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: