Lexus and Gazoo Racing have announced they will be entering a modified Lexus CT 200h race car into this year’s VLN (Veranstaltergemeinschaft Langstreckenpokal Nürburgring) Nurburgring championship series.
The CT 200h race car is being fielded by Toyota’s racing partner Gazoo Racingand actually made its official debut this weekend during the Adenauer ADAC Rundstrecken-Trophy leg of the series, contesting some six hours on one of racing’s most daunting circuits in the SP4 Class and managing to finish in 108th place overall.
The batteries and hybrid system have been unchanged from the road car however and still feature Lexus Hybrid Drive. Regenerative braking and the ability to function solely on the electric motor are still in place for the GAZOO CT. This should allow the CT to last the long six hours with minimal fuel stops.
The GAZOO Racing CT driver line-up features three experienced pilots: Kumi Sato, a female racer who competed in a Lexus IS 250 in 2008; Masahiko Kageyama, who previously supported Toyota’s vehicle development programme; and MinoruTakaki, who is responsible for production vehicle development.
Currently, Lexus is the only car maker to compete in major endurance races with full hybrid cars. It began its hybrid race efforts with the Lexus RX400h in 2005.