New Lexus LC 500 coupe makes racing debut

New Lexus LC 500 coupe makes racing debut

Lexus is unveiling a Japan Super GT500 series racing car derived from its LC 500 luxury coupe launching globally in 2017.

Testing of the new car is expected to start next month with the new coupe making its debut in Japan’s Super GT500 series during the next year.

It is replacing the current Lexus RC F derived car in the GT500 series.

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

These features enhance the flagship coupe’s aerodynamic shape,  curves, and stance while retaining the distinctive Lexus spindle grille and L-shaped lights according to the manufacturer.

With a minimum weight of 1,020kg, the lightweight racing car uses a 2.0-litre direct injection four-cylinder turbocharged engine driven through a six-speed sequential gearbox.

Lexus says the LC 500 is readily adaptable for racing with the fitment of the enhanced aerodynamic package, weight reduction measures, and race-spec powertrain.

The four-seat LC 500 coupe will launch in 2017 for Australian and New Zealand buyers.

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