Lexus IS F CCS-R - Benchmark for the next generations
The Lexus IS F CCS–R (Circuit Club Sport Racer) is a car that was unveiled in 2011 at the Tokyo Auto Show and is being used as the benchmark for the next generation production of IS F. As was explained by the manufacturer, this car is not only a strict racer but has the capability to be something “in between”, offering full-track capacity but at the same time still being viable on the streets.
Model for the future cars
“What I’m trying to do is to make this vehicle a benchmark for the future of the IS F; it will help IS F know which direction it needs to move in. What I’ve built into this car is the ultimate performance of the IS F, and I’d like to replicate a lot of its traits in the production version as well,” said Yukihiko Yaguchi, IS F Chief Engineer.
Lexus IS F CCS-R is lighter than the standard model
This model is based on the road-going model of IS F but has all the modifications which are necessary to allow complete racing performance. It has a non-turbo 5-liter V8 engine as the regular IS F engine with 412 horsepower, 311 kW of power and 505 Nm of torque driving through an eight-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters to the rear wheels. It also has a high-flow exhaust system, additional coolers for the engine oil and a mechanical limited slip differential.
With a weight of 1400 kg, this Lexus is 290 kg lighter than the standard model, but the engineers have pointed out that weight reduction (by using more carbon-fiber) will be a priority for the next IS F model.
Ferocious exhaust system
The Lexus IS F CCS-R has full bucket seats, racing harnesses and a flip-up racing wheel to comply with all the requirements, primarily for the gentleman racers. The production racer also has racing suspension with harder bushings and mounts.
Reports are suggesting that driving the Lexus IS F CCS-R on the track is a satisfactory experience. Interestingly, the tests have also revealed potential problems that could emerge. Apart from its performances on the track, one of the most striking things is the racing exhaust system which is so ferocious that even though you might be wearing a helmet, you will almost certainly go deaf for a moment.
Youtube video – Lexus IS F CCS-R Highlights from Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
Production depends on the customers needs
This Lexus car never was planned for mass production as it all depends on the needs of the customers. The car is hand-built in Japan and the process of production takes up to two months. The price for the commercial sale in Japan is 20 million Yen (more than 150 thousand euros).