2013 Lexus GS350 F Sport safety car

Lexus’s redesigned 2013 GS sedan took a marked step forward in sportiness relative to the outgoing model, and it looks like the brand is intent on reinforcing the theme by providing Sydney Motorsport Park with a GS350 F Sport safety car. Okay, so it’s not exactly a GS350 race car, but until recently, the idea of a Lexus—other than the unicorn that is the LFA—participating in any aspect of motorsport might have seemed a bit, uh, off. Despite this GS350 F Sport safety car performing its duties half-a-world away may, it looks pretty bad ass, so we felt it was worth sharing.

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The F Sport safety car gets a full complement of optional goodies, including the Lexus Dynamic Handling system with rear-wheel steering and available upsized front brakes. Of course, the GS350 also gets a sweet light bar and a rather striking black-over-silver livery. The F Sport should have no trouble properly pacing races—a GS350 F Sport we recently tested sprinted from 0–60 mph in 5.5 seconds—and will debut at this weekend’s 2012 Muscle Car Masters retro muscle car race.

By Alexander Stoklosa