Lexus set to debut the new LC 500 Race Car for 2017 Super GT season

 2016 Super GT Lexus LC 500 In preparation for next season’s Super GT Championship, Lexus is prepping up the new LC 500 racer to challenge for the coveted Super GT Titles. The new Super GT-spec LC 500 race car, which replaces the current Lexus RC F racer, will be put to rigorous testing starting this month.

The LC 500 and its hybrid version, the LC 500h, have been designed as grand touring coupes. The race car version has therefore been substantially modified for #racing purposes, including the fitment of an enhanced aerodynamic package, weight reduction measures and a bespoke race-spec powertrain. The new race car measures 4960 mm in length, 1950 mm in width and 1220 mm in height. Its wheelbase of 2,750 mm is a little longer than the previous race car, used in the Super GT duels.

Striking body work for the LC 500 race car incorporates boldly widened fenders, muscular skirts, large spoiler and rear diffuser and multiple vents for downforce and heat extraction.

These features enhance the flagship coupe’s aerodynamic shape, dramatic curves and wide, imposing stance while retaining the distinctive #lexus spindle grille and L-shaped lights.

With a minimum weight of 1,020kg, the lightweight race car will be powered by a 2.0-liter direct-injection four-cylinder turbocharged engine driven through a six-speed sequential gearbox. The powerplant’s six-speed sequential is most commonly utilized for race cars in the Super GT series.

In the current Super GT season, Lexus teams rank second through six in the teams’ rankings, right behind the Nismo squad. Nismo leads the Lexus Zent Cerumo squad by just ten points, with only three rounds remaining. Lexus duo Yuji Tachikawa and Hiroaki Ishiura currently rank second in the drivers standings, right behind the Nismo duo of  Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli; only 10 points separate them.

The latest race at Suzuka saw the Lexus Zent Cerumo of Tachikawa and Ishiura take victory in a RC F, ahead of team mate Daisuke Ito and Nick Cassidy in the Tom’s RC F.