This will give your kids nightmares.
Lexus revealed its RC F GT3 concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show – and now it’s about to introduce the namesake race-ready version. Wearing all-black attire, the RC F GT3 takes the shape of a thoroughbred race car attached to a massive rear wing and diffuser. It will celebrate its European debut next week at the Swiss show before embarking on a busy racing schedule across the United States, Japan, and Europe.
In the USA, two track-only RC F GT3s are members of the 3GT Racing team and take part in the GTD class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series. In Japan, another two are racing in the GT300 class of the Super GT Series as part of the LM corsa team. Here in Europe, the Farnbacher Racing and Emil Frey Racing will resume the development work initiated last year, with the goal to participate in GT3 racing further down the line.
Needless to say, the GT3 version is based on the road-going RC F and uses an enlarged 5.4-litre V8 engine developing more than 500hp, so it’s stronger than the 467hp 5.0-litre of the standard model. Details about the amount of torque delivered by the eight-cylinder engine have yet to be revealed, but we do know the RC F you can drive on public roads has 389lb ft on tap.
All the power will be channelled to the road via a six-speed sequential gearbox tailored to a race car. It tips the scales at 1,300kg, thus making it much lighter than the street-legal Lexus RC F (1,795 kg).
The RC F GT3 will share the spotlight in Geneva with the all-new LS 500h set to make its world debut.