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Lexus reveals LF-LC GT Vision Gran Turismo

by Ben Hsu

A digital race car based on the LF-LC Concept

The latest in the ever-expanding lineup of Vision Gran Turismo cars, developed for the hugely popular Sony Playstation racing simulator, is the Lexus LF-LC GT.

Based on the Lexus LF-LC Concept, the sleek new virtual creation is what Lexus designers envision as a race version of what might be headed into production as a flagship sports coupe. It adopts the chrome-on-white livery seen on the RC F GT3 when Lexus announced a new worldwide racing program at the Detroit Auto Show.

Lexus's controversial spindle grille and fishhook daytime running lights fare better in this design, thanks to an aggressive front splitter, fascia, and side skirts. Against the more subdued styling of a street car, the grille and DRLs tend to jump out, but here the greater number of intersecting angles created by the aero kit actually help hide their in-your-face prominence.

A massive rear wing, diffuser and flares are fitted to the rear, and and gray-finished racing wheels also serve the shape better than the blingy chrome rims of the concept. The panoramic roof and glass-heavy rear greenhouse of the concept are replaced by a large carbon-fiber panel, too. The LF-LC GT will be available for download this spring. There's no work on whether a physical version will accompany it, but other automakers have been known to render their digital creations IRL.

The Vision Gran Turismo project asks automakers to submit their ultimate expressions of racing machines for the Gran Turismo 6 video game. Thus far, automakers including Mercedes-Benz, BMW, VW, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Aston Martin, Toyota, Infiniti, Chevrolet, Mazda and Alpine have contributed.

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