Lexus and Gazoo Racing will enter a RC 200t in this year's 24 Hours of Nürburgring, marking the 11th straight year that Lexus has participated in the historic endurance race.
Last year, the Lexus RC was affected by a powertrain issue that ultimately forced the car to retire from the race. In preparation for this year, Gazoo Racing accelerated their development cycle and have the RC performing well so far in races leading up to the main event.
A truly unique piece of Lexus history has been put up for sale on eBay — this 1992 Allard P4 is the only remaining prototype of an abandoned partnership that would have seen British sports car company Allard sell a reskinned version of the original LS 400. Here's more from Bring a Trailer:
A truly bizarre story involves the grand old British sports car company and Toyota negotiating a deal in which first-generation LS400's would be sold as Allards in an effort to capitalize on the reborn company's J2X Group C prototype. Unfortunately both efforts were destined to fail, leaving only a few racers and this lightly re-styled (but seemingly otherwise unmodified) Lexus as reminders.
Lexus has announced a collaboration with music artist Mark Ronson to launch the new LC coupe — the campaign is called Make Your Mark :
Speaking about the campaign, Mark Ronson said: "I always like to work with collaborators who are innovative and unique in and out of the studio. When I was approached by Lexus with the concept of this campaign and saw the new LC, it felt fresh and exciting. I was drawn to the idea of using music to inspire and create an experience around this car."
Lexus global branding chief Tokuo Fukuichi shared his thoughts on the future of sedans with Hans Greimel of Automotive News:
“Unless we can really offer a sedan experience you cannot have with an SUV or crossover, I think the sedan may not be able to survive if it does not evolve,” Fukuichi, who also leads advanced design for Toyota Motor, told Automotive News at the Shanghai auto show here in April.
Lexus has filed a trademark application for “LS-FC Concept.”
Lexus recently unveiled the LS F Sport model, suggesting a hardcore LS F isn’t out of the question. And now a trademark application filed on April 24, 2017, with the United States Patent and Trademark Office hints at a concept version of a Lexus sport sedan in the near future. Although the LS-FC Concept trademark is a bit different than previous Lexus concepts that begin with “LF,” the use of “LS” points to a concept based on the automaker’s flagship sedan. Lexus used the LF-FC Concept in 2015 to preview the new Lexus LS.