The Japanese love the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The homage to the legendary Nordschleife race track knows almost no limits. Lexus, the premium offshoot from Toyota, has also fallen for the 20,832 kilometers in the Eifel. Since 2008 the brand started at VLN long distance championship and the 24h race with the middle class sedan IS F or the super sports car LFA. 2015 is launching a new family member, the RC F GT3, and the Japanese have big plans for that.
The GT3 Sport is booming. Whether the national ADAC GT Masters or the international Blancpain Endurance Series, in the meantime no manufacturer can avoid this FIA racing class. In the meantime, the commitment is already taking on bizarre forms, because not only classic two-seater sports cars à la Porsche 911, Ferrari 458, Aston Martin Vantage, Mercedes-AMG SLS are being used, no, Bentley has his 2,3 tons of Continental GT balancer as well trimmed to GT3 like BMW its hardly lighter M6.
It is precisely in this shark tank that Lexus places its not-so-slim RC F. A coupé that the Japanese have applied to M4 and C63. In the base 4,7 meters long, 1,9 tons heavy, 477 PS strong and already extensively tested by us, For the racetrack, the two-door car at Toyota Technocraft / Toyota Racing Development (TTC / TRD) was slimmed down with a lot of carbon to 1.250 kg and aerodynamically upgraded to current class standards. But since Lexus does not want to see its motorsport commitment as a pure factory assignment, they took it with them Ring racing, Farnbacher Racing and Emil Frey Racing three strong and experienced partners on board, who have taken over the coordination and further development of the GT3 racing car. After the test program has already started, the RC F should get the finishing touches on the Nordschleife in the VLN. In order to be able to test the stability and speed undisturbed here, the vehicles start tactically clever in the prototype class SPX and thus circumvent the politically explosive GT3 topic "Ballance of Performance (BoP)" and the associated performance classification.
Even if there are no victories in the specifications for this year, the deployment teams are already bursting with self-confidence, because the first test runs made everyone involved optimistic and demonstrated the typical Japanese reliability of the V8 balancing hum with 540PS. Hannes Gautschi, Director of Technology, Service, Training at Toyota Lexus Switzerland and coordinator between Europe and Japan in this GT3 project, is also smiling with satisfaction, because he knows that what holds on the Nordschleife works all over the world. So, in his opinion, it is quite possible that 2016 the RCF could start with other customer vehicles in various GT3 championships and perhaps also at the legendary 24h race on the Nürburgring. Because he also knows that the Japanese love the Nordschleife.