Lexus RC F GT3 concept premieres in Geneva28/03/2014
At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, Lexus unveiled the new RC F GT3 concept, signalling the company’s intent to support GT3 sports car racing in 2015.Show full story
The Lexus RC F GT3 concept was jointly developed by Lexus International and its subsidiary Techno Craft, which built the model in Japan.
Lexus’ new RC F GT3 concept is based on the company’s recently-revealed RC F coupe – the most powerful V8 performance car to ever be developed by Lexus.
The RC F GT3 concept is wider and lower than the standard RC F, measuring in at 4,705mm long, 2,000mm wide and 1,270mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,730mm.
Although it is wider and lower, the concept is lighter, thanks to the interior being stripped to racing specification. The new Lexus RC F GT3 concept weighs just 1,250kg.
Fitted within the performance-orientated model is a modified version of the Lexus RC F’s V8 engine, developing a whopping 532bhp.
The launch of the new RC F GT3 concept marks the start of a long-term commitment to GT3 racing by Lexus.
Testing of the new model will begin this year, with Lexus aiming to support sports car racing teams participating in 2015 GT3 racing categories.
At a glance, the racing car looks mean and powerful, with a large front grille adorning the front and a rear wing at the back. Slick headlights on either side of the grille offer an image of a car built for speed and performance.
The model rides on Michelin tyres and has an exceptionally-low ride height – with the model barely off the floor.
Drivers of the new Lexus RC F GT3 concept will experience Recaro sports seats within, along with a sports steering wheel, roll cage and air conditioning.
With the new RC F GT3 now only in concept form, we would hope to see a closer to production version sometime this year.