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Lexus plans new IMSA next-gen GT3 automobile, provides Le Mans to wish-list

Lexus has raced within the IMSA SportsCar Championship with its RC F since 2017, based mostly on a highway automobile platform that was by no means meant to race within the GT3 area.

Father or mother firm Toyota unveiled its GR GT3 Idea on the Tokyo Auto Salon final month.

This new design isn’t based mostly on a mannequin from its present highway automobile vary, however is a ground-up, next-generation GT3-specification racer that may very well be morphed right into a future Lexus mannequin.

Talking on the 24 Hours of Daytona, Andrew Gilleland, group VP and normal supervisor of the Lexus Division, hinted on the path of journey that his model has lined up with its mother or father, the Toyota Motor Company.

“Now we have some future merchandise that we’re connecting the dots with TMC and globalising our GT program, and we wish to win the place we race,” mentioned Gilleland.

“Clearly with the principles bundle… everyone says have an enormous, wild, bushy aim – properly I’d like to go to Le Mans in the future. Now I’m undecided that’s going to ever occur however, boy, that will be cool.

“So this globalisation of GT racing is basically driving it, even at TMC degree, everyone noticed the automobile they confirmed on stage in Tokyo. You don’t want a lot creativeness to determine the place that’s going.”

On Monday, Lexus teased photographs of its “attainable next-generation BEV Sport” – a long-nosed, short-tailed coupe from a future vary of highway automobile fashions that will embrace electrification.

Its fundamental dimensions (beneath) put it consistent with these of the GR GT3 Idea.

Lexus BEV Sport

Lexus BEV Sport

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Lexus BEV Sport

Lexus BEV Sport

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Lexus BEV Sport

Lexus BEV Sport

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Picture by: Lexus

Lexus’s present RC F racer is homologated by means of 2026, however Gilleland declared: “We won’t be racing this automobile in 2026, I can guarantee you of that. However we can be racing in 2026.

“In our explicit scenario in the present day, we’re an underdog. I like outperforming manufacturers that we’ve got no proper to be up there with, and we do it persistently.

“It’s serving to us with TMC, and I believe Akio [Toyoda, the CEO of Toyota] could be very interested by sportscar racing, so it’s nearly excellent timing for all this to be coming collectively.”

Toyota Racing’s David Wilson, who’s liable for the supply of Lexus’s racing actions in North America, defined the lifecycle of the Lexus RC F and the way it turned a “Frankenstein” automobile amongst IMSA’s GTD ranks.

“I’ll be candid in saying that this isn’t a GT3 automobile,” mentioned Wilson.

“However this has been a studying alternative for our firm as a result of the automobile we’re racing proper now could be an afterthought to make it a GT3 automobile, and that’s not the way you deliver a GT3 to market.

“Earlier than you place the primary line on paper, as an engineer you identify that’s going to be a GT3 automobile.

“We name it a little bit of a Frankenstein, to lift the extent of efficiency, and that has been spectacular, the work that we’ve completed in North America in collaboration with our companions in Europe and Asia, to make a aggressive race automobile that’s received races and we’ll hold racing with it and hopefully compete for championships.

“At the moment, we’re racing in opposition to 10 makes, 35 automobiles within the GT class – to see Lexus combine it up with Ferraris, Porsches and Lamborghinis – that’s the place we must be, it’s very particular.

“This automobile is homologated by means of 2026, however I say ‘God assist us if we’re nonetheless racing this automobile then.’ It’s lengthy within the tooth even in the present day.

“We’re working behind the scenes with our companions and colleagues in Japan on the event of the subsequent technology, and that’s thrilling.”

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