Lexus IS F CCS-R Race Car to Tackle Pikes Peak
With barely a month to go until the lunacy that is the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb commences, Lexus has unveiled its purpose-built IS F CCS-R racer. Although it still resembles—albeit with a few additional bulges, scoops, and an imposing rear wing—a production IS F, it’s virtually a clone of the Japanese-market IS F CCS-P competition car.
Underneath the orange and black-tacular paint job reside a number of carbon-fiber components, including hood, front fenders, front and rear spoilers, and door handles; the doors themselves are lighter than stock, but their construction has not been divulged. The windows are made of polycarbonate. The monocoque has been reinforced; the car also features a roll cage. Lexus claims the weight-reducing measures result in a savings of 693 pounds compared with the stock IS F.
The CCS-R’s powertrain is virtually stock, powered by the same 416-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 and eight-speed transmission as the production IS F. A trio of coolers—engine oil, transmission, and differential—have been added to keep vital fluids at operating temp during the 12.4-mile hill climb.
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When the IS F CCS-R makes its maiden charge up the mountain this July, it’ll be with drifting ace Ken Gushi behind the wheel, a driver who’s probably completed more miles sideways than he has in a straight line. If anyone has the carbon-fiber cojones to put the Lexus on the podium, it’s him.