Lexus RC F Hitting Japan's GT 500, Tougher LFA Bound For Nurburgring Photo:
Mike Stevens | Jan, 23 2014 | 2 Comments

Lexus will kick off this year’s Super GT racing series with a muscly coupe based on the new RC F revealed at this year’s Detroit Auto Show.

Unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Salon earlier this month, the bulked-up Lexus coupe will compete in Japan’s GT 500 series, where it will replace a racer based on the long retired SC 430.

Lexus first offered fans a look at the new car in August last year, before the regular RC had even been revealed.

While that orange and black beast had kept a number of key styling details covered up, this new white racer wears a look much closer to its production RC F inspiration.

Full details on the new race car are still to be released, but expect a regulation 2.0 litre turbo engine to provide motivation - a change from the 3.4 litre V8 engines previously used in the series.

Elsewhere in motorsport, Lexus has revealed it will also send a powered-up experimental LFA supercar to this year’s Nurburgring 24 Hour endurance race.

Dubbed LFA-X, the new car has been developed specifically to test future motorsport technology under race conditions.

As part of the program, the LFA-X has had the capacity of the ‘regular’ LFA’s 4.8 litre V10 engine increased to 5.3 litres.

Lexus says it has “fine-tuned” output and torque from the enlarged engine, although specific figures were not offered.

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