The Lexus LC500 has been turned into a race car

A dream come true
by Gerard Jude Castillo | Sep 2, 2016
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The Lexus LC500 hasn’t even hit the production floor yet, but it’s already making waves across the automotive landscape. Credit this to the stunning looks of this sleek and sexy grand tourer.

Now, Lexus has put a new twist on the LC face, transforming it into a full-fledged race car. The LC500 race car possesses all the sensual curves of the production model, with a few niceties to boot: wider fender flares, side skirts, a rear diffuser, and a large spoiler. Then there are the massive air vents that aid in giving the car added downforce and enhanced ventilation.

Being a race car, weight savings is of utmost importance. This is why the revamped Lexus coupe tips the scales at a lightweight 1,020kg. The compact car-like weight means a small yet powerful lump is enough to motivate this beauty. In this case, it is the company's very own 2.0-liter direct injection turbocharged four-cylinder motor, which is mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox. While no official figures were given, we’re quite certain it will be truly potent.

The Lexus LC500 race car will debut at next year’s Japan GT500. Truth be told, this development is really interesting as it shows a different side of the svelte two-door. It’s a side that we actually like.

 






 

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