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Team Lexus IS-F to Enter GT2 Le Mans Series

Team Lexus IS 350 GT2
Team Lexus IS 350 GT2

Not DTM

Lexus not to compete in DTM

This Friday at the Tokyo Auto Salon Lexus will pull the covers off their latest IS race car. The IS 350 GT2 is powered by a 470+ hp V6 engine and will compete in the American GT2 LeMans Series and not in the German DTM series as many had hoped here in Europe.

The Lexus IS 350 GT2 will make its first appearance at the Twelve Hours of Sebring in Sebring, Fl this March 15-18. Competition will be stiff with the likes of the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Panoz Esperante, Ferrari F430 GT, Dodge Viper Competition Coupe and BMW M3.

“Developing and racing two brand-new cars in a new category will be a major challenge, but one that we relish,” said Team Lexus owner/driver Chuck Goldsborough back in 2005. Originally Lexus was planning on entering the GT2 ALMS class back in 2006.

We hope to have more accurate information by the end of the week.

[Update] After some further research, we have come to the conclusion that this is indeed not the IS-F Racer Concept which will be on show at the Tokyo Auto Salon. This is the IS 350 GT2, a project which was started in 2005 and canceled in 2006. It still stands to reason that the IS-F Racer Concept will head to the States rather than Europe, but the Japanese GT Series is of course still an option too.

Source: Team Lexus
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Published Jan 8th, 2008 5:45pm By Frank de Leeuw van Weenen

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ceven ceven
Right, just as they say... "IS 350 GT2". Irritating title though.
Jan 25th, 2008 8:36pm
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Marsman Marsman
this isn't an IS F because it doesn't have the V8
Jan 9th, 2008 7:23am
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atleast500hp atleast500hp
Good job TRD!! lol
Jan 9th, 2008 6:51am
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cayenne cayenne
470+ hp V6 engine i dont think IS will be stiff with Porsche and Ferrari becuase Lexus is new army
Jan 9th, 2008 12:39am
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dmanero dmanero
Man, these images are horrible. The render and modeling of this car is so beginner.
Jan 9th, 2008 12:21am
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carcrazy1234 carcrazy1234
1. love to see you make something better/ i wouldnt really care if you did cuz i'm not picky like you are 2. the splashy pic with the water is pretty damn cool 3. stop being so serious/picky about the pictures lol 4. they purposely did these "beginner" renderings cuz they really havent made the car yet for picture taking
Jan 9th, 2008 7:52am
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Kim_Denmark Kim_Denmark
Its looks like a car made in Need For Speed: ProStreet With a huge bodykit on.
Jan 9th, 2008 12:01am
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Bristol411S3 Bristol411S3
This isn't the IS-F then.
Jan 8th, 2008 11:29pm
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