Lexus LC 500 racer to replace RC F in Japan’s Super GT series

Lexus LC 500 racer to replace RC F in Japan’s Super GT series

Lexus has revealed its new race car based on the upcoming LC500 coupe, ahead of the road car’s launch next year.

The LC500 race car will make its competition debut in the Japanese Super GT500 series in 2017, replacing the current RC F race car.

Wearing an extensive body kit, the LC500 race car looks like something out of the Gran Turismo gaming franchise, sporting flared wheel arches, a huge rear wing and numerous air intakes for added downforce and heat extraction.

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The race car weighs just 1020 kilograms, and is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed sequential transmission.

Meanwhile, the road-going LC500 is powered by a 350kW 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated V8 petrol engine channelled through an ‘industry-first’ 10-speed automatic transmission.

At the car’s reveal earlier this year, the company claimed the LC500 can spring from 0-60 miles per hour (0-96km/h) in “under 4.5 seconds”.

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The V8-powered luxury sports coupe will be joined by an LC500h hybrid version, which teams a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine with an electric motor to push out a combined output of 264kW.

Both the LC500 and LC500h will go on sale in Australia during the first half of 2017.

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