Lexus has revealed its new 2017 Super GT championship racecar. Based on the new LC 500 platform, the new racecar is a significant revision of the luxury grand touring coupe, with new aerodynamic elements and a number of changes designed to reduce weight.
Replacing the current RC-F that currently competes against the Nissan GT-R and Honda NSX, the new LC Super GT championship racecar’s body has been redesigned by TRD in Japan with wider fenders, a large front spoiler, a larger rear diffuser and multiple air intakes to improve downforce and heat management.
These features improve the aerodynamic performance of the coupe without altering brand recognition. Characteristic brand elements such as the hourglass grille and ‘L’ shaped headlamps have been retained in its track car transformation.
Under the skin, the rear-wheel-drive GT has shed the roadgoing LC 500 5.0-liter V8 and ten-speed automatic transmission in favor of a category-compliant turbocharged 2.0-liter engine mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox. This has reduced the Super GT championship racecar’s weight to 1020 kg (approx. 2249 lbs).