Lexus IS-F CCS-R Race Car Headed For Pikes Peak Hill Climb
This is the Lexus IS F CCS-R race car that will compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on July 8, 2012. This is Lexus’ first ever entry in the international Pikes Peak Hill Climb race. Quite interesting to see it take on the other Japanese manufacturers on this mythical race.
The Lexus IS F Circuit Club Sport concept was the car the Lexus IS F CCS-R Race Car is derived from. Shown at the 2010 Tokyo Motor Show, it was put to the test in several races, for example the VLN 10 event at the Nürburgring.
This car is powered by a 2UR-GSE codenamed engine, delivering 416 horsepower @ 6,600RPM from a 5.0L turbocharged engine. This relates to 371 lb.-ft. @ 5,200RPM getting delivered to the rear wheels by a 8-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic with paddle shift and manual mode available. Interestingly, this car weighs 3,087 lbs. or less (693 lbs. less than stock) when prepped for the race.
This was all possible thanks to a set of improvements over the stock car and by using ultra light materials. Carbon fiber is the material of choice used on the hood, door handles, front fender, front spoiler, front canard, rear spoiler and ventilator. Polycarbonate windows and lightweight doors are making sure the overall mass of the vehicle stays low.
We’ll get more on the Pikes Peak Hill Climb which is going down in July for your pleasure right here. One of the most popular races in our office ever since we saw Ari Vatanen Pikes Peak climb almost ten years ago.
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