The Ultimate Laboratory for engineering

As the RC F GT3 and Akkodis ASP Team gear up for the World Endurance Championship, they bring a wealth of experience, poised to tackle new challenges that will further evolve the world of motorsports and Lexus vehicles. More than a competition, it's a cycle of learning and innovation, where the track serves as Lexus' ultimate lab, ensuring every Lexus is enhanced by advancements perfected in the heat of global racing.


To make a great racecar, start with a great road car.

The Lexus RC F GT3 that will compete in the 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship is a thoroughbred track warrior, but it’s derived from the RC F road car, a high-performance sport coupe built to connect every driver with their own pure, exhilarating driving experience. 

The RC F GT3 is the result of years of development by Lexus' customer motorsports program in collaboration with the brand’s highly-skilled road-car engineers. Key learnings from Lexus' previous experience in some of the world’s top races accelerated the RC F GT3’s development curve, and multiple seasons of high-level competition have continued to refine and elevate its on-track performance.

Powered by a naturally-aspirated, 5.4-liter V8 engine that’s based on the 2UR unit found in the RC F road car, the RC F GT3 takes its road-ready counterpart as a potent starting point, but adds and enhances in key areas for the specific demands of the race track.

Because it’s been built to the globally recognized GT3 class rules, the RC F GT3 is eligible to compete in some of the most prestigious races and championships around the world. For 2024, that includes its debut season in the WEC’s all-new LMGT3 class, racing against machinery from eight other major manufacturers in a globe-trotting, eight-race season.

To comply with the strict GT3 technical regulations while maximizing performance, Lexus has transformed several key areas of the RC F road car. On the outside, the RC F GT3 receives an aerodynamic overhaul, complete with carbon-fiber bodywork to reduce overall weight to just 1,300kg (2,870lb), all while retaining its identity as a compact, two-door sports coupe. Its track-ready aero package makes it a highly versatile racer, allowing professional and amateur drivers to consistently extract high levels of performance on a wide variety of race circuits.

Inside, the RC F GT3 shares its chassis with the production model, but adds race-specific electronics and safety systems, and swaps out the road car’s luxurious interior for a single race seat and ultra-strong roll cage.

The result is a car that’s instantly recognizable as part of the Lexus RC F family, but one that exudes track-taming attitude and purpose. And that’s while it’s standing still. 

Fire up the engine, put it in gear, and the RC F GT3 takes “experience amazing” to a whole new level...


With the FIA World Endurance Championship introducing its new LMGT3 class specifically for cars built to the well-established and hugely popular GT3 rules set, the customer AKKODIS ASP Team is poised to showcase the Lexus RC F GT3 on one of racing’s biggest stages in 2024.

The WEC’s long-distance format is the perfect environment to showcase Lexus’ high-performance credentials against some of the world’s most prestigious manufacturers and experienced customer teams.

The RC F GT3 is already an established and proven package as it prepares for the challenges that the WEC and its eight global events, including the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans, present.

In 2023, the RC F GT3 claimed an historic title in North America’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, competing in the ultra-competitive GTD Pro class. Racing on some of the most spectacular and demanding circuits in the U.S. and Canada, including Florida’s notoriously bumpy Sebring Raceway and Georgia’s tight, technical Road Atlanta track, the RC F GT3 shone.

During the 11-race season, Lexus and its partner team Vasser Sullivan delivered a series of unforgettable performances against a world-class field of factory-supported teams and all-pro driver lineups representing seven other major manufacturers. The RC F GT3 scored two race wins and added seven other podium finishes on its way to the class crown.

With the IMSA GTD Pro championship under its belt, stepping up to the WEC signifies the next level for Lexus and its customer racing programs. 

The AKKODIS ASP Team’s ambition is clear: compete for LMGT3 honors across eight stops in four continents in 2024, aiming for two of the most sought-after prizes in motorsport, an FIA WEC title and victory in the most famous endurance race on the planet, the 92nd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

It's a new championship, a new challenge, and a whole new level of competition as the Lexus RC F GT3 gets ready to take on the world.


For Lexus, racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship with its customer AKKODIS ASP Team is more than just chasing glory and headlines. It’s about the invaluable lessons learned and experience gained from competing in the WEC’s new-for-2024 LMGT3 class, which will be fed back to Lexus' road-car engineers to help build the next generation of Lexus road cars.

Racing is the ultimate proving ground. Out on the track, the RC F GT3 serves as a high-speed laboratory for Lexus. Long-distance racing provides Lexus with the opportunity to stress test components and technologies in a high-pressure environment. Competing in the WEC will push engineers, drivers, and cars to their limit, racing through the day and night, in torrid heat or rain.

To achieve its goals, the team will have to execute its race strategies to perfection, ensuring that its cars run as fast and as efficiently as possible, whatever the situation. The pair of RC F GT3s will need to be competitive on a single qualifying lap and over 24 grueling hours of non-stop racing. It’s relentless, it’s intense, and the slightest mistake or technical weakness will be punished.

But taking on the challenge brings rewards beyond podiums and trophies. Success for the RC F GT3 will play a key role in ensuring Lexus' production cars connect every driver with their own exhilarating driving experience for years to come. And that’s a win for everybody.


For the Lexus RC F GT3’s first foray into the global challenge of the FIA World Endurance Championship and its centerpiece race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the choice of a world-class team was paramount.

The AKKODIS ASP Team, a highly successful French-based outfit, celebrates 25 years of competition in 2024. With a history of competing with GT3 machinery since the ruleset’s debut in 2006, earning numerous wins and championships with several manufacturers, the team’s move to the WEC with the RC F GT3 in the LMGT3 class represents a thrilling new chapter.

“I’ve driven at Le Mans before many times as a driver,” says AKKODIS ASP Team owner Jerome Policand, “and all my fondest memories from behind the wheel have come there. So, naturally, I wanted to bring my team there. We’ve been involved in GT3 racing for a long time. This is an enormous opportunity, partnering with Lexus, something special.”

With so much on the line, it’s no surprise that teams like AKKODIS ASP feel like big families. “AKKODIS ASP Team is a family. But we have a goal; we want to win. It’s not a group of individuals, it's a team working together. The drivers, engineers, and mechanics all have the same goals,” Policand adds.


By partnering with Lexus for its FIA World Endurance Championship debut in 2024, the AKKODIS ASP Team knows that it has a car that’s already a proven winner. But to contend for wins and a championship in the WEC’s ultra-competitive new LMGT3 class, every single person within the team will have to operate to their highest level.

From the mechanics to the engineers, the logistics manager, and through to the drivers, each role is interconnected, and there can be no weak links.

The stakes are high, and the task is energizing. Win the WEC’s LMGT3 championship or the 24 Hours of Le Mans – or both – and you’re a part of racing history.

For the engineers and mechanics, the task can be grueling. The pair of AKKODIS ASP Team-run RC F GT3s have to be meticulously prepared for every session and race throughout the eight-round season that spans from Qatar to Bahrain. Countless hours of maintenance and inspection ensure the cars are set up correctly and safe for the drivers to take to their limits.

And if there’s a mechanical issue or an incident on track, every team member needs to remain calm and focused. The pressure to solve problems against the clock is intense, and team spirit is essential to overcoming challenges.

The engineers on the pit wall, meanwhile, must stay focused on executing their race strategy and adapting to any unforeseen circumstances. “When you start an endurance race, you must be fully focused,” says AKKODIS ASP Team race engineer Nicolas Duval. “You need to concentrate for the whole race. It’s really tough to manage and it takes years of experience to get all the strategy calls right, as there are so many. You must be ready for anything.”

And those bold strategy calls can be the difference between winning and losing. “Executing the perfect strategy seems easy the day after the race,” Duval smiles, “but at the time it’s big, big pressure. It’s tough, but I love it…”


Racing a Lexus RC F GT3 in a six-, eight-, 10- or 24-hour race in the FIA World Endurance Championship? For the drivers suiting up for the AKKODIS ASP Team in the car’s first season in the WEC’s all-new LMGT3 class, it’s an immense challenge. 

“It needs full commitment,” says Jose Maria Lopez, a two-time FIA WEC Driver’s Champion and an overall Le Mans winner who’s excited to bring his experience to the team. “Drivers are athletes, so the physical side is something we can handle. What’s more of a challenge is handling traffic – making the right decision, lap after lap – staying focused, and being able to react to the unexpected. It’s something I love doing.”

In endurance racing, consistency, calm, and focus are essential. “You can’t win a race in one lap, but you can lose it,” says Lopez. “But I know I can rely on my teammates. Racing in the WEC, all of us need to be on top of our game because it’s so close and competitive.”

Drivers must be instantly focused and up to speed when it’s their turn to get in the car. And to withstand the temperatures in the cockpit and the G-Forces through high-speed corners, they train like elite athletes between races.

“As a pro, you do lots of drive time at the end of the race, once the amateur drivers have finished their minimum drive time,” AKKODIS ASP Team pro driver Kelvin van der Linde says. "It’s grueling, but it’s part of what makes it appealing. Blood, sweat, and tears go into it, and it’s all about fine margins. If you compete in a 24-hour race and feel absolutely exhausted at the end, but you’ve won, it’s a unique feeling.”

And exhausted or not, van der Linde, along with his AKKODIS ASP Team teammates, will be hoping to experience that unique feeling at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, June 15-16.


The biggest race of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, takes place on its longest, fastest, most challenging track, the 8.47-mile/13.63km Circuit de la Sarthe.

In 2024, the AKKODIS ASP Team takes on the challenge of Le Mans for the first time, and honing its pair of LMGT3 class-contending Lexus RC F GT3 cars for the many challenges the track presents will be crucial to its competitiveness in the French endurance classic.

How do you ensure a car can reach 180mph (300km/h) down the track’s long Mulsanne Straight, slow to a crawl for the tight right-hand turn at Arnage, and fly through technical sequences like the Porsche Curves every lap during the twice-around-the-clock marathon? Extensive circuit knowledge and setup experience are important, but a well-balanced aerodynamic package unlocks performance and lap times.

The RC F GT3 was developed with the expertise of Lexus’ leading race and road car engineers. And while the LMGT3 class rules limit the scope and scale of aerodynamic add-ons allowed, its strong aero package is pivotal to generating race-winning levels of performance.

Key to it is maximizing available downforce while minimizing drag.

Think of a racecar like an upside-down airplane. The downforce it makes pushes it down onto the track and produces more grip from its tires, allowing it to go through the corners faster. That’s hugely important in endurance racing, where a combination of efficiency and speed is vital to staying in contention through a six-, eight-, or 24-hour race. Minimizing drag, the force that opposes a car’s motion through the air, is essential, too. A more slippery car is not only faster in a straight line – a must-have for the Mulsanne Straight – but more efficient on the fuel needed to punch it through the air.

During every WEC race, LMGT3 cars will be involved in dozens of overtakes – make that hundreds at Le Mans. To do that most effectively, they need to handle sudden load changes through corners and constant shifts in airflow from overtaking other LMGT3 cars – or from being passed by the faster prototypes. Cars best equipped for this will gain time and track position. In-race tweaks to a car’s setup can make a significant impact, but ultimately a strong starting package is key to obtaining the best results.

The RC F GT3 has been designed to blast down long straights at reality-blurring speeds, yet remain stable under heavy braking and through any variety of slow, medium, and fast corners. And as a car that’s been optimized for the needs of both professional and amateur drivers, its aerodynamics have been fine-tuned to maximize tire life and grip, provide drivers confidence through its cornering stability and braking efficiency, and remain capable of achieving pole position-setting lap times.

That’s quite a list. But with those boxes ticked, the AKKODIS ASP Team and the Lexus RC F GT3 are ready for the challenge ahead.


When it comes to the on-track performance of the Lexus RC F GT3, the car that AKKODIS ASP Team will race in the 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship’s all-new LMGT3 class, it all starts with the DNA it shares with the road-going RC F, a sport coupe widely praised for its levels of performance and handling.

“I drive an RC F when I’m at home and it’s the most impressive performance road car I’ve ever driven, it’s so capable,” says Jose Maria Lopez, who’ll race with AKKODIS ASP Team in the 2024 WEC season. “It’s such a strong package, it gives you confidence and features everything you want for performance on the road.

“In some areas, it’s difficult to compare the RC F GT3 with the road car because it serves a different purpose and has been extensively developed, but it still retains a similar feel behind the wheel to the production model. The brakes are bigger on the RC F GT3, and it can handle more load, but the essence of the RC F road car is there.”

To be eligible to compete in LMGT3, the RC F GT3’s enhancements must remain within the strict ruleset for the class, which still allow for some aggressive aerodynamic upgrades. But to maintain a level playing field with the eight other brands racing in the 2024 WEC, it must also fit in a championship-specific aerodynamic performance window.

“GT cars have always been road cars at heart; they all exist in dealerships around the world,” explains AKKODIS ASP Team owner Jerome Policand. “But after the GT3 ruleset was introduced back in 2006, they quickly became closer to pure racecars. Cars such as our RC F GT3 all have sophisticated aero packages. Aerodynamics have become more important year after year and are just as important as the mechanical side of a racecar now.”

And as RC F GT3 driver Lopez notes: “Lexus has done an incredible job in developing the RC F GT3 for the track. So much goes into a racecar, and it all has to work together to give us the performance we need. With this car, I know that it does.”


“Compromise” isn’t a word that comes easily to racers. But in the case of racecar aerodynamics, finding a balance between out and out speed and cornering performance is just that, a compromise.

For Jerome Policand, owner of the AKKODIS ASP Team, finding the sweet spot for a specific track is crucial to a successful race weekend.

“An LMGT3 car such as our RC F GT3 needs to be able to slow down and navigate slow corners, yet still reach 300km/h (185mph) down the straights,” he says. “Finding a compromise is never easy for a race team, but if you don’t, you can forget about winning...

“The window to set up a car is now very narrow,” he adds. “Firstly, that’s for safety, because we have to respect specific cambers, tire pressures, and ride heights by regulation. But there is still the possibility to adapt your setup at places like Spa and Le Mans, where you need a lot of downforce, but still want strong straight-line speed to gain an advantage.”

Developing and refining the RC F GT3’s baseline aerodynamic package required countless hours of work from a dedicated team of Lexus designers and engineers, all focused on delivering a car that doesn’t compromise on safety but squeezes out every last drop of performance that the class regulations allow.

Its bodywork, which is primarily made from carbon fiber, is sleek and lightweight. It retains the identity of the road car RC F, but still pushes the envelope on the LMGT3 ruleset in its pursuit of on-track performance.

The RC F GT3’s rear end in particular showcases the car’s aerodynamic capability, with its rear wing featuring design elements and tech derived from Lexus’ experience in international racing that features some of the world’s most iconic circuits such as Fuji Speedway and Suzuka, and a diffuser that significantly improves the car’s underfloor airflow to produce significant levels of downforce while reducing drag.

But all this effort doesn’t just stay on the race track. The development of Lexus production cars is shaped by insights from motorsports.

The engineers working on the RC F GT3 program remain in regular contact with the road car division, providing feedback and key learnings from every step along the development path. And ultimately, it’s these efforts made today that are channeled into delivering better cars tomorrow for Lexus customers.

They say racing improves the breed, and thanks to the RC F GT3 program that will mean even more race-inspired performance and driving pleasure in the next generation of Lexus road cars.

In the crucible of endurance racing, the Lexus RC F GT3 exemplifies Lexus' innovation and engineering prowess, influencing the development of its road cars. As we gear up for the 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship, the Lexus team and AKKODIS ASP Team are united in their quest for excellence, racing not just for victories but to inspire future Lexus vehicles and continue a legacy of unmatched performance.


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