Lexus Takes Podium At Sugo 300

Posted on Jul 22 2014 - 8:31am by Desk of Editor

The Zent Cerumo Lexus RC F SuperGT race car took out the Sugo 300km endurance race held at Japan’s Sugo International raceway at the weekend.

Zent Cerumo Lexus RC F SuperGT race car

Zent Cerumo Lexus RC F

Held under difficult conditions, Saturday qualifying was cancelled due to heavy fog and rain while a clearer Sunday allowed for early qualifying.

Conditions had worsened by the afternoon with the race starting under light rain and a wet track, bringing team strategy and tyre choice into play.

The Zent Cerumo RC F team elected to remain on slick tyres while a number of others dived into the pits for wet tyres. The gamble payed off as the rain cleared to give the Zent team a 20-second lead.

“The car had a good balance in the race, so just by running normally I was able to keep building a lead,” said Zent driver Kohei Hirate.

“We never knew when it was going to start raining again so I pushed and tried to build up as much of a lead as I could, and eventually I was able to turn the car over to (co-driver) Tachikawa-san with about a 20-second lead.”

Lexus RC F vehicles made up a further four of the top 10 positions, with all six finishing the race.

All Lexus GT 500 RC F racers have been designed from the ground up for the 2014 season, with new rules stipulating new engines.

Drivetrains take inspiration from Lexus’ all-new 2.0-litre turbo, due to debut in the new NX compact crossover in 2015, and feature a direct injection turbo in-line four cylinder codenamed RI4AG.

The next round of the SuperGT series is scheduled for Fuji International Speedway next month.

SPECIFICATIONS

Model Lexus RC F
Dimensions (L) 5010 × (W) 1950 × (H) 1150mm
Weight over 1020kg
Wheelbase 2750mm
Transmission  6-speed sequential
Clutch Quadruple carbon plate (ZF)
Suspension Double wishbone Pushrod (front and rear)
Brakes Ventilated Carbon disc 6-pod calliper (AP) (front)
Ventilated Carbon disc 4-pod calliper (AP) (rear)
Tyres Bridgestone 300/680R18 (front), 330/40R18 (rear)
Wheels TWS

Engine Scpecifications

Engine model   RI4AG
Type   Straight-four direct injection single turbo
Displacement   2000cc
Max power (kW)   Over 400kW