The race debut of Toyota’s future GT3 auto will coincide with that of a new road-going sports activities automobile possibly wearing a Lexus badge.
“Everybody is aware we are developing a automobile, and this motor vehicle will occur to race in Europe in 2026,” Toyota WEC crew director Rob Leupen advised Motorsport.com.
“The date is in alignment with the road car or truck facet, which is pursuing the philosophy of Toyota to have a motorsport-bred car on the highway. This is going forward at the minute.”
Asked whether or not the new automobile will dress in Lexus badging, Mr Leupen replied: “At the instant, it appears to be. It depends on how it develops in just Toyota, but at the second, certainly.”
Toyota Gazoo Racing discovered its upcoming-technology GT3 racer at last year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, and this motor vehicle has given that been spied track-tests.
The GR GT3 has a basic race motor vehicle silhouette with a extensive bonnet, swept-again and steeply raked rear window, and a big rear spoiler.
There is also a pretty low entrance spoiler, bonnet vents, a aspect-exit exhaust, centre-lock wheels, a comprehensive-width rear light-weight bar, and a humongous rear diffuser.
Visuals of a somewhat toned-down variation subsequently appeared in a patent submitting (earlier mentioned), with the huge wing substituted for a little something additional subtle.
The company’s present GT3 entry is the Lexus RC F GT3, which has been racing considering that 2017. Powering the RC F GT3 racer is a 5.4-litre V8 engine manufacturing much more than 367kW of electrical power, mated to a 6-speed sequential transmission.
Mr Leupen’s remarks observe a report out of Japan that Lexus is readying a successor to the famous LFA.
Greatest Automobile Internet experiences the LFA successor is a “souvenir” of Akio Toyoda’s time as president of Toyota Motor Company, and is thanks in 2025.
The rear-wheel drive supercar will reportedly use a twin-turbocharged 4.-litre V8 with in between 515kW and 530kW of electricity, mated with an electrical motor that could thrust output up to 662kW.
The Japanese outlet stories the objective is to start out creation in the summer season (our winter) of 2025, but it could reportedly start off a number of months previously as “development is progressing smoothly”.
It is reportedly remaining produced concurrently with the GT3 race car thought and is referred to as a “catalog model” and not a limited-develop design like the LFA.
That indicates it’ll be available for lengthier, and most likely in greater numbers, than the V10-run LFA which was developed over just two several years and of which just 500 units ended up made in whole.
It will reportedly aspect a unique design that “does not resemble any supersport of the past” and has a “complex” rear conclude, per the report, and will evaluate all over 4600mm extensive, 1950mm wide and 1200mm tall on a 2700mm wheelbase.
It will reportedly use a carbon-fibre body atop an aluminium chassis, in distinction with the LFA which experienced a carbon-fibre-reinforced polymer tub and aluminium subframes.
Best Vehicle Internet experiences the new supercar will be priced at around 20 million yen (A$216,119), much more than a top-spec LC500 coupe (14.83 million yen) but a lot less than the primary LFA (37.5 million yen) and Honda NSX Kind S (27.94 million yen).
Reviews of a combustion-powered Lexus supercar arguably arrive as a shock, presented Lexus previewed an electric powered supercar with its Electrified Sport idea late in 2021.
It even reported it is “seen by a lot of as a probable successor to the legendary Lexus LFA”.
Lexus suggests its -100km/h time is envisioned to be in the reduced two-2nd selection and that the automobile will have a driving assortment of far more than 700km.
“It is attainable that a generation product could use new strong-point out battery technological know-how to obtain authentic substantial general performance,” Lexus provides.
Lexus is scheduling to quit creation of inside combustion-motor vehicles by 2035. In some marketplaces, it’ll changeover completely to electric autos as quickly as 2030.