It was at the very same Geneva Motor Show back in 2014 where Lexus unveiled the RC F GT3 concept and now it’s about to introduce the namesake race-ready version. Wearing all-black attire, the RC F GT3 takes the shape of a thoroughbred race car attached to a massive rear wing and diffuser. It will celebrate its European debut next week at the auto show in Switzerland before embarking on a busy racing schedule in United States, Japan, and Europe.
In the U.S. of A., two track-only RC F GT3s are members of the 3GT Racing team and take part in the GTD class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series. In the Land of the Rising Sun, another two are racing in the GT300 class of the Super GT Series as part of the LM corsa team. On the old continent, the Farnbacher Racing and Emil Frey Racing will resume the development work initiated last year, with the goal to participate in GT3 racing further down the line.
Needless to say, the GT3 version is based on the road-going RC F and uses an enlarged 5.4-liter V8 engine developing more than 500 horsepower (373 kilowatts), so it’s stronger than the 467-hp 5.0-liter of the regular model. Details about the amount of torque delivered by the eight-cylinder engine are not available at this point, but we do know the RC F you can drive on public roads has 389 pound-feet (527 Newton-meters) on tap.
All the power will be channeled to the road via a six-speed sequential gearbox tailored to a race car. It tips the scales at 2,866 pounds (1,300 kilograms), thus making it much lighter than the street-legal Lexus RC F (3,958 lbs / 1,795 kg).
The RC F GT3 will share the spotlight in Geneva starting March 7th with the all-new LS 500h set to celebrate its world debut.
Gallery: 2017 Lexus RC F GT3
ALL-NEW 2017 LEXUS RC F GT3 TO BE DISPLAYED AT GENEVA MOTOR SHOW AHEAD OF INTENSE RACING SEASON
All-new 2017 RC F GT3 competing in racing championships in the USA and Japan, as well as selected European events
European Premiere at the Geneva Motor Show
Lexus is increasing its focus on motorsport in 2017 with the RC F GT3, aiming to strengthen the performance image of its brand with a growing audience of race enthusiasts worldwide.
The all-new car, now homologated by the sport’s governing body, the FIA, will participate in racing championships in USA and Japan, as well as a number of selected European races.
In the USA, Lexus has supplied two Lexus RC F GT3 to the 3GT Racing team, to compete in the GTD class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series.
In Japan, two cars are contesting the GT300 class of the Super GT Series with the LM corsa team.
In Europe, Farnbacher Racing and Emil Frey Racing, the two teams which competed in VLN Endurance series with RC F GT3 prototype vehicles last year, will continue their development work this season, aiming to compete at higher levels in GT3 racing in Europe in the future. On this basis, they will compete in European races in 2017, including selected events in the International GT Open series.
Last year, Lexus became the first Asian carmaker to win a VLN Endurance Championship race at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, with a RC F GT3 prototype claiming overall victory at the VLN9 race on 8 October.
Lexus also achieved outstanding results last year with the RC F GT500, another racing car derived from the RC F. The 2016 RC F GT500 dominated the Super GT series in Japan last year, with Team SARD and drivers Heikki Kovalainen and Kohei Hirate respectively claiming the team and drivers’ championship titles in the GT500 category.
Vehicle Name LEXUS RC F GT3
Engine 5.4 L V8
Power 373+ kW (500+ hp)
Torque not available
Transmission 6-sd sequential racing box
Wheels 13x18 ft, 13 x 18 rr - centre-lock
Brakes iron rotors
Wheelbase 2730 mm
Overall Length 4845 mm
Overall Width 2030 mm
Overall Height 1270 mm
Curb Weight 1,300 kg