Lexus have just released their RC F GT Concept car that effectively bridges the gap between the road-legal Lexus RC F and the RC F GT3 racecar that will soon compete in IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The concept car was produced by Lexus’ development center in Japan supported by the Lexus International Motorsports Group.
Large-scale use of composite materials reduce the car’s weight by a whopping 800 lbs (363 kg) compared to the production RC F. The heavy RC F now originally weighs a firm 1740 kilograms, which is brought down to 1420 kg in the concept car. The GT Concept will pack the same engine as the regular RC F, the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8. Linked to the 8-speed automatic transmission the concept car similarly produces 467 hp, reaching its peak performance in the high 7100 rpm due to the naturally aspirated engine.
Additionally the concept car boasts modified lubrication and cooling systems and a performance exhaust system. Further vital enhancements that characterize the concept as a track-oriented car are the reinforced suspension for improved durability and increased adjustability, while software changes to the Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) control system ultimately prepare the car for track use.
“The GT Concept shows the opportunities of the platform and powertrain that underpins our F models,” said Jeff Bracken, group vice president and general manager, Lexus division. “The high performance RC F coupe and GS F sedan are geared toward enthusiast drivers and make a very strong statement about Lexus’ engineering capabilities.”
The concept car will be displayed at Long Beach and driven by Lexus pro drivers Scott Pruett and Roger Yasukawa.