Lexus to race LF-CC in Japanese Super GT

Dealers have long forgotten the discontinued Lexus SC, but the automaker still uses this car as the basis for its entrant in the Japanese Super GT racing series. Beginning with the 2014 season, Lexus will start running a new coupe based on the 2012 LF-CC concept car in the GT500 class, which limits cars to a maximum of 500 horsepower. The 2014 season will feature 10 races, and it starts on the weekend of April 5, 2014.

While there's not much info to go on here, Lexus says that testing of the new car will begin today at the Suzuka Circuit. The good news for us is that if you toss out the crazy aero front end, the wide fender extensions and the massive wing, what we're essentially looking at is the production version of the concept, which will be called the Lexus RC. Click the image above for a better look at the LF-CC racer, and scroll down for a very brief press blast.
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TOKYO – Aug. 16, 2013 – Lexus Racing announced a new race car based on the Lexus "LF-CC" that will compete in the Super GT Series GT500 class starting next season. The vehicle will replace the Lexus SC 430 currently used in Super GT races.

The Lexus LF-CC is a two-door coupe concept that debuted at the Paris Motor Show in September 2012. It features a dynamic exterior with an emphasis on aerodynamics and cooling performance.

Vehicle shakedown will begin at the Suzuka Circuit this afternoon.

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