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Lexus announces 2015 Global Motorsport Plans

Written by Media Manager.

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Lexus International has announced its continued participation in motorsport in 2015 while marking its commitment with the unveiling of a new motorsport logo.

Recently launched in New Zealand, the Lexus RC F halos Lexus’ performance line-up and forms the basis of its international competition vehicles for 2015. Continuing from 2014, Lexus Racing will compete in the premier category of Japanese motorsport - the GT500 class.

Lexus NZ General Manager, Steve Prangnell, says to have Lexus competing in GT will elevate the performance credentials of the Lexus F range and solidify the RC F in the minds of potential customers as a genuine performance car.

For GT500 Lexus will run a highly modified version of the Lexus RC F, with a two-litre four-cylinder RI4AG direct-injection petrol turbo engine - a relative of the 2.0-litre engine making its debut in the new Lexus NX 200t compact SUV.

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This year's participation in the GT500 class marks Lexus' 10th year on the racing circuit.

Lexus Racing will develop an RC F GT3 based on the Lexus RC F for the global stage, to promote grass-roots motorsport and boost Lexus' sporting image.

Weighing just 1,250kg, the RC F GT3 features a modified version of the RC F's V8 engine, producing a maximum power output of approximately 397kW.

A total of three RC F GT3s will be built for Japan and Europe.

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In Japan, the LM Corsa team is scheduled to race an RC F GT3 in the Super GT GT300 class.

Lexus Racing's logo has been redesigned to promote Lexus' sports image and the brand's halo 'F' models globally (the RC F and recently announced GS F), and high performance F Sport variants of its CT, NX, IS, GS and LS Lines.

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