It's crazy to think that it took all these years for Toyota/Lexus to join the GT classes of the WEC. The RC F GT3 has been out for almost a decade. You would have thought Toyota would have done something with the GR Supra, but I digress.
This will be a transitional period until the LFR GT3 comes in 2026. Toyota/Lexus cannot abandon the class and wait for the LFR GT3 to be developed because the ACO (which is the main sanctioning body for the WEC) will give away Toyota's slots to any other manufacturer that's in the hypercar class.
If that was confusing, basically, every Hypercar manufacturer like Toyota, Ferrari, Cadillac/GM, Peugeot, Porsche/VW, Glickenhaus (well, they're about to leave soon) are granted two slots in the LMGT3 class. However, if you don't capitalize on it, those slots will be given away to a manufacturer that is not in the Hypercar class. Who would take those spots? Well, manufacturers like Aston Martin, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz all want to participate. It is likely Aston Martin will get two spots regardless of the presence or absence of the Hypercar manufacturers given how dedicated they are to the GT classes in previous years. However, manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz and McLaren will try to capitalize on the empty slots if anyone from the Hypercar manufacturers chooses to not participate in the LMGT3 class. And if you snooze, you lose.
For this reason, Lexus is bringing in the RC F GT3 to the WEC for two years to serve as a transitional period, before the LFR GT3 comes in 2026.
Thanks for that