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Nürburgring, Germany - Michele di Martino, Daniela Schmid, Matias Henkola, Walkenhorst Motorsport, BMW M6 GT3 - 8 October 2016 - VLN DMV 250-Meilen-Rennen, Round 9, Nordschleife - This image is copyright free for editorial use © BMW AG

Lexus Debuts Their Brand New RCF GT3 At The Nürburgring

Lexus is here. The RCF GT3 is finally ready to take the wraps off and get down to the business it was designed to do. It has been a long difficult journey with Lexus. No less than a year into their program they had to shelve the cars and completely re-develop their car. Formerly F Performance, 3GT Racing lead by Paul Gentilozzi was tasked with the development work. With Scott Pruett, Sage Karam and 2 yet to be named drivers 3GT will be taking a pair of it RCF GT3’s to IMSA for a full season attack on the GTD Class. You’d be forgiven for thinking that if the car was going to make its racing debut prior to Daytona, It would have been at last weeks IMSA Finale, Petit Le Mans. However Lexus had different plans. They decided to debut the car at this past weekends VLN round at the Nürburgring.

Source: VLN
Source: VLN

So why debut the re-worked car in Germany? While the cars were developed in the States the new cars themselves were built-in Cologne. Makes sense to race the cars close to their base of operations. Lexus’ decision to debut the car in the hands of Dominik and Mario Farnbacher was clearly a developmental decision. Get the car some laps in competition and see where it stacks up. Well the car stacks up pretty damn good as the RCF GT3 won on debut. The RCF GT3 won overall, beating the ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3 of Alexander Sims and Stef Dusseldorp by 33 seconds. The RCF GT3 has yet to receive its 2017 homologation thus it ran in the SPX class for experimental or unclassified cars. Nevertheless the car’s performance is leaps and bounds better than it was before Lexus went back to the drawing board. During the failed first year the car struggled to keep pace, the car is obviously competitive now.

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Source: Endurance-Info.com

“I cannot believe what we managed today,” Mario Farnbacher said. His brother Dominik added, “The collaboration between Lexus in Japan, Toyota in Cologne and our team was perfect. The prototype we used for the first time today was almost all-new and it still can be driven to be more comfortable.”

Further testing is planned ahead of the RCF GT3’s IMSA debut at Daytona. However if this past weekend’s race was any indication GTD just got another hyper competitive car to go along with Acura’s new NSX GT3 and the established crop of GT3 machinery. With The new DPi formula debuting in 2017 combined with the new GT3 machinery, next season is quickly becoming the most anticipated seasons in recent memory.

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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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