• Jan 17, 2008
click above for high-res images of the IS F Racing Concept from TAS

Lexus quietly trotted out its IS-F Racing Concept last week at the Tokyo Auto Salon, but despite the official unveiling, more questions than answers remain about the future of the DTM-inspired sedan.

According to Winding Road, the racer was the brainchild of the IS-F's chief engineer, Yukihiko Yaguchi, who wanted to create a vehicle that further expanded the credentials of the IS-F. Unfortunately, when Peter Nunn questioned the Toyota folks about what plans it had for the concept, he was met with resounding silence.

Rumors are swirling that this particular concept is nothing more than a design study, with no intention of campaigning a similar IS-F competitively. However, Lexus is supposedly working on an IS-F to campaign in the SuperGT GT300 series in Japan, with the SC430-based racer soldiering on in the GT500 class. More surprising is that the IS-F currently being developed by the Japanese Bandoh team might be sporting a mid-engine configuration. We're not sure if that's going to sit well with SuperGT officials, but testing of the race car is expected to begin at Suzuka towards the end of February and we'll know more then.

Autoblog Chinese snapped off a handful of images of the IS-F Racing Concept in person while at the Tokyo Auto Salon and you can check them out in the gallery below.

[Source: Winding Road]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      What nothing out of anyone about how the GTR would stomp this thing?.....anybody.......hello?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does this one have an automatic transmission also?
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car is no Lexus...

      Autobild published today the true...

      Lexus bought a 2004 Opel Vectra DTM race car and modded the chassie to Lexus IS-F look... the rest of the car is orginal Opel including the V8 engine under the hood..
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thats one good looking race car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mid-engined is allowed with SuperGT car, you can place the engine in any configuration as long as the engine is in mass production, but the original chassis can't be modified from the production version.
        • 7 Years Ago
        What does it mean that chassis must be unmodified? The chassis in SuperGT are heavily modified. The frame is largely replaced with a tube frame.

        Even wikipedia has this info.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SuperGT
      • 7 Years Ago
      Title should have said Lexus IS-F Ricer not Racer
        • 7 Years Ago
        You are an idiot sir. In fact you both are.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You are correct sir.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This should get all the Palm Beach pensioners' blood racing.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Why? I saw no mention of a Buick. I think Lexus is going the same way Cadillac has done in the recent years. Going from old people transport to a force to be reckoned with.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Almost looks DTM ready.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is a TRACK CAR.

      The aerodynamic work is FUNCTIONAL.

      It is completely unreasonable to compares it to a GT-R, the two couldn't be more different.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Given Lexus' comments:

        'Rumors are swirling that this particular concept is nothing more than a design study, with no intention of campaigning a similar IS-F competitively.'

        You must have a different meaning of functional than I do. If this car were really campaigned, it would be functional, but as a show car, it's by definition for show (maybe show is a function?).
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just like you can't expect a dog to sh*t gold, you can't expect Toyota to know how to build anything with a faint resemblances of a performance car...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I want one...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Gorgeous.
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