Lexus today announced its motorsports partnership with racing driver Paul Gentilozzi and newly formed F Performance Racing to field the RC F GT3 in a soon to be announced sports car series.
This new racing venture is part of the Lexus’ global motorsports effort that will see the Japanese luxury brand competing on tracks in the United States beginning in 2016. The new RC F GT3 racer is based on the production 5.0-litre V8 RC F coupe that went on sale earlier this year.
“A core mission of F Performance Racing was to strengthen the Lexus’ F brand by applying lessons gleaned from racing, while nurturing an engineering culture that transfers that knowledge to dynamic, high performance passenger car development,” said Jeff Bracken, group vice president and general manager, Lexus division.
“We are very excited about what this partnership and race effort can mean for the brand in the years to come.”
Veteran driver and road racing legend Scott Pruett will pilot the RC F GT3, bringing a wealth of experience to bear during the vehicle development phase.
F Performance Racing will campaign a limited schedule in 2016. In its inaugural year, the team’s primary focus will involve developing the race organization while gathering data and track experience to help further propel vehicle development. For the 2017/18 season, the plan calls for F Performance Racing and Pruett to participate in a full sports car racing schedule with a multi-vehicle effort.