Toyota Gazoo Racing exhibited their revamped version of the Lexus RC F GT3 at the 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon.
Based on the RC F GT3 concept that has been competing in Super GT since 2015, the new 2017 model will soon make its top-flight debut in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, before debuting with a two-car effort in the GT300 class of the Autobacs Super GT Series.
Featuring much-improved aerodynamics that will put it squarely on an even playing field with their GT3 rivals, the new RC F GT3 will still be powered by the 5-litre V8 engine from the road-going RC F, producing in excess of 540 horsepower.
TGR Chief Officer Koei Saga comments: “I’m pleased that we are able to introduce the LEXUS RC F GT3 in the GT3 category, which represents the highest level of customer racing. The first step is to place four cars in races in the U.S. and Japan, but in the future we will nurture our RC F GT3 into a model that is loved by worldwide customers.”
At least one of the two new RC F GT3s competing in Super GT in 2017 will be fielded by LM Corsa/OTG Motorsports, who have fielded the “beta version” of the car in GT300 in 2015 and 2016. Details of their second entry will be revealed Toyota Gazoo Racing’s annual motorsports activity show in early February.
3GT Racing will field two new RC F GT3s in the upcoming Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 28-29, with an all-star driver lineup headlined by IMSA legend Scott Pruett, former IndyCar drivers Sage Karam and Jack Hawksworth, with the lineup bolstered at Daytona by young American standouts Gustavo Menezes and Austin Cindric, and Super GT alumni Dominik Farnbacher.