The car featured in these images is the Lexus IS-F CCS-R, a special car that will take part in the next edition of the Pikes Peak, arguably the most popular, fast and grueling uphill race in the world. The IS-F Club Circuit Sports Racer - this is its full name - can be told apart from the model it is based upon by the special orange livery as well as the numerous carbon fibre bits (such as hood, trunk-lid and wings) that make up its bodywork. Moreover, the car uses a brand new roll-cage, 6-point seat belts, sporty steering wheel with paddle-shifters, airscoop on the roof, polycarbonate glazing and carbon fiber dashboard, console and door panels.
Rather obviously, there is more to this car than its flashy aesthetics: the Lexus IS-F CCS-R also benefits from a specifically developed package that provides for the installation of advanced suspension, brakes, cooling, and exhaust systems, racing limited slip differential as well as forged aluminum wheels fitted with slick tires. The mighty 5.0-liter V8 engine of the ‘regular’ version, capable of delivering 423 hp and 505 Nm of maximum torqueat at 5,200 rpm, has been left virtually untouched, and should be able to push the IS-F up to 270 km/h (168 mph) with a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 4.8 seconds.
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