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.