Lexus has introduced the RC F GT concept which will take part at next week’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Lexus has introduced the RC F GT concept which will take part at next week's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
The engineers at Toyota's premium marque have managed to shave off a whopping 800 lbs (363 kg) from the car's curb weight by using carbon fiber for the hood, roof, doors, trunk lid, front & rear over fenders, front canards, rear spoiler and also on the inside while the windows are now made from polycarbonate. As a result of these changes, weight has gone down to 3,130 lbs (1,420 kg).
It retains the production car's 5.0-liter V8 engine pushing out 467 bhp (348 kW) and 389 lb-ft (526 Nm) of torque sent to the wheels through an 8-speed automatic gearbox (with manual shift mode). Thanks to the significant weight reduction, it should be a lot faster than the road-going version which needs 4.4 seconds until 60 mph (96 km/h) and tops out at an electronically-capped 170 mph (273 km/h).
The Lexus RC F GT concept will be seen in action on June 28 at Pikes Peak where it will be driven Le Mans-winner and FIA GT champion Justin Bell.