To add to the list of GT3 race cars, Lexus has released the 2017 RC F GT3, which will first make its racing debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona in end-January. Following this, Lexus will enter two cars each in races held in Japan and the United States during the 2017 season.

The former will see the RC F GT3 participate in the GTD category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series under the 3GT Racing banner. Meanwhile, in Japan, the Lexus race car will take part in the Super GT with LMcorsa, where it will compete in the GT300 category (GT3 and the Japanese GT300 cars share a spec), whereas its brother – the LC 500 – is in the GT500 category.

“Lexus is embracing new challenges as a luxury lifestyle brand as it strives to inspire customers with amazement and excitement that exceed the imagination. Our decision to enter in customer motorsports will both refine the performance of our high-performance F models and give our customers an amazing experience,” said Tokuo Fukuichi, president of Lexus International.

“I’m pleased that we are able to introduce the Lexus RC F GT3 in the GT3 category, which represents the highest level of customer racing. The first step is to place four cars in races in the US and Japan, but in the future we will nurture our RC F GT3 into a model that is loved by worldwide customers,” said Koei Saga chief officer and technical director at Toyota Gazoo Racing.

Not much in the way of details, but the company has released the first instalment of a three-part series, titled “The Road to Daytona: Lexus Returns to Racing,” that details the process of turning the RC F into a GT3-compliant race car for the track.