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RSS Geneva: Lexus RC F GT3 Racing Concept is green-flag ready

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Filed under: Motorsports, Coupe, Geneva Motor Show, Lexus, Racing

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Lexus is hardly the first brand that comes to mind when comes to motorsports. In fact, it's not even the first Japanese brand. But Toyota's premium marque is showing new signs of understanding that it will need to at least pay racing further lip service if it wants to be viewed as a more emotionally connected brand with the wherewithal to challenge the Germans on every level.

Lexus has already made it clear it wants to race its RC F coupe, and at least philosophically, the new model certainly strikes us as a more appropriate racecar conversion than the SC 430 that preceded it. This just-unveiled RC F GT3 Racing Concept looks properly menacing sitting on the carpet at the Geneva Motor Show, and it while it's officially labeled as a concept, it's a model Lexus promises will be made available to racing teams in 2015.

Designed run in Group GT3 events, this 2,756-pound coupe has a front-mounted V8 derived from the production RC F tuned to deliver over 540 horsepower. Lexus' plan is to commit to a season's worth of testing this year before building them to order, and we expect to see them in the Japan's Super GT and Super Taikyu Endurance series, along with endurance events like the 24 hours of Nürburgring.

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Saw Jalopnik's post about it on FB.

Holy crap this car is awesome.

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Lexus... in GT3 racing?


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Lexus has been racing for awhile now, mainly in the JGTC with the SC430.

Besides, we all know Lexus = Toyota. I'm happy to see Toyota focus more on motorsport, back in the 80's and 90's, they did some awesome things and their sports cars were exciting. Can't wait to see this take the SC430's place in Super GT and take on the likes of BMW, Porsche and Jaguar in GT3 endurance racing.

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