Lexus introduces F Performance racing team

Lexus introduces F Performance racing team image

The Japanese luxury brand, owned by the world’s largest automaker – Toyota – has just announced it has formed the F Performance Racing team that will seek to garnish spectacular motorsport results using their brand new RC F GT3.

The model already has a driver – Scott Pruett – but no competition has been designated yet, though we reckon that considering the GT3 name for the car the options will not be unlimited. The team has also announced it would first enter a limited number of events during the 2016 competition season to test their abilities and hone the race car but they pledged to hit the race track all year long for a full racing schedule including more than one vehicle as of 2017/2018. The Lexus RC F GT3 will sport under its hood s production modified 5.0-liter V8 engine good for more than 500 bhp (372 kW). The total weight of the race car should not exceed 2866 lb (1300 kg) and the transmission choice is a six-speed sequential gearbox.

“A core mission of F Performance Racing was to strengthen the Lexus’ F brand by applying lessons gleaned from racing, while nurturing an engineering culture that transfers that knowledge to dynamic, high performance passenger car development. We are very excited about what this partnership and race effort can mean for the brand in the years to come,” commented Lexus group vice president and general manager Jeff Bracken in a statement announcing the new team. The brand has also recently introduced the LF-LC concept during the Tokyo Motor Show, which points towards a fuel cell future for the upcoming new generation of the LS flagship sedan.

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