If the upcoming Lexus RC F isn’t hard-edged enough for your tastes, then take a look at the RC F GT3 racer.

Shown here in Tokyo, the RC F GT3 joined the Yaris WRC development car on display as part of Toyota’s 2015 global motorsport announcement.

Weighing only 1250kg the RC F GT3 uses a race-prepared version of the road-going RC F’s 5.0-litre V8 engine and is said to produce an impressive 397kW. A total of three RC F GT3s have been slated for Japanese and European events, with the LM Corsa team entering one in the Japanese Super GT GT300 class.

Lexus will also enter a modified RC F in the Japanese GT500 class, considered the pinnacle of motorsport in its home country. Class rules dictate the installation of a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder power unit, the RC F using the RI4AG direct-injection engine for propulsion. It is based on the production unit found in the Lexus NX 200t SUV. This variant is also expected for the Nurburgring 24 Hour race, to be campaigned by GAZOO Racing.

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