The Lexus LC flagship coupe will contest the 46th running of the 24 Hours Nürburgring in May, its first appearance in the event.
The model, introduced as a road car last year, has been adapted to race specification by Lexus mechanics and engineers.
It makes use of advanced development technologies that are destined to feature in future production models, including sports cars.
These include body technologies to reduce weight and increase rigidity as well as methods to provide driver assistance, such as enhancing visibility.
It also features new aerodynamic measures, engine development to reduce friction and improve fuel economy, and suspension designs that are lighter, stronger and more responsive.
Lead driver Takeshi Tsuchiya will be joined for the race by three emerging talents - Takamitsu Matsui, Naoya Gamo and Yuichi Nakayama.
Lexus has featured at the famous endurance race every year since 2007 with multiple class victories for the LFA supercar and similar success for the RC F in 2016.
The luxury carmaker regards the Nürburgring as the ideal place to work on refining its people and its cars because it features some of the world's most gruelling conditions with harsh elevation changes and frequent rough road surfaces, as well as those experienced on normal roads.
|Vehicle/class||Lexus LC/SP-PRO (planned)|
|Engine||Modified 2UR-GSE 5.0-litre V8|
|Drive system||2WD (rear-wheel-drive)|
|Tyre sizes||Front: 300/680R18 |
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