Lexus has unveiled its LC500-based race car, which is slated to compete in the 2017 Japan Super GT500 series. The car looks like an LC500 with dramatically widened fenders, large rear diffuser, and a skirts. A huge spoiler, canards, and numerous vents for downforce and also heat extraction can be found throughout the body. Of course, Lexus’s trademark spindle grille and L-shaped lights mark the front end.
Like other Super GT cars, the LC 500 wears extensively modified bodywork. While it can sometimes break up the cleaner lines of a production-spec car, all of the crazy flares and spoilers actually work the pretty well with the big Lexus’ already-extroverted styling. The trippy livery borrowed from the outgoing RC F adds to bonkers look of the car.
The LC 500 racer boasts extensive modifications under the skin as well. Series rules call for the cars in the LC 500’s GT500 class to use 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines, even though that is nothing like the powertrains Lexus will offer to the consumers. The road-going LC will be offered with a 5.0-liter V8, or 3.5-liter V6 hybrid powertrain in the LC 500h model.
The Lexus LC500 is most definitely the best-looking vehicle proposed to race in the next year’s 2017 Super GT series. Aggressive lines machined with boxed aero, reflective livery, swan-like rear spoiler, and black wheels all make for an aggressive-looking yet beautiful machine.
The SuperGT LC500 is expected to begin the track testing in September, while the production version, with 348kW worth of 5-litre, naturally aspirated V8 attitude, will be launched on the South African market during 2017.