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Published Date: 01/08/2014

Last month Lexus challenged its UK Facebook fans to come up with a name for the flamboyant orange paint finish that wraps around its RC F coupe.
‘Solar Flare’ the new colour of Lexus

As a high performance vehicle, it seems only fitting that the colour adorning its exterior should have a name to round off its dynamic persona.

The online challenge produced hundreds of suggestions for the paint colour name of Lexus’ hotly anticipated model, which will now be known as Solar Flare.

This name was picked as the best by Lexus Director Richard Balshaw and it is to become an official colour option for the RC F in the UK when it goes on sale here at the end of 2014.

Giving his thoughts on the competition entries Richard Balshaw, said: “We were impressed by the huge response and the creativity shown by our Facebook fans, who took up the challenge with enthusiasm.

“Solar Flare was chosen as we think it captures the power and excitement of the RC F, as well as the impact of the paint itself.”

The name itself was suggested on five separate occasions on the official Lexus UK Facebook Page and was submitted by Peter Robert Shaumburg Fodor, Paul Britt, Joe Ettwein, Matt French and Krisstian Allen.

It’s unsurprising that this challenge garnered much attention from Lexus’ UK fans as the RC F model has generated a mass amount of online interest since it was revealed at the Detroit Motor Show in January.

The model’s visual impact is matched well with its performance, which is provided by Lexus’ most powerful V8 production model engine.

Specifically designed for the RC F, the model is powered by a 5.0-litre 32-valve unit which produces over 450bhp and 520Nm of torque.

A product of advanced engineering, the Lexus RC F is built of lightweight carbon fibre parts, an eight-speed direct-shift transmission, an active rear wing and comes with a torque vectoring differential. 

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