Lexus has built the ultimate drift machine.
Last year, the Lexus RC F was transformed into a professional drift machine for the first time in the model's history. With its V8 engine sending a colossal 844 horsepower to the rear wheels, it was the most powerful Lexus RC F ever built. With Middle East Drift Champion Ahmad Daham behind the wheel, the 844-hp drift car put on a smoky show during its debut at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed last year.
Now, the drift star has teamed up with Al-Futtaim Lexus, the Lexus distributor in the United Arab Emirates, to develop an even more insane Lexus RC F drift car that will compete in championships around the world.
The objectives when building the new Lexus RC F drift car were simple: add more power and reduce the weight. To increase the power, the supercharged V8 was replaced with a twin-turbo Toyota 2JZ straight-six engine.
Ahmad is used to working with the 2JZ, making it easier to tune and make quick adjustments at drifting events. Sending power to the rear wheels is a four-speed Samsonas sequential gearbox with a twin-plate Competition Clutch. Other key components include a Garrett GTX3584 turbocharger, GSC Power Division valvetrain and a triple-pump fuel system from Radium Engineering. A Titan Motorsport dry sump was also added to improve reliability along with a Nitrous Express 200 hp kit to help spool up the turbo and cool the intake charge.
Thanks to these modifications, the power output has increased from 844 hp to a tire-destroying 1,200 hp and 1,079 lb-ft of torque. Lexus points out that this makes it around 260 percent more powerful than the standard Lexus RC F coupe.
To reduce the car's weight, the new Lexus RC F drift car is constructed with ultra-light carbon-kevlar body panels, reducing the weight down to 2,755 pounds - more than 1,100 pounds less than the Lexus RC F production car. Other modifications include Wilwood brake calipers that reduce unsprung mass, three-way BC Racing coilovers, and Rays Engineering 57CR wheels wrapped in Toyo tires. The result is the "most powerful and advanced Lexus drift car on the planet."
"I am honored to be partnering with a brand like Lexus. I am really thankful for the support the team have given me as I built the new RC F Carbon Kevlar for the upcoming season. This car is so much fun to drive and I cannot wait to push it to its limit," said Daham.
"Building a car like this took so much effort not only from me, but from the team and partners to help me achieve my goals with this machine. I would like to thank every single partner for their continuous support and work done to complete this project."
You can watch Daham's new Lexus RC F drift car get very sideways and burn copious amounts of rubber in the video released by Lexus posted above. Something tells us it needed a new set of tires after that run.