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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:

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    TRDFantasy
  • January 23, 2014
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.
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      Tragic Bronson
    • January 25, 2014
    They pulled a Spaceballs on the competition and "switched to secret hyper-jets".
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    Stj
  • January 23, 2014
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.
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    Lexus Cohen
  • January 23, 2014
That's why they are the best!
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    Joshd
  • January 23, 2014
LIke how in the picture there is a one of a kind IS F, an LFA and a Corolla
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    darkride
  • January 23, 2014
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?
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      05rollaxrs
    • January 25, 2014
    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.
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      05rollaxrs
    • January 25, 2014
    Tanahashi san said he is working on LFA 2 recently in an interview so yes, LFA 2 is under development.
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    tinhinnh
  • January 24, 2014
So why did they detuned it to 416hp?
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    leopard08
  • January 24, 2014
you have got to feel sorry for the M4 here. this engine been racing racing cars
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    Travis
  • January 28, 2014
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

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