Lexus RC F GT Concept 01

Lexus will be competing in this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with the all-new Lexus RC F GT concept, which takes the baton from the IS F CCS-R that was used to run in the 2013 edition of the annual hill climb.

The RC F GT will serve as key developmental tool for the brand’s F division as well as the forthcoming global GT3 program, much like how the IS F CCS-R was used as a platform to develop the engine and transmission for the 2015 RC F.

Lexus RC F GT Concept 12

As you may have guessed by now, the RC F GT concept is nothing like its road-going cousin. The car weighs 1,420 kg (about 363 kg lighter) thanks to an expansive weight reduction exercise that comprises of carbon fibre hood, roof, trunk lid, door panels, front and rear over fenders, front canards and rear spoiler. The interior also gets the carbon fibre weight-saving treatment along with polycarbonate windows.

Lexus RC F GT Concept 02

No changes under the hood, surprisingly. The hill-climb concept features the RC F’s 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated V8 that churns out 467 hp at 7,100 rpm and 526 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. No performance figures have been divulged but the car should be significantly faster than the RC F since it now carries less burden.

 

 



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