Peter Lyon from Motoring Australia had a chance to drive the Lexus RC F CCS-R race car on Fuji Speedway:
The Lexus RC F CCS-R is a pre-production version of the RC F GT Concept that has campaigned at Pikes Peak and the Nurburgring. Weighing 400kg less than the production RC F, the CCS-R runs the standard 5.0-litre V8. But Perspex windows and extensive use of carbon-fibre inside and out serve to keep the weight low.
The car is a blast to drive. It feels light, fast and corners with the minimum of fuss. And with every gear change, you are being mesmerised by the coupe’s addictive V8 growl which is significantly louder inside the car given the lack of sound absorbing material.
Beyond the driving experience, Lyon reports that Lexus may be considering a production model version of the RC F CCS-R:
Some will argue that the CCS-R is the RC F Lexus should have made in the first place. But that’s just the beginning of the story, because there are already rumours circulating that Lexus is looking at launching a CCS-R inspired road car that would knock horns with the likes of the BMW M4 GTS and the Mercedes AMG C 63 Black Series…
This is a rumor going all the way back to the previous-generation IS F CCS-R, and it all comes down to demand — is there enough interest in a track-optimized high-performance version of the RC F to justify production?