEW 2017 LEXUS RC F GT3 TO BE DISPLAYED AT GENEVA MOTOR SHOW AHEAD OF INTENSE RACING SEASON

Lexus is increasing its focus on motorsport in 2017 with the RC F GT3, aiming to strengthen the performance image of its brand with a growing audience of race enthusiasts worldwide.

The all-new car, now homologated by the sport’s governing body, the FIA, will participate in racing championships in USA and Japan, as well as a number of selected European races.

In the USA, Lexus has supplied two Lexus RC F GT3 to the 3GT Racing team, to compete in the GTD class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series.

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 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 a RC F GT3 prototype claiming overall victory at 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.

SPECIFICATIONS

Vehicle Name LEXUS RC F GT3

Engine 5.4 L V8

Power 373+ kW (500+ hp)

Torque not available

Transmission 6-sd sequential racing box

Wheels 13x18 ft, 13 x 18 rr - centre-lock

Brakes iron rotors

Wheelbase 2730 mm

Overall Length 4845 mm

Overall Width 2030 mm

Overall Height 1270 mm

Curb Weight 1,300 kg

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