Lexus has unveiled a dramatic racecar based on a modified version of the all-new LC500 coupe. Testing of the new racing machine is expected to start in September 2016, with the new monster making its race debut in Japan’s Super GT series during the next year, replacing the Lexus RC F in the series.
The LC500 and its hybrid version, the LC500h, have been designed as grand touring coupes. The racing version has therefore been substantially modified for motorsport, including the fitment of an enhanced aerodynamic package, weight-reduction measures and a bespoke race-spec powertrain.
The striking bodywork of the LC500 racecar incorporates boldly broadened fenders, muscular skirts, large spoiler and rear diffuser, and multiple vents for downforce and heat extraction. These features enhance the flagship coupe’s aerodynamic shape, dramatic curves and wide, imposing stance while retaining the distinctive Lexus spindle grille and L-shaped lights.
With a minimum weight of 1020kg, the lightweight Lexus racecar will be powered by a 2-litre direct-injection 4-cylinder turbocharged engine driven through a 6-speed sequential gearbox.