The Next-Gen Lexus RC will be developed concurrently with the GT3 race car.
Next-Gen Lexus RC Overview
While the Lexus RC, first released in 2014, is a handsome car, it has always been a bit on the large side. Unfortunately, the added weight has affected the car’s motorsports efforts in the GT3 class and its performance on the road.
Here are the major highlights of the Next-gen Lexus RC:
- According to Toyota Racing Development head David Wilson, the next-generation Lexus sports coupe will be built from the ground up with GT3 racing in mind.
- The current Lexus RC F GT3 race car was designed as an “afterthought,” which limits its performance on the track.
- Wilson revealed that the car would be highly influenced by the Toyota GR GT3 concept, unveiled earlier this year.
Furthermore, a more dynamic next-generation Lexus coupe created with a racing purpose might not be too far away.
Wilson described the current RC F GT3 race car as an “afterthought” because it was not created with motorsports in mind. Its on-track performance has been harmed as a result of this.
The RC F is heavier and has a wider frontal area than its GT3 competitors, increasing drag and slowing straight-line peak speed.
Wilson explained, “What we’ve all learned is that’s not how you bring a GT3 car to market.” “You decide you’re going to race that car before you put your first line on paper, and it impacts the design characteristics, the performance parameters of that production car.”
Having learned his experience, Wilson predicts that the next Lexus sports coupe will be built with a motorsports focus from the start.
While he emphasized that no official announcement has been made, he did imply that the car will be significantly influenced by the Toyota GR GT3 concept shown at the Tokyo Auto Salon earlier this year. Wilson said, “It’s fairly safe to draw the dots and say that this could be a prelude to Lexus’ next worldwide GT3 car.”
By the end of the year, Toyota’s Gazoo Racing subsidiary claimed to have a running prototype of the GR GT3 concept.
The prototype will be powered by an internal combustion engine, as indicated by the concept’s side-exit exhaust pipe behind the front wheels.
The next-generation Lexus production car will almost certainly be a hybrid. When the running prototype hits the track, we’ll likely get further hints as to what form the road and race cars will take, and thankfully, we won’t have to wait long to see the finished result, with Wilson estimating that the race car will come “ideally in a couple of years.”