Lightweight Limited Track Edition Joins 472 HP Lexus RC F Line

A new  lightweight Track Edition joins the standard Lexus RC F performance coupe, both of which have been extensively updated for the 2020 model year. Improved aerodynamics, reduced weight, a retuned suspension, and enhanced styling elevate the RC F to a new level of performance and refinement.

Lexus says that the Track package is more than a mere accessories package. To their point, the limited production RC F Track Edition features a precisely engineered set of upgrades to push performance to a new level. Developed with input from Lexus race teams in Super GT and IMSA series, the Track Edition is designed to deliver exceptional performance on the highway as well as the race track.

Revised Aerodynamics

One key area of improvement is the aerodynamics of the Lexus RC F Track Edition. Up front, the unique front splitter with canards, made from carbon fiber to reduce weight, increases front end downforce for better grip and more precise steering. At the rear of the RC F Track Edition, a fixed rear wing made from carbon fiber replaces the active spoiler offered on the standard RC F. The fixed wing is not only lighter, but Lexus claims that it does double duty by simultaneously reducing drag and adding 58 lbs of downforce versus the standard spoiler.

The Track Edition exclusive rear wing improves downforce and reduces drag versus the standard RC F active spoiler.

Weight reduction was a key area of development for the Track Edition. Preliminary estimates put the total reduction at 176 pounds compared to the previous Lexus RC F. More importantly, the engineers focused on cutting weight that yields the most significant dynamic improvements.

Additional weight was removed by specifying carbon fiber for the roof and hood along with switching to a carbon fiber partition behind the rear seats and a carbon bumper reinforcement. A standard titanium muffler and tailpipes are yet another area where the Track Edition sheds weight.

In addition, every Track Edition model is upgraded with Brembo carbon ceramic brake rotors. Not only are they significantly lighter than their iron counterparts, but they’re also better able to withstand the extreme heat cycling associated with on-track driving. They are surrounded by a set of lightweight 19” BBS forged alloy wheels that feature a design derived from the RC F GT3 race car. Between the wheels, brake rotors and calipers, the Track Edition boasts a significant 55-pound reduction in unsprung weight on the front of the car alone.

The Track Edition uses the same 472 horsepower normally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 found in every 2020 RC F. However when combined with the Track Edition’s reduced curb weight, the model has the best power-to-weight ratio among its competitors. With the new electronic launch control system, the RC F Track Edition is capable of launching from 0-to-60 mph in 3.96 seconds.

The exclusive Track Edition red leather interior includes Alcantara seat inserts.

In an effort to provide the Track Edition with a distinctive appearance, a red leather interior comes standard along with Alcantara seat accents and red carbon trim on the doors and dashboard. Only two exterior colors will be available: Ultra White and Matte Nebula Gray, an exclusive color only available on the Track Edition.

Both the 2020 Lexus RC F and the RC F Track Edition will start production in the second quarter of 2019. Pricing will be announced closer to their on-sale dates.

About the author

Art Michalik

Art has served in marketing functions at various aftermarket manufacturers, driven in autocross events and in road racing in a car of his own construction, and even managed a world-famous racing school.
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