We’ve seen the Lexus RC F GT3 before, where it was set to contest in American and Japanese race series; now, the race car is set to add European dates to its racing calendar, following its upcoming debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Two units of the RC F GT3 have been supplied to US-based motorsport outfit 3GT Racing Team, which will be contesting in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

In Europe, racing teams Farnbacher Racing and Emil Frey Racing will continue their Lexus GT3 racing efforts, having entered the RC F GT3 in the VLN Endurance racing series last year. The teams will continue to compete in European races in 2017, as well as selected events in the International GT Open series.

In its native Japan, the LM corsa team of the Super GT series will be competing with a pair of RC F GT3s in the GT300 class. Last year, Lexus was the first Asian automaker to win a VLN Endurance Championship race at the Nurburgring Nordschleife, with an RC F GT3 prototype claiming overall victory in October.

The Lexus RC F GT3 is powered by a 5.4 litre V8 engine producing over 500 hp, with drive sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox. In comparison, the RC F road car makes 470 hp and 530 Nm from its 5.0 litre, naturally aspirated V8 engine, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Rolling stock is made up of 18-inch centre-locking wheels housing iron disc brakes. The GT3-class racer measures 4,845 mm long, 2,030 mm wide, and 1,270 mm tall, with a 2,730 mm wheelbase and a kerb weight of 1,300 kg.