Having campaigned its RC F in the Japanese Super GT race series, Lexus has rolled out its successor – the LC 500 GT500 race car. Super GT is rather close to the German Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (DTM) racing series, in that the competing cars are so far removed from the cars they outwardly resemble.

The GT500 racer is powered by a turbocharged, direct-injection 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine, rather than the 467 hp 5.0 naturally aspirated V8 in the road-going LC 500. Par for the Super GT course is a body full of aerodynamic additions, including fender flares, a rear wing, and a very large diffuser.

The LC 500 racer is set to make its first public outing in September for a test session, in preparation for a race debut next year. There are four races remaining in the 2016 Super GT calendar, and Lexus teams current stand in second through to fourth placings. The GT500 series is currently led by the Nismo crew.

GALLERY: Lexus LC 500

GALLERY: Lexus LC 500h