Lexus CT in this Weekend’s 6-Hour VLN Nürburgring Race


Gazoo Racing has entered a Lexus CT in the SP4 class for this weekend’s VLN3 42. Adenauer ADAC Rundstrecken-Trophy race at Nürburgring — here’s a look at the CT in its full livery (click for a larger image):

Lexus CT Gazoo Racing Nürburgring

No word if the CT has been modified in any way — Lexus Europe has published a press release, though the only real information is about the participating drivers:

The GAZOO Racing CT driver line-up features three experienced drivers: Ms Kumi Sato, who previously competed with a Lexus IS 250 at VLN4 event in 2008; Mr Masahiko Kageyama, who previously supported vehicle development in Toyota Motor Corporation; and Mr Minoru Takaki, who is responsible for production vehicle development.

This six hour race, which will also have at least one LFA competing as well, can be followed on the VLN website and it’s likely to be available somewhere online — I’ll keep an eye out for a link and will update accordingly.

Update: I missed a Lexus UK press release that included a vital piece of information about the Racing CT — the 1.8L engine was swapped for a 2.4L engine, though all hybrid components stayed the same. Very interesting development.

Update 2: At yesterday’s race, the GAZOO Racing CT came second in the SP4 class behind a BMW 325i — here are some photos of the #217 car, courtesy of Lexus Europe:

Lexus CT Racing Concept 1

Lexus CT Racing Concept 2

Lexus CT Racing Concept 3

Comments


  • Anonymous

     What if they hooked up the light and compact V10 with an electric powertrain? :D

  • Pete

    those look like the 18″ wheels from an HS250h…i thought the bolt pattern was different?

  • Anonymous

    sooo… how much? ;) 

  • Dracon_444

    good we see LFA vs  Ferrari in sp8 and sp8t we have Nissan GTR

  • FreeSpirit

     wow

    now if the CT-F will have a redesigned 3.5l D-4S mated with the new generation lithium ion batteries and the O/P be 450hp

    wow

    so that will make a glorious step in the F marque if they make the same scenario to the second generation IS-F and the new comer GS-F

    Toyota already got 400hp from the old nickel metal hydriyd batteries and 3.0 liter engine
    so i thing it is so easy after they switch to lithium and mated with the new D4-S

    so we can expect the new IS-F to mated with 4.0 liter and have 500 hp

    and the GS-F with the 4.6 liter and have around 550 hp

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    I missed a Lexus UK press release that included a vital piece of information about the Racing CT — the 1.8L engine was swapped for a 2.4L engine, though all hybrid components stayed the same. Very interesting development.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RDS.Alphard Yong Thian Ding

     2.4L engine ? Engine of Camry Hybrid , Sai & HS250h ?

  • PG

    Hopefully this was a testbed for a future CT300h with the 2.4L engine!

  • Tkeiichi

    Just wondering since they’ve swapped to the 2.4L engine, why not just use the HS250h as a base car?   Won’t that be easier?   Or because it’s a Lexus it must be ” The Harder way”? LOL 

  • Dracon_444

    for promo ? and testing .

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    That would be my guess as well. :-)

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    That’s what I was thinking as well — it’s certainly the best indicator that Lexus is seriously considering putting out a CT 300h. 

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    I would think it has a lot to do with what @e1c0b5be400570c5e7908722f7c313a7:disqus mentioned — promotion & testing for a future CT 300h. Plus, it’s Lexus’ newest model. mentioned — promotion & testing for a future CT 300h. Plus, it’s Lexus’ newest model.