LEXUS TURNS UP THE DIAL ON RC F PERFORMANCE COUPE
A Smoother Shape and a Precise Diet
A unique front air dam, made from carbon fibre to reduce weight, is designed to increase front-end downforce for better grip and more precise steering. A fixed rear wing, also made from carbon fibre, is lighter than the active spoiler offered on the standard RC F. The fixed wing also reduces drag and adds up to 26kg downforce.
Preliminary estimates put total weight reduction at 65kg compared with the previous RC F with engineers focused on cutting weight that yields the most significant dynamic improvements.
Every Track Edition model is upgraded with Brembo carbon-ceramic brake rotors that are lighter than their steel counterparts and better able to withstand the extreme heat cycling associated with performance driving. They are surrounded by a set of lightweight 19” BBS forged alloy wheels that feature a design derived from the RC F GT3 race car. The wheels, brake rotors and calipers result in a significant 25kg reduction in unsprung weight on the front of the car alone.
Additional weight was removed by specifying carbon fibre for the roof and bonnet along with switching to a carbon fibre partition behind the rear seats and a carbon bumper reinforcement.
Many of these carbon fibre pieces will be made on the same line that supplied the Lexus LFA during its two-year production run.
A standard titanium muffler and tail pipes also helps the Track Edition shed weight. Rarely seen on production cars, the use of titanium also gives the Track Edition a polished look along with a unique sound.
Using the same normally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 found in every RC F, the RC F Track Edition is targeting a 0-to-100 km/h time of around four seconds.
In order to give the Track Edition a more exclusive look on the inside, a red leather interior comes standard along with Alcantara® seat accents and red carbon trim on the doors and dashboard. Four body colours will be available: white nova, sonic titanium, graphite black and matte grey, the latter exclusive to the Track Edition.
Production of the updated Lexus RC F and the RC F Track Edition will start in the second quarter of 2019.
The Lexus reveal – including the LC Convertible Concept – can be viewed at 5:10 a.m. AEDT tomorrow (Tuesday, January 15) at https://livestream.com/lexusinternational/Detroit2019