The Lexus RC F, despite the inferior output figure compared to its competitors, seems to slowly gaining interest from various bodies around the world. Last week, the two-door sedan was acquired by the Dubai police force as one of their patrol vehicles. This time, it has been chosen as the official safety car for the V8 Supercars series.
As part of a newly-formed partnership between Lexus and V8 Supercars, the RC F will feature at each of the 15 events this year. While the mechanicals are believed to be left untouched, the sports sedan is embellished with bespoke livery and an emergency lighting bar.
The RC F, which has 470 hp and 530 Nm from its 5.0-litre V8 mill, will be supported by the IS 350 F Sport medical and GS 350 F Sport course cars. Both feature a 312 hp/378 Nm 3.5-litre V6 engine with an eight-speed auto transmission.
Lexus Australia chief executive Sean Hanley said, “V8 Supercars is the world’s leading touring car series and our involvement as supplier of vehicles reflects the new energy in our brand and our dynamic model lines.”
“This partnership is also the perfect opportunity to show Australian motorsport fans the new RC F, which is just as suited to driving on a track as it is on the road,” he added.
LEXUS ROARS INTO V8 SUPERCARS WITH RC F SAFETY CAR
The Lexus high powered performance Lexus RC F coupe will feature as V8 Supercars’ official Safety Car in 2015 as part of a new partnership between the Japanese luxury marque and V8 Supercars, Australia’s premier motorsport series.
A Lexus GS 350 F Sport and an IS 350 F Sport will also be on track as the championship’s official course and medical cars as part of the new agreement.
The Lexus RC F, which is equipped with a 5.0-litre V8 that produces 351kW of power and 530Nm of torque, will feature at each of the 15 V8 Supercars Championship events in 2015 alongside the GS 350 F Sport and IS 350 F Sport.
Lexus Australia chief executive Sean Hanley said the partnership with V8 Supercars was a fitting match for the brand.
“V8 Supercars is the world’s leading touring car series and our involvement as supplier of vehicles reflects the new energy in our brand and our dynamic model lines,” Mr Hanley said.
“This partnership is also the perfect opportunity to show Australian motorsport fans the new RC F, which is just as suited to driving on a track as it is on the road.”
V8 Supercars chief executive officer James Warburton said Lexus was one of the world’s great brands.
“We are proud and excited that Lexus has chosen our sport to showcase their high performance credentials,” Mr Warburton said.
“The stunning RC F safety car will be a feature of its own, and together with the IS 350 F Sport and GS 350 F Sport, we are absolutely delighted these ultra-high performance vehicles will be an integral part of V8 Supercars in 2015.”
The Lexus RC F is the latest model to wear the F badge – the high performance vehicle arm of Lexus – and takes the mantle as the brand’s most focused, race-inspired model in Australia.
Along with its aggressive, aerodynamic curves, it features racetrack-developed suspension and brakes, and power delivery via an eight-speed Sports Direct Shift transmission and unique torque vectoring differential.
The Lexus GS 350 F Sport course car and IS 350 F Sport medical car boast performance and safety credentials to provide support to V8 Supercars’ intense on-track activities.
They both feature a 3.5-litre quad cam V6 that produces 233kW and 378Nm, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual control via paddle shifters.
The RC F, GS 350 F Sport and IS 350 F Sport models will commence their association with V8 Supercars at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide from February 26 to March 1.