After a couple of delays and persistent lack of pace rumours, Lexus has announced a limited GT3 program for its tough-looking RC F GT3.
Michigan-based F Performance Racing will field a single car in a limited IMSA campaign this season, before stepping up to a full-scale two-car IMSA assault in 2017.
F Performance Racing is owned and operated by Paul Gentilozzi, a man Lexus has entrusted to developing the RC F GT3 to its full potential. The team will also be tasked with achieving FIA GT3 homologation, to allow the imposing coupe to race in international FIA series including the Australian GT Championship.
The naturally-aspirated, V8-powered Lexus has competed previously, winning its class in a VLN series race at the Nurburgring last year. It also competed in Japanese Super GT. In IMSA, it will compete in the GT Daytona class for FIA GT3 machinery.
We previewed the car on a visit to Tokyo last year and if looks translated to speed, you’d expect the RC F GT3 to emerge victorious in 2016.
“We are excited to reach this agreement with IMSA to campaign the RC F GT3 at such a high level,” said Jeff Bracken said, general manager and group vice president of Lexus division.
“Our hope is to build a strong foundation for the new F Performance Racing organisation during the 2016 season, seizing the opportunity to develop the team and the race vehicle in anticipation of the multi-car effort during the 2017 season.”
Ex-Indy Car star Scott Pruett, who was also involved in LFA and IS F road car development, will pilot the RC F GT3 alongside Sage Karam, a 20 year old American star.
“IMSA has given us a small window to bring the safety and performance of the car to a level commensurate with the competition in the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series,” said Gentilozzi, suggesting the RC F GT3 still needs more development.
“We have every intention to race hard and compete for victories. Right now we’re going through extensive testing and engineering analysis, and we hope to be racing as soon as possible.”
As ever, the proof will appear out on the race track.