Lexus IS F CCS-R Used as Secret Development Car for RC F V8 Engine

Lexus IS F CCS-R

It’s been widely reported that the Lexus IS F CCS-R racecar was essential to the development of the new RC F high performance coupe, and now we’ve found out just how far this influence runs.

Lexus USA marketer Jim Lee announced on Instagram today that the IS F CCS-R that raced at Pikes Peak and the 25 Hours of Thunderhill was actually equipped with the new 5.0L V8 engine found in the RC F– he even posted a photo of the engine swap:

Lexus IS F CCS-R to RC F Engine Swap

This is a stealth move, and really quite clever — in addition to all the secret testing that goes on, Lexus has now publicly raced this 5.0L V8 in two of the most intense racing events in North America. What a great piece of Lexus insider trivia.

Along with this surprising revelation is a brand new video documenting the Lexus IS F CCS-R racing at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill — really well done and worth watching:


  • TRDFantasy

    This is a pleasant surprise, but overall not too surprised :).

    This is a classic Toyota/Lexus move here, doing secret testing when nobody expects it.

    • Tragic Bronson

      They pulled a Spaceballs on the competition and “switched to secret hyper-jets”.

  • Stj

    I wish that for once Toyota would spend a little time to make an engine not look like ****. Its a $70.000 car so i think that the engine shouldn’t be hiding under a cheap plastic cover!

    What i love about cars from the 80’s and 90’s, you never have to be a shame to pop the hood. Just look at the 2JZ-GTE, 4A-GE 20v, 1UZ-GE, those are pretty engine’s from Toyota.

  • Lexus Cohen

    That’s why they are the best!

  • Joshd

    LIke how in the picture there is a one of a kind IS F, an LFA and a Corolla

  • darkride

    Wonder what this means for that LFA Code X 5.3L V10 they fitted into the LFA, not so secretly doing the same thing for LFA-II?

    • 05rollaxrs

      Yes, code X is using a different chassis and suspension than the LFA. The wheelbase is longer for the code X. Also, ofcourse the 5.3 Liter V10 is a heavily updated version of the 4.8 Liter V10 where it can rev up to 12,000 rpm.

    • 05rollaxrs

      Tanahashi san said he is working on LFA 2 recently in an interview so yes, LFA 2 is under development.

  • tinhinnh

    So why did they detuned it to 416hp?

  • leopard08

    you have got to feel sorry for the M4 here. this engine been racing racing cars

  • Travis

    Awesome video. The ISF sounds so angry. Great move by Lexus didnt expect that does look and sound like the RCF will have a very good motor