Lexus may be about to enter Australia’s V8 Supercar series – that’s according to Lexus’s Australian chief Sean Hanley.
Speaking with CarAdvice.com.au earlier this week, he said his office hopes to hold “very high-level discussions” with organisers about the possibility of the luxury Japanese automaker joining the roster.
Following the international launch of the Lexus RC F in the US in September, Sean Hanley said the introduction of an all-new 5.0-litre V8-engined car gave him the idea of taking part in the series which is currently dominated by Holden, Ford, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo.
He went on to say, “ “I think the direction that Lexus is going in terms of great design and performance, a coupe V8 … that that association can show off further the Lexus performance credentials. Are we planning to enter should those eligibility changes go our way? Not necessarily.”
These changes, Hanley is speaking of would mean a two-door coupe could come into the V8 Supercar series – Hanley has flagged that this chance would be a precursor for Lexus to go racing.
The 5.0-litre engine pumps out a massive 530Nm of torque from 4,800 to 5,600rpm with a torque-vectoring differential added to improve power delivery fitted for the first time to a front/rear-wheel drive car.
Exterior styling on the road going RC F has been developed with aerodynamics in mind; the Lexus signature spindle grille has been given a mesh pattern with cooling ducts within the grille.
Massive L-shaped outlets just behind the front wings make a striking fashion statement whilst at the same time performing important cooling and aerodynamic functions.
The bonnet has also been lifted to fit the V8 with a meshed centre scoop providing extra cooling qualities and improved aerodynamics.
19-inch aluminium wheels have been fitted to help achieve better stability and reduce weight, with wide tyres providing superior grip and driving confidence on both urban roads and race circuits alike.
Inside, the RC F’s cabin is modelled on the exterior looks with added driver support and bespoke elements such as highly supportive seats and an all-new ambient lighting package.