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Lexus RC F GT3 Finishes Third in Class at Rolex 24 at Daytona

Lexus RC F AIM Vasser

The AIM VASSER SULLIVAN #12 Lexus RC F GT3 finished on the podium at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, earning a third-place result in the team’s first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race. Driving was Townsend Bell, Frankie Montecalvo, Jeff Segal and Aaron Telitz.

The podium result marks the highest finish in an endurance event for the Lexus RC F GT3 since joining IMSA competition in 2017.

Lexus RC F AIM Vasser Night

The second car, Lexus RC F GT3 #14, finished sixth. Co-drivers included Nick Cassidy, Austin Cindric, Jack Hawksworth and Richard Heistand.

The AIM VASSER SULLIVAN Lexus RC F GT3s combined to lead a total of 53 laps during the 24-hour race that had two red flags due to heavy rain. #12 led 31 laps, while #14 led 22 laps around Daytona International Speedway’s road course.

Video: Straight Piped Lexus LC 500 Unleashes Monster Sound

Lexus LC Straight Pip

A Lexus LC 500 owner in Arizona replaced his car’s exhaust system completely — adding new headers, a new intake, removing the catalytic converters, and opening up the mufflers:

(What a gloriously brutal sound, transforms the LC into something terrifying!)

Lexus USA Dealerships Want Large SUV “Escalade Fighter”

Lexus LX SUV

Lexus USA dealer council chairman Carl Sewell III spoke with Automotive News about the biggest need in the current vehicle lineup:

Sewell said Lexus could use a Cadillac Escalade fighter — a big, three-row luxury SUV — but there are other considerations beyond what dealers want, such as how vehicles fit into the brand’s regulatory plans.

“I think every dealer would raise their hand for that product, certainly,” Sewell told Automotive News last month. “One of the big things we’ve been working on over the last two years on council is our premium luxury utility vehicle lineup for the future. Right now, we’ve got a really strong sub-$50,000 lineup. But when we look above that, we’ve got some great product today, but what do those products look like for the future?”

On the face of it, the call for another three-row SUV is curious. After all, Lexus just strengthened their three-row lineup last year with the introduction of the extended RX L — alongside the GX & LX, that’s now three crossovers available with seven seats.

This becomes even more complex when you consider the LF-1 Limitless Concept that Lexus showed off at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. The expectation is that this will lead to a rear-wheel drive flagship crossover that can stand with the LC coupe, LS sedan, and LX SUV. The only issue — a production LF-1 would not compete with the Escalade in size or sentiment.

(If anything, Sewell seems to be talking about an SUV above the LX in size — reading the tea leaves, perhaps this hypothetical SUV could be based on the next-generation Toyota Sequoia. The idea is appealing, though it would crowd the top-end of the SUV lineup with the LX and eventual LF-1.)

First Impressions: The Lexus RC F Track Edition

Lexus RC F Track Hero

While competitors fall all over themselves releasing new crossovers and variants of existing crossovers and crossovers that shouldn’t even be crossovers, Lexus decided instead to update one of their worst-selling cars with a limited-edition hardcore track package.

I love it.


Rendering: Lexus LC Convertible Concept Raises the Roof

Lexus LC Convertible Rear

The single biggest question after last week’s debut of the Lexus LC Convertible Concept was about the missing roof, or more exactly, what would the LCC look like with the top up?

Lexus LC chief engineer Koji Sato explained the LCC was designed as a soft-top convertible, and thanks to these two renderings (from an unknown source), we have an idea of its appearance:

Lexus LC Convertible Roof
Lexus LC Convertible Rear

(This really is an expert job, very impressed. If anyone can identify the artist responsible, please leave a comment on the forums.)