SEMA16: The worlds first modified Lexus LC500

With SEMA 2016 in full swing, Lexus have debuted the worlds first customized LC 500. A racing-inspired version of the Lexus LC 500 is created by Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing, featuring a aerodynamic body work, upgraded suspension, brakes, wheels, tyres, and custom interior.

“TheLC 500 looks beautiful and has a fantastic foundation of performance and driving characteristics,” said Gordon Ting, Beyond Marketing. “I wanted to use that groundwork to develop a high-performance, aggressive-looking LC 500 that is tough yet luxurious, and has serious chops thanks to the custom engine.”

The body of the LC500, was creeated by Signature Autobody finsiehd with a gloss yeallow wrap. Aerodynamic upgrades include an Artisan spirit custom Lexus LC Kit, including custom fender flares, a front diffuser, side skirts, a rear diffuser and rear wing. The four corners of the vehicle feature 22” HRE P101 wheels in satin charcoal with Pirelli P Zero Nero Tires, and are accented by Brembo brakes with a custom caliper color. Carbon fiber Sparco race seats accompany the Evasive Motorsports GT3 spec race interior and safety cage.

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In the LC500, the Lexus 5.0-L naturally aspirated V8 engine offers 471 horsepower and 398 lb.-ft of torque. For the modified LC 500, Club DSPORT increased the displacement to 5.6-L, and increased the cylinder bore to 99.5mm (as compared to 94mm) for 525 horsepower. Custom Moly-2000 Amphibian Sleeves from LA Sleeve were used to increase the bore size while custom CP Pistons and Carrillo connecting rods were engineered to perform up to 9,000rpm. The design, machining and assembly of the engine was done in-house at Club DSPORT’s engine development facility. The work was performed by Magnus Ohlaker, who has 20 years of experience building championship winning F1 and Indycar engines. While not exploited at this juncture, the power handling capabilities of the 2UR-GSE engine have been more than doubled.

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