Lexus RC F GT Concept Making Special Appearance this Weekend

The Lexus RC F GT concept will make an on-track appearance at this weekend’s 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

The track car is positioned between a street-legal, production RC F and the full-blown RC F GT3 race car that will soon compete in IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. According to Lexus, the RC F GT concept was developed at the same time with the production RC F model by the Lexus Development Center in Japan, along with support from the Lexus International Motorsports Group.

The race car making an appearance in Long Beach, California this weekend is a further development of the RC F GT concept that Justin Bell piloted to a fifth-place finish in the Time Attack class at last year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Compared to the standard production RC F, the RC F GT concept weighs 800 pounds less, while using the same engine and transmission. The automaker did, however, modify the lubrication and cooling systems for track use along with adding a performance exhaust system. Of course, hitting the track also means it needs a lower center of gravity, so the suspension has also been modified and reinforced for durability along with software changes to the RC F’s Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system.

Piloting the Lexus RC F GT concept this weekend will be drivers Scott Pruett and Roger Yasukawa.

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