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Lexus has confirmed its entry for the upcoming 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, with the RC F GT Concept set to be piloted by British racer, media personality and Le Mans winner, Justin Bell. Lexus will enter its RC F racer in the Time Attack class of the fabled hill climb event – now in its 93rd iteration.

The event sees competitors power up a course 20 km in length with varying conditions. At the end of it all, racers will have completed a total of 156 turns and stand at a height of 4,300 metres at the peak. This entry will mark the Japanese carmaker’s return to the event since it fielded its IS F CCS-R racer back in 2013. Like its predecessor, the RC F GT Concept will serve as a testbed for the brand’s F performance division.

As for the car itself, the Lexus RC F GT Concept will be powered by a 5.0 litre 2UR-GSE V8 engine – in this state of tune for the race, the engine pumps out over 467 hp at 7,100 rpm and more than 529 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm. Curb weight is rated at 1,420 kg thanks to various weight-cutting measures while the transmission is the same eight-speed automatic gearbox found on the regular RC F.

“With very little time behind the wheel, the RC F GT Concept has already proven fast and easy to drive, very much like the production models, actually. We expect the race car will only pick up pace as we engage more testing, tuning, and data acquisition on the mountain”, commented Bell.