Lexus to step up motorsport efforts in 2016 with RC F GT3.
As part of efforts to shake of the reputation of being boring and conservative, Lexus is taking its new image to the race tracks of the world.
Lexus today confirmed that it would enter a RC F GT3 car in this year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the U.S., a move the Japanese brand says will help it further develop the purpose-built V8-powered race car.
The RC F GT3 will take part in a limited campaign this year and will be campaigned in the series by Michigan-based F Performance Racing, an operation owned by motorsport veteran Paul Gentilozzi. Next year though the team will step up to a two car entry.
Jeff Bracken, group vice president and general manager of Lexus division, told Behind the Wheel Motorsport News that the future is looking bring for Lexus motorsport.
“We are excited to reach this agreement with IMSA to campaign the RC F GT3 at such a high level,” Mr Bracken said.
“Our hope is to build a strong foundation for the new F Performance Racing organisation during the 2016 season, seizing the opportunity to develop the team and the race vehicle in anticipation of the multi-car effort during the 2017 season.”
The RC F GT3 will compete initially in the GT Daytona (GTD) class and will be piloted by Scott Pruett and Sage Karam.