Lexus has dropped its strongest hint yet that a future V8 Supercar team could be on the agenda.
The Japanese carmaker has sought to clarify its position within the sport, as its RC F performance coupe currently serves as safety car.
With its 5.0 litre naturally-aspirated V8 engine, the RC F may appear to be a natural fit with the sport’s ‘Gen 2’ regulations that will allow body shapes other than four-door sedans to compete.
Lexus’ involvement as a course car provider has been seen as a ‘toe-in-the-water’ exercise, and now the company has clarified its current position which well and truly leaves the door open for future involvement as a competitor.
“At this stage we will not enter V8 Supercars as a competitor, but we are delighted to continue providing high performance Lexus support vehicles, including the RC F V8 Safety Car,” Lexus Australia CEO, Sean Hanley, said. “V8 Supercars remains a strong interest for Lexus and we will keenly watch how the sport evolves with the new regulations in 2017.”
Speaking with TMR, Lexus Australia Corporate Manager Adrian Weimers said the carmaker was keen to see how the new regulations affected the level of competition within the sport – including any future involvement from Holden or Ford.
Mr Weimers said Lexus was not seeking or waiting upon a change in the Gen2 regulations, and that a development program would have to be initiated to determine if the RC F’s 5.0 litre V8 was suitable for competition use under the rules.