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Lexus Likely to Delay RC-F GT3 American Debut

As many of our more loyal readers know, I drive a Lexus. Specifically a ‘02 IS300 filled with straight 6, 2JZ, RWD goodness. Complete with the correct number of pedals (3). However, I can’t really get excited about their current model range, less the spectacular LFA. Sure they look and sound good, go faster, and feature more tech, but there’s just something missing. I don’t know how to explain it, I’m just not stoked on Lexus at the moment.  That changed about a year ago when Lexus announced the RC-F GT3 Race Car. GT3 is the best form of racing out there. It’s a manufacturers’ paradise. Ferrari, McLaren, BMW, Mercedes, Cadillac, Aston Martin, Audi, Nissan, Porsche, and Lamborghini, all make GT3 Race Cars. There are 1 off Jaguar and Camaro GT3 cars as well. Hell, even Bentley makes a GT3 version of the Continental. Point is if you are a manufacturer of fast cars, chances are you make a GT3 car. This brings me back to the RC-F GT3. I was once again interested and excited about Lexus’ upcoming entry. To make things better, several months ago Lexus announced they’d be bringing the RC-F GT3 stateside with a yet to be determined team. In 2016, The Tudor United Sports Car Championship’s GTD Class will be running full GT3 specs. This, is where Lexus would race.

Images courtesy Lexus
Images courtesy of Lexus

Unfortunately, all is not well in Lexus’ racing world. Currently racing in Japan, the RC-F GT3 is almost 2.5 seconds off the pace. At last month’s Nurburgring 24 Hours they were nearly 11 seconds behind. All these things point to Lexus needing more testing time with the Car. So to make sure they don’t fall flat on their face Lexus will likely miss the 2016 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring to further develop the car. If they can fix the issues, they will bring the car to the US at some point in the middle of the season. As the old adage goes, better late than never.

Written by Chad Kennedy

Chad burst from the womb wearing a racing suit and a helmet. Chad's passion for cars is in his very DNA. His father was a gear head and passed on the tradition through owning such classics as a '66 Mustang and a '59 Corvette all while taking him to various race tracks in the area. Chad likes to wrench on his rides whenever possible, forgoing the stealership. Chad is an avid motorsports fan with particular interest in endurance/sports car racing. When not online writing for Shifting Lanes, you can find him working at the local golf course teaching people how to swing or hooning a golf cart at impossible speeds.

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