Smoking tyres with the world’s most radical Lexus RC F drift car

After building the world’s first professional Lexus RC F drift car, nobody expected its creators to replace that supercharged V8 monster with an even more radical model. Yet here it is – the most powerful and advanced Lexus drift car on the planet.

This must-see sequel represents the second, high-profile collaboration between Lexus, its distributor in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Red Bull athlete Ahmad Daham. The project was designed to build on the regional success of the team’s outgoing RC F with the development of a new, world-class drift car that would stun the global drift community.

And stun it certainly does. The new Lexus vaporises rubber by producing a mind-bending 1,200 horsepower through a vehicle that is an entire tonne lighter and around 260% more powerful than the already high-performance standard Lexus RC F coupe.

It achieves this feat through a combination of featherweight carbon Kevlar exterior body panels and the introduction of a highly-tuned, turbocharged 2JZ straight-six motor from a Japanese domestic market Lexus GS built in the late Nineties. The components are outlined below.

Interestingly, five-time Middle East drift champion Daham reveals that the influence behind this project was more than just an ambition to achieve world-leading levels of power and speed. Inspired by the skills and craftsmanship of Lexus takumi masters, the team displayed an obsessive attention to detail that has elevated its execution to the realms of exceptional, even within a region renowned for ultimate-level tuner builds.

“We learned a lot in 2019 as we kept a kaizen philosophy in our research and development. Building a car like this took so much effort [but it] is so much fun to drive and I cannot wait to push it to its limit. I look forward to another successful season and am confident that with this partnership we will be able to achieve all our objectives,” said Daham.

Ahmad Daham and Lexus UAE distributor Al-Futtaim Motors plan to campaign the composite-bodied Lexus RC F in drift championships around the world this season. We look forward to following the team’s progress on this global endeavour.

2020 Lexus RC F drift car specifications

ENGINE 3.0-litre 2JZ-GTE straight-six rebuilt with CP forged pistons, BC H-beam connecting rodslightweight BC billet crankshaftrace-spec BC 272-degree camshafts, BC valvetraincylinder head CNC-machined to stage four, 10:1 compression ratio; Titan dry sump; Hypertune big-port intake manifold, Hypertune anodised cam covers; HGK engine mount 
FUEL SYSTEM Radium Engineering fuel cell and surge tank, Radium Engineering fuel pressure regulator and fuel filter, 1700cc fuel injectors; 200hp Nitrous Express injection 
BREATHING Garrett GTX3584RS turboTial 60mm wastegatecustom 3.5-inch oval exhaust system 
COOLING HGK radiator with carbon fibre shroud, dual Spal fans, dual Mocal 25-row oil coolers, Garrett 3.5-inch intercooler 
ELECTRONICS Link Thunder ECU, Link digital dash, Link fuel / oiltemperature / fuel pressure sensors, Link EGT sensor, Link wide-band sensor, Link four-bar MAP sensor, Link four-port boost solenoid 
DRIVETRAIN Samsonas four-speed sequential transmission, Competition Clutch, Winters Performance quick-change differential, carbon fibre driveshaft and axles 
CHASSIS FIA-spec roll-cagestitch-welded body seamscustom front and rear crash bars; 9.5×18” (front) and 10.5×18” (rear) Rays 57CR alloy wheels with 255/35 and 285/35 Toyo R888RD tyres respectively; BC Racing coilovers, Figs Engineering suspension arms and knucklesWilwood six-piston (front) and four-piston (rearbrake calipers with drilled discs, ASD hydraulic handbrake 
EXTERIOR Rocket Bunny wide-body conversion fabricated from carbon Kevlar, carbon Kevlar roof and doors 
INTERIOR Sparco carbon Kevlar bucket seats, Schroth six-point harnessesSparco steering wheelpart-flocked carbon fibre dashboardTilton pedal assembly 
STATS 1,200hp output, 9,000rpm rev limit, 1,250kg gross vehicle weight with 47:53 distribution 

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