Lexus Racing Megathread

Discussion in 'Lexus Lounge' started by krew, Dec 12, 2017.

  1. carguy420
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    Is Toyota and Lexus going to eventually implement these improvements and technology to their road cars? I'm especially interested into what they do to their engines.
     
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    After a scintillating race in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, the No. 12 and the No. 14 AIM Vasser-Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3, who were extremely competitive throughout, ended in 3rd and 6th place (19th and 22nd overall) after a premature end in the 24 Hours in Daytona after red flags were waved due to the torrential rain.

    Red flags also came down as well earlier in the race, forcing everyone to a stop for some time but were able to clear the standing water. After red flags came down for the final time with just under two hours of the race left due to treacherous track conditions in the rain, it was deemed to dangerous to press on. Once there was no point to clear the standing water with just 10 minutes left in the race, the race stopped as is and racers were classified as they were.

    Regardless of the conditions, both the No. 12 and No. 14 Lexus cars drove spectacularly! They were extremely competitive throughout and pressed on despite the rain. Being very consistent on track, adding on to the fact that they battled very well with rivals, it was a job well done. They were also the best overall team in the GTD class which is a huge achievement. Congratulations to the drivers, team and everyone in AIM Vasser-Sullivan Lexus.

    No. 12 Lexus RC F GT3 - Finished 3rd place (19th overall)
    - Townsend Bell (USA)
    - Jeff Segal (USA)
    - Frankie Montecalvo (USA)
    - Aaron Telitz (USA)

    No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 - Finished 6th place (22nd overall)
    - Nick Cassidy (NZ)
    - Jack Hawksworth (UK)
    - Richard Heistand (USA)
    - Austin Cindric (USA)

    https://www.motorsport.com/imsa/results/
     
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    Good start even I am worried from this super GT step, is that means no LCF ? Why they didn't put the 2 together ?
     
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    I was at the race courtesty of Lexus Racing USA... I'll share some pics and vids soon. The RC F's look amazing in person especially at night. Unfortunately it was cold and windy all day Saturday and there was a 9 hour rain delay Sunday. Sunday was so bad I didn't even go back but glad to see them place 3rd!
     
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    The Toyota Global Newsroom has posted its annual Outline of Motorsports Activities for 2019. On the Lexus side of things, the Super GT series in Japan should see the final season for the GT500 Class Lexus LC 500; a trio of RC F GT3s in the GT300 Class; a Lexus LC for the Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race's SP-PRO Class; and a number of "customer motorsports" teams competing throughout the world in Lexus RC F GT3s in series such as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the U.S. (AIM Vasser Sullivan Team) and "to be determined" European and Asian (outside Japan) teams.

    For more information:
    https://newsroom.toyota.co.jp/en/corporate/26483581.html
     
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    Some informative commentary on the above from Motorsport.com:



    https://au.motorsport.com/supergt/news/lexus-2019-driver-line-up/4333341/
     
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    Reading that article made me wonder whether the Panis-Barthez Tech 1 Racing team was a second Lexus RC F GT3 team in Blancpain GT Europe racing or a replacement for the successful Emil Frey Racing. Sadly, it seems that the latter is the case. From Sportscar 365:

    https://sportscar365.com/sro/blancpain-gt/panis-barthez-revealed-as-new-european-lexus-team/
     
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    Preceding that story comes word that Panis-Barthez Competition and Tech 1 team principal Fabien Barthez will also be one of the team's expected 4 drivers. (The others are still to be announced).

    https://www.blancpain-gt-series.com...2019-endurance-cup-assault?filter_team_news=0

    Fun fact: Fabien Barthez is actually a footballer (soccer player to us Yanks)-turned-racecar driver. And he was no mere dilettante. According to Wikipedia, he is considered the 4th-best French goalkeeper of all time.
     
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    And now for something completely different... Automobile magazine's Benjamin Hunting lived up to his name (sorry, couldn't resist...) and located the Lexus Cup Challenge in Minden, Ontario, Canada, where 1st-gen Lexus IS 300 automatics are outfitted with spiked Hankook IpikeRS tires and rented out to would-be ice racers. Here's the story:

    https://www.automobilemag.com/news/lexus-cup-challenge-is300-ice-racing-feature/