• This Lightweight, 1200-Horsepower, 2JZ-Powered Lexus RC F Drift Car Is Downright Mad

This Lexus RC-F Drift Car Takes Madness to a Whole New Level

There’s a long line of Red Bull-liveried drift cars and, while ’Mad’ Mike Whidett’s insane Mazdas are probably the most prominent of the bunch, this Lexus RC F will surely make a name for itself in international drifting championships once its 1,200 horsepower are finally unleashed on the course.

An Arabian drift missile

This Lightweight, 1200-Horsepower, 2JZ-Powered Lexus RC F Drift Car Is Downright Mad
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The Lexus RC F is the go-fast version of Lexus’ compact luxury coupe. Packing a 5.0-liter V-8 that develops 467 horsepower at 7,100 rpm and 389 pound-feet of torque between 4,800 and 5,600 rpm, the RC F is a sort of a suited and booted hooligan in that it can ride serenely down the highway with the V-8 buzzing away in high gear or it can light up its rear tires as it screeches away from a stop sign. This latter personality trait is the one Al-Futtaim Lexus in the United Arab Emirates wanted to exploit when it set about building an RC F drift machine.

As you'd expect, the original 2UR-GSE V-8 was ditched in favor of the crowd-pleasing 2JZ that thoroughly upgraded with a new turbo, valvetrain, triple-pump fuel system, and a nitrous kit amongst many others.
This Lightweight, 1200-Horsepower, 2JZ-Powered Lexus RC F Drift Car Is Downright Mad
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The end result is an output of 1,200 horsepower and 1,080 pound-feet of torque which probably allows the car to go from naught to 60 mph from a standstill in about three seconds. The power reaches the wheels through a sequential transmission.

The RC F, slated to be driven by Ahmad Daham, a double King of the Desert and double Emirates Drift Championship winner, is 1,100 pounds lighter than a run-of-the-mill RC F. The weight loss has been achieved via the use heavy use of carbon-kevlar body panels (as you can see from the exposed kevlar around the nose of the car). The Lexus now weighs just shy of 3,000 pounds and it sports a new rear diff, new brakes, and suspension components. It rides on Rays Engineering 57CR rims enveloped by Toyo Proxes R888R semi-slicks.

This Lightweight, 1200-Horsepower, 2JZ-Powered Lexus RC F Drift Car Is Downright Mad
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Inside the cabin, all of the creature comforts have been deleted as well as all of the sound deadening and interior trim pieces. All you’ve got left is the FIA-grade bucket seat with six-point harnesses, a Sparco steering wheel, adjustable pedal assembly, and part-flocked carbon fiber dash.

While the car is yet to compete in anger due to the ongoing global pandemic, we’re sure it will raise at least a few eyebrows once its wide-bodied self shows up at prominent drift events.

Source: Carscoops

Michael Fira
Michael Fira
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Mihai Fira started out writing about long-distance racing like the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. As the years went by, his area of interest grew wider and wider and he ever branched beyond the usual confines of an automotive writer. However, his heart is still close to anything car-related and he's most at home retelling the story of some long-since-forgotten moment from the history of auto racing. He'll also take time to explain why the cars of the '60s and '70s are more fascinating than anything on the road today.  Read full bio
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