Top Gear, Alex Wurz and the Lexus RC F

Last month Alex Wurz (former Formula 1 driver, two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner, and current FIA WEC manufacturers’ world champion) got behind the wheel of the new Lexus RC F sports coupe. Top Gear was there to film him and we spoke to him to find out what he thought of it.

Take a look at the Top Gear video and then read what Alex had to say about the car below.


Lexus: What was it like changing from a FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) racing car to the Lexus RC F?
Alex Wurz: It was quite a jump, but not a bad jump. Obviously the FIA WEC cars have more than 1000 horsepower, develop very high aerodynamic downforce, and our lap times are nearly as fast as Formula 1 cars. But I really enjoyed driving the RC F today. I’d driven the IS F in the past, and the RC F is the next step forward.

Lexus: How is the RC F compared with the IS F?
Alex Wurz
: The vehicle dynamics are much improved. Once the IS F entered a corner, steering corrections weren’t easy, but the RC F is far more agile. It feels so good to drive. The RC F engineers have done a really good job. The chassis is stiff and it there is very little body roll, but it also feels comfortable should you drive over bumps on a normal road.

Alex Wurz and the Lexus RC F

Lexus: You are very tall for a racing driver – how was the driving position in the RC F?
Alex Wurz:
Really good. Though it can be problem for me in some sports cars, the RC F seat was incredibly adjustable, meaning I had a great driving position. Also, even wearing my helmet I had plenty of headroom.

‘Some cars need to grow on you, but not this one. It looks how it drives, a sporty dynamic car’ – Alex Wurz

Lexus: Prior to your motor racing career you studied automotive engineering. In that regard, what appeals to you most on the RC F?
Alex Wurz:
I like the design, it’s very cool – the curves and the sharp edges. I saw the RC F for the first time today and I liked it at once. The designers can be really proud of their creation. Some cars need to grow on you, but not this one. It looks how it drives, a sporty dynamic car, I think it will sell really well.

Lexus: There’s a world-class 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system in the RC F, what music would you listen to while driving?
Alex Wurz:
To tell you the truth, I’d probably just listen to the V8, as I love the engine sound so much. That’s the best soundtrack of all! I like how the RCF is so smooth when you cruise and then kicks in so fast with an awesome sound when you hit the accelerator.

Alex Wurz in Lexus LFA

Lexus: How did you enjoy driving the LFA today?
Alex Wurz:
I still really love the Lexus LFA and it was great doing the hot laps. We had track tyres on so I could push it to the limit, a really amazing car.

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